RHETORIC AND PSYCHOPATHY: LINGUISTIC MANIPULATION AND DECEIT IN THE FINAL INTERVIEW OF TED BUNDY

ABSTRACT

Linguistic manipulation and deception are common aspects of interpersonal communication, which can prove problematic in situations where truthfulness is a matter of legal necessity. This study provides a linguistic analysis of the manipulative techniques used by serial killer Ted Bundy in the final interview in Florida before his execution in 1989. It begins with a brief account of related research and the context in which the Bundy interview took place, before analysing the language used by Bundy from two of the modes of persuasion identified by Aristotle: ethos and pathos. The aim of the study is to gain insight into how a psychopath uses language to manipulate evidence and to determine the extent to which theories of rhetoric are applicable to manipulation / deception as well as to persuasion in legal and political contexts.

Keywords – Linguistic Manipulation, Psychopaths, Ted Bundy, Rhetoric, Ethos, Pathos.

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