Did the lives of 14 year old serial killer-to-be Ted Bundy and 8 year old abducted and missing Ann Marie Burr intersect on August 31, 1961 in Tacoma Washington? Was she Bundy’s first victim, or was their proximity a coincidence?
In true crime, this kind of loose end haunts detectives and family members. Here are two others that make me shiver!
***When Richard Speck was ejected from a freighter two weeks before he slaughtered the student nurses, he was put ashore off Lake Michigan within a mile from where three young women vanished without a trace later that same day.
***The night teenager Evelyn Hartley disappeared forever from a house where she was babysitting in 1956 Lacrosse Michigan, serial killer Ed “Pyscho” Gein was visiting his Aunt who lived just a few blocks from the crime scene.
Eerie, huh? That’s why this Bundy thing got under my skin.
But did Ted really live just a few blocks from Ann Marie? And did his Uncle live next door to where she took piano lessons?
No one I contacted knew for sure, including Bundy biographer Ann Rule.
But through a Tacoma reporter named Cheryl Reid I was able to access a 1961 Tacoma directory. And after obtaining all four addresses in question, with trembling fingers I downloaded a map of Tacoma…
The Moment Of Truth had arrived…