The famous serial killer Ted Bundy was caught in Pensacola.
Ted Bundy was caught in 1978 in Pensacola, Florida. He was one of the most well-known serial killers in the United States. WKRG News 5 told about the arrest at the time, and the video above is the original story.
WKRG News 5 is taking a look back at the crimes that shocked the Gulf Coast. The story about Ted Bundy is the sixth one in the set.
Theodore Roosevelt Bundy was born on November 24, 1946. When he was a child, he lived with his mother’s parents. Insider says that Bundy was raised to think that his mother was his sister. Insider heard from a forensic psychologist that Bundy liked to watch violent pornography. Some people in the police force think that Bundy killed his first person when he was a teenager. They think he killed a girl from the neighborhood.
In January 1974, Bundy attacked Karen Sparks, who was 18 years old and went to school at the University of Washington. Bundy is said to have broken into her apartment, raped and beat her, and then left. Sparks did make it through the attack, but she has a lot of brain damage and doesn’t remember it.
Bundy killed his first person just one month later, on Feb. 1, 1974, when he broke into the apartment of University of Washington student Lynda Ann Healy and took her away. It is thought that Bundy killed eight women in Seattle between January and July of that same year.
- Lynda Healy,
- Donna Mason,
- Susan Rancourt,
- Brenda Ball,
- Georgeann Hawkins,
- and Denise Naslund.
Two of the women are still unknown. It is also thought that Bundy killed Roberta Parks in Oregon around this time.
In the middle of 1974, Bundy moved to Salt Lake City to go to law school. Between October and November 1974, he is said to have killed Nancy Wilcox, Melissa Smith, Laura Aime, and Debi Kent.
On November 8, 1974, while Carol DaRonch was shopping, Bundy tried to take her away. DaRonch said that Bundy posed as a police officer and stopped her while she was shopping. He is said to have told DaRonch that someone tried to steal her car and asked her to go outside and call the police.
Bundy told DaRonch that police were holding a suspect at the station and that he needed her to come with him to the station. He stopped along the way, put her in handcuffs, and tried to hit her with a crowbar. She was able to get away, though. She told the police, and when an officer pulled him over in August 1975, he was arrested for the crime. The police officer found handcuffs, a rope, and an icepick.
Before he was caught for trying to take DaRonches, Bundy killed more women between January and August 1975:
- Caryn Eileen Campbell,
- Julie Ann Cunningham,
- Denise Lynn Oliverson,
- Lynette Dawn Culver,
- and Susan Curtis.
Around this time, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who had been Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, called the police to tell them what she thought about him. Kloepfer had heard about the kidnappings and murders in the news, so she told the police Bundy’s name. Officers asked Kloepfer to come in for an interview after the phone call, which she did.
For the DaRonch crime, Bundy was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping in March 1976. He was given a sentence of at least one year and up to fifteen years in prison, but he was sent to Utah to stand trial for the murder of Campell.
In 1977, when Bundy was in a pre-trial hearing for killing Campbell, he jumped out of a second-floor window and ran. Six days later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation found Bundy and took him right to court.
Bundy was charged with five new crimes after he got away. Two counts of felony escape, one count of burglary, and one count of auto theft were among the charges. He was also charged with theft, which is a minor crime.
On December 30, 1977, Bundy got out of jail. The sheriff’s office said that Bundy took the light fixture out of his cell, slid through the hole, crawled through the ceiling, dropped down in a different place, and walked out of jail.
At this time, Bundy went to Tallahassee, Florida, and the campus of Florida State University. Bundy changed his name to Chris Hagen and moved into an apartment close to the school. On January 15, 1978, Bundy broke into the Chi Omega sorority house and killed two women and hurt two others very badly. Bundy killed Margaret Brown and Lisa Levy by beating them and suffocating them. Karen Chandler and Kathy Kleiner were hurt, but they were able to get away.
The next morning, after Bundy left the Chi Omega house, he broke into a house a few blocks away and attacked Cheryl Ann Thomas. Insider says that he broke her jaw and cut a nerve ending near her ear.
Then, on February 9, 1978, Bundy killed the youngest person he had killed. Kimberly Leach was only 12 years old at the time. Bundy took her from near her middle school in Tallahassee. Kimberly’s body was found later that year in April. She had been strangled.
On February 15, 1978, Bundy was driving right outside of Pensacola when he was pulled over on West Cervantes Street by Pensacola Police Officer David Lee. Officer Lee pulled Bundy over because the car he was driving had been reported stolen. Officer Lee fired two warning shots at Bundy because he fought against being arrested.
In June 1979, when he was on trial for killing the two Chi Omega sisters, Bundy chose to represent himself in court. He was found guilty and told he would have to die in an electric chair. Then, in 1980, Bundy was put on trial in Orlando for killing Kimberly Leach. He was also found guilty of this and given a death sentence.
Bundy married Carol Ann Boone while the trial for Kimberly Leach was going on. During the trial, Bundy asked Boone to marry him while she was on the stand. Rose was born to Boone and her husband in 1981. But their marriage didn’t last long, and in 1986 they got a divorce.
On January 24, 1989, at Florida State Prison, Bundy was put to death in an electric chair. It is said that Bundy’s last words were, “Please give my love to my family and friends.” Bundy said he killed 36 women, but some people think he killed more than 100.