Ted Bundy’s former girlfriend will once again recount her life with the charismatic serial killer in an updated and expanded memoir set to publish in January 2020.
While Elizabeth Kloepfer originally released the memoir “The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy” under the pen name Elizabeth Kendall in 1981—the book has long been out-of-print and it ended just after Bundy’s 1980 conviction for a series of grisly murders in Florida. He’s suspected of killing at least 30 women during his cross-country rampage between 1974 and 1978.
The new updated version, being released by Abrams Press, will include new chapters and fresh insights about the relationship Bundy and Kloepfer shared more than 30 years after Bundy’s death. Elizabeth’s daughter, referred to as Molly Kendall, will also pen one of the chapters to detail life with a man who served as a father figure for her for many years before his arrest.
“Abrams is thrilled to be able to republish this riveting book and share new material written by Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter Molly. The new chapters add startling insights and put the book in context for readers today, thirty years after Bundy’s death,” Michael Sand, vice president and publisher of Abrams said in a release announcing the news.
The expanded book will feature a new introduction and afterword written by Elizabeth, a chapter from Molly and never-before-seen photos taken during the couple’s long-standing relationship before Bundy’s 1980 conviction in Florida.
In the initial printing of the memoir, which Oxygen.com obtained a copy of earlier this year, Kloepfer chronicled the seemingly picturesque romance between herself and Bundy that began in 1969—and the dark turn the relationship took once she began to suspect Bundy could be the man Seattle authorities were searching for after two young women disappeared from Lake Sammamish in July 1974.
But even as her suspicions grew—and Kloepfer repeatedly contacted authorities—she struggled to pull away from the man she so desperately loved, even visiting him in prison after he was convicted of kidnapping Carol DaRonch.
Throughout much of the story, Kloepfer struggles with reconciling her suspicions with the “warm and loving” man she believed she knew.
“He was not a violent person,” she wrote in the 1981 version of the book. “When we argued he was always calm and reasonable; I was the one who lost control and yelled. I could count on the fingers of one hand the times that Ted had lost his temper since I’d known him.”
Kloepfer’s suspicions are finally put to rest in a late night phone call with Bundy after he had been arrested in Florida and his double-life is truly revealed.
“I stared at the floor while scenes of the good times and the bad times played in my mind like a desolate slide show,” she wrote. “I had prayed for so long ‘to know’ and now the answer killed a part of me.”
The memoir was also said to be the inspiration behind the Ted Bundy biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” that was released earlier this year on Netflix. The film, starring Zac Efron as Bundy and Lily Collins as Liz Kendall, was told primarily through Kendall’s point of view.
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