Ted Bundy DNA will be put into database

Serial killer Ted Bundy will soon have his DNA profile uploaded into the FBI’s national database.

Bundy’s blood that was taken when he was arrested in 1978, was located in Florida by Tacoma Detective, Lindsay Wade.

Tacoma police want to compare Bundy’s DNA to evidence that was never analyzed in the case of missing 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr, who disappeared in 1961 from Tacoma.

“From a historical standpoint, there is this belief that Ted Bundy could be responsible,” said Detective Gene Miller of the Tacoma Police Dept.

Ann Marie Burr

Ann Marie, who was the oldest of four,  vanished from her home, August 31, 1961.  Her mom, Beverly found her bed empty and the living room window open and the front door ajar.  A former Burr neighbor wrote that “Ted was the morning paper boy…That little girl used to follow him around like a puppy…She would have gone with him if he asked her to crawl out that window.”

Theodore Bundy

Theodore Robert Cowell was born in 1946 and took his step-father’s last name of Bundy.  He started raping and torturing and killing woman and girls in the 1970’s and it spanned five states. 

He was caught in 1975 when a state trooper saw him parked outside in his VW bug at the Utah home of two young girls.

He was convicted of attempted kidnapping but after being extradited to Colorado, he escaped from county jail.

He went to Tallahassee Florida, in 1978 where he killed two woman and hurt two more, then later kidnapped and killed a 12-year-old girl.

He was caught a week later in a stolen car and convicted.

Bundy responded to a letter sent to him by Ann Marie’s parents asking if he had anything to do with the disappearance of their daughter and he said at the time he was a normal 14-year-old boy.

 Ted Bundy’s 1968 VW bug, at a Washington, DC museum

Bundy was executed in 1989 in Florida.  He had confessed to killing 30 people.  Police believe that Bundy may have killed at least a dozen more.  Police were able to identify eight woman that Bundy confessed to killing in Washington state, but three of the victims remain unknown.

The FBI will issue a nationwide bulletin informing law enforcement when Bundy’s DNA has been added to the database.

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