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Theodore Robert BUNDY





Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 14 +
Date of murders: 1973 - 1978
Date of arrest: February 15, 1978
Date of birth: November 24, 1946
Victims profile: Girls and young women
Method of murder: Beating with metal bar / Strangulation
Location: Washington/Colorado/Utah/Oregon/Florida/Idaho/Vermont, USA
Status: Executed by electrocution in Florida on January 24, 1989

Known Victims

The Washington Murders

Name: Anne Marie Burr, 8 years-old.
Disappeared: August 13, 1962 from Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.
Found: Never

Anne Marie lived only 10 blocks from 15 yr old Ted Bundy, the local paperboy, and followed him around like a puppy. She awoke one night to tell her parents her little sister was sick, then the small blonde girl presumably returned to bed. But the next morning, she was nowhere to be found, and a window facing the front street was wide open. The child was in her nightgown when she vanished. Despite a huge effort on the Tacoma police's part, the little girl was never found.

The street in front of her home was being torn up for repaving and her body could have easily been buried in one of the deep ditches, only to be covered with dirt and asphalt the next day. Bundy was uncomfortable and quickly changed the subject when questioned before his execution, about child murders he was most likely responsible for.


Name: Lonnie Trumbell, ?? years-old.
Murdered: June 23, 1966 Seattle, Wa.

Name: Lisa Wick, ?? years-old.
Attacked: June 23, 1966 Seattle, Wa.

Lonnie was dating a King County deputy sheriff, and her father was a Portland Ore Fire Dept lieutenant. She was a pretty brunette, and she and Lisa Wick roomed together because of their stewardess jobs. She saw her boyfriend late that afternoon, then talked to him around 10 pm that evening. She and Lisa were going to sleep and she told the man goodnight.

The next morning, Lonnie and Lisa's third roommate, another stewardess, returned home at 9:30 am and found the door unlocked, which was very odd. She walked into their room and thought them to be asleep, but no one responded when she spoke to them. She turned on the light and was horrified by what she saw. Both girls had been savagely bludgeoned. Lonnie Trumbell did not survive the attack, but Lisa did, possibly because of the soft rollers she'd gone to bed wearing. She lingered in a coma for some time. She remembered nothing. A blood-covered piece of wood was found in a nearby vacant lot.


Name: Joni Lenz, 18 years-old.
Attacked: February 4, 1974 Wa.

Joni had gone to sleep in her basement room of a big house which several young people rented together. The next afternoon, after she hadn't appeared all morning, her housemates went to check on her and found her lying in her bed, her hair and face matted with dried blood. She'd been beaten with a metal rod broken from the bed frame, and when they pulled the covers back, they were horrified to find the rod had been brutally jammed into her vagina. The incredible thing is, this poor girl lived through the attack. It left irreparable damage to her internal organs, and she never regained memory of the attack. It also left her severely brain damaged. She was a shy, friendly girl with no enemies, and it was determined to be a random act of savage violence.


Name: Lynda Ann Healy 21 years-old.
Disappeared: Jan 31, 1974 Seattle, Wa.
Found: March 3, 1975 Taylor Mountain, Wa.

A tall, slender beautiful girl with long dark hair and blue eyes, Lynda worked as a ski forecaster for Northwest Ski Reports. She was a senior at WSU, majoring in psychology. She had grown up in a sheltered middle-upper class home near Seattle. She sang beautifully, but her real love was working with mentally handicapped children. She lived in a house with 4 other female college students, and all had heard of the attack on Joni Lenz, and were normally very cautious.

On Jan 31, Lynda rose at 5:30 am like always, and bicycled over to the Reports office just a few blocks away. Her day was spent in normal classes and activities, and at one point, she wrote the last letter of her young life, to a good friend, mentioning the dinner she was making for her parents the following evening - a very warm, happy letter. She retired to bed at her usual early hour that night, and no one heard or saw anything. When her roommates came home and went to bed, they didn't disturb her, thinking she was asleep. At 5:30 am, her alarm went off and the girl in the room next to hers awoke to it, then dozed off again.

At 6, when her own alarm went off, she was surprised to hear Lynda's still blaring. She went in and turned it off, noticing the bed was immaculately made, which was very unusual, since Lynda never made it until after returning from work. Lynda's boss called shortly after, and it was soon realized that Lynda had not biked to work. Her bike was still in the basement, and the side door was unlocked, which alarmed all the girls. Lynda was a very dependable girl and never missed work, never left the door unlocked, and never walked off without informing someone of her plans.

Her parents showed up for the dinner she never made, and they knew then, how serious it was. They called the police. Upon investigation, the police pulled back her bedcovers and found a heavily blood stained pillowcase and blood-soaked sheets. Her nightgown was found stuffed in her closet, the neck line crusted with dried blood. The clothes she'd worn that day were missing. Not one trace of the attacker or her body could be found. A year later, during a thorough investigation of what came to be known as Bundy's graveyard, Lynda's skull was found, bearing the unmistakable marks of vicious battering. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Donna Gail Manson, 19 years-old.
Disappeared: Mar 12, 1974 from Evergreen State College, near Olympia.
Found: Bundy claimed a part of her was found Mar 3, 1975 at Taylor Mountain, Wa.

Donna was a very intelligent college student, an expert flutist with the potential to play in a symphony, and highly individual. She was 5 ft tall, at 100 pounds with long dark hair, quite pretty. In spite of her high IQ, she had grade problems, and smoked marijuana daily. She was given to taking off unexpectedly, returning to her friends with adventurous tales of hitchhiking to other towns. Her roommate was bothered by her obsession with magic, death and alchemy.

She stayed out late often and asked her roommate to cover for her in class while she slept in. In March of 74, she was very depressed. She wasn't reported missing for 6 days because of her habit of taking off on whims. March 12, she'd left her room around 7 pm to walk to a campus jazz concert. She was never seen alive again. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution and said her remains were part of those unidentified bones found Mar 3, 1975 on Taylor Mountain, Wa.


Name: Susan Elaine Rancourt, 19 years-old.
Disappeared: April 17, 1974, Central Wa. State College, Ellensburg.
Found: Mar 3, 1975 Taylor Mountain, Wa.

Susan differed from the other girls, being a pretty blonde with a curvy figure that made her self conscious, and large blue eyes. She stood 5 ft 2 at 120 lbs. She was one of 6 children, and worked 2 full-time jobs 7 days a week the summer before her freshman year, to pay for tuition. She was an extremely shy but brilliant girl with ambitions to go into medicine. Her family moved away to Alaska and she had the courage to stay behind and attend CWSC.

In college she was averaging a 4.0 and working full time in a nursing home. She had a boyfriend in another area, and she jogged every morning and took karate classes. She was terrified of the dark. She never went anywhere alone. Not until the night of April 17. It was mid-term finals and she'd learned of a new job opening for dorm advisors. Always looking for a chance to make more money to support herself, and being preoccupied with finals, she took a rare chance--one that cost her very life. At 8 pm she took a load of clothes to the campus laundry, then walked to the advisor's meeting by herself. It was dark, but the campus was hopping with students.

The meeting ended at 9, and she'd planned to meet a friend to see a German film. The friend finally went alone when Susan never showed. Susan was last seen leaving the advisor's meeting. Investigators found only her skull as they excavated Taylor Mountain, Bundy's graveyard of severed heads. It was brutally fractured. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Brenda Baker, 15 years-old.
Disappeared: May 25, 1974--ran away from home in Redmond, Wa.
Found: June 17, 1974 in Millersylvania Park.

Her badly decomposed body was found in the park, and cause of death was impossible to determine. She'd run away from home, and no personal info is available at this point.


Name: Roberta Kathleen Parks, 20 years-old.
Disappeared: May 6, 1974, from OSU in Corvalles, Oregon.
Found: Mar 3, 1975 Taylor Mountain, Wa.

Kathy was a tall slender girl with long, ash blond hair, and was majoring in world religions. She'd had a miserable week when she disappeared. She was homesick for her family in California, and had broken up with her boyfriend. May 4th she'd had an argument with her father on the phone, and her sister called from Spokane on May 6th to tell her their father had suffered a massive heart attack. Her sister called later with the good news that their father would recover.

It's speculated that Kathy was feeling terrible guilt over the argument and the heart attack that followed. That night, she agreed to walk to another dorm hall to have coffee with friends. She never arrived. Her skull was excavated with the others on Taylor Mountain, so far away from her Oregon dorm. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Brenda Carol Ball, 22 years-old.
Disappeared: May 31, 1974, Burien, Wa.
Found: Mar 1, 1975 in the thickly wooded Taylor Mountain.

Brenda stood 5 ft 3, 112 lbs, with lively brown eyes. On the night of May 31-June 1, she'd gone to the Flame Tavern alone. She told friends that day, she would see about getting a ride to Sun Lakes, on the eastern side of the state, to meet them there later. She stayed at the tavern till 2 am, then asked a musician for a ride, but he was going the other way.

She was seen last in the parking lot, talking to a man with his arm in a sling. Because she was such a free spirit, her friends thought nothing of her absence, and didn't become suspicious until almost 19 days after she was last seen. March 1 of 1975, college students working on Taylor Mt, discovered the first of several skulls on that mountain, and it proved to be that of Brenda Ball. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Georgeann Hawkins, 18 years-old.
Disappeared: June 10, 1974 UW in Seattle, Wa.
Found: According to Bundy, one of her bones was found Sept 6, 1974 nearly 2 miles from Lake Sammamish State Park.

A tiny, beautiful girl who stood 5 ft 2, 115 lbs, Georgeann had long dark hair, large brown eyes, and was an exceptionally bright student. She'd maintained straight A's through the tough UW curriculum, though many students had dropped to a C average. She'd been having trouble with her Spanish, and had considered dropping the course. The day of June 10th, she called her mother and told her she was going to cram for the following day's Spanish finals instead of dropping it.

Georgann had a Peirce County job lined up for the summer, and talked to her parents about it every week. She belonged to the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. On June 10th, she and a sorority sister had gone to party and had a couple of mixed drinks. Georgeann then left to stop by her boyfriend's room and say goodnight to him on her way back to her own dorm, which was just 6 houses down from him, to cram for her exam. She was a very cautious girl and rarely walked anywhere alone, but the street was so well lighted, and hardly deserted.

Many students were cramming for exams that night, so Georgeann was hardly the only one awake at 12:30 am. She visited her boyfriend, borrowed some Spanish notes, then headed for the street. A friend called out of a window to her, and they chatted for a few minutes. She said goodnight and walked 30 feet away before he stuck his head back in through the window. 2 other male friends remembered seeing her cover the last 20 feet before disappearing around the corner. She only had 40 feet to go in the brightly lit alley. Georgeann's roommate knew something was wrong when she didn't arrive 2 hours later, and she called Georgeann's boyfriend and learned she had left his place at 1 am. She woke the housemother, and together they waited for the girl. They called the police in the morning, and because of the other disappearances in the area, the Seattle police took action immediately. They later learned that a housemother had awaken to a high scream.

She'd thought it was a few of the students horsing around as usual, and went back to sleep. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution, and though he was foggy on the details, he remembered how trusting she was. He'd asked her for help carrying his briefcase to his car because of his fake cast, and she'd obliged. He knocked her out, stuffed her into the car and sped away. She came to before he killed her, and in her confused rambling, said she had thought he'd been sent to help her with her Spanish exam. He knocked her out again, then pulled over and strangled her. Before his execution he claimed that part of her remains were found Sept 6,1974 nearly 2 miles from Lake Sammamish State Park.


Name: Janice Ott, 23 years-old.
Disappeared: July 14, 1974 Lake Sammamish State park, Wa.
Found: Sept 6, 1974 nearly 2 miles from the park.

Standing barely 5 ft, 100 lbs, Janice Ott was a very young looking 23, with long blonde hair and striking green-gray eyes.She worked as a probation case worker for King County Youth Service in Seattle, and was very educated in the psychology of the anti-social personality.She felt that with her experience and kind personality, she could really help others who needed special guidance in changing for the better. A newly wed of a year and a half, July 14th was a sad day for her.

The job she'd worked so hard for had taken her away to Washington, leaving her husband behind in his own practice in Riverside Ca. She was missing him very much the day of her disappearance. She left a note for her roommate and told her she'd be home by 4, then biked to the park. Witnesses later said she got up to help a friendly man in a cast, and that was the last Janice Ott was ever seen alive. Workers discovered some of her remains in a wooded area where other victims had been dumped. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Denise Naslund, 18 years-old.
Disappeared: July 14, 1974 Lake Sammamish State park, Wa.
Found: Sept 6, 1974 nearly 2 miles from the park.

Denise was a strikingly pretty girl at 5 ft 4, 120 lbs, with long dark hair and dark eyes. She was studying to be a computer programmer, working part time in an office to pay her way through night school. She and her boyfriend of 9 months had planned a picnic that day at the park with another couple. They roasted hot dogs, then the men fell asleep in the sun.

Denise walked off to the bathrooms around 4:30 pm. She never returned. Her friends started to worry after a while, and searched for her. Denise had brought her dog and they hoped she was looking for the dog, but it turned up alone. Workers discovered some of her remains in a wooded area where other victims had been dumped {along with Janice Ott's remains} Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


The Colorado Murders


Name: Caryn Campbell, 23 years-old.
Disappeared: Jan 12, 1976 Wildwood Inn, Aspen, Colorado.
Found: Feb 18, 1975 Owl Creek Road, Aspen Colorado.

Caryn was a registered nurse from Farmington, Michigan,and stood 5 ft 4 with long brown hair. She was engaged to a cardiologist who was 9 yrs older than her, and got along well with his 2 children. They had gone to Aspen to combine a medical seminar with a vacation. Caryn hadn't been feeling well on January 12th, and had argued with her fiancee about the date of their marriage. She wanted to marry soon, he was in no hurry to rush into a second marriage.

Even though she had a slight case of the flu, Caryn took the kids skiing and sightseeing while their father attended the seminar. Later they ate dinner with friends, then returned to the inn where they were staying. They settled in the lounge, and Caryn remembered a magazine she'd left in their room, and went to retrieve it. After she had been gone a while, her fiancee went to find her. She wasn't in the room, she wasn't anywhere to be found. He searched frantically for her and soon brought the police into it. She'd simply vanished into thin air.

He had to pack and fly home with his children, but kept waiting for a call from Caryn, explaining why she'd walked away from them. She never called. On February 18th, she was found in a snowbank off of Owl Creek Rd, not far from the inn where she had been vacationing. She lay in the bloodstained snowbank nude, battered and cut. It was highly likely that she was raped.Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Julie Cunningham, 26 years-old.
Disappeared: Mar 15, 1975 Vail, Colorado.
Found: Never

Julie was considered to be a very attractive, very nice woman, and worked in a sporting goods store while also working part time as a ski instructor. She had a depressing history with men, often falling for the wrong type, only to hear the "it was great, I'll call you sometime" line she'd come to know so well. The week she disappeared, she'd had the last heartbreak of her life. She'd thought this was the right one, and had gone to Sun Valley with him for a weekend, only to learn he'd had no interest in a long term relationship.

She wanted marriage and kids, and she was in the wrong atmosphere for finding a lasting relationship. She returned to Vail, crying and depressed. On March 15th, she talked to her mother for the last time on the phone, then decided she needed a break, and left for the local tavern. She would have met her roommate there, but Julie Cunningham never arrived. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Denise Lynn Oliverson, 25 years-old.
Disappeared: Apr 6, 1975 Grand Junction, Colorado.
Found: Never

The pretty dark haired woman had argued badly with her husband before she peddled off on her bike to visit her parents. Her parents hadn't expected her, and when she didn't return that night, her husband assumed she was still angry with him and had stayed at their house.He decided to giver her some time to cool off, and the next day, when he called their house, was alarmed to learn she had never arrived there. Police searched the route she had mostly likely taken, and found her bike and her sandals under a viaduct near a railroad bridge. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Melanie Cooley, 18 years-old.
Disappeared: Apr 15, 1975 Nederland, Colorado.
Found: Apr 23, 1975 Coal Creek Rd, Nederland, Colorado.

Melanie could have been Debby Kent's twin sister, and had walked off from her small town high school that spring day, never to be seen alive again. County road workers found her body 20 miles away. She had been bludgeoned on the back of the head, her hands had been tied, and a dirty pillowcase was left twisted around her neck. No other information is available on the victim at this moment. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Shelly Robertson, 24 years-old.
Disappeared: July 1, 1975 Golden, Colorado.
Found: Aug 21, 1975 a mine in Berthoud Pass, Colorado.

Shelly was given to hitchhiking for fun to other states, and when she didn't show up for work on July 1, friends and family first thought she'd gone off on a whim again. She'd argued with her boyfriend prior to her disappearance, and no one knew exactly what she was feeling July 1.

The summer passed without a word, and they realized with dread that the pretty 24 yr old had not gone away on her own. They learned she had been last seen by friends on June 30th, and on July 1, a policeman had noticed her at a gas station with a man in a beat up old truck. August 21, her nude body was found inside a mine by 2 mining students. Cause of death was impossible to determine because of decomposition. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


The Utah Murders


Name: Nancy Wilcox, 16 years-old.
Disappeared: Oct 2,1974 from Holladay, Salt Lake County, Utah.
Found: Never

Nancy Wilcox disappeared from Holladay, near Salt Lake City, Utah on October 2, 1974. Wilcox was last seen riding in a VW bug similar to Ted Bundy's and was likely Bundy's first victim in Utah.

Ted Bundy told detectives before he died that he had left her body, along with that of Debi Kent, in a secluded area south of Salt Lake City. Her body has never been recovered.


Name: Melissa Smith, 17 years-old.
Disappeared: Oct 18,1974 Midvale, Utah.
Found: Oct 27, 1974 near Summit park, in the Wasatch Mountains.

Melissa was the daughter of Midvale's police chief and was a very cautious girl. Midvale itself was a small Mormon town, very quiet, and though her father worried about his kids and taught them to be safety-aware, Melissa had little to fear in the tiny community. Standing 5 ft 3, Melissa was a small, pretty girl with long dark hair parted in the middle.

October 18th, Melissa had plans to attend a slumber party. She ended up walking to the local pizza parlor to console a friend who'd had a quarrel with her boyfriend. After this, she left to pick her overnight clothes up and go to the party. She never made it home, and she never made it to the party. The teenager who'd gone to comfort a friend in need, was found battered and nude 9 days later, far from the small town she'd grown up in.

Her head had been severely beaten with perhaps a crowbar, and her body had been battered before death.She had been strangled, raped and sodomized. Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Laura Aime, 17 years-old.
Disappeared: Oct 31, 1974, Lehi, Utah.
Found: Nov 27, 1974 in the Wasatch Mountains.

Laura had stood nearly 6 ft tall and weighed a mere 115 lbs, and felt very insecure of her "awkward," bony appearance. She'd dropped out of high school and moved in with friends while working small jobs. She was referred to as a drifter looking for something to grasp in life. She talked to her parents daily, but wasn't missed until 4 days after Halloween. She had gone to a cafe on Halloween night and, bored with the activity there, left around midnight and headed to a park.

She was found a month later on the bank of a river in the Wasatch Mountains. Her face was beaten beyond recognition and she was found nude. She had been strangled and apparently beaten with an iron crowbar or prybar. Like Melissa Smith, she had been sexually assaulted. She had been drinking just enough to be intoxicated, but not so much that she couldn't scream, run or fight back.Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Debby Kent, 17 years-old.
Disappeared: Nov 8, 1975 Bountiful, Utah.
Found: Never

Debby was a pretty girl, with long brown hair parted in the middle. Her father was recovering from a heart attack, and the night of Nov.8, he was feeling well enough to attend a high school play with Debby and her mother. They dropped her younger brother off at the local skating rink and went on to the high school. Debby called the skating rink at intermission to let her brother know the play wouldn't end until well after 10, then returned to her seat.

She offered to pick up her brother while her parents stayed behind at the school, and hurried away to the parking lot around 10:30 pm. Several people who lived near the school later admitted to hearing 2 short, terrified screams between 10:30 and 11. They described them as coming from someone in "mortal terror." They even walked outside and stared into the darkness, hoping to find the source. They saw nothing, and they reported nothing. Debby's brother waited at the rink while the crowds thinned at the high school, leaving her irritated parents waiting til midnight.

When they realized theirs was the only car left in the parking lot, they immediately called the Bountiful police, who were all to familiar with the recent disappearances in nearby towns. Later, a father told police he'd arrived late at the play and saw a light colored VW bug racing away from the school. A small handcuff key was found in the parking lot, one that fit the cuffs Carol DaRonch had brought in. Nothing else was turned up. Debby Kent's family faced a tragic, heart broken Christmas, along with Melissa Smith's and Laura Aime's families.Bundy confessed to her murder before his execution.


Name: Carol DaRonch, 18 years-old.
Attacked: Nov 8, 1974, Salk Lake City, Utah.

It was a rainy day when 18 yr old Carol DaRonch left home around 6:30 pm and headed towards a Murray shopping mall. She was a very striking girl, with large doe eyes and long dark hair. She was living at home and working for the Mountain Bell Telephone Company. While at the mall, she ran into some cousins and visited with them for a while. Then she made a purchase and went off to Waldens Books. As she was looking through some books, a handsome, well dressed man approached her.

He asked if she'd parked near Sears, and she said yes. He asked for her license number and she gave it to him. He then told her that someone had tried to break into her car, and she needed to come take a look. Young and trusting, Carol DaRonch didn't even wonder how he'd found her. He had an authorititave air that made her assume he was a security guard or officer. She followed him quietly out of the building, but felt a sudden apprehension as they headed out into the rainy night. She asked him for some ID, and he only laughed, making her feel stupid for bothering.

They got to her car, and nothing was missing. He then told her she needed to come to the station to see if she knew the suspect. After much hesitation, she follwed him to a side building which he told her was a sub station. [it was the back door of a laundry mat]He said the suspect must have been taken to headquearters. He then co-erced her into going to "headquarters." It wasn't until they were in his Volkswagon that she smelled alcohol on his breath.

When he told her to put on her seatbelt, she said no, and was ready to jump, but he'd already driven off and was going very fast. She realized he was heading away from the police station. Suddenly he screeched to a halt and tried to handcuffed her, but in the struggle, connected both cuffs to the same wrist. As they struggled, he pulled out a small gun and threatened her with it. She fell out of the door into the sodden earth, and got up as he came at her with a crowbar.

He threw her up against the car, and in a sheer adreneline rush brought on by utter terror, Carol DaRonch broke free from her attacker and ran wildly to the road. An older couple came upon her just in time and took the terrified girl to the police station. She was their first living, breathing victim.


Name: Nancy Baird, 23 years-old.
Disappeared: July 4, 1975, from Layton, Utah.
Found: Never

Disappeared from a gas station where she worked. Part of her regular routing of working at this sort of establishment is continual contact with customers who are usually strangers. Bundy, no doubt, was just another customer to her. Unfortunately for Baird, her workplace environment placed her medium-high risk for victimization.


Name: Sue Curtis, 15 years-old.
Disappeared: June 28, 1975 from Layton, Utah
Found: Never

No details.


Name: Debbie Smith, 17 years-old.
Disappeared: February, 1976.
Found: April 1, 1976 at Salk Lake International Airport.

No details.


The Oregon Murders


Name: Roberta Kathleen Parks, 20 years-old.
Disappeared: May 6, 1974, from OSU in Corvalles, Oregon.
Found: Mar 3, 1975 Taylor Mountain, Wa.

Failed to return from a late night stroll at Oregon State University at Corvallis.


Name: Rita Lorraine Jolly, 17 years-old.
Disappeared: June 1973, from west Linn.

No details.


Name: Vicki Lynn Hollar 24 years-old.
Disappeared: August 1973, from Eugene.

No details.


The Florida Murders


Name: Karen Chandler, 21 years-old.
Attacked: Jan 14, 1978 FSU, Tallahassee Florida.

Karen had gone home and cooked dinner for her family, then returned before 12 am to work on a sewing project. She went to bed a little after that. The house had been quite deserted that evening, and when several different sorority sisters returned, a chain of events happened that led them to realize an intruder had been among them. One girl saw Bundy running from the building, while another heard strange thumping sounds. They went to alert the housemother, and as they hurried down the hall, Karen staggered into the hall, blood streaming down her face, delirious. She suffered from broken teeth, jaw and skull fractures, cuts, and one crushed finger.


Name: Kathy Kleiner, 20 years-old.
Attacked: Jan 14, 1978 FSU, Tallahassee Florida.

Kathy Kleiner went to a wedding with her fiancee, then went to dinner with friends. Like her roommate Karen Chandler, she was in bed by 12 am. After Karen's horrifying appearance, the housemother hurried into the room to find Kathy sitting up in bed, holding her head in her hands as blood gushed from her wounds. She had lacerations and puncture wounds on her face, broken teeth, her jaw was broken in 3 places and whiplash injury to neck. Later she would have a pin put in her jaw, and all her teeth were permanently loosened. She called for her boyfriend and pastor. She had no memory of the attack because she had been asleep.


Name: Lisa Levy, 20 years-old.
Murderd: Jan 14, 1978 Tallahassee Florida.

Lisa had worked all day and went to a popular campus disco at 10 pm with a sorority sister. She only stayed a half hour because she was tired from working all day, and went home to bed. Her roomate was gone for the weekend, so she was in the dorm alone. Lisa Levy apparently hadnt awakened to all the hysteria coming from the rooms when Karen and Kathy were found. She would never awaken again. An officer found her without a pulse, and began CPR and cardio pulmonary massage. She died before she reached the hospital. Her right nipple had been almost bitten off, her left collarbone was broken, and she had been strangled. A Clairol hairspray bottle had been jammed into her vagina. There was a double bitemark on her left buttock, which would help identify and send Ted Bundy to the electric chair.


Name: Margaret Bowman, 21 years-old.
Murderd: Jan 14, 1978 FSU, Tallahassee Florida.

Margaret was the daughter of a wealthy and prominent ST Petersburg family. She went on blind date at 9:30 pm, came home and was waiting in the rec room, anxious to talk to her friends about the date. She talked to Melanie Nelson about it in Melanie's dorm as Mel changed into pjs. Margaret went to bed around 2:30 am. She was found lying on her stomach in bed, her skull shattered as she slept.

A nylon stocking had been pulled so tightly around her neck it was nearly broken. Her skull was so smashed that it was impossible to tell the injuries apart. The coroners opinion was, both girls were unconscious from the blows themselves. One can only pray....


Name: Cheryl Thomas, ?? years-old.
Attacked: Jan 14, 1978 Tallahassee Florida.

Cheryl is a tall, slim girl with long dark hair and dark eyes, very pretty and rather shy. Cheryl, a dance student, had gone out and after staying to have tea at her date's, she returned home around 1:30 am. She turned on the tv, made something to eat and fed her new kitten. Her neighbors and friends who lived next door, arrived home and shouted teasingly through the wall for her to turn down the tv. She turned out the kitchen light, waited for the kitty to follow her, and went to bed. Later she awoke to a sound, decided it was the kitten on the kitchen window sill and drifted back to sleep.

Her neighbor, Debbie, woke around 4 am to a strange hammering sound. She slept on a mattress on the floor and felt the whole house vibrate from the thumps. She shook her roommate awake and they listened in fear until there was silence. Then they heard Cheryl moaning and whimpering. They weren't sure whether it was from a bad dream or not, so Debbie snuck to the phone and quietly called her boyfriend and asked what they should do. He told her it was probably nothing, but she felt there was something horribly wrong.

The girls had a security check they'd made up a while before that. They were always to answer the phone no matter what, no matter what time. If they didnt, then something was wrong. They called Cheryl's room til it rang 5 times, and Debbie's roommate said loudly, "Call the police...NOW!" As they were reaching the police, they heard a great crash from Cheryls apartment, as if someone was running and crashing through the kitchen. Debbie and her roommate were shocked to see a dozen police cars at their house within 4 minutes of their call.

They had no idea what had gone on at Chi Omega. Cheryl was found lying diagonally across her bed, barely conscious, whimpering and writhing in pain. Her face was turning purple with bruises, it was swollen and she had several serious head wounds. She suffered the worst injuries on that night. Her skull was fractured in 5 places, causing permanent hearing loss in her left ear. Her left shoulder was dislocated, her jaw was broken, and her 8th cranial nerve was so damaged that she would never have normal equilibrium.

She wasnt released from the hospital for a month. If the girls hadn't shouted about calling the police, one can only guess what an uninteruppted Ted Bundy would have finished doing to Cheryl Thomas.


Name: Kimberly Leach, 12 years-old.
Disappeared: Feb 9, 1978 Lake City, Florida.
Found: Apr 7, 1978 Suwannee State Park, Florida.

The pretty, dark eyed, dark haired pre-teen was a small girl, 5 ft tall and 100 lbs. She was very excited the day she disappeared. She'd just been elected first runner up to the Valentine Queen at her junior high. Feb 9 was a rainy, windy day in Lake City. When she arrived at her PE class, she remembered leaving her purse in her homeroom class. Her teacher let her run off to get it. This meant dodging from one building to another. Kim's friend went with her, and as they started back to PE, her friend remembered something she herself had to retreive.

Kim kept going, and when her friend came back outside, she was alarmed to see the little girl going off with a man. Many witnesses that day remember seeing the little girl with an angry man, and he simply looked like a father who'd been called to school to take a naughty child home. They remembered the girl was crying. No one thought anything of it.The school called her home later that afternoon to routinely check on why she hadn't attended the rest of her classes. Her parents knew instantly that something was wrong--Kim didnt skip school, and she was very dependable.

She hadnt come home. They contacted the authorities, who went on the typical "run away" theory, but her parents knew she was too happy about the Valentine election, and she had absolutely no reason to be upset enough to run off. After 8 weeks of heavy searching, the bare bones of the girl who'd been thrilled to become runner up in the Valentine court, were found in a pigpen. There was evidence of sexual assault, but no head trauma. It appeared that she had been strangled, but the decomposition made it difficult to tell.


The Idaho Murders


Name: Lynette Culver, 13 years-old.
Disappeared: May 1975.

No details.


The Vermont Murders


Name: Rita Curran, 24 years-old.
Murdered: July 19, 1971 Burlington, Vermont.

Rita was a very pretty, shy woman with long dark hair. She taught second grade and worked summers as a chambermaid in a hotel. Rita spent most of her time working with deprived and handicapped children. The hotel was next door to the unwed mother's home where Ted Bundy was born. She'd lived at home until she turned 24, then moved into her own apartment with another girl. She was hoping to find a good man that summer, and wanted to marry and have children. The evening of her murder, she'd rehearsed with her barber shop quartet til 10 pm. Her roommate and a friend left her alone in the apartment around 11:30 pm, and when they returned, they talked a while, assuming Rita was in the bedroom asleep. When the roomate walked into the bedroom, she found the bludgeoned, nude body of the schoolteacher. Like many of Bundy's later victims, Rita Curran had been beaten, strangled and raped.



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