Theodore Robert Bundy was a convicted serial killer said to be responsible for dozens of murders across the United States, particularly in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and Florida.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Controversies
- 3 Political connections
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Family and early life
Pacific Northwest crimes
Move to Utah
Chi Omega prosecution
Kimberly Leach prosecution
Death row and execution
There are many indications that Bundy was some kind of intelligence operative: his interest in Chinese language studies at Stanford University during the late 1960s; serving as driver and bodyguard for Republican lieutenant governor candidate Art Fletcher in 1968 (ed. note: mirroring Philip Arthur Thompson who was a driver and spook operative for Alan May); his work for Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Evans to do opposition research (including spying on extramarital affairs) on his Democratic opponent Albert Rosellini; studying psychology at the University of Washington, whose faculty like Donald Dudley were known to be involved in mind control programs; stealing the files of patients of Jim McDermott (the losing Democratic primary opponent of Rosellini) at Harborview Hospital with no repercussions; showing an affinity for multiple foreign languages (per Colorado 9th Judicial District Attorney's office files)
While it is virtually certain that Ted Bundy was responsible for numerous murders, there is little chance that he was solely responsible for all of the murders attributed to him. Many of them likely involved accomplices in addition to Bundy himself, and some of them may have been entirely the work of others for which Bundy was set up to take the fall. An interesting fact pointing to this possibility is that, as KOMO news reporter Ruth Walsh discovered while doing a series on Bundy's case, suspects in the Seattle murders other than Bundy also subsequently relocated to the same states (Utah and Colorado) where the later murders attributed to Bundy were committed. The movement in unison of multiple suspects from the Pacific Northwest to Utah and Colorado suggests that a group effort was behind these murders from the beginning.
Based on an informant in Seattle's drug scene, the Seattle Police Department appeared to initially be pursuing the lead of a murderous cult being responsible for the murders of the young women. Reports were generated on that lead as late as June 26, 1974. Up until that point, every one of the disappearances had no witnesses, but 3 weeks later, the purported killer committed a brazen attack in broad daylight that created the public perception that one lone madman calling himself "Ted" was responsible for the disappearances. On July 14, 1974 at Lake Sammamish, when and where numerous prominent entities including the Seattle Police Department were having a picnic, Janice Ott and Denise Naslund both vanished after being seen in the company of a young man in a cast going by "Ted". Intended or not, the appearance of a lone killer almost certainly detracted from the cult investigation. "Ted" became the template to search for an individual serial killer who was ultimately identified as Ted Bundy.
Nevertheless, Seattle police continued to compile evidence of occult involvement in the murders into a police file known as File 1004. Several witnesses whose statements ended up in File 1004 reported seeing a man who looked like "Ted" leading satanic cult meetings in the woods. File 1004 was also reported to have made reference to a "Satanic cannibal murder in Montana", likely referring to serial killer Stanley Baker who professed to being part of a Process Church splinter group known as the Four P cult.
With these multiple similar accounts in the Seattle police files, there is a distinct possibility that Ted Bundy was just one high-ranking member of a cult that was behind the disappearances of the young women in the Pacific Northwest. Further backing that up is the account of serial killer Stanley Bernson in Oregon, an open satanist who claimed to have traveled with Bundy, though Bundy denied the assertion.
The circumstances behind the Melissa Smith abduction suggest the involvement others than or in addition to Bundy. An autopsy indicated she had been held captive for multiple days, yet she disappeared on the night of October 18, 1974 and Bundy left on a hunting trip with his fiance's father the next day.
On November 8, 1974, Bundy is purported to have failed to murder Carol DaRonch in Murray UT and then gone to Bountiful UT to murder Debra Kent. The timing of that night, however, makes it virtually impossible for Bundy to have done both crimes. By DaRonch's recollection to police just after her kidnapping, following her arrival at the mall around 7:00 PM, she spent about 10 to 15 minutes inside before meeting her abductor, and spent 20 to 30 minutes with him in total. Thus, she would have escaped her captor sometime between 7:30 and 7:45, and since she was taken to the police station by bystanders just after her escape yet her report was only taken at 8:30, her escape is likely to have occurred closer to 7:45. Meanwhile, the key witness in Bountiful, drama teacher Raelynn Shepherd, first reported seeing the culprit right around 7:45 PM. It ranges from extremely implausible (immediately coming up with a new plan and getting from Murray to Bountiful on a rainy evening, all in 15 minutes) to outright impossible (being in two places at once) for any person, Bundy or otherwise, to be responsible for both attacks that night.
It is quite notable that the Bountiful police's initial suspect was a Park City UT drug dealer named Ronald Dennis Auth. Ron Auth fit witnesses' description of the man at the school in Bountiful, and when the police took Shepard to a restaurant where Auth was the waiter, she gave an adamant identification of him as the man she saw, based on physical appearance, gait, mannerisms, and voice. Auth was subsequently cleared, seemingly on the sole basis of a polygraph exam. Auth appears to have been very well connected in the drug scene; in 1979 he was caught with three other men attempting to transport $390 million worth of Colombian marijuana past Puerto Rico on a shrimp boat that he owned.
The Colorado crimes attributed to Bundy contain some of the starkest indications that Bundy was networked with a larger criminal enterprise in the area. Nearly all of the crimes connect in some way to the drug and prostitution scene in the area around Grand Junction CO that occurred under that city's police chief Ben Meyers. Meyers was formerly police chief in Salem OR before relocating to Grand Junction in 1973 to become their police chief. Interestingly, this movement from the Pacific Northwest to states further inland mirrored the movement of Bundy and the other Seattle suspects who subsequently became suspects in the later murders. During his time in Grand Junction, Meyers was beset by rumors of corruption and a sleazy personal life.
In the murder of Caryn Campbell, the earliest alternate suspect was a man named Hugh Joe Temos. Temos was one of the aforementioned men who was a suspect in the Seattle murders and then also a subsequent murder (that of Campbell) attributed to Bundy. After living in Seattle during the 1974 murders, he was arrested on September 8, 1974, one day after the remains of Ott and Naslund were found, for indecent exposure to a policeman's wife. He then drifted to Colorado, taking up manual labor jobs like dishwashing at various hotels in the Snowmass resort in Aspen CO. During this time, he developed a reputation of violence, especially towards women, and exhibited mental instability, described by one coworker as not "playing with a full deck". Temos worked every single day from January 4, 1975 through January 11, 1975, then happened to be off duty on the 12th, the day that Campbell was murdered. Despite not working at the Wildwood Inn where she was staying, Walsh reported that a witness for law enforcement saw Temos by the Wildwood Inn pool that day. The next day, Temos collected his paycheck and quit, leaving town. He next surfaced at the Roseburg OR city jail, where other inmates described him bursting into spontaneous laughter at empty space and drinking his own urine. Aspen investigators visited Temos there and cleared him on the sole basis of polygraph exams, though no one other than Walsh reported that Temos refused to wear the blood pressure monitor during at least one of them.
It is also quite possible that Temos was deliberately maneuvered into place as a patsy. That would explain why he acted in a way that called substantial attention to himself as a suspect: approaching a Seattle police officer's wife to get arrested for a sex crime just as that region's murders had wound down, then establishing a presence at Snowmass shortly before Caryn Campbell arrived, making an appearance at the inn where she was staying on the day of her murder, and leaving town the next day. Presuming that the same group was responsible for the Pacific Northwest murders before moving to Colorado to begin a spree there, Temos may have been the initial person (before Bundy) intended to be thrown to the proverbial wolves.
Another alternate suspect in Campbell's murder is Meyers himself. Lizabeth Harter, the star witness who saw a suspicious man by a Wildwood Inn elevator where Campbell was last seen, was expected to identify Bundy, but in the pretrial hearing she instead pointed to Pitkin County's then-Undersheriff Meyers despite the fact that Bundy was clearly sitting at the defense table. Her identification of Meyers was universally dismissed as a fluke, but given Meyers's own rumored connection to several murders in Grand Junction CO later that same year, it is possible that he really was the man who Harter saw. As the Grand Junction murders appeared to center around local organized crime activities, that also suggests that if Meyers was involved, Campbell's murder was likely a targeted hit. Her brother Robert Campbell was a police officer in Fort Lauderdale FL, a major center for drug trafficking activity.
Vail CO ski instructor Julie Cunningham, who disappeared on March 15, 1975, may not have been a random victim. She was good friends with the daughter of Salem OR chief of detectives Jim Stovall, who worked directly under Meyers back when Meyers was Salem police chief. In fact, Stovall was the very first officer of the Salem Police Department who Meyers nominated for a national law enforcement award, and the two traveled together to Atlantic City NJ for the ceremony. Eagle County CO, whose county seat is Vail, also happens to be a notable center for the nationwide drug trade. Allen Rivenbark, a drug trafficker who operated from the 1970s until his plane crash death in November 1981, owned the Black Mountain Guest Ranch 30 miles from Vail, which was a hideout for East Coast mob figures and a reported drug distribution point for Rivenbark's network that was based in Fort Lauderdale FL.
Denise Oliverson was the first of many young women to disappear or be murdered in Grand Junction in 1975. All of these crimes were suspected of revolving around the drugs and prostitution activity in the city, in which many officers including police chief Meyers were complicit. Oliverson was known to be a drug user, putting her in at least some contact with the local drug scene.
While Bundy was never officially connected to the case, there are also indications that he was at the scene of a later Grand Junction murder: that of Linda Benson and her young daughter on July 25, 1975. Steve Goad, who lived in the same apartment complex as Benson, saw Bundy on TV one day and immediately recognized him as a man he had seen in the apartment parking lot on the night Benson was killed. DNA ultimately linked serial rapist Jerry Nemnich to Benson's murder, but that does not exclude the possibility of a larger group being responsible, especially given the presence of unidentified DNA samples that Nemnich's defense singled out at trial. Benson was even more enmeshed in the Grand Junction drug scene, to the point where she expressed intimate knowledge of high-level local players' complicity in narcotics trafficking. She was good friends with Linda Miracle, who would be murdered a month later along with neighbor Pat Botham after the two of them resolved to come forward with news that would "shock the whole town".
Bundy's second escape from prison in Colorado, which took him all the way to Tallahassee FL, has multiple indications that it was facilitated by others. He purportedly managed to saw through the ceiling of his cell using a hacksaw without anyone noticing, and a prison informant who heard Bundy moving through the crawlspace in the ceiling made multiple reports but nothing was done. After escaping, he is said to have found a sports car with keys already in the ignition that allowed him to make his escape, and from there managed to hitchhike from Vail to Denver to Chicago (by plane, raising the question of how he bought his ticket) to Atlanta and finally to Tallahassee. When asked later by a Florida interrogator how he got the money to travel across the country after his escape, Bundy responded "Well, man, there’s other people. Other people are in on it."
The massacre at the Chi Omega sorority house in the University of Florida at Tallahassee had very little evidence pointing to Bundy and some pointing away from him. Semen found in the bed of victim Cheryl Thomas belonged to a nonsecretor even though Bundy was known to be a secretor. Jurors in Bundy's trial seemed unaware of the significance of this testimony, with one stating "To me, the evidence said he was a nonsecretor, and it fit right in" and another admitting "I really didn’t pay too much attention to that". This may have been due to an ineffective defense by Bundy's attorneys, questionable juror selection (picked with the help of Atlanta hypnotist Emil Spillman, who served in the Marines during the Korean War and was an apparent colleague of CIA hypnotist William Joseph Bryan), or some combination thereof. The lynchpin of the state's case was bite mark evidence on the buttocks of one victim that was said to match Bundy's teeth, but that evidence was extremely dubious. The prosecution experts matched the purported bite marks to a cast of Bundy's teeth taken in prison, but when the cast was taken, Bundy had a chip in his tooth that he had made after the Chi Omega murders. The judge refused to admit testimony and photographic evidence demonstrating this at trial. If the bite mark matched the state of Bundy's teeth after the murders took place, then it is likely that the bite mark did not even exist at the time of the murders itself, and was instead fabricated based on the cast of Bundy's teeth.
1975 Grand Junction murders
- People, "The Enigma of Ted Bundy: Did He Kill 18 Women? Or Has He Been Framed?", 1980/01/07
- Spokane Daily Chronicle (from Associated Press), "Police File Hints at Ties With Occult", 1976/02/03
- The Oregonian, "SATANISM AT ROOTS OF INMATE'S ELABORATE ESCAPE PLOT? SYMBOLS OF DEVIL WORSHIP RAISE UMATILLA SUSPICIONS", 1988/04/01
- True crime overviews
- The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (1980) - PDF here
- The Only Living Witness by Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth (1983)
- KOMO, "Ted Bundy - The Mystery", 1979 (FLV video) (WorldCat page) ("Programmed To Kill/Satanic Cover-Up Part 202 (Ted Bundy - OTHER SUSPECTS)", 2020/06/28) - producer, writer, and reporter is Ruth Walsh; executive producer is Jim Harriott; cameraman and editor is Rich Crew
- Description for entry to the Peabody Awards: "For over four years, the circumstances surrounding mass-murder suspect, Ted Bundy, have been the subject of in-depth investigation by reporter Walsh. Bundy is a former Seattle resident -- his notoriety began in connection with the murders and disappearances of eight young women in the Seattle area. For the most part, in the print and electronic media, Bundy was convicted before the trial on purely circumstantial evidence. He is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, suspected of over 32 murders. Walsh, over the years, through contact with Bundy, his family, his lawyers, his prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and years re-reading every court transcript, police document, and psychiatric report done in connection with the murder cases, uncovered substantial evidence of at least five other men with the same incriminating circumstantial evidence. This five-part investigative series was shown during our seven-week coverage, from Miami, of Ted Bundy's first murder trial. Also included as part of the 'Bundy Story' are three of the daily reports (3 a day), sent by satellite back to Seattle, Washington, about the longest distance possible in this country for local coverage!"
- People, "The Enigma of Ted Bundy: Did He Kill 18 Women? Or Has He Been Framed?", 1980/01/07
- "Previously, while researching a five-part series on Bundy, Walsh discovered that seven other men could be linked circumstantially with some or all of Bundy’s alleged crimes. “There are five possible ‘Teds’ in the Seattle area alone,” she says. The list includes a convicted sex offender who was living in Seattle at the time of the murders there. He then moved to Aspen, where he took a job at Snowmass, the resort where victim Caryn Campbell was staying. His co-workers remember him as violent, especially toward women. He didn’t show up for work on the day Campbell was murdered; the next day he picked up his paycheck and left town. (Subsequently he was given a lie detector test and passed.)"
- "Walsh also learned that another suspect in the Seattle slayings was living in Salt Lake City at the time of the DaRonch kidnapping. Later convicted of shooting a woman to death, the suspect owned a gun and handcuffs and matched DaRonch’s description of her abductor—dark, slicked-down hair and a mustache. “The thing that makes me want solid proof against Bundy is that we have uncovered these other people,” says Walsh. “They fit the pattern of evidence and description in an almost uncanny way.”"
- Law enforcement documents
- Seattle Police Department, case 74-031075 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) (archive)
- Thurston County Sheriff's Office, case 74-3868-3, 1974/03 - on p.78 are police notes about the Institute of Insight a.k.a. Silva Mind Control International (almost certainly what Ann Rule refers to as Thought Power Inc. / the Institute of ESP), noting that it has an instructor named Jean d'VereVuere, mentioning how they checked into its business license, and stating that it formerly was but no longer is a franchise of parent organization Silva Mind Control; on p.80 are the Institute's registered agents: president Jean d'Vere Vuere of Olympia WA, vice president Bruce Kerkow of Tacoma WA, secretary Mary Pease (an X-ray technician) of Tumwater WA, and treasurer Ann Conaway of Montesano WA; on p.81 are the Institute's directors: Ted Mulholland of Tacoma WA, John D. Palmer of Lacey WA, Leon Stith of Auburn WA, and Virginia L. Nichols of Lacey WA; on p.161-162 is a 1974/04/05 account by a hitchhiker describing how the person who picked them up (later identified as Rex E. Jordan of Olympia WA, a "doper with a burned out mind") told him "Thurston County was a weird place", asked if he had heard about "Manson and Potter", and stated that "the police didn't know half of the facts"; on p.162 there is a mention of the fact that known sex offender Jack Kyle Silva was in the area on the day of Donna's disappearance, documented as writing a check that bounced; on p.175 it is stated that Donna was pursuing a college project on "magic-sorcery-withcraft" and was referred to Richard Allan Miller a.k.a. Rick Miller (of Seattle) at the University of Washington experimental college as an advisor; on p.256 is a list of alleged facts about Donna including having a case of venereal disease, doing personal writings that exhibit "an unusual interest in death as well as magic, the occult and alchemy", having a boyfriend in Spain, and being a frequent user of LSD; on p.318 is a 1975/02/03 overview of oddities in Donna's personal notebook, including a mention of someone named "Gimli" with a "broken hand cast" (ed. note: like the one that Bundy reportedly used to solicit victims); on p.325 is a report of a 1974/05/30 sighting of Donna in Vancouver accompanied by a "hippy type"; on p.357 is a 1974/04/05 statement by Lyle Edward Manson in which he states how John Daugert told him that Hank Adams, an affiliate of the Indian Movement or himself a Native America, related his belief that Donna was mixed up in the SLA through an Evergreen College acquaintance named Dave Clinger; on p.366 is a 1974/04/03 statement by Deanna Ray, where she mentions how Carol Spence at Evergreen had referred Donna to someone at UW (ed. note: Rick Miller) to help her on her occult study project, and describes how much Donna "really liked death"; on p.419 is a phone number of someone in the 92d Bomb Wing at Fairchild AFB, which appears to have been found in Donna's possessions; on p.498 is a 1974/08/01 supplemental report describing how Donna was seen at a recent party on O'Brien Road with members of a motorcycle gang known as "The Tribe"; on p.515 is a 1984/06/14 statement by Sandy Smithson, the sister of another Bundy victim Susan Elaine Rancourt who is identified as a member of the Thurston County sheriff's reserves and a part-time security guard at The Evergreen State College, in which she claims to have "extra-sensory powers"; on p.529 is a 1974/05/24 letter about how two witnesses gave a ride to a girl who resembled Donna and mentioned a "Ted" whom she was staying with (ed. note: this was nearly 2 months before a man with the name "Ted" became known as a suspect in the disappearances of young women); on p.603-605 is an account by an unknown witness who was acquainted with a man named Steve Brown: they were told by Brown that he was in the dope business with a friend from Tacoma named Ted Bundy, on one occasion they met a girl from Olympia who was with Brown and Bundy and was said by Brown to have venereal disease, Brown told them that he was upset about a bad dope deal and mentioned a construction site which the witness believed was an allusion to where Brown and Bundy buried the body of someone from that dope deal, and Brown was departing for Washington DC; on p.621 is Tacoma News Tribune, "Bundy aided in escape, official says", 1978/05/02 in which Glenwood Springs/Aspen DA Frank Tucker claimed that Bundy had help in his escape and indictments could be forthcoming (ed. note: this never materialized)
- Multi-agency (including Seattle Police Department) files on the 1974/07/14 murders of Denise Naslund and Janice Ott at Lake Sammamish
- Bountiful Police Department, case on Debra Jean Kent disappearance, 1974
- Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, case 75-0078, 1975
- Colorado 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office, case on Caryn Campbell murder, 1975-77
- Grand Junction Police Department, case on Denise Lynn Oliverson disappearance, 1975
- Seattle Police Department, case 74-031075 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) (archive)
- Political connections of Bundy
- From p.163 of The Only Living Witness: "Outwardly, however, Ted was still the young Republican. He wrote friends that he could not believe what had happened (which was true) and how he looked forward to the system working to correct its error. This was the Ted that they all remembered, the one for whom a “Ted Bundy Defense Fund” was immediately established. Something over $4,000 was almost immediately raised, and major contributors included Marlin and Sheila Vortman as well as Ralph Munro [the Washington Secretary of State involved in the VoteHere company]."
- From p.4 of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office notes on the 1975/11/13-14 "Ted" summit in Aspen CO: "In March of 73 Liz notices a 4" bladed knife in her glovebox. Bundy claims that Vortman (an attorney in Seattle) gave it to him."
- Marlin Vortman background
- Aspen Times Weekly, "Evidence represents Ted Bundy’s time in the Roaring Fork Valley", 2019/03/28: "Among the items in storage at the DA’s Office in Glenwood Springs [...] in the boxes of documents is a detailed report about Bundy’s escape from the jail in Glenwood Springs. Included is a lengthy inventory of the stuff he left behind in his cell after he broke out. Among the legal documents and texts, food items like vegetable protein powder and clothing was a large collection of books. They included “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72” by Hunter S. Thompson, the Woody Creek writer who lost the 1970 Pitkin County sheriff’s race to Carroll Whitmire, the man who occupied the Sheriff’s Office when Bundy committed the Snowmass Village murder. [...] Bundy apparently received several Christmas cards during the winter of 1977, including one, oddly enough, from Sheriff Dick Kienast and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The cards were saved as evidence in a manila envelope and tucked in among the boxes of evidence."
- Ann Rule - a potential handler of Bundy
- From p.37 of The Stranger Beside Me: "We might never have met at all. Logically, statistically, demographically, the chance that Ted Bundy and I should meet and become fast friends is almost too obscure to contemplate. We have lived in the same states at the same time—not once but many times—but the ten years between our ages precluded our meeting for many years."
- Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth
- Biography of Stephen G. Michaud on his own website: "A Vermont native, raised in the Pacific Northwest, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford in 1970, assuming at the time he would go on to law school. Instead, Michaud migrated from Palo Alto to New York City, where he took what he believed was a temporary job as a research assistant in the Newsweek magazine library. Three years later, while on assignment to the magazine's Houston bureau, he reported his first major crime story, the so-called "Candy Man" serial murders of 30 young men and boys. [...] [After joining Business Week in 1977 he] was about to make another major career move -- to Tokyo, for McGraw-Hill World News -- when Ted Bundy fell into his lap, figuratively. "I received a call from my agent," he remembers, "who told me that Bundy was interested in cooperating on a book. Ted, who lawmen suspected in as many as 150 murders from Seattle to Miami, adamantly insisted he was innocent on all counts, which seemed a dubious proposition. Nevertheless, I was intrigued at the possibility he could be telling the truth, and that a thorough re-investigation of his case might prove that. "Without giving the project much more thought, I canceled Japan and quit Business Week. I also induced my onetime mentor at Newsweek, Hugh Aynesworth, to join me in the project. I would interview Bundy on Death Row while Hugh, one of the very best investigative reporters around, would undertake a complete review of the evidence against Bundy." Michaud and Aynesworth quickly came to two realizations: Bundy was guilty as hell and he had no intention of admitting it, at least not openly. However, they did see a possible way to finesse the situation. Although Bundy was not ready to say, "I did it," he clearly wanted to discuss himself and what he'd done. So Michaud offered him a way to do that, to "speculate" about the murders, and the person who committed them, in the third-person. "Ted jumped at the suggestion," Michaud recalls."
- From p.184 of Programmed to Kill:
Theodore Robert Bundy was yet another serial killer whose parentage remains obscured. He entered this world in 1946 at the Elizabeth Lund Home for unwed mothers and he was promptly abandoned there for three months by his mother, Eleanor Cowell. He was raised to believe that his mother’s father, Sam Cowell, was his father as well, which he may in fact have been. Chronicler Ann Rule has written that the identity of Ted’s real father was unknown outside of the family, and that he was a “shadowy man whose real identity grows more blurred with every year that passes…” Throughout his life, Bundy described his church deacon father/grandfather in glowing terms, while other family members have characterized him as a horrendously violent and abusive man who terrorized his family and was sadistic to animals. Sam Cowell’s own brothers reportedly stated on numerous occasions that somebody should kill him to spare others further misery.
In October 1950, Ted’s mother began calling herself Louise and legally changed her son’s name from Theodore Robert Cowell to Theodore Robert Nelson—for no discernable reason. The next year, she married Johnnie Culpepper Bundy and changed Ted’s name once again. Johnnie, a former Navy man and a member of a large clan of Tacoma Bundys, was employed at—of all places—a military hospital at a joint Army/Air Force complex. Ted attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington—at least according to his former classmates he did. That cannot be verified, however, since all records of Bundy’s enrollment there have strangely disappeared. After graduation, he worked for a municipal electric utility.
- Allegation that Thomas Dowling Carr / Thomas D. Carr / Thomas Carr was Bundy's father
- Part 3 of the FBI vault files on Bundy - allegations were made by Thomas's daughter Janla N. Carr in 1991; after noting that Bundy's mother Louise claimed Bundy's biological father was known to her by the name Jack Worthington, it relates Janla's claim that her father told Louise his name was either Lloyd Nelson or Jack Worthington; Janla accuses Bundy of multiple crimes: pushing a little girl into the path of a train at West Park in Pittsburgh PA during the mid 1950s, stealing a car in Tacoma WA and driving i to Pittsburgh at age 14 or 15, having him confess in 1970 at a party in Pittsburgh to a Tacoma murder and a 1969 New Jersey turnpike murder, and being in Pittsburgh in 1970 when a coed turned up stabbed to death; it is noted that the photograph of Thomas "bears a resemblance to published photographs of Ted Bundy"; elsewhere calls Janla by the name Janla D. Carr; notes that Janla claims her father once introduced Louise as "Aunt Eleanor"; on p.40-41 has Janla Carr claim that both her father and Bundy himself had "hypnotized" her to forget about the family connection
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Grieving father, fatal obsessions", 1998/01/30 (pages 1, 10): "Thomas Carr gave Pittsburgh homicide detectives a torn piece of newspaper, 19 years old, with his daughter's troubled scrawling on it. The mostly indecipherable note written by Janla Carr told of some unidentified man looking at her strangely. That proved his daughter had been murdered, the Squirrel Hill man first told detectives nearly a year ago and many times since. Patiently, repeatedly, detectives told Carr that such was not the case. Janla, who had a lengthy history of mental illness, had probably committed suicide eight days after her 45th birthday by putting herself in the path of a train in Oakland. If not a suicide, they told him, it had been an accident. [...] On Wednesday, inside the Wal-Mart in Cranberry, Carr, 84, told his tale to a cellular telephone salesman throughout the day. Shortly thereafter, he took off a tassel cap, walked near the cash registers, drew a handgun, pointed it to his chest and pulled the trigger. [...] Wounded, he fired two more shots into his chest. [...] Janla Carr and her father had what friends characterized for police as a "love-hate" relationship. Janla Carr would tell her friends that her father had abused both her and her mother, who died of cancer about five years ago. Yet Thomas Carr, who told police he was a retired U.S. Postal Service supervisor, paid for the apartment Janla Carr kept in a former mansion in the 5100 block of Fifth Avenue, Oakland. [...] Janla Carr, who had suffered with mental illness for years and had numerous stays in Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, graduated from college but held no job. [...] Late on the night of Jan. 31, 1997 [...] The woman had been killed instantly. It was Janla Carr. [...] "He would point his anger in different directions, one tirfie.at'his neighbors, another time he would be angry at us and other times he would be angry at some nebulous government agency," Freeman said. [...] On Tuesday, Carr went to the Butler Eagle newspaper office and told an employee that he wanted to talk about his daughter's death, that he tried to get Pittsburgh police interested in it but he no longer trusted them. He said her murder involved a top political aide of a gubernatorial candidate. Carr, who said he was on the run, was referred to Post-Gazette reporter Dennis B. Roddy. The next day, Wednesday, [...] Carr walked about 20 yards away, out of Hengelsberg's line of vision. And then the first shot was fired."
- North Hills News Record, "Suicide comes year after daughter's death", 1998/01/30: "The Pittsburgh man who shot himself Wednesday in front of employees and customers at the Wal-Mart in Cranberry did so just short of the first anniversary of his daughter's death. Thomas D. Carr talked to several people in the store, including a cellular telephone salesman claiming that his daughter was murdered and the same people were after him. [...] Although Janla Carr had a home, Marraway described her as eccentric. "I believe she had some psychological problems," Marraway said. "She had been in the hospital for psychological problems." There was no indication that Carr. 84, had psychological problems, according to Cranberry police Cpl. David Lewis. "When talking to the family, they were shocked at the occurrence," Lewis said. He said Carr has a sister who lives out of state. [...] Lewis added that police do not know where Carr got the gun he used to shoot himself and it is not registered. [...] Carr claimed he was the victim of FBI and police conspiracies, according to Hengelsberg. "It sounded like something on 'Miami Vice,'" Hengelsberg said Wednesday after the shooting."
- Political and espionage career
- From p.10 of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office notes on the 1975/11/13-14 "Ted" summit in Aspen CO: "Dr. Hurst says Bundy knows many foreign dialogues."
- AryanEmpires Infinity series on Bundy intelligence connections
- "TED BUNDY# 5; Child Experiments Project, Behavior Modification, MK-ULTRA Files Thief (Post175)", 2020/06/04
- "TED BUNDY# 6; Lived At Same Address As Military Intelligence Agent (CIA, USAF, USDS) (Post178)", 2020/06/20
- "TED BUNDY# 7; Military Psychiatrist For Intelligence Agents, MK-ULTRA (CIA, USAID, USDS) (Post179)", 2020/06/28
- Time in Pennsylvania in 1969 - after which Bundy returns to Washington state; it also happens to be the case that Pennsylvania native Hugh Temos first started drifting across the western US in 1969
- More Than The Curve, "Serial Killer Ted Bundy Once Lived in Lafayette Hill", 2019/01/25: "We are not sure how we never heard this before, but today there is an article on PhillyVoice.com about the Netflix documentary series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes that mentions that Ted Bundy lived briefly with his grandparents in Lafayette Hill. According to the book, The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History, he lived on South Warner Road in Lafayette Hill for a month prior to starting at Temple University in January of 1969. To attend Temple he moved across the country from Washington state (he had previously been born in Philadelphia and lived in the city for three years prior to his family moving to Washington). According to the same book, many involved in the Bundy case believe he made the drastic move in an effort to quelch the desires he had developed, but not acted on, in Washington. Bundy only stayed at Temple for several months. He was back in Washington in the spring of 1969. During his period he claims to have killed two women."
- Press of Atlantic City, "Ted Bundy possible suspect in '69 parkway murders, author claims", 2019/05/28: "[Bundy] was never connected to what has been dubbed the “coed murders” — the double homicide of Elizabeth Perry and Susan Davis. [...] Perry, of Excelsior, Minnesota, and Davis, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, both students at Monticello Junior College in Godfrey, Illinois, visited Ocean City for several days over the Memorial Day holiday in 1969. On Friday, May 30, after the holiday, they left to meet Davis’ family in Camp Hill for a road trip to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, for Davis’ brother’s graduation. They left the Syben House, a rooming house on Ninth Street, at 4:30 a.m., hoping to beat traffic. They stopped at the Somers Point Diner for an early breakfast, and it was the last time they were seen alive. [...] The next day, Davis and Perry’s fathers reported them missing when they didn’t make it to Camp Hill. The two men, described in Press accounts as wealthy executives, rented a helicopter to fly the route the women would have taken. [...] The following Monday, June 2, the bodies of Perry and Davis were found 20 feet from each other in the “secluded underbrush” off the parkway just inside the border of Egg Harbor Township. [...] Bundy, a student at Temple University at the time, had “ample opportunity” to scope out the area, Barth said, adding he interviewed at least two people who claimed they saw a man that holiday weekend who matched Bundy’s description. [...] After Bundy was executed, forensic psychologist Dr. Arthur Norman revealed to Bill Kelly, a writer for Ocean City’s SandPaper in 1989, that Bundy admitted to killing Perry and Davis during one of their sessions."
- Connection to the Seattle murders
- From p.186-187 of Programmed to Kill: "Along with the proliferation of missing girls, the Pacific Northwest was grappling with another emerging problem in the spring of 1974: an abundance of what are referred to as ‘cattle mutilations.’ While conspiracy theories attempting to explain this phenomenon abound, such theories frequently involving UFOs and alien experimentation, many police investigators and independent researchers have linked these occurrences to local satanic cult activity."
- FBI files on animal mutilations in western and midwestern states between 1974 and 1978
- NebraskAmazing page on 1974 cattle mutilations in Nebraska
- Lincoln Journal Star, "Devil Worship Fires Debate in Cattle Mutilations", 1974/08/23
- Hutchinson News, "Recent cattle mutilations bring memories of 1970s attacks", 2016/01/15
- Spokane Daily Chronicle (from Associated Press), "Police File Hints at Ties With Occult", 1976/02/03 (also called "POLICE FILE HINTS AT THE OCCULT" in a Henry Makow article): "A Satanic cannibal murder in Montana [possibly Stanley Baker], animals found skinned and missing their vital organs, and disappearances of Northwest women all play a part in the mystery of Seattle Police File 1004. Police interest in the occult, witchcraft and satanism has been stimulated by the mysterious slayings of several Washington and Oregon women and by the ravings of a murderer in Idaho. That plus the Charles Manson legend and a new wave of animal mutilations have caused a host of hysterical tipsters, officers say. The disappearance of the women—one of them in the company of the mysterious "Ted"—has filled File 1004 with citizen suspicions of a deadly occult connection, police say. Several tipsters said they'd seen men who looked like "Ted" and had held cult meetings, talked of the occult, talked about devil worship, worshipped rattlesnakes or set up strange shrines in the forest. With hindsight, some of the tips turned out to be laughable. The shrine in the forest was the work of a backwood sculptor. A "devil mask" was a piece of model airplane wing. A strange red and orange symbol on a tree turned out to be a forestry sign. But file 1004 continued to grow. A witch involved in "white magic" was said to know of a black magic group on the east side which had used the missing women in a sex ritual. Another advanced a theory that "Ted" was a Jesus freak who traveled to South America, studied Inca religions in which an ancient god returned to earth with a wounded wing, Ted's broken arm, and was forced to sacrifice victims on a high altar. None of the tips panned out, police say. There was a haunting resemblance between several of the missing women, whose photos revealed them as having long hair, parted in the middle. Some said they looked like sisters. Could they have been hand-picked for ritual death? And why, when the remains of four of them were discovered on Taylor Mountain last March, were there only skulls and skull bones found, officials wonder. Within weeks of the skull discoveries, an Idaho murder suspect, 24-year-old Thomas Creech, began talking to authorities from his jail cell. He said he had witnessed the ritualistic slaying of several women in King County by a motorcycle gang of Satan worshippers. At least the innocuous portions of his bloody story were true. There was a house in South King Couty like the one he described as the site of cult killings, and several of the individuals he named did exist. And human blood was found in one of the rooms in the house, although Seattle Police Homicide Capt. Herb Swindler said the room was too small for the kind of hideous ceremonies Creech described. But the bizarre events continue, and File 1004 continues to grow. Is the occult involved? "I've never known," said Swindler. "I don't know now.""
- The Daily Chronicle (Centralia WA), "Seattle police investigating witchcraft", 1976/02/03: "[...] and missing their vital organs, to disappearances of Northwest women all play a part in the mystery of Seattle Police File 1004. Police interest in the occult, witchcraft and satanism has been stimulated by the mysterious slayings of several Washington and Oregon women and by the ravings of a murderer in Idaho. That plus the Charles Mansco [Manson?] legend and a new wave of animal mutilations have caused a host of hysterical tipsters, officers say." plus "[...] of them in the company of the mysterious "Ted" filled file 1004 with citizen suspicions of a deadly occult connection, police say. Several tipsters said they'd seen men who looked like "Ted" and had held cult meetings, talked of the occult, talked about devil worship, worshipped rattlesnakes or set op strange shrines in the forest. With hindsight, some of the tips turned out to be laughable. The shrine in the forest was the work of a bickwood [?] sculptor. A "devil mask" was a piece of forestry sign. But file 1004 continued to grow."
- From p.48-49 of The Only Living Witness:
In the absence of any concrete leads as to "Ted's" identity, many north westerners thought the answer would be found in occultism or Satan worship, which enjoy small but ardent followings around Seattle. One rumor given broad currency was that “Ted” had been a Jesus freak gone insane after a trip to South America. The theory was that “Ted” believed himself to be the reincarnation of a broken-winged Inca bird god.
Herb Swindler wasn't buying anything so outrageous, but neither was the frustrated investigator above checking out the occult angle. Working quietly and, for the most part, alone, he put together what became File 1004, a dossier on area occultism. In the end, the effort led him no closer to “Ted”, but in the absence of anything more substantive to go on, he felt obliged to try.
- p.189 of Programmed to Kill has a slightly different quote from Michaud: "Chronicler Michaud, however, offered a different take: “occultism or Satan worship [are] creeds that local police say have long found a small but ardent following of practitioners around Seattle.”"
- From p.198 of The Stranger Beside Me: "Seattle Police had a file on occult happenings, File 1004. Reports came in to the beleaguered Task Force—reports from people who thought they'd seen “Ted” at cult gatherings. In any case with such widespread publicity, a number of “kooks” will surface, advancing theories that make an ordinary person's hair stand up on the back of his neck. There were totally unsubstantiated rumors that the missing and murdered girls had been sacrificed and their headless bodies dumped, weighted, into the almost bottomless waters of Lake Washington."
- From p.111 of The Only Living Witness: "An odd-shaped piece of paper was found near the Issaquah hillside, and promptly there was speculation that it was a ceremonial mask. The “mask” turned out to be a wing cover for a model airplane. Many people were convinced that a virulent offshoot of the Charles Manson family had moved to the Seattle area and had begun a new reign of terror led by “Ted.”"
- The Oregonian, "SATANISM AT ROOTS OF INMATE'S ELABORATE ESCAPE PLOT? SYMBOLS OF DEVIL WORSHIP RAISE UMATILLA SUSPICIONS", 1988/04/01: "The suggestion of satanism caught Donald D. Yokom of Pendleton, Bernson's court-appointed attorney on the escape charges, by surprise. ``I haven't heard anything of that,'' he said Wednesday. ``This is the first time anybody suggested that to me.'' But Carey said satanism crops up occasionally in criminal cases around the Northwest. ``We have definitely seen it in some homicides,'' the sheriff said. ``I think we're underestimating it. . . . I think it plays a far bigger role than we've understood in the past.'' Bernson is a former Tri-Cities, Wash., produce salesman who once bragged of traveling with Seattle serial killer Theodore Bundy, who is on death row in Florida. Bernson has been in jail for nearly 2 years, awaiting trial for the Dec. 22, 1978, murder of 15-year-old Sharon Weber at Cold Springs Reservoir near Hermiston. [...] According to testimony last year by former cellmates, Bernson bragged that he and Ted Bundy traveled together. Bundy was investigated, though never charged, in a string of murders in Washington state of college-age women in the mid-1970s. Six bodies eventually were found. Bundy has steadfastly denied any involvement in those killings."
- "Programmed To Kill/Satanic Cover-Up Part 92 (Ted Bundy - Serial Killer - Occult & Satanism)", 2018/02/05 - has "Mad Dog" McKenna, a purported Hand of Death member, being interviewed by Gerald John Schaefer about how he taught Bundy about Satanism in 1973 and how Bundy sent a map to a cave where he tortured women; discusses how Bundy incinerated victims' bodies, raising the possibility that others were involved; points out the resignation of Ben Meyers after Bundy escaped from his Colorado prison
- Fatal Visions No. 17, "AMERICA'S CULT OF DEATH: THE HAND OF DEATH" by G.J. Schaefer - claims that Bundy was driven to commit his crimes due to his involvement in Satanism; says that "South African adventuress" Molly von Heydreich was researching the Hand of Death, contacted Kenneth McKenna, and learned from him about Ted Bundy's cave where he tortured his victims; claims that practitioners of Palo Mayombe had stolen the remains of Denise Naslund from a police morgue and brought them to the mountains of northern Mexico; also claims that Bundy's hair was taken by Pauli Valentino, a member of the squad that prepared Bundy for execution who realized its value to the Satanic underground, and that Bundy's ashes were hidden in the Gainesville FL home of University of Florida employee Michael Radelet; says that in 1993 von Heydreich learned from McKenna that Bundy followed a branch of Satanism associated with some of Charles Manson's followers; claims that McKenna ordered the murder of von Heydreich through the satanic underground after she betrayed his confidence by publishing what he told her; mentions two books on Bundy links to Satanism: Ted Bundy's Butchered Beauties by Molly von Heydreich circulated by Justice Now in Columbus GA and the upcoming The Horrors of Bundy's Cave by G.J. Schaefer
- Criminology Australia Vol. 6 No. 3, "Social control and the violation of human rights: the relationship between sociological variables and serial murder", 1995/02: "A further important influence on Bundy in a subcultural context was Satanism. After murdering several hitch-hikers during 1973, Bundy believed his own arrest was inevitable unless he could secure the protection of metaphysical forces. Through his contacts in the pornography underworld he met Kenneth "Mad Dog" McKenna whom he believed could help him through an organisation known as the Church of the Process, established in 1963. Initially, followers of the cult were offered a choice of deities, including Jehovah and Christ, but progressively the organisers insisted on homage to Satan. McKenna allowed Bundy to visit him at his home in Manasota, Florida. McKenna was able to cite details and provide evidence from his own criminal history which convinced Bundy that he could indeed kill with impunity provided certain guidelines were followed. He offered' Bundy a contract to sign which would enable him to commit murder and avoid detection as long as he acted as a representative of Satan and not simply indulge his own desires. A ritual was enacted, with Bundy becoming a practitioner of Satanism (K. McKenna 1994, pers. comm.). Apparently, Bundy was convinced of the validity of Satanism, and his subsequent behaviour was influenced accordingly."
- Interesting note: Bundy attended Stanford University back in the 1960s, and purportedly starting killing in 1974, the same year that Arlis Perry was murdered at Stanford by Four P cult members. The accounts of File 1004 (see above) suggest a connection between Four P member Stanley Baker and a Satanic cult led by "Ted", and the weapon used on Perry was an ice pick, something that was found in Bundy's trunk at one point.
- From Bundy: The Deliberate Stranger by Richard Larsen: "For years [Captain Edwin "Butch"] Carlstadt had been at the frustrating task of tracking California's so-called Zodiac killer. One after another, Carlstadt had investigated murders of girls and young women in northern California—fourteen or more between December 1969 and December 1973—in which the victims, often hitchhikers, were found nude, without clothing or other belongings. Near the bodies was found an elaborate witchcraft symbol of twigs and rocks."
- From p.203 of Programmed to Kill, there is the possibility of overlap between Bundy's murders and those committed by Thomas Creech or his associates: "Ted Bundy, calmed by tranquilizers, was put to death by the state of Florida on January 24, 1989. In his final hours, he allegedly confessed on tape to an array of murders, including some in the state of Idaho that he had never been accused of. Many of the details given in these confessions were either wrong or unverifiable, and the tape is difficult to hear—due purportedly to yet another tape-recorder malfunction."
- From p.186-187 of Programmed to Kill: "Along with the proliferation of missing girls, the Pacific Northwest was grappling with another emerging problem in the spring of 1974: an abundance of what are referred to as ‘cattle mutilations.’ While conspiracy theories attempting to explain this phenomenon abound, such theories frequently involving UFOs and alien experimentation, many police investigators and independent researchers have linked these occurrences to local satanic cult activity."
- Above Top Secret comment about Bundy alluding to a larger network: "Toward the end of Stephen G. Michaud's book, The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy, the author stated that Bundy said there was a secret network wherein people like himself were able to communicate, & to help each other in their efforts. Nobody was ever sure whether there might be some truth to this claim, or whether this was just one more ploy on Bundy's part to inspire the postponement of his scheduled execution so he could give information on this subject. Bundy attempted to offer several incentives to persuade the authorities to let him live a bit longer (including hints about more murders & an offer to lead authorities to bodies), but society had apparently had enough of Mr Bundy, & it was decided to allow his departure from this life to proceed on schedule."
- Lynda Ann Healy - 1974/02/01 in Seattle WA
- Donna Gail Manson - 1974/03/12 in Olympia WA
- From p.??? of The Stranger Beside Me: "The investigators had found several slips of paper in Donna's room. One listed "Thought Power Inc." A preliminary check by the detectives showed this to be a licensed business in Olympia, located in a neat older home. Seminars on positive thinking and mind discipline were held there. The owners had changed the name to the "Institute of ESP" just before Donna disappeared."
- Institute of Insight a.k.a. Silva Mind Control International
- Jean d'Vere Vuere - the president and an instructor / psychorientologist
- Jean d'Vere Vuere - the president and an instructor / psychorientologist
- Jack Kyle Silva - a local sex offender who came up as a person of interest
- Richard Alan Miller - the University of Washington advisor to Donna for her project on magic and witchcraft
- Dr. Richard Alan Miller website About page
- Mankind Research Unlimited (MRU) / Mankind Research Foundation (MRF)
- Carl Schleicher background
- Baltimore Sun, "FBI foils anthrax plot in U.S. White supremacist, lab owner arrested by FBI in Nevada; Vials, car taken for testing; Bacillus to be used as terror weapon, say federal charges", 1998/02/20: "In a lightning operation involving scores of agents, the FBI arrested two men outside Las Vegas and charged them with obtaining deadly anthrax microbes for use as a terrorist weapon, authorities said yesterday. One suspect, Larry Wayne Harris, 46, of Lancaster, Ohio, is a microbiologist and white supremacist who is on probation from a 1995 case in which he fraudulently obtained bubonic plague bacteria. He boasted last summer of plans to spread deadly biological toxins in the New York City subway, according to an FBI document. The other suspect, William Job Leavitt Jr., 47, of Logandale, Nev., owns microbiology labs in Nevada and Germany and is listed in corporate documents as vice president of a Silver Spring health foundation. [...] According to an FBI affidavit, Harris admits to being a lieutenant colonel in the Aryan Nation, a white supremacist hate group. [...] In November, Harris told U.S. News and World Report that if his friends were provoked, they would strike at government officials with biochemical weapons. [...] Corporate records list Leavitt as vice president of Mankind Research Foundation Inc., with a Silver Spring address. A telephone answering machine message at that address says the premises also house the Foundation for Blood Irradiation, and state records list another six corporations, including Lozanov Learning Institute Inc. and the Society for Application of Free Energy Inc. Mankind Research and Lozanov Learning Institute are both headed by Carl Schleicher, an inventor and entrepreneur who last year led an unsuccessful effort to convert a former Nike missile base in New Jersey as housing for the mentally ill and recovering substance abusers, the Bergen Record reported."
- Carl Schleicher background
- Dr. Richard Alan Miller website About page
- Susan Elaine Rancourt - 1974/04/17 in Ellensburg WA
- Roberta Kathleen Parks - 1974/05/06 in Corvallis OR
- Brenda Ball - 1974/06/01 in Burien WA
- Georgann Hawkins - 1974/06/11 in Seattle WA
- Janice Ott - 1974/07/14 in Issaquah WA
- Denise Naslund - 1974/07/14 in Issaquah WA
- Nancy Wilcox - 1974/10/02 in Holladay UT
- Melissa Smith - 1974/10/27 in Midvale UT
- Find A Grave memorial for Melissa Smith: "Murder Victim. Daughter of Police Chief Louis Smith. Chief Louis had warned his seventeen year old daughter about the dangers of the world. On October 18, 1974, Melissa left a pizza parlor where she had been visiting with friends, but she would never make it home. Her body was found October 27, 1974 in Summit Park, she had been strangled. A murder victim of Ted Bundy, who confessed to her murder just before his execution on January 24, 1989."
- Alibi of Bundy going on a hunting trip with his fiance's father
- Laura Aime - 1974/10/31 in Lehi UT
- From p.10-11 of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office notes on the 1975/11/13-14 "Ted" summit in Aspen CO: "On the 31 of October, 1974 Laura Aime left Salem, to go to American Fork, Utah. It was speculated that she was making drug buy at a cafe called "Browns". Bundy had been seen there frequently in January using the name of Jack, Ted or Terry. She was found 11-22-74 in American Fork Canyon with a nylon stocking around her neck. She had been strangled and had massive blows to her head. She also had a necklace on that did not belong to her. Her hair had been shampooed after the attack and all the blood had been drained from her body."
- Pitkin County District Court, no. C-1616: THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO v. THEODORE ROBERT BUNDY, MEMORANDUM OPINION on similar transactions, 1977/11/04: "Defendant's counsel represented in argument, without objection by the People, that the autopsy showed Aime died approximately seven days before her body was found, so that she would have been missing more than two weeks before her death."
- Carol DaRonch - 1974/11/08 in Murray UT
- From p.236 of The Stranger Beside Me: "On November 8, Carol DaRonch was abducted at 7:30, and Debby Kent vanished at 10:30."
- Ted Bundy: A Visual Timeline post about the Murray Police Department: "5461 South State St. Murray PD, Murray Ut, downstairs in the back. This is the same building Mary and Wilbur Walsh took a hysterical Carol DaRonch on 11-08-74 at approximaty 7:30 pm. Directly next to Murray High School where Carol had graduated the year before."
- Ogden Standard-Examiner, "Utah Student Seized in Attempted Murder, Kidnaping", 1975/10/03
- Idaho State Journal, "Salt Lake County Police Charge Man with Attempted Homicide", 1975/10/03
- Idaho State Journal, "Shoes Become Issue at Trial of Bundy", 1976/02/26
- Debra Kent - 1974/11/08 in Bountiful UT
- Background of the Kent family
- From p.95 of The Only Living Witness (also on this Tumblr blog):
Meanwhile, another incident was unfolding twenty miles to the north in Bountiful.
That night, the Viewmont High School drama club was presenting The Redhead before an audience of 1500 in the school auditorium. The play was to begin at eight, but the opening curtain was delayed about twenty minutes. Just before eight, drama teacher Raelynne Shepard, an attractive twenty-four-year old, was approached in the hallway by a young man she later described as “very good-looking.” Not only was he handsome, Shepard thought, but he was impeccably dressed. She noticed his patent leather shoes.
- From the Bountiful Police Department file in the 1974/11/10 "Written Statement of Raelynne Shepherd": "I got to school for the musical at 7:30 p.m., seated my husband in the auditorium, and started around the corner to the dressing rooms. I think it was about 7:45 at the time. The hall was dark, but I could see fairly well. A man who was standing alone halfway down the hall approached me as I walked toward the dressing rooms."
- Drug dealer suspect Ronald Dennis Auth - pseudonym John Badway
- Background of the Kent family
- Caryn Campbell - 1975/01/12 in Aspen CO
- Detroit Free Press, "Nurse's Death a Homicide, Colo. Investigators Believe", 1975/02/20: "Pending autopsy results expected later this week, investigators for Colorado district attorney Frank Tucker are working on the assumption that 23-year-old Dearborn nurse Caryn Campbell was murdered. Her naked, frozen body was found Monday two miles from an Aspen, Colo., ski resort from which she disappeared Jan. 12. She had been vacationing there with her fiance, Dr. Raymond Gadowski of Farmington Hills. [...] The sheriff's office earlier told reporters that marks on the woman's wrists showed she had been tied and probably thrown from a car. The sheriff's office also said the slaying might be connected with 12 others reported in the West. [...] Tucker said there are no suspects yet. His staff, he said, had interviewed practically all the guests at the lodge the night of Miss Campbell's disappearance. Miss Campbell's body was to be flown to Detroit for burial. Robert R. Campbell, Miss Campbell's brother and a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., policeman, flew to Dearborn Wednesday to be with his family."
- Alternate Seattle suspect Hugh Temos a.k.a. Joe Temos a.k.a. Hugh Joe Temos a.k.a. Hugh Joseph Michael Temos a.k.a. Hugh Michael Joseph Temos - pseudonym Manny Treff (in The Only Living Witness) or "Jones" (in Ruth Walsh's report)
- From the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office file in the 1975/03/10 supplementary report: "R/O along with Investigator, Fisher, contacted Dick Bradley, the Manager of the Holiday Inn, Aspen, Colorado.
Bradley researched his files_and came up with an application on one, HUGH JOE TEMOS, 31 years DOB, 5-26-43. On the application his description was 6' tall, 170 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes. Subject states on the application that he went to Liberty High School, Bethlehem, PA. States that he went to college at Tufts University in Boston. On the application he gives a Valleycrest Landscape Company in Boffel (sp?), Washington as a former employer, also a J. A. Wyley, Inc (sp?) in Portland, Oregon. Also states that he has been employed for himself, in firewood cutting. He lists as personal references a Jim, Lasey, Central Lane, Portland, Oregon, a Jerry (sp?) Trobe in Port Angeles, unknow state and a Tom Jacob at a W.D.B., Florida-Diner.
Bradley states that he really didn't know subject as he only worked a couple of days for the Holiday Inn. However he remembers him being dirty, unclean, unkempt and living out of his car.
Bradley states that Temos worked from 12-29-12-31 of 1974 as a dishwasher.
R/O noted that on Temos' application that he had been in the states of Washington and Oregon, however the dates of the employment were not filled in. R/O, along with Fisher contacted the Thurston Sheriff's Department in Olympia, Washington and talked with Detective Barcliff and gave him the information on suspect, Temos."
- From the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office file in the 1975/03/11 supplementary report: "[FRANK] SIMPSON states that a person by the name of Hugh Temos did work for the Pomegranate Inn Jan 1, 2, & 3. Was paid for twenty hours of work and was kitchen help.
Simpson suggests we contact a Jim Lowe (sp?), Restaurant Manager for the Pomegranate Inn. On 3/11/75 R/O along with investigator, Fisher contacted Jim Lowe, Restaurant Manager for the Pomegranate Inn. Lowe states that he remembers suspect Temos as a dishwasher.
Lowe states that he got a lot of bad vibes from suspect, Temos and thought that he was the type of person that you could not trust.
Lowe states, that, in his opinion, suspect, Temos is not "playing with a full deck". And is crazier than hell. Lowe states that he heard that Temos was fired from the Holiday Inn because he had stolen something. Lowe states that_he had approached Temos with that and Temos denied it but quit right away. Lowe states Temos said he had another job. However he came back in a day or two later about the 6 of January_and wanted his job back but was refused. Lowe states also that he came in with a New York steak, and stated that he had no place to cook and wanted to cook it in their kitchen. However, they refused him."
- From the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office file in the 1975/03/12 supplementary report: "R/O along with Inv. Fisher contacted a DONALD PATRICK HUBNER, who is the manager of the Plum Tree Inn.
HUBNER states that he remembers a person by the name of Hugh Temos who was working as a maid at the Plum Tree Inn.
Hubner states that subject, Temos, could not get along with any of the female maids and at one time he yelled at one of them and called her a bitch and threw her down the hallway. Hubner states that subject, Temos, was always sleeping in the sauna and he could always tell when subject Temos was sleeping in the sauna because he could smell marijuana when he entered.
Contacted a Dorothy Alt, who is the head maid for the Plum Tree Inn. ALT states Temos told her that he had a job in Craig, Colorado working for $4.00 an hour. It was right after that Temos left the Plum Tree Inn.
R/0 along with inv. Fisher, went to the Pomegranate inn, who takes care of the Plum Tree Books, and contacted Frank Simpson, who is the head of operations. Simpson advised R/0 that Temos, did indeed work for the Plum Tree Inn on the 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13 of January.Simpson states that on the 12 of January Temos was off duty. States that Temos worked from 4:30 in the evening to 7:00 in the evening on the 13th. of January and quit that night.
R/O along with Inv. Fisher then called the one Ned Miller, Inv. with the Sheriff's Dept. in Craig, Colorado requested that Miller check the Craig area to ascertain if possibly Temos was in the Craig area.
Miller advises that by the rate of pay of $4.00 it was possible the Temos was working in a strip mining operation near Craig, Colorad. He will check and call us back."
- From the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office file in the 1975/03/12 supplementary report: "R/O and Inv. Fisher called Washington, D.C. to. the F.B.I. and requested a criminal history on suspect Temos.
This was sent to the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department by telex and is included with this report. Reporting officer notes that on the criminal history subject Temos was arrested for indecent exposure in Seattle, Washington on September 8, 1974. R/O then called the identification bureau of Salt Lake City Police Department to request a picture be sent to our department. Also during the phone call R/O talked to a Det. Sgt. Beeson, Seattle, Police Department. Beeson advises that they have a whole task force on the missing girls in their area. R/O get Det. Beeson the full run down on suspect Temos. Det. Beeson advised R/O that he would check the subject out and return the call the next day, March 12.
R/O received a return phone call from Det. Beeson. Det. Beeson advises that he checked the case on the indecent exposure on Temos and found that Temos was acting strangely and erratically, exposing himself to a woman who happened to be a policeman's wife. Beeson states that when suspect Temos was arrested on their case, he was very violent and dangerous person. Beeson adviseds that the court gave him a sentence of 180 days, which Beeson states is a very stiff sentence for that type of charge. Beeson states that in checking their records that they were having one missing girl per month but after suspect Temos was incarcerated in Seattle, that the missing girls stopped. Beeseon stated to this officer that Temos looks good as a suspect of theirs and will keep checking in their area. Beeson states that he has several women witnesses that might be able to identify Temos's picture."
- 1975/04/03 letter from Pitkin County Sheriff Carrol D. Whitmire to FBI director Clarence B. Kelly: "Please fingerprint Item No. 2 [a light bulb and socket attachment]. If latent prints are developed, attempt to match with the suspect, Hugh Joseph Michael Temos, FBI 67-430-L-10 and to victim, Caryn Elaine Campbell, Latent Case # B-67-37.
Please fingerprint Item No. 1 [a travel alarm clock and black case with gold trim] and retain all latent prints for future matches with other homicide cases throughout the Western United States.
Information contained in our previous letter of February 20, 1975 can still be used as supporting information. Suspect, Temos was developed as he attempted to pick up a young woman in the area of the Wildwood Inn, Snowmass, Colorado on either the 11th. or 12th. of January, 1975.
He did attempt this act at least three different times, all attempts with the same young woman and the young woman does fit the same general description of victim, Campbell. Suspect Temos was working as a male maid in the Wildwood Inn area and was known to sleep in linen rooms of hotels in the same area. Room 210 of the Wildwood Inn, where victim was staying and possibly entering at the time of the abduction, was directly across from the second floor linen room. Item No. 2 was taken from the aforementioned linen room. Item No. 1 was given to a wrecker driver by suspect Temos as a security for towing his car out of a snow bank in Snowmass, Colorado around January 1, 1975.
It is known that suspect Temos had been traveling in the Western United States since 1969. During this time there have been numerous homicides of young, female persons, all fitting the same general description. These homicides include the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado.
Suspect Temos was arrested in Roseberg, Oregon 3-21-75 and is to return for trial on 4-9-75. We request, that if possible, we can have information requested by that time as we plan to interview suspect if he returns to Roseberg, Oregon for trial."
- TODO: quote key information from Ruth Walsh series
- From p.109-110 of The Only Living Witness:
He thought he had a break in early March when a chambermaid at the Top of the Village hotel reported that on January 9, 1975, a Manny Treff (pseudonym), thirty-one, drifter and day laborer, had made untoward advances in the maid’s room. The woman, who had discouraged Treff with a left fist to the mouth, told the police that he “had mental problems and was not all there.”
Subsequently, Fisher connected Treff with several such incidents. He had cruised the ski resort in his brown station wagon calling, “Here, kitty, kitty,” to women. Another maid reported that Treff had tried to fondle her breasts and kept asking when they could “get it on.” Variously, the people who remembered him described Treff as “weird,” “sick,” and “dangerous.”
A check on his police record revealed that Manny Treff had been arrested for indecent exposure in Seattle in September of 1974. A telephone conversation with Seattle police detective Ivan Beeson was logged on March 12 by one of Fisher’s investigators. “Beeson states,” reads the report, “that when suspect Treff was arrested in their case, he was a very violent and dangerous person... Beeson states that in checking their records that they were having one missing girl per month but after subject Treff was incarcerated in Seattle, that the missing girls stopped.”
Mike Fisher caught up with Manny Treff at the Roseburg, Oregon, city jail on April 11, 1975. His fellow inmates at the jail told Fisher that Treff drank his own urine and often laughed spontaneously at nothing. Sometimes he slept under his bunk instead of on it.
He was at first hostile to Fisher and the three investigators who had accompanied him from Aspen. But after he was apprised of the seriousness of Fisher’s mission, Treff settled down. Asked if he would submit to a lie detector test, he agreed to—provided the polygraph operator didn’t wear a tie.
In all, Treff was given three separate lie detector tests administered by Corporal Donald Cain of the Oregon State Patrol. Cain’s conclusion: “...this agent is of the opinion that MANNY TREFF apparently is not involved in the murder of KAREN [sic] CAMPBELL.”
The lie detector results were hardly conclusive; although Treff finally had been responsive and even cooperative, his evident mental imbalance could have invalidated the results. But Fisher had other reasons for doubting Treff’s culpability. Once he met the man, he had trouble believing that Treff‘s characteristically unsubtle approach would have lured a willing Caryn Campbell from the Wildwood Inn.
- Early life and personal background
- The Morning Call (Allentown PA), "Daggett-Temos Rites Held", 1964/09/13: "Marriage vows were exchanged yesterday in St. Anne's Church, Bethlehem, by Nancy Louise Temos, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. Michael G. Temos, Stokes Park, Bethlehem, and J. Robert Daggett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence H. Daggett of Glens Falls, N.Y. The Rev. C. Donald McManus officiated. Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Mrs. Richard C. Grove of Aberdeen, Md., as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Marion Daggett, sister of the bridegroom; Mrs. Neil O. Reichard, and Mrs. Robert E. Davidson of Pittsfield, Mass. Serving as best man was Joseph O'Keefe of Glen Falls. Ushering were Hugh M. Temos; Neil O. Reichard; Joseph Stein of Hurley, N.Y.; Richard W. Nixdorf, Woodstock, N.Y.; and Robert E. O'Connor of Rochester, N.Y. Connie Lare of Norristown was flower girl. After a reception at the home of the bride's parents, the couple departed on a honeymoon trip to Canada. They will reside in Albany, N.Y. The bride is an alumna of Liberty High School and Virginia Intermont College. Prior to her marriage she did medical research for Merck, Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories in West Point, Pa. The bridegroom is an alumnus of St. Mary's Academy, Glens Fall and LeMoyne College. He received his M.S. degree from New York State University in Albany where he is presently studying for his doctorate in educational administration. He taught in the Onteora Central Schools, Boiceville, N.Y."
- Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, "Bundy questioned by Pitkin County investigators", 1976/03/23: "A Salt Lake County sheriffs office said Monday that two officials from Pitkin County, Colo. questioned Bundy a week ago in connection with the slaying of Caryn Campbell, 24, a Michigan nurse, near Aspen, Colo. early last year. She disappeared while on a skiing vacation. Her body was found Feb. 18, 1975. The officer said Bundy's lawyer, John D. O'Connell, was present during the jail questioning by Pitkin County Sheriff's Lt. William Baldridge and Michael Fisher, an investigator for that county's district attorney. The session also was tape recorded."
- Greeley Daily Tribune, "Convicted Utah kidnapper is charged with murder", 1976/10/23: "Bundy, 29, a former University of Utah law student from Tacoma, Wash., now serving a one-to-15-year sentence in Utah State Prison, was served a warrant accusing him of the 1975 killing of a nurse at the Aspen, Colo. ski resort. "I will prosecute Mr. Bundy for murder in the first degree," said Pitkin County District Attorney Frank Tucker in Glenwood Springs, Colo. [...] Michael Fisher, an investigator from Tucker's office, carried the first degree murder warrant to the Utah prison and served it on Bundy."
- Culpability of Pitkin County Undersheriff Ben Meyers
- Pitkin County District Court, no. C-1616: THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO v. THEODORE ROBERT BUNDY, MOTION FOR CERTIFICATE OF JUDGE REQUESTING ATTENDANCE OF OUT-OF-STATE WITNESS PURSUANT TO C.R.S. 16-9-203, 1977/??/??
- "4. In this regard, an assessment of the probativity of the Harter identification testimony begins with the serious discrepancies which exist between her version of the facts versus the version testified to by Micheal Fisher, the investigator who displayed the photographs to Mrs. Harter on January 9, 1976, from which was picked Defendant's photograph. A summary of the discrepant testimony is as follows:
* Fisher testified that when interviewed at the Wildwood Inn on January 14, 1975, Harter reported that she had seen nothing unusual on the afternoon or evening of January 12, 1975 (the evening the deceased disappeared). (T. 114)
** Harter testified that she had told Fisher about the two men upon their first meeting in January, 1975. (T. 52)
* Fisher testified that Harter had first indicated something unusual on January 9, 1976, when upon her return to the Wildwood Inn 3 year later she picked Defendant's picture as being the "strange man by the elevator". (T. 115)
** As Harter recalled this January 9 meeting, the picture she identified resembled that of the second man standing farther back by a refrigiration unit. (T. 44, 46, 57)
* Fisher indicated that the first time Hater had revealed the existance of a second man standing farther back was in a letter to him dated March 19, 1976, wherein she estimated that this individual was about 17 years old. (T. 119)
* When confronted with Harter's discrepant version of events Fisher stated that she must be wrong or mistaken in her recollection. (T. 117)"
- "5. The value of Harter's alleged identification is lessened further by her own testimony that:
** She didn’t get a good look at the man Defendant's picture resembled. (T. 38)
** The light was not good where this man was standing. (T. 38, 47)
** Neither of the individuals said anything to her, (T. 39)
** She walked 15 to 20 feet away from where the men in question where standing. (T. 39)
** When asked to see if anyone in the courtroom looked like either of the two men she saw, she picked an undersheriff as a person who looked like the man by the elevator. (T. 40)
** At the time she looked at photographs of Defendant she questioned his resemblance to the second man on the basis of coloring of hair, size, and the general appearance. (T. 46)
** The man she saw was younger and lighter in weight than Defendant's pictures would indicate. (T. 47)
** Due to the poor lighting conditions, she was unable to express a high degree of certainty regarding her identification by photograph. (T. 47)"
- Comments by Vince Lahey suggesting that Meyers was included in the lineup
- Full mugshot stack shown to Harter
- Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, "Interim police chief to be named Jan. 30", 1976/01/20
- In his previous job as police chief of Grand Junction CO, Meyers faced controversy during the murder trial of Ken Botham over Botham's apparent framing, the string of murdered women in 1975, and police involvement in organized crime that Meyers himself likely partook in (Ken Botham website case overview): "The public would like to believe lawmen are on their side, but with a turnover rate far in excess of the state average, sexual involvement of nearly a dozen officers (that can be proven) with some of the victims, when the same officers being assigned to investigate their murders when they admittedly alter and destroy evidence, and when the police chief of that time, partied with the victims before their deaths, a feeling of uneasiness tends to develop.
The police chief Ben Meyers was forced to resign shortly after the Tomlinson murder, and was allegedly extensively involved in drug traffic. Botham's investigators found numerous large deposits in account in two banks, but the D.A. objected to a court order for all Meyers bank records and Judge Ela denied it, saying it was irrelevant. Immediately, the chief resigned, clearing all accounts. This man took an undersherrif position in Aspen, Colorado, resigning after Ted Bundy escaped from the Aspen jail. During the Bundy trial, a witness identified Myers as the man she saw leaving the dead nurse's apartment at the time of her murder . . . the nurse Bundy was accused of killing and leaving frozen in the countryside."
As the Ken Botham website's overview of people describes him: "Was found to have several "extra" bank accounts with untraceable money. Cleared bank accounts and left Grand Junction in December, 1976. Went to Telluride as Chief of Police. Alleged connections to the drug/traffic/prostitution community."
- The Killing Season by Alex French (2016) - preview
- Linda Miracle and Pat Botham murders - on August 23
- SUSPECTS: The Botham / Miracle Murders by Marti Talbott (2010)
- Junction podcast episodes (show notes) - says that Butch Goad and wife Arlene Goad were "told by Patricia that her and Linda were going to come forward with some news that was going to shock the whole town"
- Reddit comment about another Colorado murder suspect who brought up the Botham and Miracle murders: "Incidentally, this case was referred to briefly by one of the witnesses to a murder case currently in the courts, the retrial of Lester Jones, who is accused of murdering Paige Birgfeld. One of the other suspects in that case, Steven Heald, who took the stand a couple days ago, was said by another witness to have mentioned the case "out of the blue" when they had met to discuss business several years ago, at the Bridgeport road where it intersects US 50. The witness found it alarming that Mr. Heald had mentioned the discovery of the bodies that were "thrown off the abandoned bridge" up the road, for no apparent reason in the midst of their business discussion. As it happens, the victim's remains in this case were found in this vicinity as well, near Wells Gulch adjacent to the Gunnison River, a few miles away from the Bridgeport Road."
- Denise Oliverson disappearance - on April 8
- Associated Press, "URGENT Governor’s Office Releases Tape Bundy Made Before Execution", 1989/01/26
- Linda Lee Clark "murder-suicide" of Miles Cody Clark and Knolly Thouth Clark - on June 6
- Linda Benson murder - on July 25
- Her murder is the focal point of The Killing Season
- From l.376 of The Killing Season: "A cross was carved into her sternum, between her breasts."
- Death of sister in 1974
- Jerry Nemnich as a serial killer
- Boulder Daily Camera, "Longmont man arrested in 1975 Grand Junction killings", 2009/04/10
- ABC7 Denver, "Longmont Trucker Explains DNA In Mother-Daughter Slayings", 2010/10/26
- Tracy Freitas death - on October 5
- Richard Deavens and Bobby Wilson drug charges
- Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, "Contrasting testimony given in county court jury trial", 1976/04/15: "Deavens took the witness stand this morning, after a number of police officers had testified for the defense in the jury trial. [...] Several of them testified that Deavens had told them he was concerned about a telephone call he had gotten at the police station from a Kathy McDonald asking that he sell her drugs. There was also testimony that Deavens told some of them he felt he was being set up. Some also remembered that he had asked them for identification checks but they could put no date on those requests nor could they remember names. Deavens told the court that he had been contacted by Sam Antonopoulos of the Athens Motel, who had a man named Rick Hampton who was interested in a bar-lounge being planned at 323 Rood. Deavens said he told Hampton he would get in touch with the owner, Bobby Wilson. On the following Tuesday, Deavens testified he and Wilson met with Hampton and aaman identified as Joe Rico, who claimed to be a member of the Mafia. Rico asked him "five or six times" for marijuana, speed, and other drugs, and Deavens testified he told Rico he didn't know where to get it. [...] Deavens claimed there was no discussion of an agreement on money to be given by Rico to the proposed club. [...] He told the court he had attempted to check Rico out in the police department without success four times. He said he was told he couldn't get anything without a date of birth. [...] During prosecution testimony Tuesday afternoon, CBI undercover - agent Kenneth Brown testified that he had come to Grand Junction as Joe Rico. He said he had been brought to Grand Junction by the police to check rumors that Deavens was involved in narcotics. Brown said he had told Deavens and Wilson that he would finance the bar for them, if it could be a front for gambling, prostitution and narcotics. "They said they did not want any part of my activity, but would allow my activity at their bar," Brown testified. [...] Brown also testified that they had given him a small bag of marijuana, as an evidence of good faith."
- Deborah Tomlinson murder - on December 27
- Find A Grave memorial page for Jimmie Dean Duncan
- Other potential victims in Grand Junction
- UFO cult in Grand Junction at the time - later infamous as Heaven's Gate
- Brother and Fort Lauderdale FL police officer Bob Campbell
- 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office investigator Michael Fisher
- Sun Sentinel, "DETECTIVES NEGLECTED MURDER TIP POLICE SHRUGGED OFF HAMWI CASE DATA", 1993/02/07: "In 1985, police in Colorado gave Fort Lauderdale detectives and prosecutors information indicating that an innocent man had been convicted of murdering a woman and her baby in Broward County in 1983. But John Gordon Purvis languished in prison for almost eight more years before being freed last month. [...] Paul Hamwi, 47, was arrested last month on two charges of first-degree murder, three months after police reopened the investigation into the Nov. 3, 1983, killings. Their evidence shows that Hamwi hired two men to kill his estranged wife, Susan, 38, for $14,000. [...] Bob Beckett Sr., 54, of Las Vegas, was the key who unlocked Purvis' prison cell. [...] Beckett said he and Paul Serio, 47, of White Settlement, Texas, killed Susan at the direction of Paul Hamwi for $14,000. [...] The trail began in 1984 when, one spring morning, two fishermen in the mountains near Aspen found a thawing body of a man that apparently had been covered by snow and ice. The coroner ruled the death accidental, but months later White learned that the man, Glenn McGee, had been beaten to death in a drug-related robbery. He reopened the case. "I found people who also had information about a murder in California from 1981," White said. "The murder was of an 18-year-old girl, but she never had been found." His sources said two Colorado men were involved in that murder. One was named Bob Beckett Sr., who managed two drugstores in the Aspen area. In the meantime, those same sources provided White with enough information to arrest two men who were later convicted of murdering McGee. Then, in April 1985, Beckett's son, Bob Beckett Jr., was arrested by Aspen police on assault charges for beating up his girlfriend, Nicki Rapp. [...] Detective White talked to Beckett Jr. several times about the California murder. A source had told White that Beckett Jr. also was involved. White said Beckett tried to sidestep the California case by indicating his father was involved in the Hamwi killings. [...] White also called then-Assistant State Attorney Rob Carney, who prosecuted Purvis, with the same information. Carney, now a circuit judge, assigned investigator Barbara Barton to the case. In a memo, Barton wrote that she takled with White as well as the Pitkin County, Colo., District Attorney's Office in May 1985 and was briefed on what they knew. [...] In June 1985, still without information, Barton called Mike Fisher, an investigator with the Pitkin District Attorney's Office. Fisher told Barton that Colorado authorities did not want anyone talking to Beckett Jr. or Rapp. Under Colorado law, all such interviews were "discoverable." That meant that if Beckett Jr. became a witness in a future criminal case, the statements would have to be given to defense lawyers, possibly giving them opportunity to cast doubt on his credibility. Barton said there was no more to do until Beckett went to trial on the assault charges. Prosecutor Carney, who had been kept informed, said to close the case unless there were further developments. "Colorado had thrown roadblocks in front of us, as far as talking to Beckett Jr.," Carney said last week."
- Julie Cunningham murder - 1975/03/15 in Vail CO
- Connection to Salem OR chief of detectives Jim Stovall
- From p.??? of The Stranger Beside Me:
Jim Stovall, Chief of Detectives of the Salem, Oregon, Police Department, takes his winter vacation there, working as a ski instructor. His daughter lives there, also a ski instructor.
Stovall drew a deep breath as he recalled to me that twenty-six-year-old Julie Cunningham was a good friend of his daughter, and Stovall, who has solved so many Oregon homicides, was at a loss to know what had happened to Julie on the night of March 15.
- From p.??? of The Stranger Beside Me:
- Possible association of Bundy with nearby law enforcement officers
- Connection to Salem OR chief of detectives Jim Stovall
- Escape from the Garfield County jail
- Tacoma News Tribune, "Bundy aided in escape, official says", 1978/05/02: "District Attorney Frank Tucker of Garfield County, Colo., has alleged that former Tacoman Theodore Bundy had help in his escape from the jail in Glenwood Springs, Colo., last New Year's Eve. Tucker's theory was reported in a copyrighted story aired yesterday evening by KMGH-TV in Denver. However, Garfield County Sheriff Robert Hart told The News Tribune in a telephone interview today he knows of no such help, and does not know on what Tucker based his conclusion. THE DENVER TELEVISION station reported Tucker as saying an investigation into the escape is continuing and that indictments could be forthcoming this summer. "I do believe there was collusion," Tucker told reporter Bill O'Reilly. But the district attorney refused to say whether the persons believed to be involved were connected with the jail. Bundy was awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges at the time he escaped by crawling through a hole in the ceiling of his cell. The television station reported that Bundy apparently drove to Stapleton International Airport in Denver, took a flight to an unnamed northern city, and drove from there to Tallahassee, Fla."
- The Devil's Defender: My Odyssey Through American Criminal Justice from Ted Bundy to the Kandahar Massacre by John Henry Browne (2016) claims that Bundy had an accomplice in his escape who provided him with the car and clothing
- Chi Omega sorority house murders - 1978/01/15 in Tallahassee FL
- From p.237 of The Only Living Witness:
It had been nearly three and a half years since Dr. Daris Swindler, the forensic anthropologist from the University of Washington, had examined the remains of Denise Naslund, Janice Ott, and the nameless third victim found on the Issaquah hillside. Those murders had never been far from his mind, not with the indelible memory of cradling Jan Ott's peculiarly elongated skull in one hand while he compared it with the photograph of her that he held in his other hand.
On Sunday morning, January 15, 1978, Swindler awoke in Tallahassee, Florida. He and his wife, Cathy, were on their way to a Caribbean vacation and had stopped in Florida capital to visit a favored ex-student, then teaching at FSU.
When they heard the gruesome news of the Chi Omega slaughter that morning, Cathy Swindler felt “this shudder of recognition.” She remembered the horror of 1974 in Seattle. Their host in Tallahassee also remembered the “Ted” killings and his former professor's involvement in the case. “What are you doing?” he asked jocularly. “Bringing more dead girls along with you from Seattle?”
Daris Swindler laughed uneasily.
- Bite mark evidence
- Dr. Emil Spillman - a "jury expert" for Bundy's defense
- New York Times, "Bundy Guilty of Murders Of Two Florida Women", 1979/07/25
- From p.237 of The Only Living Witness:
- Kimberly Leach - 1978/02/09 in Lake City FL
- Jacksonville detective James Parmenter having his own children targeted
- From p.350-351 of The Stranger Beside Me:
On Wednesday, February 8, 1978, fourteen-year-old Leslie Ann Parmenter left Jeb Stuart Junior High School on Wesconnett Boulevard in Jacksonville a little before 2:00 P.M. Leslie’s father is James Lester Parmenter, chief of detectives for the Jacksonville Police Department, an eighteen-year veteran on the force. She expected to be picked up by her twenty-one-year-old brother, Danny, and she crossed the street in front of the junior high school and entered the K-Mart parking lot, keeping an eye out for Danny.
Policemen’s children tend to be a bit more careful than the average, are warned of dangers a bit more often. It had not saved Melissa Smith in Midvale, Utah, almost four years earlier. It would save Leslie.
- From p.350-351 of The Stranger Beside Me:
- Involvement of alleged CIA mind control scientist Dr. Milton Kline
- Orlando Sentinel, "Psychologist in Bundy case faces charges", 1982/03/06
- Jacksonville detective James Parmenter having his own children targeted
- Final arrest in Pensacola FL
- Pensacola News Journal, "Track-Star Imposter Held in Coed Slayings", 1978/02/16 (pages 1A, 8A): "Meanwhile, "Mr. X" in Pensacola was telling police an amazing amount of personal information backing up his claim to being Kenneth R. Misner. He had graduated from college in 1972. He had been in the Air Force. He had taken odd jobs dishwashing. Concerned that he wasn't using his education successfully, he went quietly to California for a year to "find" himself. He had a birth certificate in Kenneth R. Misner's name, and several credit cards with the same name on them. And, he had a laminated, key-punched, hard-to-duplicate FSU identity card with a picture of himself. The police believed him. When Gannett News Service found the real Ken Misner at home in Tallahassee at mid-afternoon, he was flabbergasted. Yes, he had lost his FSU identification card, sometime between Christmas and New Year's. No, he wasn't aware of another Kenneth R. Misner. No, he hadn't been to Pensacola recently. [...] "This is chilling," he told the reporter. "This guy obviously knows a lot about me. Where I worked. How old I am. That my wife comes from Ormond Beach. And the scariest of all is the California bit. Very few people knew I took that trip. The only place it's written down is in Air Force records at Fort Walton Beach "Evidently, this guy completely assumed my identity. He had lots of details that would be really hard to research. This thing is so out-to-lunch. I'm really strung out. Unbelievable." Misner got on the phone right away and called the Pensacola police. By that time, detectives had discovered Mr. X was not Misner. [...] Except for one call to an Atlanta attorney, he clammed up during two hours of questioning by Patchen and Bodiford. They say the man will be questioned further today. He is still a suspect in the FSU murders, they say. Yes, they're curious, too, about how he built and credentialed an imposter's identity on a physical similarity to a well-known athlete in a relatively small city like Tallahassee. [...] now that Misner thinks about it, some strange things have been happening in his life. "About a year ago, when I was out of town, some guy called my wife late at night, and seemed to know I was out of town. He said as long as I wasn't there, he might as well come over. He never did, but he called back a second time. When I got home, the calls stopped." And a few weeks ago, the track star got a call from a man who said he was in the registrar's office at Florida State University. Some of Misner's records had been lost, he said, and he just needed to ask a few simple questions about personal background. Misner answered them."
- The Courier-News (Bridgewater NJ), "Mystery man suspect in sex slayings", 1978/02/18: "Tallahassee police have traced Bundy's most recent residence to an apartment house just four blocks from the FSU main gate. College students living in the building remember him as a quiet fellow known as "Chris" who showed up in early January, would sing and drink with them, but would not reveal his last name or his job. [...] Police here say he has been in contact with Atlanta attorney Millard Farmer, one of the South's most famous defense attorneys, who has represented more than 100 murder defendants."
- Raiford prison term and 1989 execution
- Daily Kent Stater, "Bundy's death ends ordeal for families", 1989/01/26 - mentions "Shelley Robertson, 24, of Denver, who disappeared June 30, 1975" (note that in his interview with Billy Bob Barton, Ottis Toole claims to have been responsible for Shelley's murder, not Bundy)
- Orlando Sentinel, "Bundy Detailed 2 Slayings 45 Minutes Before Execution", 1989/01/27
- From p.10 of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office notes on the 1975/11/13-14 "Ted" summit in Aspen CO: "Keppel then went over the items found in Bundy's apartment and also mentioned that Bundy made a call on 6/16/75 to the Denver Post. They were unable to find out who he spoke to however." - note that this is one day after an unknown person tried to strangle Linda Miracle in Grand Junction CO
- According to Denver Post, "Bigfoot believers", 2003/01/05 (excerpted here), anthropology professor Daris Swindler, who examined the skulls of the Seattle victims, is an adherent of Bigfoot's existence. This is reminiscent of how multiple Bigfoot believers were linked to the Yosemite murders: Michael Larwick was the son of Leroy Larwick, who produced a controversial videotape purportedly showing Bigfoot, and Cary Stayner was known to be fascinated with Bigfoot, claiming to others he met that he had seen one of those creatures.
- Sandra Weaver murder - found on 1974/07/02 in Grand Junction CO
- Trempealeau County WI investigative documents on the Sandra Weaver murder found in the Colorado 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office files - names a key person whom she was with at the party shortly before her death as Glade Gamble
- From the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office file in the 1975/01/15 supplementary report: "Investigator Vig informed me that the homicide in their area had come out of Utah, that the victim had been staying in Salt Lake City, Utah and that her disappearance was actually from that state and not Wisconsin. Investigator Vig also informed R.O. the Salt Lake City Police and Sheriff out there have a total of six homicides involving all young females. The method of operation has all been basically the same. Also there is some evidence that they might link into homicides or missing persons of young females on the California, Oregon, Washington Coast. Investigator Vig states that on the 29 of June, last year, that there was a large party in which narcotics and/or dangerous drugs were used. That their victim went to that party with a person by the name of Phillip Quintana, also known as Phillip Martinez. The next morning , the 30th. of June victim was seen by a girlfriend, Joanne Elkins on her way to work. A forklift operator at the place of employment saw victim just before 1000 hrs. At that time their victim stated she was going to see Joanne Elkins and that was the last time she was seen alive. Victim was found two days later in Mesa County in the Debec (sp?) Canyon area. Also at the party and a suspect in the case is a Wade Gambrale. Suspect is known as a drug pusher in the Salt Lake City area. Vig states that a Jerry Thompson, Investigative Division, Salt Lake City Sheriff's Department, phone 801-328-7491 is in charge of the investigation in the Salt Lake City area and any additional information we might need, we should contact him."
- From p.11 of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office notes on the 1975/11/13-14 "Ted" summit in Aspen CO: "Lt. Ron Smith of the Grand Junction, Colorado Police Dept. then spoke. On 7-2-74 a Salt Lake hitchhiker, one Sandra Weaver was found in Grand Junction dumped off the side of a road. This 23 year old girl had been manually strangled and was found nude except for a necklace and ring. She had left Salt Lake on 7-1-74."
- Glade Gamble background
- 2017/02/11 comment by philip conrad on ExecutedToday.com, "1989: Ted Bundy, psycho killer", 2000/01/24: "i knew sandra weaver, the Colorodo detectives talked to me and my x wife in lacrosse wi because we thought the guy that left with her might have had something with her death. I do believe Ted Bundy killed her."
- Alternate suspect Douglas Alan Yoakam
- Deseret News, "Man convicted in 1977 murder makes another plea for parole", 2016/01/06: "Douglas Alan Yoakam, 66, has been incarcerated for nearly four decades. On Tuesday, Yoakam made yet another plea for parole before Utah Board of Pardons and Parole member Jesse Gallegos, the same board member who heard Yoakam's last attempt at parole in 2006, which was denied. The challenge for the board, however, is deciding whether Yoakam, who has been diagnosed several times as being delusional and schizophrenic, would still pose a threat to society if he is released. Yoakam, a licensed gun dealer, was in Millcreek Canyon in 1977 when he unloaded a Mac-10 submachine gun on Karen Roberson and Justin Tauffer, killing Tauffer and critically injuring Roberson. [...] At the time of the shootings, Yoakam was on medical leave from his job and was paranoid that someone was out to kill him — so much so that he carried a cache of weapons with him everywhere he went and wore a bulletproof vest. On Tuesday, Yoakam said part of that paranoia was caused by [Ervil] LeBaron, the former leader of a polygamous sect that ordered the murders of rival polygamists in the 1970s, including Rulon Allred. Yoakam claimed that Allred attempted to buy a machine gun from him shortly before he was killed in 1977. Because of that contact, Yoakam was afraid that LeBaron would come after him, he said. LeBaron, who was sentenced to life in prison himself, died in the Utah State Prison in 1981. [...] During his latest psychological evaluation given in preparation for the hearing, it was noted that medication prescribed to Yoakam in 1977 could have caused psychosis in a person who already suffered from schizophrenia."
- From KOMO, "Ted Bundy - The Mystery", 1979 @ 28:01: "Colorado and Utah authorities now add the names of Sandra Weaver, Kathy Hanson, Carolyn Sarkesians, Karen Roberson to their growing list of missing and murdered women. A coroner's report concludes that it is possible the same person or persons killed these women. At this point in our investigation, an interesting coincidence is documented: another man was convicted of the murder of Karen Roberson and is currently serving time. He used abduction, handcuffs, and a handgun. It is believed this man was briefly investigated in the Carol DaRonch case in which abduction, handcuffs, and a handgun were used."
- Unknown person Brent Olsen who the man at Viewmont High School in Bountiful UT was looking for
- From the Bountiful Police Department file in the 1974/11/10 "Written Statement of Raelynne Shepherd": "I watched the play until I was supposed to help with a costume change, about 20 minutes later. I started back down the hall, my third trip, and again he was there (time about 8:50-9:00). He started coming towards me and said, “Hey, um, you really look nice.” I said “thanks.” He said “Are you sure you couldn’t help me out with this car, it’ll only take a few seconds.” I said “I’m in a hurry right now, but my husband might be able to help.” He said, “By the way,” and got too close, “do you know if Brent Olsen is around here?” I asked if he was a member of the cast or just a student and he said “It’s no big deal, I was just wondering if you knew him.” I left fast."
- Deseret News, "Obituary: SHAW JR, WILLIAM BILL", 2013/06/18: "William (Bill) O. Shaw, Jr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather was reunited with his Heavenly Father and his children on Father's Day, June 16, 2013 after a minor nuisance with cancer.Born on Dec 12, 1934 to William Orley Shaw and Virgel Petty Shaw, in Ogden UT. Bill spent his childhood playing on the streets and wilds of Odgen UT with his cousins and friends. He graduated from Ogden High School in 1953 (Happy 60th), and Weber College before serving an LDS mission to the Western States mission. He completed his MBA at the University of Washington.Bill served in the Army Security Agency at Kagnew Station in East Africa. Always a hard worker, Bill found his home with First Security Bank, working in several capacities; retiring in 1996 after 32 years. He was also active in the Hailey ID and Bountiful UT Rotary Clubs for over 36 years.Bill married his sweetheart, Lynnette Kay Long, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Sep 8, 1961. They are the parents of Melanie (deceased), Gregory William, Stephanie (Tim) Pike, Tyler Brent (deceased), and Jennifer; proud grandparents of Derek Mitchell Pike and Chelsea Alisha Pike.Bill loved the temple and served as a temple worker for 8 years. He served a mission with his loving wife in the Utah Ogden mission. He also served for 3 years as the Executive Secretary in the same mission under President Brent Olson."
- Melanie Cooley murder - on 1975/04/15 in Nederland CO
- From p.13-14 of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office notes on the 1975/11/13-14 "Ted" summit in Aspen CO: "Det. Thomas Shomaker of Boulder County Sheriff's Department then spoke about his case. On 4-23-75 Melanie Suzanne Cooley, (victim) was found clothed but with her jeans pulled down and unzipped, blouse torn in front, jean jacket with blood on sleeve. She had been struck at base of skull, probably not going fully unconscious, then struck a second time by a 35-45 pound rock which was dropped on her head. She had scratches on front of body where blouse was ripped open. It was speculated that this might have been the work of hippie-type individual due to the condition of a pillow case which was around her neck. Her hands were bound with green nylon cord in front of her body with this dirty pillow case rag around her neck. It is speculated that the rag had been used as a blindfold, which had slipped. A portion of the pillow case blindfold had been torn away. At first her father was a suspect as he had been having sexual relations with his daughter as well as the daughter's girlfriend. It was noted that the father one Eric (Mountain horse) Harris had spend 18 months of a two year sentence in the state penitentiary for bad checks. This case has not been solved to date."
- From p.12 of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office notes on the 1975/11/13-14 "Ted" summit in Aspen CO: "It was noted that Bundy and Harris were both in Aspen at the time of Campbell's abduction."
- Alternate suspect William Cosden
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "DNA match leads to arrest in girl's 1973 slaying", 2002/03/08: "For most of the past 28 years, Katherine Merry Devine's parents were convinced their 14-year-old daughter had been murdered by notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The Seattle girl looked like many of his victims and had died under similar circumstances. Yesterday, Thurston County authorities revealed a startling twist: DNA testing had identified a different man with a history of rape and murder as the likely killer. The suspect, William E. Cosden Jr., was already in prison in Washington, serving a lengthy sentence for rape."
- Court of Appeals of Washington, no. 2332-2: STATE v. COSDEN, 1977/07/20
- Reddit post arguing that there was a substantial amount of reasonable doubt for Ted Bundy's guilt: "Copious amounts of evidence? Most people described someone that didn't even fit Ted's description. The person who picked him out of a line up was shown his picture three times before, and said it wasn't him. There are other people who were in the same places at the same time for some of the murders, but ruled out because they passed a lie detector. The fact that the jury in the first trial convicted him, not because of any evidence, but because he ran from the cops (they didn't know he was on the run). He was tedious in his case, and learned every fact from every murder. Is it unreasonable to think he falsely confessed to the crimes because he loved the attention? Did his confessions come before or after his prison rape? There are crimes he admitted to where the facts didn't line up, the last ones before he was executed. If you read a lot of the cases, you'll find that most of the evidence points to different perpetrators. The killings when he escaped prison, the only evidence was a bite mark. The descriptions of him were all wrong (a short guy). And the semen was from a "secretor" and bundy was a "non-secretor". I'm not saying the guy is innocent, because I haven't gone into any depth in the case. But when you see all the stuff that the books leave out, all the reasonable doubt, it makes you wonder. But the fact that someone can kill 30+ people, and the only evidence is a bite mark, that seems really suspect. And they should still have all the blood and semen evidence. But of course they'll never run DNA on any of it, because imagine if Ted Bundy was innocent!"
- Jana Brubaker, "Mitigating Circumstances", 2017/05/22: "After my adventures through Idaho’s broken mental juridical health system, I have begun reading the multiple published accounts on Ted Bundy, and because I am healthy enough to listen to multiple perspectives without stomping my ignorant or abusive foot and insisting on my rightness, now I am wondering what if he didn’t do some or even all of the crimes for which he died accused? [...] In my mature, post-carceral reading, I am astonished by the paucity of evidence, much of it circumstantial or relying on psychologically unsound methods of inquiry. I note the absence of DNA match when compared with a sample found in Florida in 2011 against evidence from the Tacoma case of Ann Marie Burr, long assumed to be his first victim, thanks largely to the efforts of writers like his former friend and Seattle suicide hotline coworker Ann Rule. [...] Self-published author Rebecca Morris takes up the crusade for another generation, but while her account fails to connect Ted with Ann Marie with evidence beyond her book title and the coincidence of their childhoods in the same town, in multiple passages she unwittingly alludes to other suspects, describing Burr family members with sorted [sic] pasts and the sexual abuse, controlling fathers, and rigidly divided male/female roles common to both clans. Further, she cites one Florida juror and journalist who did not believe there was enough to convict him beyond a reasonable doubt, and in another passage, by the late 1970s a retired Tacoma detective still doggedly convinced policing is no place for women."
- Bonnie Kernene, "Brittany Phillips murder 9/30/2004 Tulsa, OK *Still unsolved, 9 years later", 2006/10/23 - a 2007/04/03 comment by Steven Costello refers to "Clark Dawson, Ted Bundy’s accomplice (no! He did not work alone!)" whose nickname is "Silent"
- Jerome Brudos serial killings (TODO: move to Serial killers page?)
- Jim Stovall - the Salem cop most widely credited with solving the case; discussed above in relation to the Julie Cunningham murder, as his daughter was friends with her
- Jerry Frazier - the Salem cop also involved in solving the case, to whom Brudos gave the knot
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