A Body on the Farm: The Disappearance and Murder of Carol Blades
On October 2, detectives put Bundy into a lineup. DaRonch immediately identified him as "Officer Roseland", and witnesses from Bountiful recognized him as the stranger at the high school auditorium. Seattle police had insufficient evidence to charge him in the Pacific Northwest murders, but kept him under close surveillance. In November, the three principal Bundy investigators—Jerry Thompson from Utah, Robert Keppel from Washington, and Michael Fisher from Colorado—met in Aspen, Colorado and exchanged information with 30 detectives and prosecutors from five states.
In February , Bundy stood trial for the DaRonch kidnapping. On the advice of his attorney, John O'Connell, Bundy waived his right to a jury due to the negative publicity surrounding the case. After a four-day bench trial and a weekend of deliberation, Judge Stewart Hanson Jr.
After a period of resistance, he waived extradition proceedings and was transferred to Aspen in January He had elected to serve as his own attorney , and as such, was excused by the judge from wearing handcuffs or leg shackles. While shielded from his guards' view behind a bookcase, he opened a window and jumped to the ground from the second story, injuring his right ankle as he landed. After shedding an outer layer of clothing he walked through Aspen as roadblocks were being set up on its outskirts, then hiked southward onto Aspen Mountain.
Near its summit he broke into a hunting cabin and stole food, clothing, and a rifle. For two days he wandered aimlessly on the mountain, missing two trails that led downward to his intended destination. Cold, sleep-deprived, and in constant pain from his sprained ankle, he drove back into Aspen, where two police officers noticed his car weaving in and out of its lane and pulled him over. He had been a fugitive for six days. Back in jail in Glenwood Springs, Bundy ignored the advice of friends and legal advisors to stay put. The case against him, already weak at best, was deteriorating steadily as pretrial motions consistently resolved in his favor and significant bits of evidence were ruled inadmissible.
Multiple reports from an informant of movement within the ceiling during the night were not investigated. He broke through the ceiling into the apartment of the chief jailer—who was out for the evening with his wife  —changed into street clothes from the jailer's closet, and walked out the front door to freedom.
After stealing a car, Bundy drove eastward out of Glenwood Springs, but the car soon broke down in the mountains on Interstate From there he caught a bus to Denver, where he boarded a morning flight to Chicago.
In Glenwood Springs, the jail's skeleton crew did not discover the escape until noon on December 31, more than 17 hours later. By then Bundy was already in Chicago. In the early hours of January 15, —one week after his arrival in Tallahassee—Bundy entered FSU's Chi Omega sorority house through a rear door with a faulty locking mechanism. She was left with permanent deafness, and equilibrium damage that ended her dance career.
In a parking lot he approached year-old Leslie Parmenter, the daughter of Jacksonville Police Department's Chief of Detectives, identifying himself as "Richard Burton, Fire Department", but retreated when Parmenter's older brother arrived and challenged him. At Lake City Junior High School the following morning, year-old Kimberly Diane Leach was summoned to her homeroom by a teacher to retrieve a forgotten purse; she never returned to class. On February 12, with insufficient cash to pay his overdue rent and a growing suspicion that police were closing in on him,  Bundy stole a car and fled Tallahassee, driving westward across the Florida Panhandle.
Lee fired a warning shot followed by a second round, gave chase and tackled him. The two struggled over Lee's gun before the officer finally subdued and arrested Bundy. Following a change of venue to Miami, Bundy stood trial for the Chi Omega homicides and assaults in June From the beginning, he "sabotaged the entire defense effort out of spite, distrust, and grandiose delusion", Nelson later wrote. According to Mike Minerva, a Tallahassee public defender and member of the defense team, a pre-trial plea bargain was negotiated in which Bundy would plead guilty to killing Levy, Bowman and Leach in exchange for a firm year prison sentence.
Prosecutors were amenable to a deal, by one account, because "prospects of losing at trial were very good. Once the case against him had deteriorated beyond repair, he could file a post-conviction motion to set aside the plea and secure an acquittal. At trial, crucial testimony came from Chi Omega sorority members Connie Hastings, who placed Bundy in the vicinity of the Chi Omega House that evening,  and Nita Neary, who saw him leaving the sorority house clutching the oak murder weapon.
Trial judge Edward Cowart imposed death sentences for the murder convictions. Six months later, a second trial took place in Orlando , for the abduction and murder of Kimberly Leach. During the penalty phase of the trial, Bundy took advantage of an obscure Florida law providing that a marriage declaration in court, in the presence of a judge, constituted a legal marriage. As he was questioning former Washington State DES coworker Carole Ann Boone—who had moved to Florida to be near Bundy, had testified on his behalf during both trials, and was again testifying on his behalf as a character witness—he asked her to marry him.
She accepted, and Bundy declared to the court that they were legally married. On February 10, , Bundy was sentenced for a third time to death by electrocution. In October , Boone gave birth to a daughter and named Bundy as the father. Shortly after the conclusion of the Leach trial and the beginning of the long appeals process that followed, Bundy initiated a series of interviews with Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth. Speaking mostly in third person to avoid "the stigma of confession", he began for the first time to divulge details of his crimes and thought processes.
He recounted his career as a thief, confirming Kloepfer's long-time suspicion that he had shoplifted virtually everything of substance that he owned. I really enjoyed having something Hagmaier was struck by the "deep, almost mystical satisfaction" that Bundy took in murder. They are part of you This implied that he began killing well before —although he never explicitly admitted to having done so.
In July , Raiford guards found two hacksaw blades that Bundy had hidden in his cell. A steel bar in one of the cell's windows had been sawed completely through at the top and bottom and glued back into place with a homemade soap-based adhesive. Sometime during this period, Bundy was attacked by a group of his fellow death row inmates. Though he denied having been assaulted, a number of inmates confessed to the crime, characterized by one source as a "gang rape". In early , an execution date March 4 was set on the Chi Omega convictions; the Supreme Court issued a brief stay, but the execution was quickly rescheduled.
He told them that he revisited Taylor Mountain, Issaquah, and other secondary crime scenes, often several times, to lie with his victims and perform sexual acts with their decomposing bodies until putrefaction forced him to stop. In some cases, he drove for several hours each way and remained the entire night.
Less than 15 hours before the scheduled July 2 execution, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals stayed it indefinitely and remanded the Chi Omega case for review on multiple technicalities—including Bundy's mental competency to stand trial, and an erroneous instruction by the trial judge during the penalty phase requiring the jury to break a 6—6 tie between life imprisonment and the death penalty  —which, ultimately, were never resolved.
Within hours of that final denial, a firm execution date of January 24, , was announced.source link
Even the prosecutors acknowledged that Bundy's lawyers never employed delaying tactics. Though people everywhere seethed at the apparent delay in executing the archdemon, Ted Bundy was actually on the fast track. With all appeal avenues exhausted and no further motivation to deny his crimes, Bundy agreed to speak frankly with investigators. He confessed to Keppel that he had committed all eight of the Washington and Oregon homicides for which he was the prime suspect. He described three additional previously unknown victims in Washington and two in Oregon whom he declined to identify if indeed he ever knew their identities.
Poor Liz. He described in graphic detail his abduction of Georgann Hawkins from the brightly lit UW alley; how he had lured her to his car before rendering her unconscious with a crowbar he had earlier placed beside the vehicle before handcuffing her and driving her to Issaquah, where he had strangled her,  before spending the entire night with her body, and later revisited her corpse on three different occasions.
There, in the very midst of a major crime scene investigation, he located and gathered Hawkins' earrings and one of her shoes, where he had left them in the adjoining parking lot, and departed, unobserved. He was infatuated with the idea because he spent so much time there.
He is just totally consumed with murder all the time. He had no compassion at all His murders were his life's accomplishments. Bundy confessed to detectives from Idaho, Utah, and Colorado that he had committed numerous additional homicides, including several that were unknown to the police. He explained that when he was in Utah he could bring his victims back to his apartment, "where he could reenact scenarios depicted on the covers of detective magazines. When it became clear that no further stays would be forthcoming from the courts, Bundy supporters began lobbying for the only remaining option, executive clemency.
Diana Weiner, a young Florida attorney and Bundy's last purported love interest,  asked the families of several Colorado and Utah victims to petition Florida Governor Bob Martinez for a postponement to give Bundy time to reveal more information.
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Boone had championed Bundy's innocence throughout all of his trials and felt "deeply betrayed" by his admission that he was, in fact, guilty. She moved back to Washington with her daughter and refused to accept his phone call on the morning of his execution. Hagmaier was present during Bundy's final interviews with investigators. On the eve of his execution, he talked of suicide.
EST on January 24, ; he was 42 years old.
Hundreds of revelers—including 20 off-duty police officers, by one account  —sang, danced and set off fireworks in a pasture across the street from the prison as the execution was carried out,   then cheered loudly as the white hearse containing his corpse departed the prison. Bundy was an unusually organized and calculating criminal who used his extensive knowledge of law enforcement methodologies to elude identification and capture for years. Other significant obstacles for law enforcement were Bundy's generic, essentially anonymous physical features,  and a curious chameleon -like ability to change his appearance almost at will.
Bundy's modus operandi evolved in organization and sophistication over time, as is typical of serial murderers, according to FBI experts. Some victims were sexually assaulted with inert objects; all except Healy were left as they lay, unconscious or dead. He would employ various ruses designed to lure his victim to the vicinity of his vehicle where he had pre-positioned a weapon, usually a crowbar.
In many cases he wore a plaster cast on one leg or a sling on one arm, and sometimes hobbled on crutches, then requested assistance in carrying something to his vehicle. Bundy was regarded as handsome and charismatic, traits he may have exploited to win the confidence of his victims and society.
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Most were sexually assaulted and strangled, either at the primary crime scene or more commonly after transport to a pre-selected secondary site, often a considerable distance away. Toward the end of his spree, in Florida, perhaps under the stress of being a fugitive, he regressed to indiscriminate attacks on sleeping victims.
At secondary sites he would remove and later burn the victim's clothing,  or in at least one case Cunningham's deposit them in a Goodwill Industries collection bin. All of Bundy's known victims were white females, most of middle-class backgrounds. Almost all were between the ages of 15 and 25 and most were college students. He apparently never approached anyone he might have met before. Rule speculated that Bundy's animosity toward his first girlfriend triggered his protracted rampage and caused him to target victims who resembled her.