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Ted Bundy Survivors Share Inspiring Stories About Overcoming Attacks By The Notorious Serial Killer
Karen Sparks-Epley, Karen Chandler Pryor, and Cheryl Thomas shares their stories of perseverance with Nancy Grace.
Three women who survived being attacked by notorious serial killer Ted Bundy are sharing their stories of endurance.
"It's amazing to me that at this moment, in this room, at this table, we have Bundy's first known survivor and Bundy's last known survivor all together at the same time," Grace says in the special.
Karen Sparks-Epley, the first known survivor, was attacked by the killer in 1974. Bundy snuck into her bedroom, beat her with a metal rod and sexually assaulted her. He also knocked her unconscious with a piece of her own bedpost.
Karen Chandler Pryor survived a Bundy attack in 1978 when he broke into Florida State University’s Chi Omega sorority house bludgeoning the girls with an oak limb. Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman were beaten to death. Pryor and Kathy Kleiner Rubin survived. Rubin's face and jaw were shattered and Pryor's jaw was broken.
Pryor was later present in the courtroom after the killer was apprehended for a final time.
"I didn't really want to look at him, because I didn't want to give him the feeling that he was of any importance to me," she explained.
Directly after attacking Pryor and her sorority sisters, Bundy attacked Cheryl Thomas just a few blocks away. He fractured her jaw and skull and left her with permanent deafness and equilibrium damage.
Thomas spoke to Grace about how she defied the odds and continued to pursue her dancing career despite the hurdles that Bundy inflicted upon her.
Bundy, who was executed in 1989 by electric chair, admitted to the murders of 30 women across the country between 1973 and 1978.