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J. Anthony Paredes and Elizabeth D. Purdum 'Bye-Bye Ted . . .': Community Response in Florida to the Execution of Theodore Bundy

The idea of human sacrifice as a means of reaffirming the power and control of society as a whole is of course not new. Sir James Frazer in The Golden Bough chronicles a variety of customs whereby a person or an animal is killed, often after being both treated well and tortured, in order to rid society of its accumulated ills.