Who Is Sara? Sara -Early Victim of Ted Bundy Challenges Officials on Public Story – Records show tampering with evidence and a cover up of those years….

Sara 1970 summer    miss wa 1974 small image        website high school photo    Sara 1970

This  blog post and site is not about personal publicity.  I’ve been coming forward now for nearly two decades [I can document since 2001] and initially never had any intention of going public.  My case and my memories lined up to hidden evidence authorities suppressed for decades and that can be proven beyond any doubt. Example:  I told them that Ted had been calling me since I was 16, I lived in Tacoma, my father lived less than a mile from Ted’s parents and that he’d been stalking me and had been in the office of Ludlow Kramer when I was there for a pageant in 1972 and knew I was coming and called me about it.  I was ridiculed for making things up and just wanting publicity but years later, in those sealed records was a statement from a Republican official that Ted was indeed working in the office of Ludlow Kramer in 1972 and not only did my memories line up but I have a letter from Kramer talking of my visit there and a photo of me with him [at age 17] to prove it.  That’s only one example of over 50 points that lined up.

Officials have been lying for years about this case and hiding original files that were critical back then, and still are, to open and not solved cases.  These include the evidence of Taylor Mountain, witness statements never worked or correlated, internal documents that clearly state the cases were closed as well as statements to me that cases were closed.  When I initially came forward I was denied an interview and told to contact the book authors.  Then when I did as I thought it was my only option, I was criticized for only wanting publicity and manipulated.  Who does that as a law enforcement professional?  I had documentation and my memories were lining up to elements of the case they had never released.  Memories that were time and date stamped to preserve them.

They continue to perpetrate a narrative that does not match case records through their “documentaries” and other spins on the cases and what happened but the actual case records dispute them.  Evidence was tampered with….moved into a sealed area to prevent its disclosure per internal memos released to me in 2015….critical evidence such as skeletal remains were denied their existence [Robert Keppel in his book “Riverman” and in interviews for decades claimed nothing was found of any consequence at Taylor Mountain except skulls and jawbones], as a result, cases were never worked in a timely fashion and evidence/witness statements important to the overall cases were thrown away per internal memos which stated that orders had been given to destroy Bundy evidence – an action [destruction] that was implied in the public announcement by the FBI and DOJ in 2011 that they had “found” a vial of his blood in Florida despite an order that evidence be destroyed  ...the evidence in WA state included the remains of at least 3 unidentified victims per the original records.

Officials knew all along that human skeletal remains were found at both Taylor Mountain and at Issaquah, critically important to the Bundy cases and  that has been categorically denied by WA State for decades. In fact, those skeletal remains were documented by Robert Keppel on site [he photographed them and assigned them evidence numbers which allow those human remains to be tracked through the years until they were confirmed to be human remains in 2005].  It is one thing to with hold evidence to work cases and another to with hold evidence and tamper with evidence to prevent its discovery and to personally profit from cases which are not yet solved.  I am calling this out publicly because I have tried to get it corrected now for nearly two decades only to be stone walled by nearly all branches and divisions of the Department of Justice.

Officials also lied about Bundy’s close working relationship with top officials which in itself does not impact his crimes unless you consider whether or not they covered up this evidence to hide the fact that he was considered a colleague among them …. Bundy was working with the FBI, the DOJ, the Attorney General Office, the Republican Party and a powerful political action group in the Seattle area called CHECC.  Were they interfering with the investigation to protect a colleague or to protect their reputation?  You have only to look at the actual original tape recordings to know that Bundy was talked to not as a criminal but as an “insider” and valued colleague – no matter what  the public story about these conversations is, the actual tapes and files refute that story.The audiotapes in their original non-redacted form show conversations between Bundy and officials as full of disclosures not normally provided to criminals and a role of consulting which was far beyond the level of what was stated publicly.

Documents released to me in 2014 and 2015 after years of coming forward were scanned from files hidden in a sealed area–as an example approximately 300 pieces of evidence lost, misplaced, destroyed or denied from Taylor Mountain and Issaquah but original witness statements were misrepresented in published accounts.  Witness accounts putting Bundy near the crime site of Taylor Mountain and Issaquah [at the exact entrance of Taylor Mountain] were suppressed as were items of evidence forwarded on to the FBI and the fact that authorities had identified Bundy as early as October of 1974 by witness statements.  They had a description of Bundy, his name, his VW description, witnesses, and missing and murdered girls in two states [UT and WA\ and all of this in both locations by the end of 1974.  By March of 1975 they had Taylor Mountain and the evidence there.

Remains found on site at Taylor Mountain [not the three girls at Issaquah found there, it appears those remains were “lost” for years ] were identified on site in 1975 and assigned evidence numbers, per original records, and then the remains were sent in March of 1984, the same time the AG Office took over the Green River investigation coincidentally, to the ME without customary paperwork per internal memo and that is where they sat until 2005 when they were sent to TX and determined by DNA to be indeed the girls found originally on Taylor Mountain.  These remains are noted in multiple places in the detective notes and search and rescue notes of that original search period and cannot be disputed – the records do not support and never have the so called public statement of decapitation nor the public statement that nothing of significance was found on Taylor Mountain but a few skulls and pieces of jawbone – an ME examined the remains found on site at Taylor Mountain in March of 1975 and declared in his findings that the heads were with the bodies, negating decapitation and findings of animal dispersal and activity at the crime scene site also supported that the girls found there had skeletal remains in that location as they did in Issaquah.

I’ve tried to get an attorney many many times but few are willing to expend the time to go through these records when I do not have the money to pay them and when I did get an attorney who would try to help that person was interfered with by those very authorities connected to this case.  The very people who continue to be the media faces of the case.  They interfered with directly or indirectly over 50 attempts I made and I can document that statement.  When I made complaints I was stonewalled; when I attempted to reach out to Seattle police, King county police and even the HITS division of the Attorney General office I was ridiculed, defamed, treated badly and never given a proper investigation of my concerns and I have all of this documented.  It took me a while to realize just how much I was being manipulated because of the severe trauma I had suffered back then and because I trusted law enforcement.  That trust was misplaced. I was in a state still of severe trauma with fragmented and fractured memories and instead of helping me the efforts were focused on discrediting me; of leading me into statements; of denying the truth that the details of my memories contained – they were real – they lined up in a way that no one would know except someone who had lived through it because they matched the sealed evidence.  It was unprofessional and to me looking back it was interfering with a witness and victim trying to come forward.

I’ve also been threatened behind the scenes, stalked to places where I should have felt safe such as victim counseling organizations [my records were falsely removed from there and mysteriously “disappeared”], I was shadowed and defamed behind the scenes and blocked by one person over and over when I attempted to gain access to the justice system to get an investigation done.  To this day, the officials in WA State refuse to give me a legitimate investigation, refusing to answer my multiple requests at investigations of those who hid evidence back then, refusing to correct the false stories being put out to the press. And I have their refusal in writing.  To me that’s obstruction of justice and abuse of power – it’s bullying with a badge.  All I wanted for nearly 20 years was an investigation and a case number because at least a few cases of Bundy were directly connected to his stalking of me during that time – I was blocked from accessing the justice system – I was denied the very justice system that my taxes and the Constitution give me the right to access.

Ted Bundy helped the AG Office of WA State, while he was in prison, develop questionnaires that appear to be related to the HITS computer program;  he also met with the FBI while in prison in Florida, and not just Bill Hagmaier but with another FBI official without attorneys present and was able to circumvent normal prisoner access to the outside world let alone unrestricted access to key high ranking officials in the justice department. There are so many things that happened in this case that were outside the parameters of what to me seems like normal due process of a major crime series. Bundy wasn’t in prison for white collar crimes – he was in prison for serial murder – the murder and torture of many young women.  It is shocking to me the extent of some of the political measures that were taken in this case.

I want accountability….I want justice for those girls that the officials essentially threw away by “losing” evidence, denying evidence and not working the cases thoroughly.  I want the public to hold those responsible accountable to the public and to the institutions they serve in principle, duty and ethics – because in the end that impacts all of us, regardless of whether Ted Bundy was executed.  The Attorney General Office of WA State and the FBI are not agencies which are above the law: they are funded by, and serve, the people. This fight with them has transformed over the past 20 years from a fight to be heard as a critical survivor and witness to a purpose to hold them accountable for a deep betrayal of public trust and to the girls who didn’t survive and the families who had believed in these officials to do the right thing only to be betrayed by their actions.

It took me three years to go through these records.  They were not released to me organized by any means.  There were pieces embedded into other pieces in random order much like my own memories were scattered and shattered.   But I saved all the paper trail, I saved all the files as they were originally released and I made sure to preserve the records that I did receive as they may be the only thing that is left to be the voice of the victims those officials left behind.  I care because I know what those girls went through even though my memories are not clear and ordered and are still broken and shattered and missing pieces due to brain trauma, they are still reflective of details which accurately line up to the case evidence that was sealed.  Those memories, time and date stamped over the years and saved to original servers are irrefutable proof of what I experienced back then just as these original case records raise serious questions about misconduct and abuse of power.

The records in WA State show serious issues in evidence tampering; lies to the public perpetrated by several high ranking officials; movement of evidence forward to Superior Court direct from the crime scene of Taylor Mountain rather than to evidence rooms and local police jurisdictions; movement to and from evidence rooms later where sign in and sign off were not implemented or did not line up; detective notes that were retrofit or back dated by several months; critical evidence that was taken into custody by several detectives some of which were later to develop careers with the FBI and lies by the FBI itself to the public that it wasn’t involved with Bundy until 1977:  it was – working with him directly on a project with a division of the DOJ in WA State in 1973 and the FBI was present in Utah BEFORE Bundy was transferred to Colorado by a judge who per the records was pressured into doing that.   The FBI was also behind the scenes in Florida helping facilitate Bundy reaching out to a judge in Tacoma and to the task force for the Green River killer case.

It begs the question of all these people involved – why?  Just look to the same old faces that are consistently profiting from the story in the media about this case and repeating the same old narrative.

In the radius around King County alone, in 3 counties, 58 young girls were missing – that doesn’t even count at least 5 girls at Taylor Mountain and Issaquah whose remains were carelessly lost or destroyed per the records by the authorities. I say at least because outside of skeletal remains found and “lost” there were multiple items of clothing, food items, bondage, weapons and other things that suggested the two sites were active killing grounds and animal activity had been present in both scenes.  The evidence was never protected nor preserved and the only testament to that statement is the records that were released to me by someone behind the scenes who authorized their release – those records stand as the “voice” of the victims of Ted Bundy who did not live.  Who did not survive his cruelty nor the callous disregard of the officials who betrayed them. Other cases as old as Bundy’s have been preserved and solved using the new forensic tools developed over the years and DNA was in its infancy before Bundy was executed so they knew that solving these cases was possible yet they shut them down.

Truth has a way of finding its own route, much like water flows its natural course. I think that given the present time, and the political environment of today, and even public attitudes now, that accountability and transparency are critical to our justice system and in this case, so far, they have done nothing to correct the injustices or lies which have been put forward.  Mistakes can happen in any given situation in a real time series of crimes that are fast -paced…that’s understandable…..but purposeful and willful withholding of evidence and misrepresenting evidence to the public for decades is a different story.

                  All truth passes through 3 stages:

                   First it is ridiculed.

                   Second it is violently opposed.

                   Third, it is accepted as self-evident.

Alfred Shopenhauer