During his time on Florida’s Death Row, Ted Bundy had two successful escapes, as well as an unsuccessful escape attempt. He had sawed through his prison cell but before getting a chance to escape, prison officers discovered the sawed off bars. Additionally, he was punished several times for bad behaviour.
In September of 1979, a prison officer told Bundy to remove the magazine pictures from the wall of his cell, telling him that was a violation of prison rules. Bundy responded by saying: “The pictures are on the wall since I have no TV.” For this violation, officials revoked his visitation and exercise privileges. He was in trouble again in October of 1980 when he burned a hole through his prison tray. He was ordered to pay $4 for the tray and again his privileges were revoked. In February of 1983, Bundy flooded his cell by repeatedly flushing his toilet. In 1987, Bundy temporarily lost visitation privileges with John Tanner, his spiritual advisor. Bundy had attempted to use Tanner to smuggle letters to his wife, Carole Boone, as well as letters to the parents of John Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate President Reagan.
Bundy had wrote to the Hinckleys because their son was denied a home visit in 1987. The reason he was denied a visit was because prison officials discovered that he had secretly been corresponding with Bundy. He claimed that he had been offering spiritual guidance to Hinckley. Furthermore, throughout his time on Death Row, Bundy’s attitude toward religion changed drastically. Initially, Bundy believed that religion wasn’t a big part of his life. However, in June of 1987, Bundy said in a letter to Tanner: “I feel God’s presence. I feel him guiding me, I feel him working in our lives and our friendship. Your influence has been crucial. I love you brother. Peace, Ted.”