Maybe you're at your hairdresser one day, or at a party talking to a friend of a friend, and you overhear the name. You've heard the gossip. Everyone's got a story about Utah's most notorious law school dropout, the enigmatic Theodore Robert Bundy: He had an affair with my sister-in-law; he attended my ward; my cousin used to play tennis with him. Here's Ted Bundy, from people who should know.
Robert Keppel, chief investigator for the Washington attorney general's office, who interviewed Bundy several times during the condemned killer's days: "I think he was born to kill. I don't know if it was a bad seed or what. But he was just totally consumed with murder all the time. He didn't have time to go to law school or hold a job...this guy was totally consumed with murder 24 hours a day."Ann Rule, author of "The Stranger Beside Me," first met Bundy in 1971 when she was paired with the young student at the Seattle Crisis Clinic: "He was certainly a man with great ambition then, and brains. I expected today rather than facing the electric chair he would be governor of Washington."
Dave Yocom, now Salt Lake County Attorney, in 1974 successfully prosecuted Bundy for aggravated kidnapping in the abduction of Carol DaRonch, 17, outside Fashion Place Mall in Murray Nov. 8, 1974: "I remember the many faces of Ted Bundy. He was able to change his appearance from day to day throughout the trial. It was noticed by the judge and everyone."
Actor Mark Harmon, who walked on the unsavory side to portray Bundy in the TV mini-series, "The Deliberate Stranger: "Ted Bundy was an interesting and challenging person for an actor to play, but at least I could walk away from it at the end of the day. He can't do that."
Salt Lake County Sheriff Pete Hayward, who was captain of detectives during Bundy's Utah killing spree: "I've always thought that if the truth were known about Bundy, he would probably be the most notorious serial killer this country hasever known."
Florida Gov. Bob Martinez, who last week signed a seven-day death warrant for Bundy just minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal: "He has manipulated the system in this state and this nation for almost 11 years. He has basically lied through the entire process, and why anyone would believe he would tell the truth this time is beyond me."