Ted Bundy childhood facts-Theodore Robert Cowell, he was born to a single mother when she was 22. To hide that he was an illegitimate child, he was told that his mother was his sister, and his grandparents were his parents. In 1951, his real mother married Johnnie Bundy who recognize him as Theodore Robert. Bundy . By the age of 3, Ted showed a fascination with knives. He admired his grandfather who was extremely abusive and violent and behaved in a psychotic manner.