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Ted Bundy Victims: Death by a Serial Killer

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List of Ted Bundy's Victims

Ted Bundy's reign of terror lasted from 1974 to 1978 and spanned six states, leaving behind 30 known murder victims, as confessed by Bundy. His modus operandi evolved over the years. Bundy's first murders were forced entry followed by attack with a blunt instrument, usually on a sleeping victim. These early victims were left as they lay, either unconscious or dead. It seems odd to say, but these were his lucky victims. As his murders gained momentum, he became more organized and c

Ted Bundy: Serial Killer
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His most popular ruse was to fake an injury, either a sprained ankle with the use of crutches or a broken arm with a fake cast. Bundy, an attractive charmer, would then approach the victim of his choice with a request for help. He was very adept at gaining these young women's confidence. He would then take his victim to a second location where they were assaulted and killed. Some of the bodies were never recovered, others only partially so.

All of his victims were young and pretty, most of them college students. One striking similarity among most of the victims was their long hair, usually parted in the middle. Some believe them all to be similar in appearance to Bundy's college sweetheart who left him. After her rejection of him, he rebuilt himself into a more respectable person (at least on the outside) and won her back. They became engaged, then Bundy stopped the relationship. According to Bundy, he had just wanted to prove that he could have married her if he had really wanted to. Bundy repeatedly denied any similarity between his victims and his first love.

Ted Bundy Victim List, in Chronological Order:

(Please note that this list includes only 25 identified victims and survivors. Bundy confessed to 30 homicides, but no one truly knows how many women Bundy really killed. Some people have estimated the total could run as high as more than a 100.)

1974 (Washington State and Oregon)

January 4th: (Name withheld) age 18, attacked while sleeping. Survived, but with permanent brain damage.

February 1st: Lynda Ann Healy, age 21. Attacked while sleeping and body taken. Skull eventually recovered.

March 12th: Donna Gail Manson, age 19. Kidnapped while walking to College Concert. Body never recovered.

April 17th: Susan Elaine Rancourt, age 18. Abducted from Central Washington State College. Skull recovered.

May 6th: Roberta Kathleen Parks, age 22. Disappeared from Oregon State University. Skull recovered.

June 1st: Brenda Carol Ball, age 22. Vanished after leaving a tavern in Burien. Skull recovered.

June 11th: Georgeann Hawkins, age 18. Taken from UW, behind her sorority house. Skeletal remains recovered.

July 14th: Janice Ann Ott, age 23. Disappeared from Lake Sammamish State Park. Skeletal remains recovered.

July 14th: Denise Marie Naslund, age 19. Taken within hours after Janice Ott, from the same location. Skeletal remains found.

Ted Bundy was seen by many people at Lake Sammamish on the day of the abductions. Five women witnesses helped the police to come up with a composite sketch which was distributed to the media. No less than four people submitted Ted Bundy's name as a possible suspect. However, the police were receiving 100's of tips a day, and the clean-cut law student didn't seem likely to be their killer.

It was at this point that Ted Bundy moved to Utah to attend the University of Utah Law School. Unfortunately the study of law did not occupy Bundy's mind to the point where he gave up murder. Neither did the fact that Bundy had an active social life and dated many women from the area. His killings weren't based on the sexual assault aspect, they were based on power. Power and possession. The killings continued.

1974 (Utah, Idaho, Colorado)

October 2nd: Nancy Wilcox, age 16. Taken from Holladay, Utah. Body never recovered.

October 18th: Melissa Anne Smith, age 17. Disappeared from Midvale, Utah. Body recovered.

October 31st: Laura Aime, age 17. Taken from Lehi, Utah. Body found.

November 8th: Carol DaRonch, age 18. Attempted kidnapping in Murray, Utah. Escaped and survived. Went on identify Bundy from police lineup.

November 8th: Debra Kent age, 17. Taken from a school in Bountiful, Utah. Body never recovered

1975

January 12th: Caryn Campbell, age 23. Taken from hotel in Snowmass, Colorado. Body recovered

March 15th: Julie Cunningham, age 26. Abducted from Vail, Colorado. Body never found.

April 6th: Denise Oliverson, age 25. Taken from Grand Junction, Colorado. Body never recovered.

May 6th: Lynette Culver, age 12. Disappeared from school in Pocatello, Idaho. Body never recovered.

June 28th: Susan Curtis, age 15. Abducted at Brigham Young University. Body never found.

Here it should be noted that in August of 1975, Ted Bundy was arrested for failing to pull over on a routine traffic stop. That arrest (and items found in Bundy's car) eventually lead to Bundy being tried and convicted of aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault on Carol DaRonch. This took him behind bars until his final escape (his second) which led to his flight to Florida. He escaped on December 30, 1977 and didn't waste too much time in trying to go straight. It may have been the pressure of his long prison stay or the thought of recapture, but Bundy reverted to his previous MO of forced entry and attacks on sleeping victims.

1978 (Florida)

January 15th: Margaret Bowman, age 21. Murdered in her sleep at the Chi Omega sorority.

January 15th: Lisa Levy, age 20. Killed in her sleep at the Chi Omega sorority

January 15th: Karen Chandler, age 21. Attacked while sleeping, Chi Omega sorority. Survived.

January 15th: Kathy Kleiner, age 21. Attacked while sleeping, Chi Omega sorority. Survived.

January 15th: Cheryl Thomas, age 21. Attacked while asleep, a few blocks from the sorority house. Survived.

February 9th: Kimberly Leach, age 12. Taken from her school in Lake City, Florida. Skeletal remains found.

Ted Bundy remains a suspect in a large number of unsolved murders and disappearances. As his execution date grew closer, he started alluding to more and more murders. Officials saw this as a delaying tactic to push back his execution date even further. However many other murders Bundy may have committed, he took that information with him to the grave. Bundy died by electrocution on January 24, 1989.

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