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'The Blood Was Everywhere,' Living Ted Bundy Sorority Survivor Speaks Out
Kathy Kleiner Rubin was sleeping when she was attacked by the serial killer.
A woman who survived being attacked by Ted Bundy is speaking out in the midst of the release of a new Bundy-themed docu-series and film.
Kathy Kleiner Rubin was just 20 when Bundy entered her Chi Omega sorority dorm room at Florida State University and attacked her with a club.
Bundy left her with lacerations and puncture wounds on her face, a broken jaw, broken teeth, and skull fractures, according to the 1980 true crime book “The Stranger Beside Me: The True Crime Story of Ted Bundy.” There was so much blood gushing out of her mouth that she was given a container to keep it from getting everywhere.
She was sleeping when she was attacked by the serial killer, who killed more than 30 women, on January 15, 1978. That night, Bundy attacked four others in the house, Rubin’s sorority sisters. Margaret Bowman, 21, and Lisa Levy, 20, were killed. Karen Chandler and Cheryl Thomas, both 21, survived.
“There was blood splattered all over the wall. All over,” Rubin now tells Rolling Stone. “And my green and white bedspread was covered. My beautiful bedspread I had just gotten a few weeks earlier, that my mom and I had spent so much time picking out. The blood was everywhere. Everywhere. On the walls, and everything. That really stays in my mind. I can see it right now.”
Eerily, what she doesn’t remember was Bundy as a person. Rather, she recalls, he appeared more like a dark entity to her.
“The room was dark, and I didn’t have my glasses on, but I remember seeing a black mass,” she told Rolling Stone. “I couldn’t even see that it was a person. I saw the club, saw him lift it over his head, and slam it on me.”
She said the first time she was struck, she didn’t feel pain.
“It was pressure, like someone pressing on your arm. And then he hit me again. And I think that’s where he hit me in the face and broke my jaw in three places and I passed out. But that’s what I remember the most: him lifting the club and bringing it down on me.”
It took her months to heal, but she bounced back with tenacity. That same year she took a job as a bank teller where she was robbed at gunpoint. However, Rubin returned to work the next day, according to Rolling Stone. She even testified against Bundy in 1979.
“He was just staring me down,” she told Rolling Stone. “I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t angry, so much as a…throwing-up feeling. It was so bad. It was disgust.”
As for all the new Bundy buzz, Rubin appears to be taking it in stride.
Not only has she dedicated a portion of her home library to Bundy books, but she thinks it’s OK for others to research him.
“He was, and he lived, and he breathed, and he did what he did. And at some point he was possibly a real person,” she told Rolling Stone while laughing. “I think it’s good for people to read books about Bundy. I really do. They need to know that there’s evil out there, but they can control it.”
Then there’s the new upcoming biopic, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” starring Zac Efron as the infamous serial killer (slated to come out later this year).
Rubin told TMZ that she doesn’t mind the new depiction of the man who tried to kill her, as long as people learn from it.
“I think the movie does glorify more than I think he should be, but like I said, I think everyone should see it and understand him as what he was even when he was the perfect son,” she said. “I think hopefully it will make women — mainly that’s my heart, to care for the women — to be more aware of their surroundings and to be cautious. He had different tactics that he used to help people- to help people get in cars or do things. In your gut, if you feel that something doesn’t feel right, just say no.”
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