Immunity for detectives and officials who falsely report evidence, lie about cases, hide evidence and cover up critical evidence needs to end…they need to be held personally accountable and liable to the public even if they “retire”….
It is interesting to me that over and over emphasis in media is placed on what Ted Bundy said….”new” audio from his prison interviews and so forth. I am all for the victims finally speaking after decades of authorities overwhelming the media and no voice at all. But what about the investigation flaws of back then that left critical evidence never worked and the remains of young girls thrown away? The throwing away of evidence, concealing of critical documents, altering of documents, and denial of critical evidence by the authorities? The cover up that involves agencies like the FBI and Attorney General Office that are supposed to represent and protect the public – over 300 pieces of evidence and witnesses statements never made it into the public “story” the officials put forward. And these were critical to the case as they showed prior activity to 1974 and also skeletal remains on Taylor and Tiger Mountain that were Roberta Parks and which represented out of state transport of a victim for sexual assault and murder. The FBI should have been called in when Taylor Mountain was discovered and if they were indeed on scene, then why have they lied publicly for decades?
In the Bundy case they betrayed the public trust. That deserves public release in media and a public discussion and awareness. There’s been constant release of programming all centered around Bundy and Keppel and his cronies…it just never seems to end. Where is the conscience of the WA State officials? The records are very clear and Keppel’s own statements over the years prove beyond shadow of a doubt that he’s misrepresented aspects of the case and pursued profit over having the case actually worked for forensics.
Keppel asked his superiors if he could start contacting Bundy in 1980 [years prior to his publicly stated 1984 interaction where he claims Bundy asked for him – Bundy did not]. Keppel had been meeting with Michaud and Aynesworth behind the scenes and reviewing aspects of their tapes for their upcoming book – he’d also been working behind the scenes with Rule who had her own book coming out. Keppel moved to the AG office in 1981 and per what I was told behind the scenes was given private ownership of the case – something that I find offensive if true [though may be true borne out by Keppel’s statements over the years of his “personal” files] and the roundabout verification of it by the state records department email to me which upon my FOIA request told me I had to talk to Keppel as he had taken records with him. This seems to me to be a violation of 1966 FOIA laws. Yet they did it anyway.
Keppel was a public servant. He was in his position strictly for that purpose. For him to profit on a serial case that had many open cases that were not solved is a huge betrayal of public trust. The cases were closed in 1992 without hard evidence being worked that was found at crime scenes and Keppel was publishing Riverman for personal profit before he ever left the state’s employ. Riverman, as originally published, is false and sensationalized in many places – the evidence was known back then and it is in Keppel’s personal detective notes as he logged in many of the items found on Taylor and Tiger mountain.
What happened between the years he first contacted Bundy in 1980 and in 1984 when he started working with Bundy asking for Bundy’s help in profiling the Green River killer? Keppel didn’t just try to work Bundy at all…he brought him materials and discussed a suspect with him at length by that person’s name [an innocent man] and the FBI helped facilitate these communications behind the scenes [FBI helped Bundy get a letter to a Tacoma judge].
In 1988 Keppel had Bundy help him develop questionnaires that appear to be related to the HITS or VICAP programs. In 1981 and 1999 per the street files, records related to Bundy were ordered destroyed behind the scenes. In 1992 FBI issued a report stating essentially Bundy cases were closed with a “we’ll never know”. In 1995 Keppel released the book Riverman which sensationalized the 1984 interview and which contained so many inaccuracies and outright lies that it should have been regarded to me as fiction. Why did the FBI go along with it? Cases were still open and unsolved around Bundy movements but evidence proved Bundy was killing along the I-5 corridor and out of the jurisdiction of King County and had been active much earlier than 1974. The victims taken out of the jurisdiction of King County should have warranted a multi-agency and multi-state cooperative investigation but King County and Keppel controlled it even to the press. Keppel was at the time still employed by the state of WA yet released a basically fraudulent account of the time for profit [what about taxpayer rights to having officials not only be truthful but accountable to work cases and not profit off the misery of victims and families?] The FBI statement on their website that they did not get involved with Bundy cases until 1977 is simply not true: they were taking in evidence from his cases as early as 1974 per the records. So why the public lies?
I hope at some point the public begins to question the tactics of all these programs centered around reliving and revisiting a case that could have, and should have, been investigated thoroughly over the years. I hope this whole situation gets fully independently investigated for its focus on profiling over factual forensic evaluation and for emphasis on building a cultural icon out of a serial killer instead of a thorough, timely and professionally correct investigation that any other case would have been held to – this one was not.
Important point: in 1989 DNA was already in its infancy and being used in the courts at trials and in fact was used at a trial just down the road from where Ted was being held BEFORE he was executed so they knew very well that forensic techniques were developing. Additionally, older cases than Ted’s or cases in the same age range have been solved over the years by good old fashioned detective work and in Ted’s case the cases were shut down and evidence “lost” “destroyed by internal memo” and otherwise not protected. The officials, faces of this case, had 15 years from the point of his capture in 1975 to his execution in 1989 to work the cases not only in WA but in other states, cross correlating the evidence and looking seriously at the over 50 cases of missing young girls or murdered young girls in a 3 county area alone in WA dating back to 1970 but they didn’t. They threw evidence away and ordered it “sealed” and destroyed per internal memos. They discounted multitudes of evidence that was revealing and incriminating about Bundy and they proceeded with a public accounting of that time period that is essentially lies [nothing found on Taylor Mountain, Bundy was so mysterious and so different from other serial killers]. They focused on how well they knew him [like he was a celebrity] instead of on objective science. Name one other serial killer where so many officials talked about what he said or didn’t say and how well they knew him. It’s ridiculous.
There are some major accountability issues here and they are widespread in several states — WA State especially has major problems. It’s initial public story over the years that nothing was ever found on Taylor Mountain can be proven by original case files to be patently false and then suddenly in 2020 they start subtly changing it to reveal that skeletal remains were found when all along this was categorically denied – what about the girls represented by the evidence [such as bras, clothing, jewelry and other items] discarded who were unknown? Bundy was killing one to two victims a month in 1974 and had very well developed kill sites [not dumping grounds as Keppel claimed] – Bundy was traveling the I-5 corridor and there were missing girls up and down that route. Parks and Rancourt are two examples of girls outside of King County jurisdiction.
Why aren’t people questioning where the vial of blood came from that authorities “found” in 2011 after all those years that prevented the rest of the case evidence from being worked [proclamation in 2011 was only DNA would be used when DNA degrades over time and evidence hadn’t been protected]? Nothing was ever stated as to where it was found, how it was kept or even if it had been carbon dated to prove its age and with Bundy cremated how was the DNA profile created? Why would they have even drawn his blood when he was initially captured in Florida? Wouldn’t that have required a court order? Where is that court order? Why wasn’t the blood evidence used at Bundy’s trial if they had it? I believe there were semen stains.
Bundy was a serial killer and the total of his victim count was NEVER determined so it seems to me incredibly offensive that any evidence connected to his cases in any state was ordered destroyed and/or never worked except for officials who “interviewed him” about profiling asking his help but looking the other way when it came to his potential victims. Officials who never protected the hard evidence. Officials who profited off the case continually for years. Officials who never analyzed the case forensics.
Information such as: the questionable late entries by detectives months after Taylor Mountain kill site [Keppel back dated a record]which alter the ME findings or the fact that skeletal remains were found and documented on Taylor/Tiger Mountain in 1975 that included two victims outside of King County which proved Bundy was traveling the I-5 corridor and outside of Seattle bringing victims to the Taylor/Tiger Mountain kill sites, that remains found on Taylor Mountain were never sent for DNA testing until after I was coming forward and had been for several years [the remains were sent to TX in 2005 but they were found in 1975 on Taylor and Tiger Mountain] or the fact that FBI and high ranking officials in Utah and in WA State were on friendly terms and professional terms with Bundy during his killing years – in WA State FBI was working with him on a project in 1973 and in Utah he attended a party at the Prosecutor’s home in the fall of 1974. Bundy was paid several thousand dollars for his recidivism study, which involved Justice and Law and Planning Committee and involvement with the local FBI and his billings were authorized by “Confidential Secretary I” or “Confidential Secretary II” and he did finish this project– the design report for the study –and he did get paid for it. I have all the records associated to it. Why is Bundy the person superseding Bundy the killer and the girls who were thrown away by the authorities? What about all the other evidence from Bundy’s crime scenes that is no longer there per internal memos and records: bras, jewelry [gold earring and silver clasp] clothing [some matched what girls were wearing], the bong [Bundy smoked dope] the chemical bottles [Bundy imbibed his victims] and so on. Why weren’t the witness statements that positively identified Bundy as with missing and murdered girls in WA State ever used to charge him since authorities had these in their possession per the hidden files before Bundy was ever transferred to Colorado.
Documentaries are great vehicles but it seems to me that it is piecemeal release to date of “new” evidence in that much of the “old” evidence is being used still as the standard. It also is of interest as to how Bundy cases and those involved have changed their media positions over the years from those “who knew him best” “he’d only talk to one” and “we’ll never know” changed and softened to how concerned they all were overall with the victims Bundy killed. Really? I guess that is why the remains taken off the mountain at Taylor Mountain were denied for decades and lost or thrown away, why the evidence of Issaquah and Taylor mountain, over 300 pieces, was conveniently “lost” and why Utah and WA State never shared with the public the true nature of the evidence they both had in their possession and shared per the records with each other that could have and should have placed Bundy under arrest sooner than the actual date – they had him identified by Liz per the records in October of 1974 and not just by phone call but by interview and that information was called over to Utah and is in the records by the officer who talked with her. He was killing in Utah at the time. People are convicted on far less evidence than what WA State had against him.
Bundy was a serial killer not at all unlike Ridgeway. He got glamorized by the media initially and was viewed initially as “traumatized by a former girlfriend” [blame it on the women and the victims]when in reality Bundy told them behind the scenes that serial killing wasn’t always related to trauma or to a person but rather to a whole cluster of things that only relate to the killer and his need to possess victims. There is tendency among people in general to at times want to blame someone for the killing a person does in serial crimes – that it must have been trauma and I do think that there are some issues with trauma in a killer’s background at times. But trauma from one person specifically or from a female in general is not the major contributing factor. Serial killers that have been caught over the decades, including Bundy [and he states this to Keppel behind the scenes] kill for complicated reasons [in their minds] but according to Bundy much centered on the need to possess. And the transformation to a killer doesn’t happen overnight and they are not “mysterious” but frequently part of society operating just under the radar. Their actions are not predictable.
Bundy was a methodical serial killer who was committing crimes against women at least as far back as 1972 [including accusations of a prior rape] which is documented by records – because the authorities wanted to portray his killings as starting in 1974 “all of a sudden” in my opinion in order to cover up the fact that he had been working closely with high level officials and the FBI long before his killing of one girl a month in 1974. He was living in Tacoma in the summer of 1974 before moving to Utah per the records, while still maintaining a room at his former rooming house and no missing or murdered girls south of King County were being investigated as possible correlations to the King County activity. And how did he afford to do this? How did he afford law school? He didn’t have top percentile grades and his parents weren’t rich and he worked menial jobs yet he managed to get accepted to an area of study very competitive? I’d like to see how those years were being paid for. I’d like to know who exactly made the decision to deny the evidence of Taylor and Tiger Mountain for decades and why that decision was made.
The story continues to be carefully placed with what is “known” and “known” sources and the public narrative continually shifts over the years but the reality is that the original case files are NOT being presented to the public nor are they being scrutinized and they should be: too much information has been denied its day in the court of public opinion and processing. What is “known” is essentially lies about the case. What is “known” and has been taught for years is deception. I was refused an investigation for years and specifically rejected by at least two people because I wasn’t “known”. But my case lines up to more actual case facts and documents than anything the officials have ever put out and what is “known” for years is false information.
It raises serious questions about conduct and violations of the law. It makes me question whether the officials that always constantly appear in the Bundy programs are not really objective investigators but rather gate keepers of its secrets. They have been carefully orchestrating a story around those years that is not borne out by the actual case evidence. The only thing actually borne out by the original records is the officials’ repeated manipulation of what the evidence actually showed.