Carol Bartholomew remembers cleaning up after a birthday party when a good-looking man she barely knew offered to help her do the dishes.
He was a handsome guy, she decided while their hands were together in the soapy water, as well as polite. She wouldn't mind going out on a date with him."I told my parents I was disappointed he didn't ask me out because I thought he would be a fun date."
Bartholomew, now married and the mother of six boys, never got that date. That's one she's grateful she missed.
Only Bartholomew remembers that Theodore Robert Bundy missed out nearly 15 years ago. The rest of the nation will remember the date he kept: his 5 a.m. MST Jan. 24, 1989, appointment with Florida's electric chair.
Bundy, who was reared in Tacoma, Wash., is probably the University of Utah Law School's most famous dropout. But to Carol, and other Salt Lakers, the Ted they knew years ago was just - well, Ted.
***** Remington Brooks, now a senior surgical resident at the University of Connecticut, remembers Ted. "He wasn't a great tennis player. But I thought he was a great guy. I lined my sister up with him."
That date never happened either, prevented by Bundy's arrest Aug. 17, 1975. He was later convicted of aggravated kidnapping in the Nov. 8, 1974, abduction of Carol DaRonch, then 17, from the Fashion Place Mall.
Needless to say, Brooks stopped picking out guys for his sister to date.
***** "All my memories of him are quite positive," said Mel Thayne, then bishop of an LDS student branch Bundy actively attended.
"The girls were quite taken with him, and the fellows liked him, too. He just impressed all of us."
Thayne remembers missed dinner appointments scheduled with Bundy, who investigated The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and later joined shortly before his arrest. "He commented he would like to see what a Mormon family in our own setting was like. He had commented on what lovely girls we had."
At the time, the Thaynes had four teenage daughters at home, two with long, dark hair, parted in the middle, the kind of young women that Bundy stalked and killed.
"It kind of gives you the shivers when you think of what might have been," said Thayne's wife, Emma Lou Thayne.
***** Those who knew Ted best from his Salt Lake days nearly 15 years ago aren't talking to the press. Instead, it's his casual acquaintances who are most willing to share their impressions of a man who they now know hid terrible secrets, including the mutilated and sexually abused bodies of eight Utah women.
Local defense attorney Andy Valdez has been watching the legal maneuverings that have extended his former law school classmate's life by more than a decade, since Bundy was first sentenced to death for murdering a 12-year-old Florida girl.
"It's amazing. Here I am defending (accused Kearns video store slayer) Chuck Hodges from the death penalty," Valdez said, "and my classmate's going to get fried on Tuesday."
Valdez remembers Bundy as a personable guy - one set apart by his friendliness in the fiercely competitive freshman law class in the fall of 1974. "I remember him for his ability to pass tough classes when he rarely went to school.
"He first introduced himself to me in a contracts class," Valdez said. "I thought he was a transfer student because I'd never seen him before."
Valdez saw his classmate shortly before he was booked into jail. The exchange was remarkable, for unlike most prisoners, Bundy never proclaimed his innocence. "I'll never forget it," Valdez said. "His exact words were: `I don't think they have enough evidence to convict me.' "
***** "While I knew him, I didn't really see him as but a kind of a lonely, sort of a socially graceful guy who was pretty well-ordered," said Michael Preece, who became bishop of the same student branch after Thayne was released. "People are always kidding me about my lack of perception in the matter."
Preece said he has poignant memories from when Ted's mother, Louise, stayed with his family during the Salt Lake City trial. "She said to me, `You know, I have known him for 27 years, better than anyone has known him, and I have never seen anything in his character that could lead me to believe he was capable of doing the things he is charged with,' " he said.
And Preece said he'll never forget a comment Bundy made after riding his bike past the zoo. "He said, `The thoughts of being in a cage just give me a chill.' "
***** Wynn Bartholomew, Carol's husband, was two years ahead of Bundy in law school. He remembers seeing Bundy on a Monday at school in the winter of 1975, looking haggard, with bags under his eyes and crimson red scratches branded across his cheeks and neck.
Bartholomew recalls asking Bundy about the scratches: "Have a rough date this weekend?" which Bundy tried to explain away in an elaborate story about being snapped by a tree branch. But Bartholomew is sure that no tree branch could have made the fingernail-sized scratches emblazoned across Bundy's cheek.
***** Kelly, like other local residents who knew the dark-haired, charismatic guy who lived in the lower Avenues, was shocked when he heard about the arrest.
Bundy's friends in the student branch supported the man who had been called to teach Sunday School. "It was unbelievable. We had fasts for him. They were sending cookies to him when he was in jail," Brooks said.
When she heard the news, Carol Bartholomew planned to bake Bundy a batch of banana-nut bread. "We all just felt that the whole thing would just blow over. It was really sort of a nightmare for us to discover all this."
And Ted continued coming to church when he was out of jail on bail. "We were all so sure he was innocent," said Teri Coon, a friend from the ward.
"Only later when all of that came out," said Kelly, his school classmate, "even after the kidnapping trial, even after he was in jail, it was still hard for me to accept.
"Once it sank in, I thought here is a man that sits by you in law school . . . I mean, who can you trust? If this man is a mass murderer, if this guy can pull it off, what do you tell your daughter? Who do I tell her to look out for? Who do I tell her to avoid?"