Ted Bundy's Mother Dies: Louise Bundy Dead at 88; Mother Of 'Precious Son' And Serial Killer
Ted Bundy's mother, Louise Bundy, has died at the age of 88 in her Tacoma, Wash., home. Ted Bundy's mother died last month but wasn't announced to the press until her pastor told The Associated Press of her passing. Ted Bundy's mother was one of his staunchest defenders during the start of his trial in 1979.
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"Ted Bundy does not go around killing women and little children!" she exclaimed.
Ted Bundy's mother defended her son's innocence until days before his execution for the murder of two women at the Chi Omega sorority house in Tallahassee, Fla. He confessed to those murders as well as numerous others spread across several states. In total, Ted Bundy confessed to more than 30 murders, but officials believe he may be responsible for the deaths of at least a hundred women.
Ted Bundy's mother also testified as a character witness for him during his trial. Reports say that Bundy actually wept during his mother's testimony, a rare show of true emotion from a man deemed to be a textbook example of a sociopath. One of his defense attorneys, Polly Nelson, wrote that Bundy "was the very definition of heartless evil."
Although Ted Bundy was executed for his horrific crimes, the shame of the incident caused his mother Louise to spend her life far from the public eye. John Henry Browne, another lawyer who represented Bundy, said Ted Bundy's mother died loving her son even if she could never forgive him for the crimes he committed.
"You'll always be my precious son," the mother told her son before he was executed.
"I do know her insistence on Ted's innocence actually waned even before he started confessing, but her love for him certainly didn't," Browne told the AP on Wednesday. During his trial, he remembers Ted Bundy's mother as "very quiet, very much concerned about her son."
Ted Bundy's mother spent her remaining years as a member of the First United Methodist Church of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. Louise Bundy endured years of harassment and torment after her son's trial and execution. She and her husband had to change their phone number numerous times because of threatening and derogatory phone calls. Perhaps that's why she gravitated to the First United Methodist Church, a progressive church that describes itself as "a reconciling congregation, we reach out and welcome all who seek God, without regard to race, age, gender, education, economic status, sexual orientation, or special needs."
Ted Bundy's mother died without ever writing a tell-all book or granting many interviews. She did speak briefly to United Press International shortly before Ted Bundy's execution after he confessed to murdering dozens of women.
"If this is true, if Ted did do these things and if, indeed, he is substantiating with facts that he really did do these things, oh it's the most devastating news of our lives," she said, adding, "he was the light of our lives."
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