Ted Bundy requested in his will that his body be cremated and the ashes scattered over Washington state's Cascade Mountains, where the remains of at least four of his victims were found, according to a Florida newspaper.
The will, signed the night before his execution, also gives the serial killer's civil attorney, Diana Weiner of Sarasota, control over his remains, personal property and assets, including $709.66 in cash, the Florida Times-Union reported Thursday.In Tallahassee, Police Chief Melvin Tucker has launched an internal investigation into the conduct of 20 police officers who allegedly sang and drank in public outside the prison where Bundy was executed.
The officers may have violated policies against public drunkenness and behaving in a manner likely to embarrass the department while off duty, said Phil Kiracofe, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department.
The officers reportedly were among 200 capital punishment supporters outside Florida State Prison Tuesday morning when Bundy was executed for the murder of Kimberly Leach, 12, of Lake City.
"He is not pleased at all," Kiracofe said of the chief's reaction to the incident. "He feels the same as anybody would feel if someone dropped your name, for positive or negative reasons."
And in Seattle, Robert Keppel, an original member of King County's "Ted" task force 15 years ago, said Bundy may have killed more than 100 women and girls in murderous sex rages from coast to coast.
In a frenzy of last-minute confessions that brought Keppel and a parade of investigators from other states to Florida State Prison, Bundy confessed to all eight western Washington murders, claimed two, possibly four Utah victims, and as many as 50 nationwide.
Keppel, now an investigator for the Washington state attorney general's office, acknowledged that the exact number of Bundy's victims may never be known. He did play excerpts from a chilling tape recording of a confession Bundy made Friday to the killing of University of Washington student Georgann Hawkins, one of the "Ted" victims.
Bundy described a trademark ruse in which he outfitted himself with crutches or a sling or cast, then asked young women for help in carrying books or other items to his car, where he knocked them unconscious and drove away to murder them.
"I asked her to help me carry the briefcase, which she did and we walked back up the alley," toward his car, Bundy said on the tape. "When we reached the car, I knocked her unconscious with the crowbar. There were some handcuffs there, along with the crowbar. I handcuffed her and put her in the passenger's side of the car and drove away. She was unconscious but very much alive."Comment on this story
Bundy said Hawkins regained consciousness, and he described driving her to the foothills near Issaquah, 15 miles east of Seattle, where he killed her. But Keppel stopped the tape before Bundy recounted the gruesome details - out of respect, he said, for the victim's family.
"It's bad. That's about all I can say," Keppel said.
"I was shocked," he said of the way the victims were treated. Investigators hadn't known Bundy's methods because the victims were found weeks and months after their deaths.