To Bee or Not to Bee
You’ve heard of serial killer Ted Bundy. But did you ever look him in the eye?
From 1974 to 1978, Bundy murdered at least 28 young women ” all strangers ” in Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Florida. He favored attractive brunettes between 12 and 24, who parted their hair in the middle, just like his ex-girlfriend.
Bundy was intelligent, good-looking and could be quite charming. He sometimes used a fake arm cast to elicit sympathy and help, so he could coax girls into his car in order to handcuff and kill them. After committing unspeakable acts, he customarily crushed his victim’s skull with a crowbar.
It happened right here. On Jan. 12, 1975, 23-year-old Caryn Campbell left her physician fiance in the lobby of the Wildwood Inn in Snowmass Village, to get a magazine from their room. She never returned. A month later someone found her body in a snow bank near the Owl Creek Road.
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Bundy botched his Nov. 1974 attempted abduction of Carol DaRonch in Salt Lake City. As Bundy tried to handcuff her, DaRonch managed to escape from Bundy’s VW Bug and ran screaming into the headlights of an oncoming car. Later, in Aug. 1975, Bundy was arrested in Salt Lake City for eluding a police officer. When the cops put two and two together, DaRonch picked him out of a police lineup.
After Bundy’s Utah conviction in the DaRonch case, he was extradited to Colorado to stand trial for the Snowmass murder of Caryn Campbell. On June 7, 1977, while ostensibly preparing his legal defense in the law library of the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Bundy jumped out of a second story window. You could see his heel prints in the grass. Following a massive manhunt, a week later police arrested him driving a stolen car just a few blocks from the courthouse.
The following December he escaped from the Garfield County Jail in Glenwood Springs by crawling out through the ceiling.
Two weeks after that he set out on a Florida killing spree that would culminate with the murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Ann Leach.
The state of Florida electrocuted Bundy in 1989.
You know the depths of your own heart, but not your neighbor’s. I had a fling with a nurse once. At one point, Mary Lou blurted, “You know, when we first met, it occurred to me that you might strangle me. I don’t know why I thought that. But things like that happen.” She really said that.
In the mid-1970s my friend Molly attended the University of Utah, in Salt Lake. Ted Bundy enrolled there in the fall of 1974. Some young women disappeared in the Avenues district, a few blocks from her place, Molly recalled.
Molly and Susie lived in a duplex. Tim and another young man shared the other half. A third male roommate ” a law student ” also lived with Tim for a few months.
The girls on one side of the duplex and the boys on the other became friends. They got together for coffee.
Molly attended an early morning class, and the law student often walked with her to campus. “He was a nice guy but not much of a conversationalist,” Molly remembered. “He came to my 21st birthday party.”
“Yeah?” I said. I wondered where this story was going.
Molly looked at me like I hadn’t been paying attention. “The law student was Ted,” she said. “Ted Bundy.”
Probably Molly was the safest coed in Salt Lake. She was pretty enough for sure, but she knew Bundy, and he never murdered his friends. Besides, Molly has shocking blond hair. I never asked her if she ever parted it down the middle.
Peach Valley beekeeper Ed Colby promises to lighten up when he writes his next column in two weeks. Ed’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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