Rose Bundy, also known as Rosa, is the only biological child of America’s most notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy, and his wife Carole Ann Boone. She was conceived and birthed under very unusual circumstances; her father was a known serial killer and necrophile, who abducted, mutilated, and sexually abused his victims. Between 1973 and 1978, he killed as many as 50 young women across Utah, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, and Florida before going on to have his own child. Today, not much is known of Rose Bundy as she has gone under the radar ever since 1986 when her parents got divorced. There have, however, been rumors of her living under a pseudonym. One thing is for sure though, Rose Bundy isn’t proud of her sordid heritage.
Rose Bundy Had Peculiar Parents
Rose Bundy was born on the 24th of October, 1982 (some sources say 1981) to Carole Ann Boone and Theodore Robert Bundy, the infamous American serial killer popular known as Ted Bundy. Guess what? Ted was already on trial and had been convicted for several murders when he got married to and impregnated Carole Ann Boone.
Bundy’s Parents Got Married In An Unusual Manner
What followed next was a much-publicized trial where Ted Bundy was on trial and later convicted of the Bowman and Levy murders, along with assault and burglary. Six months later, in the trial for the kidnap and murder of Kimberly Dianne Leach, Ted took advantage of an obscure Florida law, which provided that a marriage declaration in court in the presence of a judge is valid, and got married to Carole Ann Boone.
Carole Ann Boone had actually moved to Florida with her son James and had testified on his behalf in both trials. Carole Ann Boone at the time believed Ted was innocent of the crimes and had continued with their romantic relationship, which had developed while he was in jail in Utah. On February 10, 1980, Ted Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution even though he still kept protesting his innocence.
Rose Bundy was Possibly Conceived While Ted Bundy was in Prison
Yes, Carole Ann Boone gave birth to Rose Bundy on 24th October 1982, citing Ted Bundy as her father. This was later confirmed by a DNA test. However, as prisoners on death row were denied conjugal visits, it remains a mystery as to how Rose was conceived. It has been rumored that perhaps Carole Ann Boone passed Ted a condom via a kiss, which he then filled and passed it back to her via the same means. However, it is not uncommon for prisoners to pay guards to turn a blind eye to couples being intimate while in prison. Whatever the case, Rose was born as Ted Bundy’s only biological child and she would visit Ted in prison alongside her mother.
Ted and Carole Ann Boone’s relationship began to deteriorate soon after Ted, who had before claimed he was innocent, began to use the bones-for-time scheme to attain a stay on execution. By offering up details of how he killed his victims and the place they were buried, the authorities kept postponing his day of execution. A disappointed Carole subsequently cut off from him, finalizing their divorce in 1986. The two never spoke with each other until Ted was finally executed on January 24, 1989. Authorities had gotten tired of his games and the detestable means he was using to prolong his life with victims’ bodies.
Carole Ann Boone Believed Ted Bundy was Innocent of his Crimes
What woman would get married to and have a child for a serial killer? Well, one who believes in his innocence. In fact, Ted Bundy had a lot of women who found him attractive and would even dress up as his preferred victims to attend his court hearings. But Rose Bundy’s mother Carole Ann Boone was just an admirer, she was a friend turned lover who later became his wife.
Little to nothing is known about Carole Ann Boone’s life before she met Ted Bundy while they were both working at the Washington State Department of Emergency Services in 1974. For Carole, a twice-divorced single mother, it was an instant attraction but they kept their relationship platonic. Ted was at the time still dating his then-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. It was in 1977 when Ted was in jail in Utah that the two reconnected via letters and soon Carole began visiting him, believing firmly in his innocence. Although not confirmed, she was believed to have helped him escape from jail, from where he went to Florida and committed more brutal crimes.
Theodore Robert Bundy was an Unusual Murder Suspect
Theodore Robert Bundy was a charming smooth-talking handsome young man, well on his way to becoming a lawyer in 1973. Born on November 24, 1946, to an unwed mother and raised by a violent racist grandfather, Ted’s devious character started to shape at an early age. After graduating high school, he dated Stephanie Brooks while at the University of Washington. Brooke later broke up with him describing him as unambitious. Ted however soon picked up his life after dropping out of school. He first got a degree in psychology from the University of Washington and then got admitted to the University of Utah to study law. During this period, he was involved in politics, identifying as a Republican.
He met and started dating Elizabeth Kloepfer in 1969. Kloepfer, who was a divorcée, had a daughter Molly, whom Ted became a father figure to. Nothing much is known about them today except that they once granted an interview to Vanity Fair and Amazon for “Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer” which is a five-part TV series. At the time, Ted also reconnected and dated Brooke, but ultimately broke up with her as a sort of revenge. By April 1974, Ted had stopped attending classes and at the same time, young women began to disappear in the Pacific Northwest.
There seems to be no consensus on when Ted Bundy started his killings, but some believed he started as a teenager. His earliest documented homicides were committed in 1974 when he was 27 years old. 1974 saw a rampant disappearance of women in and around college campuses. These disappearances baffled authorities as there was a lack of evidence at the crime scenes. Witnesses, however, reported on several occasions of seeing a brown-haired man in a cast or a sling driving a brown or tan Volkswagen Beetle. In August 1974, he moved to Salt Lake City and continued his killings. His then-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, suspecting him of being the serial killer that has been evading capture, reported him to the police as a suspect on three different occasions. Despite her suspicions, she continued with the relationship, and the police who thought Ted was an unlikely suspect didn’t make a move to apprehend him.
On August 16, 1975, Ted was apprehended by a patrol cop, after exhibiting suspicious moves, and his home was searched, but because the police missed a vital clue, he was let go. He was, however, put under 24-hour surveillance and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer was further interviewed. On October 2, one of his would-have-been victims Carol DaRonch identified him in a lineup, but he was only charged for aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault and released on bail. He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in Utah state prison. After a botched attempt to escape, he was transferred to Aspen in January 1977. In June 1977, he managed to escape from the courthouse where he was on trial, he was however arrested after six days on the run. Ted made another murder attempt on December 30 and successfully escaped this time. His final destination was Tallahassee, Florida where he killed two young women; Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy in Florida State University’s Chi Omega sorority house and 12-year-old Kimberly Dianne Leach. He was finally arrested in February 1978 as he attempted to flee Tallahassee in a stolen vehicle.
Rose Bundy is Still Alive But Now Has a New Name
Information as to her whereabouts is quite scanty, however, the general concession is that Rose Bundy is still alive. After her parents’ divorce, her mother Carole Ann Boone moved back to Washington with her and her half-brother James. They subsequently disappeared from public view. It is presumed that the family lived under an assumed name so as to distance themselves from Ted Bundy. However, it is a known fact that Carole Ann Boone died in 2018 in a retirement home.
It is rumored that Rose Bundy changed her name to Abigail Griffin and lived in Oklahoma. Another rumor claimed she moved to England in 2002 and is now a stay-at-home mom in an English village just on the outskirts of London. It is understandable why Rose Bundy would choose to live out the rest of her life in obscurity. This however doesn’t stop the curiosity surrounding her.
The only thing we know about her comes from author Ann Rule, who once worked with Ted Bundy at a suicide crisis center. She also wrote The Stranger Beside Me where she talked about Ted Bundy. Ann Rule remarked that “…Ted’s daughter is a kind and intelligent young woman, but I have no idea where she and her mother may live. They have been through enough pain.”