Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry opened up about a number of traumatic experiences in her upcoming memoir, including the time she was raped at knifepoint by an armed robber, as well as what she believes, in retrospect, to have been an encounter with notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
Harry, now 74, recalled that the armed robbery occurred in the New York home she shared with her then-boyfriend, Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, The Sun reports. During the attack, which is believed to have taken place before the band was catapulted to fame, the robber tied them both up, and then “poked round searching for anything worth anything,” she wrote.
“He piled up the guitars and Chris’s camera and then he untied my hands and told me to take off my pants,” she continued. “He f--ked me. And then he said, ‘Go clean yourself.’”
Harry went on to write of her sexual assault, “The stolen guitars hurt me more.”
The singer’s memoir also features details on another bombshell claim: her belief that she once escaped being abducted by a man she later recognized as serial killer Ted Bundy. While excerpts regarding that particular alleged incident have not yet been released, Harry has spoken out about the experience in numerous interviews before.
She first told her Bundy story to a newspaper in 1989, where she explained that, after a night out in Manhattan in the early 1970s, she was trying to get across town to another party when she encountered a strange man, Interview Magazine reports.
While she was trying to hail a cab, she spotted a man in a “little white car” circling the area, and he was “persistent” in offering a ride, she said. Once inside the car, however, she realized that the windows were nearly completely rolled up, despite the summer heat, and there were holes where the radio and glove compartment should have been.
“So I was sitting there and he wasn’t really talking to me. Automatically, I sort of reached to roll down the window and I realized there was no door handle, no window crank, no nothing. The inside of the car was totally stripped out,” she recalled.
It was unnerving enough that Harry promptly tried to get out of the car, pushing her arm out of the gap in the window to open the door from the outside. Once the driver saw her attempt, however, he “tried to turn the corner really fast, and I spun out of the car and landed in the middle of the street,” she said.
It wasn’t until after Bundy was executed in 1989 that she suspected that the man in the “little white car” was the same man responsible for the deaths of at least 30 people.
“It was right after his execution that I read about him,” she said. “I hadn’t thought about that incident in years. The whole description of how he operated and what he looked like and the kind of car he drove and the time frame he was doing that in that area of the country fit exactly. I said, ‘My God, it was him.’”
However, in the years since Harry has told and re-told the story of her possible encounter with one of the deadliest serial killers in American history, her theory has been debunked, with Snopes pointing out that Bundy was not known to have been in the New York City area at any point in his life, and famously drove a tan Volkswagen Beetle.
Harry’s memoir, “Face It,” is expected to hit shelves on Oct. 1, according to The Sun.
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