Ted Bundy claimed he had been possessed by an entity he couldn’t control as he brutally murdered at least 30 women, but does that dark force continue to haunt a home where Bundy may have killed one of his victims?
That’s the question at the center of a new episode of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures: Serial Killer Spirits that takes a dark and terrifying dive into the world of one of the country’s most prolific serial killers and an abandoned property one ghost hunter compared to a “portal to Hell.”
The episode—ominously titled “The Ted Bundy Ritual House”—is part of a four-part mini-series airing all month centered on spaces linked to terrifying killers such as H.H. Holmes, John Wayne Gacy, Jake Bird and Bundy, Esquire reports.
In Saturday’s episode, airing at 9 p.m. EST, the focus is on an abandoned Utah home some locals believe was the site of a Bundy murder.
Although the connection to Bundy is never confirmed, some have speculated that the house may have been where Bundy brought 17-year-old Debra Kent after abducting her on Nov. 8, 1974 from the parking lot of Viewpoint High School.
In interviews before he was put to death, the notorious killer admitted he kept the teen “for a period of time” before she died, according to an earlier Investigation Discovery special “Ted Bundy: Mind of a Monster.”
Bundy has said he kept Kent for about 24 hours in the place where he had been staying at the time. When asked whether the teen had been alive, he eerily said, “Let’s see, during half of it.”
But while Bundy had been renting a room at the time, some have speculated that he may have taken the teen to an abandoned home about 100 yards from where he abducted her as she was leaving a high school play to go pick up her younger brother from a skating rink.
Residents in the area would later report hearing two “piercing screams” coming from the parking lot around 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. that night—but there would be sign of the teen, according to the book “The Stranger Beside Me” by Ann Rule.
Her car was left in the parking lot as her baffled parents, who had been at the play too, wondered what happened to their young daughter. A portion of her remains—only a kneecap—would be found years later in Fruit Heights, KSL reported.
In Saturday’s episode of Ghost Adventures, the ghost hunters visit the abandoned home to determine whether any dark spirits or entities linked to Bundy can be found in the home.
“So there is speculation that he may have taken Debra Kent to this abandoned house that was already known for doing devil rituals, so we investigate that,” Zak Bagans told Esquire. “We don’t ever state factually he took her there, but it is a possibility.”
Bundy had repeatedly talked about being controlled by a force or dark entity that he was unable to control during his bloody rampage.
“With these different serial killers, and Ted Bundy stating that he has heard voices and that there was this presence over him at the time of these killings, we can’t ignore the fact that he may have practiced some form of devil worshipping that brought this demon onto him and attached itself to him. And he’s having to fulfill these demons’ orders,” Bagans said.
According to Bagans, the property investigated in the episode had been linked to devil worship “going back decades” and he described the property as “literally a gateway to Hell.”
In one particularly creepy moment recounted by Esquire, a local child brought a tree branch to the house’s doorstep, peed on it and then told Bagans that demon children living inside would kill him if he entered the property.
But the crew wouldn’t be deterred and uncovered dark forces at the property. Or at least what they consider to be dark forces.
Bagans told the magazine that although there was no electricity in the house, he and his crew found “extremely high electromagnetic field readings” in a devil circle and captured voices in the house.
“So there is some type of open portal there, in my belief, based upon scientific readings, and evidence we collected, things that we all felt,” he said.
When asked whether Kent’s spirit was in the house, Bagans said he couldn’t be sure.
“I can’t say fact or anything on that,” he said. “I would hope she isn’t trapped there.”
Bagans also couldn’t say for sure whether Bundy had been there but said he did find an “evil presence” at the property.
“At times I felt like I could feel him there, but at the same time we’re trying to contact him,” Bagans told Esquire. “All I know is that we encountered just pure evil. I mean, we encountered demons, and that’s what he was, so it was hard to state: Oh, this was definitely Ted.”
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