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  • A young woman walks down an alleyway on her way home from college, illuminated only in

  • small puddles of light by the lamps above her.

  • Little does she know that a man will be waiting for her as she emerges into the carpark.

  • Poor soul,” she thinks, after seeing that the well-dressed man is struggling to

  • carry books to his Volkswagen Beetle - especially as one of his arms is in a sling.

  • She walks over to him and offers assistance, to which the polite and softly spoken man

  • gives her his utmost thanks.

  • As she takes some of the books and leans down to place them in the passenger seat, he hits

  • her over the head with a tire iron.

  • He gets in the driver's seat and leaves the scene.

  • He will strangle her like he did many others.

  • He will do unspeakable things to her.

  • He's a quintessential maniac.

  • His name is Ted Bundy.

  • The scene we have just described to you was the modus operandi of this particular serial

  • killer, well, when he had planned his murders.

  • Bundy's thing was to use his good looks, his speaking skills and his educated demeanor

  • to lure people into his trap.

  • At times he'd put his arm in a sling, or even walk on crutches, to give his victims

  • a false sense of security.

  • How harmful could a man on crutches be, one dressed in a suit driving a cute car?

  • This is why he was so hard to catch, he just didn't fit the profile of a serial killer,

  • one who did absolutely disgusting things to people, at the moment they died and after

  • they died.

  • He probably should have been caught much earlier than he was.

  • After all, when young women went out and never came back, on a few occasions witnesses came

  • forward and said they had seen a man lurking around, a man with one arm in a sling, a man

  • that drove a VW Bug. 22-year old Brenda Carol Ball was last seen

  • talking to a guy in a carpark who had brown hair and an arm in a sling.

  • Soon after, Susan Elaine Rancourt went missing, never to return.

  • Two people came forward after that and said they'd been approached by a man who wore

  • a sling.

  • He'd asked them for help putting some books into his car, a VW Beetle.

  • Then on June 11, 1974, University of Washington student Georgann Hawkins went missing.

  • Her body would never be found.

  • We know that she'd been with her boyfriend and she'd left him after midnight.

  • On her walk home to her sorority house, she was spotted by a male friend who was driving

  • a car.

  • He shouted out of the window, “Hey George!

  • What's happening?”

  • She chatted with him for a minute or two and expressed that she was a bit nervous about

  • her upcoming Spanish exam.

  • Later, witnesses told the cops that they'd seen some guy skulking around in an alleyway

  • close to Hawkins', a guy whose arm was in a sling.

  • One woman said he'd asked her to help him load a briefcase into a light brown Volkswagen

  • Beetle.

  • Little did she know at the time how close she was to being murdered.

  • Hawkins wasn't so lucky.

  • She fell for the trick, as any helpful person might.

  • We know what happened to her because Bundy later talked about it.

  • When she was close enough to his car, he hit her over the head with a crowbar, which knocked

  • her clean out.

  • When she came around, she was obviously confused, although to Bundy's surprise she seemed

  • to think that he'd turned up to help her with Spanish.

  • She was evidently in shock.

  • This is what Bundy said about that, “It's odd the kinds of things people will say under

  • those circumstances.”

  • He strangled her and dumped her body, a body he would return to on at least three occasions.

  • You can only imagine how demented he was, returning to a body that was decomposing.

  • He had his reasons, but we'll get to that.

  • Bundy was brazen, there's no doubt about it.

  • He didn't ever think he'd be caught.

  • He thought he was too intelligent for the police.

  • After all, he'd worked in politics.

  • He worked as an Assistant Director of the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Commission

  • where he wrote a paper on rape prevention.

  • He did a stint at the Department of Emergency Services where he talked about missing women

  • and how to find them.

  • That's likely why Bundy didn't have any qualms about returning to the alleyway from

  • where he'd picked up Hawkins.

  • The day after the abduction he was there at the same time as the police, hiding in plain

  • sight as he picked up one of the girl's shoes and her necklace.

  • If he wasn't picking up girls in a car park or close by one, he was sneaking into basements

  • while they slept and then bludgeoning the victim with some kind of iron bar.

  • Bundy was like the boogeyman, a serial killer that crawled through windows and viciously

  • attacked people while they were at their most vulnerable.

  • But he was also a con artist; he played confidence tricks and he was very good at it.

  • Investigators knew that when girls went missing at times a man was seen with an arm in a sling;

  • a man that owned a VW Beetle.

  • Surely Bundy was easy prey after that?

  • How many VW Beetles were there in those areas where the abductions happened, areas dotted

  • around the Pacific Midwest?

  • The reality was Bundy's reign of terror was only in the early stages.

  • The public and police were worried, that's for sure.

  • Young folks stopped hitching rides, and many became fearful of talking to strangers or

  • leaving their windows open at night.

  • Those with most to fear were young, white women.

  • Bundy's victims were almost always in their late teens or early twenties.

  • They were Caucasian and most of them were attractive.

  • They studied at university and were said to be intelligent and gifted students.

  • Another thing was the fact each girl disappeared at a college where construction work was going

  • on.

  • Could the disappearances be linked, wondered investigators?

  • They just didn't know.

  • They had very little forensic evidence to work with and there were no bodies.

  • That didn't mean the cops thought the girls had just taken off some place.

  • Nothing about their personalities and state of mind suggested that.

  • Only weeks after Hawkins went missing, two women were abducted in broad daylight at Lake

  • Sammamish State Park not far from the city of Seattle.

  • Bundy had first approached five women in the park, and in what they later described as

  • a Canadian or British accent, the man introduced himself as Ted.

  • Ted, dressed in a pressed white tennis outfit, with one arm in a sling, politely asked them

  • if they could help him unload a sailboat from his bronze-colored Volkswagen Beetle.

  • Four of them said no, but one followed him to his car.

  • Thankfully, she ran away when she became aware that there was no sailboat.

  • That day, Bundy managed to enlist one woman for help and he later abducted another close

  • to a restroom.

  • Both would die.

  • Did he kill one in front of the other?

  • He once said that was true, but close to his execution date he recanted that terribly bleak

  • detail.

  • This is not a story about his crimes, though.

  • What we want to know is how the hell did police not get closer to Bundy seeing as he was using

  • the same car and the same sling trick and so the same modus operandi.

  • He even told the girls that escaped that he was named Ted.

  • What more did the cops need?

  • A written confession?

  • They were closer, but still a long way from getting him.

  • They at least now had a good description of this Ted guy and it did look quite like him.

  • In no time at all, this sketch appeared in many newspapers and was shown on TV.

  • Remember that we said Bundy worked at the Department of Emergency Services.

  • Well, one of his co-workers there saw that sketch and heard about the VW Beetle and she

  • knew she was looking at her colleague.

  • Mr. Bundy.

  • She made a call to the cops as did another person that knew Ted Bundy.

  • The cops at the time were receiving something like 200 of these calls in one day, and they

  • quickly assumed that a clean-cut law student with no criminal record couldn't be behind

  • the abductions.

  • Serial killers didn't look like that, or so they thought.

  • The heat was on, though, and Bundy knew it.

  • A couple of months after his last murder, bones were being found.

  • Those bones were the remains of his victims, scattered in various places where the cops

  • hadn't thought to look.

  • It was fortunate for Bundy then that he was accepted to study at the University of Utah

  • Law School.

  • He packed his bags and headed south in August of '74.

  • He was only in Utah a month when he started killing again.

  • September 2, a hitchhiker.

  • October 2, a 16-year old girl.

  • October 18, a 17-year old girl from a pizza parlor.

  • It turned out that she was the daughter of a police chief.

  • After her decomposing body was found on a hiking trail the postmortem exam revealed

  • that Bundy had kept her alive for perhaps seven days.

  • Each had been subjected to the most brutal depravity, although Bundy admitted years later

  • that after he killed them, he shampooed their hair and applied makeup to their faces, keeping

  • them in a state that he liked.

  • He wanted the physical possession of the remains, and he wanted to do what he wanted to them.

  • He sometimes chopped them, sometimes kept heads in his apartment; and he dressed them

  • the way he wanted them to look.

  • Then he took a photograph.

  • When you work hard to do something right,” he once said, “You don't want to forget

  • it.”

  • More abductions happened, more murders, as well as attempted abductions.

  • The disappearances were reported in the media, and after reading about them a woman named

  • Elizabeth Kloepfer who'd dated Bundy back when he was in Washington put two and two

  • together.

  • She not only called the King County cops and told them she thought she had been dating

  • the killer, but she also called the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office and said the same

  • there.

  • She was still talking to Bundy at this point on the telephone, but she didn't say anything

  • about her calls.

  • For her, the sketch looked like Bundy; the car was Bundy's, and so the murders following

  • him around was just too much of a coincidence.

  • Bundy then started killing in Colorado.

  • Things didn't change much.

  • Death by blunt force trauma, sometimes strangulation; bodies dumped, mutilated, sometimes wearing

  • clothes that weren't theirs.

  • 1975 drew to an end and there were more victims, some whose bodies have never been found.

  • 1976 turned out to be another bloody year, so how come the Washington cops weren't

  • at the very least looking at Bundy?

  • They only did that after they discovered a new toy, a computer and a database.

  • They found they could input data about the murders and the computer would compare that

  • data to data already in the system.

  • Thousands of names were in that database, but only 26 names matched the crimes.

  • Bundy's was one of them.

  • The problem was connecting the Utah and Colorado murders to the Pacific Midwest murders.

  • At the time there was no large database connecting all the states' police departments.

  • The fact of the matter was, while the cops should have known better after the tip offs,

  • because Bundy moved around, he managed to evade capture.

  • But then he was pulled over by a cop in a Salt Lake City suburb after he'd been driving

  • around looking suspicious.

  • On searching Bundy's car, the cop found quite the collection of suspicious items:

  • a ski mask, trash bags, handcuffs, a crowbar, lengths of rope, and an ice pick.

  • All that was pretty much the consummate serial killer stash.

  • It didn't take long for the cops to understand that they might have a maniac on their hands.

  • They had the phone call from Bundy's lover in their records and they had his car description

  • from one of the abductions.

  • Still, after searching his house the police didn't have enough on him to keep him.

  • One thing they didn't find that day was a bunch of photographs of his dead victims.

  • Things would have been very different had they discovered those awful snaps.

  • Bundy was on the loose again, but he was being monitored all day long.

  • Some of the cops flew to Seattle to speak to Bundy's lover.

  • She told them that some things just didn't add up.

  • Such as, why did he keep crutches in the house.

  • And what about that plaster of Paris, not to mention the surgical gloves, big knives,

  • a meat cleaver, and a bag full of women's clothes.

  • Bundy was certainly in a fix now, but he was by no means done.

  • He sold his beloved Beetle, but that was soon sequestered by investigators who gave the

  • interior a good going over.

  • What they found were strands of hair from females, and those females were very likely

  • victims of murder.

  • Police brought Bundy in and put him in a line up, but they only had enough evidence to possibly

  • put him on trial for aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault.

  • His parents paid his $15,000 bail and off he went once again, a free man, but under

  • heavy round-the-clock surveillance.

  • He actually lived with his lover again while he was on bail, which should have been a very

  • strange time for her.

  • At this point the lead investigators from Utah, Washington, and Colorado, all finally

  • got together and shared their stories and what evidence they had.

  • They were pretty darn sure that they had a serial killer on their hands, and an utterly

  • depraved one at that.

  • Before they could get him for murder, though, he faced trial for kidnapping and assault.

  • He was found guilty and sentenced to one-to-15 years in the Utah State Prison.

  • While in there, he was charged with just one of the murders.

  • Bundy was a desperate man around this time, likely knowing that his crimes, or most of

  • them, would catch up with him and he'd be looking at the death penalty.

  • He chose to defend himself, and because of that he didn't have to wear handcuffs or

  • leg shackles in court.

  • On one of those court appearances he managed to convince the court he needed the library

  • and he leapt from a window.

  • He actually survived for six days around the wilderness of Aspen mountain but was eventually

  • picked up by the cops.

  • The case against him for that one murder was actually quite weak, but it seemed that Bundy

  • believed they would get him.

  • If he was done for that case, more cases might follow.

  • Over a period of six months, he got his hands on a floor plan of the jail.

  • He saved money after getting it smuggled in by visitors and he also got himself a hacksaw.

  • On December 30, 1977, Bundy filled his bed with books so it might look like he was sleeping.

  • He then got through the ceiling and into an apartment.