A faded green sign is taped to the wall of the corner nook that serves as Salt Lake County sheriff's homicide detective Jerry Thompson's office. On it, in heavy bold letters, is a two-word inscription:
"BUNDY GUILTY"Thompson, who many say knows as much about Ted Bundy as any law enforcement official in the nation, explains the sign is a souvenir from Bundy's first Florida trial in 1979 - when thousands of signs just like it were placed in news racks across the state announcing the jury's verdict in the brutal slayings of two Florida State coeds in a sorority house.
But while the news rack sign was referring only to the highly publicized Chi Omega killings, the sign on his wall stands for eight or more unsolved slayings or disappearances of young girls in Utah and probably another three dozen or more nationwide, says Thompson.
"The Bundy case was the only one in my life where all the evidence uncovered was positive - all pointing at Ted," Thompson said. "I don't know of any negatives."
Thompson said the only problem with Bundy is that he didn't look or act like a stereotypical mass murderer. With all the evidence that was pointing against him, no one probably would have questioned his guilt if he'd looked like Charles Manson.
"And you know he never denied the killings to me directly. All he ever said was, `I refuse to answer that.' I mean you accuse most people of murder and they go stark raving crazy. There's no doubt in my mind he did it. He's capable of doing anything."
Thompson said he feels no remorse for Bundy's death. "I'm sure he'd kill again. I really don't think he killed to silence his victims. I think he killed because he got a thrill from it."