Parents of missing and murdered girls believed to be the victims of mass murderer Ted Bundy may get some answers this weekend.
The one-time University of Utah law student has agreed to talk with Salt Lake County sheriff's detectives for two hours on Sunday, Sheriff Pete Hayward said.Through negotiations with Bundy's lawyers and sheriff's detectives, the killer has agreed to talk about the crimes of which he is suspected, including the slayings of nearly three dozen women in Utah, Colorado, Washington and Oregon.
"I know in handling Bundy over those years and working close to what he was doing that Bundy has some periods of times when he's at low points and probably he wants to clean the slate. He sees he's run all the possibilities of getting out of it," Hayward said.
"We kind of hope he stays with that now and gives us some information."
The 41-year-old is scheduled for execution Tuesday in Florida's electric chair for the 1978 slaying of a 12-year-old Lake City, Fla., schoolgirl. Bundy also was ordered to die for the bludgeoning deaths of two Florida State sorority sisters.
Columbia County, Fla., Circuit Judge John Peach ruled on Thursday there were no grounds for Bundy's request for a stay of execution.
Barring court relief, Bundy is to die at 7 a.m. Tuesday in the Florida State Prison electric chair.
Bundy's attorneys James Coleman and Polly Nelson, both of Washington, D.C., said they now will seek relief in the Florida Supreme Court, which was scheduled to hear Bundy's appeal at 9 a.m. Friday.
"I think we should have won, but we'll win because his claims are valid," Coleman said.
The killer, described as charismatic and crafty, also is believed responsible for the disappearances of Nancy Wilcox, 16, Holladay; Debbie Kent, 17, Bountiful; and Nancy Baird, 23, Layton.
Detective Dennis Couch, who was in Florida on Friday, will question Bundy in connection with the killing of Melissa Smith, 17, Midvale, and Laura Anne Aime, 17, Salem, Utah County, both of whom disappeared in October 1974 _ while Bundy was in Utah.
"What we'd like to do is get from Bundy all the information on the girls and all the possibilities that exist, if possible where he buried them or disposed of the victims and any possible chance we may recover any part of those individuals," Hayward said.
"At least the families could have peace of mind from Bundy's statement" about what happened to their daughters.
Hayward said he contacted some of the victims' families and told them of the meeting with Bundy, which will occur at the Florida State Penitentiary. "I've informed them that all we can do is hope he goes through with this appointment."
Couch went to Starke, Fla., on Thursday to talk with Bundy's attorneys about interviewing the condemned killer.
"Ted Bundy feels morally compelled as he faces death to do the right thing in terms of resolving any investigations," said Diana Weiner, another of Bundy's lawyers.
"While it may satisfyingly close the book on the Florida cases, the immediate execution will effectively cripple law enforcement agencies around the country," Weiner said.
"I know that he has basically lied through this entire process and why anyone would believe he would tell the truth now is beyond me," Florida Gov. Bob Martinez said. "You don't negotiate with a killer."
No concessions were made with Salt Lake authorities, Hayward said.