Serial killer Ted Bundy is back in the spotlight thanks to Zac Efron's new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. It comes hot off the heels of Confessions of a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a Netflix series that stoked the public's fascination with the killer. If you have already seen the series or the film, you will know that Bundy used his charm to seduce his victims.
He became one of America's most notorious criminals after his conviction for murdering at least 30 women in the 1970s. Bundy would often have sex with their bodies and he decapitated at last 12 of his female victims. While it feels that all of his life has been covered, you may not know that Bundy fathered a daughter while in prison. Despite the overwhelming evidence stacked up against him some people still believed Bundy was innocent, one being Carole Ann Boone, the mother of his only child.
The pair had dated before Bundy was arrested and it's thought she helped him escape from prison in 1977, which marked the beginning of his second killing spree. Bundy proposed to Boone right in the middle of his trial, which was all over the media at the time. They married in the Florida courtroom in 1980 as he was still standing trial. Ann Rule, who wrote The Stranger Beside Me, his biography, wrote that there was more we didn't know about their relationship which carried on beyond his trial to his time on death row.
Who was Rose Bundy?
Ted Bundy's daughter Rose was born on October 24, 1982. Boone had got pregnant while Bundy was in prison, though it was never clear how. He was on death row at the time and people speculated heavily. Bundy hadn't been allowed conjugal visits so people were left baffled when Boone became pregnant. People also speculated whether the child was actually even Bundy's, but Boone responded to the claims as to how Rose was conceived telling The Deseret News in 1981: "it's nobody's business." Some people said Boone became pregnant behind one of the vending machines in the visiting room by bribing a guard to turn the other way.
Others said Boone passed an empty condom to Bundy when they kissed, which he filled up and returned to her. But according to Rule such elaborate means weren't needed. It was more common to bribe guards than you'd think and couples often had sex on visits if a tidy sum was passed to the guard. It's likely this is what happened with Bundy and Boone.
Rose was born while Bundy was still in jail. She was Boone's second child as she had already a teenage soon called James from a previous marriage.
If you've watched Extremely Vile you'll also know Rose wasn't the first child Bundy had acted as a father figure to. His ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer aka Liz had a daughter called Tina from a previous marriage that he helped parent. Boone would bring their daughter, who was also known as Rosa, to prison to see her father, but the visits stopped when Boone cut all contact with the serial killer. The couple divorced in 1987 and Boone never spoke to Bundy again. He was sent to the electric chair in 1989.
What do we know about Rose Bundy?
Boone and Rose are thought to have changed their names to avoid the inevitable attention. Little else is known about Bundy's daughter apart from a few comments in Rule's book, which was reprinted in 2008, where she calls her a "kind and intelligent" woman. On Rule's website, she goes into it further explaining why there are very few details about her.
"I have deliberately avoided knowing anything about Ted's ex-wife and daughter's whereabouts because they deserve privacy. I don't want to know where they are; I never want to be caught off guard by some reporter's question about them. All I know is that Ted's daughter has grown up to be a fine young woman."
Where is Rose Bundy now?
After Boone and Bundy divorced, she and Rose left to live in Washington. According to E!, Rose is 37-years-old and remains keen to stay out of the spotlight. While some people have taken to forums to 'out' her current location and name, we've left them out of this article. A forum post does add that her name has changed, as has her surname after Boone remarried.
“She has grown into a loving and intelligent human being who works in special needs, and is a mum to an adorable daughter," it reads.
“Just goes to show that at the end of the day, genetics aren’t worth a penny.”Read More