I was very traumatized by the events of the last 20 years and the law enforcement bullying and what I saw in the records. In the post below there are some areas that repeat information and I will be cleaning this up in the coming weeks. Additionally, there are a few efforts now by the officials involved in the cover up to slowly admit to the denied evidence such as admitting what had been withheld to the public about Taylor and Tiger Mountain – and that is just the tip of the iceberg in all that was done to hide the elements of the case back then. Before you believe that there is nothing to this other than simple law enforcement progression of a case look at the money trail of those involved….how much money have they made over the years on Bundy while the evidence of the case went unworked, while the girls found and never identified on Taylor and Tiger Mountain never got justice, and when the survivor they knew all along existed [me] was denied the simplest of help [request to help verify the pieces of memory so I could heal and put the fragments together] and I was threatened and suppressed aggressively even to the point of public defamation in programs and books and blocking my attempts to get attorneys while they continued to make money on their lies. It’s not right…it should never be right or accepted in any democracy for cops to cover up the facts and put forward lies to the public. The irony and tragedy for me is that once the records were released to me, I became aware of the cover up and what they had done not only to me but to the victims of the cases as a whole and also that I was able to put the pieces together and verify my memories. If they had helped initially, I never would have known of the cover up because I wouldn’t have fought for the records. Their selfishness and greed is the reason that the cover up is now exposed.
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. I was a surviving victim of that time period with documents to prove it and I had witnessed Ted with Georgann Hawkins the night he abducted her as he had been stalking me and had parked outside of my apartment window by a bush near the alley – something he had done frequently. I had head injuries and suffered psychological trauma so the shattered, scattered fragments that remained were evidence of severe emotional and physical trauma[nothing was known of head trauma back then as it doesn’t always show and little was known back then of severe rape and captivity trauma – it blunted my emotions and it left me then with little immediate memory of events so I struggled with what was happening to me. Ted was doing so much to me repetitively that I never had a chance to recover in a timely fashion].
Bundy had told officials that there was a survivor: that he had been kidnapping a “woman” and releasing her unharmed to test his skills. The FBI writeup about it also stated Bundy said it was a “dry run”. A dry run by every definition I can find is about practicing against a target. This target comment of Ted’s lines up directly to my experiences, to his stalking of me, to the escalation of the kidnappings against me in the spring of 1974 and to my statements, which although broken and shattered contained details, very specific, that had never been released publicly. And this is not hindsight on my part – my memories, time and date stamped, preceded the records release by decades.
Robert Keppel was instrumental and foremost in blocking me behind the scenes and he has also made a lot of money over the years on public stories about that time that are patently false when compared to the actual case files that were sent to a sealed area and eventually released to me. WA state refused for several years to investigate the cover up and I was told behind the scenes that they were immediately going back to “fix” the records and discrepancies such as all of a sudden trying to run DNA on whatever was left of the case. That is borne out by WA State sending the girls’ remains to TX in 2005 to be tested for identification DNA – 30+ years AFTER the remains had been in their possession. 30+ years after Keppel’s denial that any remains were even found on Taylor and Tiger Mountain.
Keppel himself logged those remains in from Taylor/Tiger Mountain and the remains had his numbers assigned to them when they were sent in 2005 – remains he denied existed for decades saying publicly “nothing was found on Taylor Mountain.” His version [false] of events was taught in universities, was disseminated publicly, and influenced serial killing understanding even though it wasn’t even accurate to the evidence of the time period. The underlying question is why hasn’t he been charged with evidence tampering [back dating a record which happened in the files], lying to the public [bearing false witness as a public official] and so on.
Bundy’s statement that it was a dry run [which is targeting] also lines up directly to the fact that he parked outside my window the night he abducted George [Hawkins]and that my location at the time was directly behind the Theta house and there was a large bush at the corner outside my window that shielded his car from being seen. I never knew he was out there although I did encounter him in the alley and George did approach us and we all three talked before she walked off with him – but at the time I entered the alley to take my puppy out to potty I did not know he had been out there – he cornered me by the Theta house. George was a friend of mine and he knew it. I came forward to police as soon as the memories started returning but I was shunned, blocked, intimidated, ridiculed and overall treated very badly. I’m not the only one bullied behind the scenes: in 1981 Keppel wrote a letter to another state’s detective stating that he intended to charge Liz with obstruction of justice because she had a book coming out and depending on what it said he would charge her. To me that’s intimidation tactics. Liz had already reached out to the police several times, including being interviewed by Keppel. She was a victim. It’s bullying and he also did it to Richard Larsen, working with the FBI behind the scenes in Utah to suppress what Larsen had access to – Larsen’s book went out of print about the same time Keppel released his book “Riverman” which was a fabrication of the facts of the case and inaccurate in many places. Keppel also made sexist and derogatory remarks about Bundy’s attorney in Florida. It’s been a pattern with him.
The evidence and statements show clearly that Bundy didn’t just grab anyone in his pattern of abductions – in a few of the core cases, such as me and Laura, he stalked us ahead of time, conducted surveillance on us, and held us in captivity. There were witnesses who saw Bundy with Laura, who knew of his stalking activity towards her, and these witnesses have been suppressed over the years by authorities. His activity with me began when I was only 16 and new to WA State, living in Tacoma. My parents were divorcing, my father was a prominent physician and Bundy started calling me immediately after the family photo was in the local papers in the fall of 1970 and very soon had ascertained that the family was in shambles, I was new, alone essentially as the parents were frequently gone, and very vulnerable. I was also very tiny – wearing junior clothes and barely over 100 pounds and only about 5’3″. He called on the phone identifying himself as “Teddy” but I never met him directly for months. He also stalked me as a stranger to me, driving by my home, talking to me at a ski resort, and staring through the windows of my home. But I didn’t know him as “Teddy”. I did not know the stalker who I was terrified of was the same person who I was bonding to on the phone called “Teddy”. Teddy is mentioned in my yearbook and he lured me out, pretending friendship before he drugged me at a party and violently raped me nearly killing me and using an implement. I didn’t have a situation where I could tell anyone and once that assault occurred, I felt trapped and afraid to say anything as he kept the contact up, apologizing for it and my memory was already fragmented due to the trauma. It set me up for repeated control. For over a decade, Keppel has been discrediting me behind the scenes telling people there were no survivors in WA State, and that any memories were “consensual”. He had a spin he wanted on this case series of Bundy and he wanted to make sure his interpretation of all that happened was the only one people ever heard. But he was wrong and he was manipulating evidence to force the case in a direction instead of listening to the evidence.
Bundy also held me, Laura, Melissa, and Roberta Parks in a location of his comfort level and choosing where he imbibed us, restrained us, and raped us for hours and in some cases over days. I suspect that he did this to the girls found on Taylor, Tiger Mountains and Issaquah as well based on the actual evidence on site which included a lean to as well as abandoned homes nearby.
I had been saying he’d done this to me for decades before any of this information was ever released to me and both the WA State cops and the FBI and even all the way to the DOJ turned their backs on the information – the core facts of the case–acting more like gate keepers of secrets than objective investigators. The officials involved in this case, who have continuously repackaged it to the media, have been putting out carefully orchestrated spins on the actual case and have turned their backs on the missing and murdered girls of that time period whose cases remain unsolved. There were over 50 such girls in the 3 county area around King County at the time. They also destroyed evidence – documented in memos in 1981, in 1999 and in 2010-2011 – something that makes it hard for me to understand and very angry as a result – they cared nothing about the victims. Even now, we fail to hear from the actual attorneys who defended Bundy or prosecuted Bundy in the court setting and what they saw of or know of in terms of evidence. Even now, the “gatekeepers” continue to be the same faces over and over – even when victims are in documentaries they are only shown if the same people are shown: Keppel, McChesney, and Hagmaier frequently and recently John Henry Brown.
Keppel never caught or charged Bundy in WA though WA state had more evidence against him than any other state; McChesney was a junior detective at the time and didn’t catch him either though she took in personally some critical evidence known to be his such as an axe and its cover, a taped jack handle and a bead and leather necklace [an article that was found on the bodies of at last 2 victims in another state]; and Hagmaier always talks of how much time he spent with Bundy and Bundy called him his “best friend” but none of these people have ever once gone in depth on the forensics of the case nor empowered the other investigators and legal teams that may differ in case assessments. For years, decades even, they kept silent about all the evidence they knew was suppressed – at the expense of other investigators in other states who had unsolved cases, the families of victims known and the victims who were found on site at Taylor Mountain and Tiger mountain and were never identified – not even today.
All these people knew the evidence behind the scenes was incriminating to Bundy – all of them know the public story put forward about not having enough to convict him in WA State is false. They could have charged him before Colorado, before Florida. I’ve been told behind the scenes “off the record” that much of what happened back then was “political”. Political has many nuances and meanings but just exactly what was political about Bundy. He was a serial killer. He’s been turned into this media legend but I question why – he’s not any different than the other serial killers. Why are the same people constantly in the media and only one spin of the actual events of those years is allowed?
Keppel’s statements that the crime scene of Taylor and Tiger Mountain were “nothing found” over the years since 1989 and his focus on outlier information to the press and in media stories does not reflect the core case. Keppel personally logged in those human remains when they were originally found – he lied for years. His statement that Bundy wouldn’t talk to anyone but him in the prison interviews isn’t even true: Bundy specifically reached out to Green River Task Force and Reichert and stated he did not want to talk to Keppel initially but he was forced to do so when Keppel stepped in over Reichert according to the conversations. The FBI was initially involved in these communications and Keppel references the FBI to Bundy telling Bundy he hadn’t received a letter that the FBI had not yet forwarded. Bundy wasn’t executed yet. Why is it that so much was going on behind the scenes when he had appeals and a trial still pending? Is that a violation of constitutional process? Keppel ignored many incriminating statements by Bundy and completely ignored the actual evidence. My question is why and who all knew that the direction the public story was taking was false?
Bundy initially made contact with the Green River Task Force through the FBI contacts he had available to him and asked the FBI to forward his letter to Green River Task Force through a Tacoma judge. That too is in the records. You have only to look at other serial cases such as Hanson in Alaska, Dahmer, Ridgeway, Gacy, and a host of others to see that Bundy was no different than any of them. His kill sites are very similar in evidence to what was found at the sites of Ridgeway and Hanson. The only difference about Bundy was that he was working closely with the very entities that were hunting him: he was working on confidential projects with the FBI, the Crime Commission, the Attorney General Office of WA State and he was involved at high levels of the Republican Party for years. He started killing by his own admission behind the scenes much earlier than Jan of 1974. In the final interview portion redacted from the public, Bundy states 1972 as the first year of killing with actions he’d done leading up to it and then quickly walked it back to 1974…the year Keppel had been pressing him to give and Keppel makes a comment “we talked…” very cryptic.
This is all in the the actual case files released to me legally via FOIA a few years ago – it took me a long time to go through them and understand what all had happened to me – it wasn’t easy. Officials have never once interviewed me in depth related to the correlations to the actual evidence nor explored my experiences back then at any level – refusing me a case number, using intimidation tactics to silence me such as blocking my attempts to get a case number from the police jurisdictions and even blocking attorney attempts and continuing to put out a false story about those years – one which is not, and never has been, supported by the original case files. The police refused to even talk to me instead telling me to talk directly to Rule and Keppel who initially did everything they could to disprove what I was saying, intimidate me and challenge me – even to the point of trying to influence memory recovery when I was in trauma and lead me into statements [Rule especially]. I can prove all of these statements.
Officials that are the face of the case don’t even talk about the actual case evidence on their “documentaries” and media programs – rather more about outlier information. They claim it was so “mysterious” that they tried so hard to put the case together [they did not – their efforts were in trying to look the other way from Bundy and that is proven by the records] and that it was just too circumstantial [it wasn’t – they had more on him than most people that actually go to prison]. I’d like to know what the actual motivation is – it certainly isn’t in the best interest of the cases which remain unsolved during those years back then nor in the interests of the public.
Some of these case files and hard evidence per internal memos were ordered destroyed by authorities in 1981, 1999, and ordered to a sealed area in 2010 to 2012. Keppel moved to the AG Office in 1981 and took control over the case; Keppel retired in 1999 after he had written a book Riverman under color of law while employed that is a false accounting of the period, and in 2010 to 2012 I was actively approaching the FBI trying to open the cases of Bundy and was being stonewalled and refused a case number. Why?
Cases were not solved and never had been and girls remain missing. What kind of police department would order destruction of files related to unsolved homicide cases or missing girls? What kind of police department and officials at all levels would order evidence sealed for 75 years and declare nearly 300 pieces of evidence “lost” or “destroyed”? Part of the reason I kept coming forward was because publicly they stated they needed information on Georgann Hawkins’ disappearance and I had first hand information that was supported by the records – yet I was blocked from accessing police and instead directly referred by police to the “book authors” where I was manipulated while in a state of traumatic memory recovery without the protections of a witness in a police investigation.
There is also evidence in the files that suggests strongly that Hawkins had been found on Taylor or Tiger Mountain back in 1975. That alone raises questions on conduct over the years even if they admit it now – they covered it up initially. Why? I issued multiple complaints to the authorities desperately trying to work within justice system channels as high up as I could go including to the DOJ itself…and they never responded but some police behind the scenes did tell me I was being blocked. So too did some attorneys – asking why are the Feds so threatened by you? What was on those original records that they felt compelled to hide and why was Robert Keppel given private ownership of case files per the AG office when girls were still missing and not all cases solved and why did he sue Florida for Bundy’s personal notes when he could have had copies? What were they afraid of that would go public?
All of my memories, although shattered and broken, contained details which authorities had hidden and never released – proving beyond doubt that I was the survivor Bundy talked of to the FBI behind the scenes – I could not have known as far back as early 2000 where he was parking [exactly] as logged into the surveillance records of that time; I could not have known he was working behind the scenes at Ludlow Kramer’s office [and he was per multiple records]; I could not have known he was driving a VW in 1972 as that is what he was in when he raped me [that too is in the records and verified by more than one witness – he was driving a VW before his publicly stated car of 1973.] And there is so much more in my time and date stamped memory fragments that emerged on their own over 12 years. Including a statement by people who knew me back then that supports many of these memories — my room mate at the time of Georgann’s abduction had Bundy show up at her parents’ home during the time he was trying to actively hunt me down and kill me and her father reported him but the police never followed up. The police have never even asked me for the multiple pieces of evidence and statements that I do have from those years including the photo of me at Ludlow Kramer’s office and my early statement [time and date stamped] that Ted had been working there and knew I was going there with a pageant when I was in high school – I have photos and a letter from Ludlow Kramer confirming I’d been there.
Whatever the motive: the end result is that they interfered with due process on purpose and they left behind the victims and families who suffered for decades. There are girls possibly represented by the evidence thrown away and never properly protected through chain of custody who could have been “found” through modern DNA that are now potentially forever lost. There are families still grieving. These were open, never solved, serial murder cases — I cannot comprehend how people were able to put so much effort into media over the years when cases were not solved. It is in the records and in emails to me directly that the cases of Ted Bundy were closed in WA State.
Robert Keppel has misrepresented this case for decades, denying evidence that was critical to Bundy cases in WA State including the fact that chemical bottle[s] were found at Taylor Mountain and potentially at the Issaquah site [if in fact Issaquah site existed and the site was not actually Tiger Mountain which is in the records]. In books [multiple] it has been stated over and over that “nothing was found” on Taylor Mountain. 158 pieces of evidence, the skeletal remains of girls known and unknown, were found and searches were conducted on Tiger Mountain and evidence was found there also.
Ted Bundy was known to have imbibed his victims per their autopsies and he admitted to doing that in at least two victims. He also alluded to it in the 1984 interview with Keppel stating that the Green River killer may have been using drugs to take the “edge off” and asked if officials had done any research about such a thing in the autopsies of victims. Interesting because Bundy’s own victims had evidence of imbibing and my statements about it for which I was ridiculed also confirmed it.
Witness statements by a person close to Bundy stated he had seen handcuffs in Bundy’s VW in 1973. There is more to the case suppressed in WA State than simply “circumstantial” evidence. On Taylor Mountain a skull was found near a thermos; a lean-to was found near skeletal remains; clothing was found that by description matched the clothing of a few victims; forensics was in its infancy back then [before Bundy’s execution] but it was being used just down the road from Bundy’s Florida trial so they had to have known its potential existed. The hiding, destruction and altering of evidence was intentional. I’d like to know why it was done – I think the public deserves an answer and I absolutely think the families who are still missing loved ones deserve an answer.
Officials had him identified by the end of 1974 by a credible witness as well as several statements by prior witnesses that positively identified Bundy with missing girls before he was transferred to Colorado – vital information and details that were never really worked. They had witnesses in WA and in Utah who saw him. There was a witness with Laura Aime when he was stalking her. Why was Bundy transferred to Colorado where there was even less evidence when they had him in jail in Utah?
Some of these officials in WA State went on to have careers with the FBI and Keppel moved over to the AG office in 1981 to take control of the Bundy case per the AG statement to me at the time a former official of the FBI became governor. In 1981 internal memos show that evidence from Bundy cases was ordered destroyed – before his execution and before all victims had been found. What evidence was ordered destroyed? Who ordered it and why?
As to me….I appeared “normal” back then at times, but the physical symptoms of shaking, sweating profusely [a sign of traumatic brain injury, so too are the shattered and scattered memories I have], bruises and panic attacks I suffer which are documented by other people and in my evidence– all of these support the rape trauma, the head injuries, and the nightmare I was living at the time. In addition, there are over 50 points of direct correlation to the case: locations, physical characteristics, travel, social correlations, proximity and much more. These locations, characteristics, correlations are used by police behind the scenes to work the cases but in my instance where there were many and more than any other victim and which could be verified, they refused to review them and refused to issue me a case number and I have that refusal in writing.
I knew where Ted had been parking and stated so at least as far back as early 2009 and in the surveillance reports before any of these were released publicly – my email stating that location pinpointed it EXACTLY to what was in the surveillance records of that time period. These surveillance records were then provided to someone who was a friend behind the scenes to Keppel but they were provided after and long after I had already identified the location. And my identification is time and date stamped – it can’t be refuted. My reaction to them being released was that the intent was to minimize my ability to come forward and further intimidate me into silence – something that has been going on now, especially by Keppel [I have been told that by many officials including former police officers] for many years. The memories emerged on their own without counseling and over a period of nearly 12 years in a random, disjointed scattered and shattered manner and all of them are documented – saved and time and date stamped to precede the records. They are still in areas shattered due to the trauma. Some of the damage to me was permanent.
In addition, other evidence showed witness testimony that could have charged Bundy in WA before he ever was charged in Utah and the involvement of the FBI much earlier than publicly stated on their website. The FBI was present in Utah before Ted was transferred to Colorado and per Keppel’s statement to Bundy behind the scenes, the FBI was there to ensure that Richard Larsen [author] did not get access to information that for some reason they were worried about. Why would Keppel talk like that to Bundy – as if Bundy was an insider? What was going on back then? Why did Keppel get private ownership of the case files from 1980 to 1984? That private ownership negates the ability of the public to ever get access to those records as private citizens are not required to respond to FOIA. To me that should be illegal. I’d like an explanation. To me, that was a betrayal of public trust if not against the law.
It was important to me to be believed because I had been in many locations where Ted had killed, some of his victims looked eerily liked my friends, he had been kidnapping and releasing me in a compromised state where I couldn’t testify against him as impacted my memory [it is noted in FBI reports]and also the trauma and terror combined put me into a state where things felt suspended, broken into pieces, and in a fog. I was being terrorized and I had no family support, was new to the area, and had nowhere to go – friends had not known me long enough to confide in them and back then rape wasn’t something you talked about and some of what happened to me was violent and terrifying. Survival at the time depended on me acting “normal”. I was literally frozen by what was happening to me. To call attention to it at all put me in jeopardy as Ted knew where I lived, knew the family was in chaos due to my parents’ divorce, knew I was new to the area of WA knowing very few people as had lived there only a couple of years. I had nowhere to go. I had no way to fight back. He knew all of this as he had surveilled me before he made himself known to me as a “friend” and he had used the phone on me as a vulnerable lonely teen to gain my trust. A trust that was betrayed by a violent rape in high school followed by increasing control, stalking and repeated abductions.
Example of documentation: I told officials over and over that Ted had been calling me since I was 16, I lived in Tacoma, my father, a physician, lived less than a mile from Ted’s parents and that he’d been stalking me and that Ted 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 didn’t really know him at age 16 or 17 – he was using the phone to establish himself as a “friend” – a friend I never had met at the initial time and one that I did not realize was the stalker who I was very much afraid of. I didn’t know what “stranger dangers” or stalking was back then and I was in the public eye modeling around Seattle Tacoma much sooner than I was mature enough to understand or realize that it could be dangerous. I modeled frequently at the tea room at Nordstrom in Seattle, a store Ted was known to shop in – never publicly released.
I was ridiculed for making things up and just wanting publicity and there were attempts by people associated to the case to manipulate my memories and me – blocking me from accessing the police and referring me instead to “book authors” — and thereby claim I only wanted publicity and wasn’t truthful – but years later, in 2014 and 2015, 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. More than one official corroborated Ted’s role in working in Ludlow Kramer’s office in 1972 – the very year I had claimed. These witness statements are in the original records. It had never been released publicly. Ted’s family unpublished address also supported my memories as his family home was less than a mile from my father’s home and so did my addresses at the University of WA which put me behind the Theta house the night Georgann Hawkins was abducted and at my sorority which was only 3 blocks from Liz’s residence at the time[never published] on the same side of the street. Ted even stated behind the scenes that he’d been following a sorority girl – that girl was me.
That’s only a few examples of over 50 points that lined up. All of these memories are time and date stamped to precede the records by years if not over a decade and I kept all the correspondence and records of all the attempts to reach out. I was stonewalled and threatened but I’ve never stopped trying to get the truth of those years out. A friend of mine, Georgann, was killed by him and my memories documented he was with her that night and her case is still open because authorities did not have a witness who could corroborate it [so they say publicly but they refused to even interview me and when I finally did get interviewed only after the records release all the detective did was sit there and not take notes and tell me I was wasting his time and he had better things to do – he was hostile, critical and threatening. I was a severely traumatized critical witness and victim and I was also a survivor – a survivor Ted had mentioned behind the scenes and I was turned away and discounted and ridiculed by law enforcement telling me “You only think you’re a victim”]. I did not realize back then in initially coming forward and not even until recently, that the reason the officials in WA State would not recognize me or investigate it had nothing to do with me at all but their own internal corruption and the fact that Hawkins had been found, Keppel knew she’d been found on Taylor or Tiger Mountain, and he and they [including FBI] had purposefully and willfully with held that information from the public. It’s all there in the records they tried to seal away. I have been shocked and angered by the deception.
My experiences in WA State are that they are the most unprofessional people I have ever met in law enforcement. But WA State is not the only state keeping quiet and with holding vital evidence – other states have done this also as the records release to me encompassed more evidence than just what WA State held and there was indeed a concerted effort to hide the truth of those years and to with hold evidence that would have been damning to Bundy.
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 and of Tiger 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. It also seems suspicious that during this initial contact with authorities that the cases behind the scenes started being worked in the sense that evidence was being collected and moved over into hiding as proven by internal memos and emails to me by others that evidence was indeed moving into a sealed area and therefore not accessible. The interesting thing is that the very same evidence they were trying to conceal was released to me – was someone behind the scenes growing a conscience or was it an accident? Regardless, this release of evidence saved my life essentially by giving me back my voice and it also saved forever the voices of the victims who did not live and who were callously disregarded by those in power who wanted media attention and to make a name for themselves. 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. Meanwhile the public narrative was false and people were profiting off it.
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….evidence was thrown away, the remains of young girls were “lost” and the list goes on….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. Bundy told investigators before he died there were 3 girls killed unaccounted for in WA State alone and I personally believe that there were more than just 3 as his statements behind the scenes imply he was active as far back as 1969- there were two to three girls never identified at his kill sites in WA – they were found and therefore known, but the authorities simply threw them away either by intentional action or by careless and unprofessional conduct — critical evidence [losing the remains] –and claimed these girls were “unknown” when the only reason they aren’t known is that they weren’t protected.
The book “Riverman” is not accurate to the records in multiple places with statements such as carrying out empty boxes from Taylor Mountain – no such thing happened – there was a lot of evidence found there – 158 items – they were photographing items and sending them to Superior Court – critical items such as clothing that matched by description what the girls were wearing at the time of their disappearance, human remains [skeletal] and other. Why WA State never charged Bundy when they had his name, his vehicle description, eyewitness accounts in both Utah and WA by no later than the end of 1974 and had in their possession by spring of 1975 nearly 300 pieces of critical evidence from 3 major crime scenes [Issaquah, Taylor Mountain and Tiger Mountain] is something I’d like reviewed and thoroughly investigated by people who are objective and independent. Frankly, I’d like the laws changed to hold law enforcement more accountable to tampering with evidence – I want laws strengthened to charge them even if cases are old. People’s lives are impacted, people suffer. It is not their right to with hold critical evidence.
Officials knew all along that human skeletal remains were found at both Taylor Mountain/Tiger Mountain crime scenes 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]. Some of that evidence was moved for no apparent reason to the ME office without paperwork in March of 1984, the same year that the AG Office under Keppel took over the Green River investigation. 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. And it is not the only case worked by Keppel and Canova where evidence was missing – the case of the guy and the horse that Ann Rule wrote about in “One Trick Pony” also had key evidence not available at the trial that couldn’t be used and the accused was convicted when the missing evidence originally exonerated him. I also have questions about conduct in the Green River killings per the records released to me and what they show – to me, there are some serious issues in the ways things were being handled back then and even now as the cover up continues. The abuse of power and bullying continues…the records show discussions with Bundy where investigators talk to him in detail about suspects they had. This wasn’t Bundy on a rampage – this was Keppel asking him specific questions about an innocent man that Keppel thought was a suspect. I cannot understand or fathom how this was not a violation of that man’s rights. He was innocent and he was discussed as a suspect with a known serial killer. It’s absurd.
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. Instead of working his cases with all the evidence gathered from his WA crime scenes they were meeting with him privately without his attorneys to have him help them analyze the Green River killings and help with the development of questionnaires. Never once questioning him about all that evidence or the 58 young girls in a three county area that were missing or murdered during the years Bundy was killing. It wasn’t just coming from Bundy – it was the officials who were actively requesting his help. yet none of this help he gave was given weight at trial – is that even legal? Not to defend him I’m not but to me again it seems like a violation of law. No one was working the 158 pieces of evidence from Taylor Mountain, nor the evidence from Tiger Mountain, nor the evidence from Issaquah. Within days of Bundy’s “confession” Keppel was before the media playing snippets from Bundy’s confession and gruesome details of how he had decapitated victims including Hawkins when the reality is there is absolutely no evidence to support that Bundy ever decapitated anyone – the evidence actually recorded and found shows completely the opposite – the clothing, remains of the girls, and evidence of the killer were all on site at the crime scenes of Issaquah and Taylor/Tiger Mountain. The ME at the time who examined the remains initially also stated that the heads were with the bodies and so did the search and rescue teams.
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, Tiger Mountain crime scenes, 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. Search and rescue notes of the day also support that. Hair samples were sent to the FBI. A key found at the scene of an attempted abduction in Utah just after DaRonch associated to Bundy was sent to the FBI and it matched the handcuffs that he’d put on Carol DaRonch per the original newspaper report but somehow that information appears to have been relegated to the back burner right afterwards. i.e. The fact it matched should have made it to his trial for DaRonch’s kidnapping or at least into public awareness.
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. To me, it’s criminal conduct – witness tampering and intimidation.
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. Bundy’s escape in Colorado raises questions when you review what Bundy told Florida officials about it when he was initially captured there; Bundy’s transfer to Colorado from Utah appears to have been under pressure and against a judge’s wishes per the original unredacted tape recordings. 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. They had the evidence proving the sadism and yet initially they released the story that he was traumatized by his ex-girlfriend totally discounting the actual evidence that they did have in their possession that proved beyond doubt he was a dangerous killer. It is shocking to me the extent of some of the political measures that were taken in this case and the “good old boy” mentality where females are devalued and if Bundy was killing, a woman must have been somehow the cause – he was just a good guy that was traumatized – the biases are evident in the original records and in the way the story was put to the media and played out over the years. Facts were diluted and replaced by theory, fiction, and false statements. A prior rape complaint against Bundy in 1972 was never weighted in the light of missing and murdered girls and witnesses who came forward who could identify him and who did identify him.
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. I was deeply traumatized not only by Bundy but by the very justice system I had always believed in and which I had sought out for help. It was devastating.
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. I know how terrifying the captivity was….it has influenced my life and still cripples me today.
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.
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 Bundy crime scenes in WA State were active killing grounds and animal activity had been present in all sites. The evidence was never protected nor preserved [per internal memos] 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. 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. The DOJ via the WA State AG office issued an edict in 2011 that only DNA evidence would be used after they “found” a vial of his blood from 1978 – coincidentally within a month of me coming forward to the FBI for the first time complaining of a cover up.
DNA degrades over time and Bundy evidence was lost and never protected so to me it is a good way to make sure that all and any investigations are stonewalled. If they had the blood evidence in 1978 why wasn’t it entered at his trial? How was it stored and why was it taken then in the first place and what condition was the sample that was “found” in? No one but me seems to be asking these questions yet to me they are vital to the health and function of our justice system. If we, the public, don’t start standing up to corruption and lies we won’t have a justice system anymore and right now there seems to be little accountability internally in our justice system and very little accountability that punishes those who alter outcomes by interfering with the evidence.
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. These misrepresentations of the case have even been taught as “fact” over the years to students in university settings – the impact on public perception of this case and the ramifications are enormous. It needs to end. 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 as shown by the original records when compared to the actual public story released is a different story. Those types of actions are intentional and predatory and they should be treated as criminal acts.
All truth passes through 3 stages:
First it is ridiculed.
Second it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.