Serial murder has been defined as being committed by one or more individuals who kill two or more victims at different times and places. A group of attendees at a Serial Murderer Symposium held by the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime largely agreed that the separation between time and place of the murders is what sets a serial murderer apart from a mass murderer, according to the FBI.
Today, the public’s interest surrounding accounts of true crime is at an all-time high, and incidents of murder are dissected and discussed by millions through podcasts, documentaries, and countless news articles.
Oftentimes, the same case will be revisited many times through a new perspective. One serial killer who continues to attract interest is Ted Bundy, who in the 1970s confessed to murdering 28 women, though the actual number of his victims is unknown; some estimates place it in the hundreds (per Britannica).
Bundy’s disturbing actions are so notorious that the crimes of modern-day killers are still being compared to his. Such is the case regarding a serial killer responsible for the deaths of at least three women in Mexico.
Three women who made their living working in bars and clubs were murdered in Tijuana, Mexico. The women were found dead in hotel rooms in November 2022, according to Baja California Attorney General Ricardo Iván Carpio Sánchez. As of a December 8 report by ABC News, the suspect’s name has not been released. However, authorities believe that the person is “an American who lives north of the border.” According to NBC News San Diego, Baja California Attorney General Ricardo Carpio said that authorities know who the person is and that he crossed the border back into the United States at San Diego.
While talking to reporters, Sánchez compared the killer to Bundy, who committed a multitude of crimes, including serial rape and murder, more than 50 years ago before he was finally captured and sentenced to death by the electric chair in 1979 (via Britannica). “This subject has criminal tendencies associated with violent and psychopathic behavior. His profile is very similar to someone who became very well-known decades ago, Ted Bundy,” Sánchez said in his statement. Mexican authorities are working with the FBI and U.S. law enforcement to locate and apprehend the suspect, according to ABC News.
Perhaps part of the public’s continuing fascination with Bundy (above) comes from how he managed to continue killing for so long without being stopped. Bundy possessed social skills and personal charisma that allowed him to get alarmingly close to people without them ever suspecting they were in the presence of a violent criminal. He was able to lure women by pretending to be struggling or injured, often wearing a fake cast to make his scheme more believable. Once the women were close enough, Bundy would attack them with a blunt object and load them into his Volkswagen, according to Crime Museum.
The killer responsible for the murders in Tijuana has a pattern similar to that of Bundy. According to NBC News San Diego, the victims are coaxed to hotel rooms where they are beaten and murdered. There are at least three victims that have been connected to the suspect. However, as with Bundy, there could be more victims who are as yet unknown. Attorney General Carpio said, “If someone threatens the lives of our citizens, of our women, then they will have a serious problem with our justice system,” adding, “Without a doubt, we will capture him and transport him back here to Tijuana” (via NBC News San Diego).