From 1974 to 1978, serial killer Ted Bundy carved a murderous path across the country — all the way from Washington to Florida — taking the lives of at least 30 girls and young women. When he was finally caught and put on trial in 1979 for the brutal slayings of two female students from the Chi Omega sorority house in Tallahassee, Florida, many were shocked to see that the man responsible for the attacks was good-looking and well-educated. Some even believed Bundy just didn't look “like the type to kill somebody,” as one woman said outside the courthouse.
While in jail awaiting his trial, Bundy received fan mail from women all over the world.
"Ted's mail was as strange as anybody's mail could be. He got marriage proposals," Stephen Michaud, co-author of "Ted Bundy: Conversations With A Killer," told "E! True Hollywood Story." "Lots and lots of women sent him pictures, some sent him nude pictures [...], dying for Ted to get back to them."
According to Michaud, multiple women — identified as "groupies" — showed up at the courthouse during Bundy's trial dressed like his victims.
"There was an assumption about Ted's victims: that they all wore there hair long, parted in the middle, and wore hoop earrings," Michaud explained. "So, women would come to court with their hair parted in the middle, wearing hoop earrings. A couple of them even dyed their hair the right kind of brown. [...] They wanted to appeal to Ted."
Carole Ann Boone, one of Bundy's avid female supporters, ended up marrying the serial killer while testifying on his behalf as a character witness. Acting as his own defense attorney, Bundy proposed to Boone in the middle of questioning her. Boone accepted, and Bundy said, "I do hereby marry you." According to The Deseret News, Boone had contacted a notary public to attend the trial, and their marriage was later pronounced legal.
"To this question of whether or not [Boone] really believed he was innocent, she did have a child by him," Michaud explained.
Boone gave birth to a daughter named Rose in 1982, but little has been reported on them since Bundy's execution in 1989.
To learn more about the case and Bundy's trial, watch "Snapped Notorious: Ted Bundy" on Sunday, July 15 at 6/5c.
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