Nearly a week after Ted Bundy died in Florida's electric chair, investigators in four states are beginning the search for some of the bodies he left behind. Meanwhile, the speculation and controversy that surrounded him continue:
-JOHN TANNER, the state attorney who prayed with Bundy about 50 times over a two-year period, says he is quitting his prison ministry because of the outcry from his constituents.Although most people are supportive of his ministry, "A small percentage of the public is uncomfortable with it. They feel it's somehow inappropriate," Tanner said Friday.
"I think public perception and trust is absolutely essential. I want to keep the public confidence in the office."
-IN STARKE, FLA., some of Bundy's neighbors on the state's death row remember the serial killer with fondness, but others were perfectly happy to see him go to the electric chair.
"A lot of people didn't like him. A lot of people thought he was all right. Really, when it comes to sex crimes - toward women and children - it's not looked good upon by other inmates," said Michael Bruno, a death row resident since October 1987.
James Doug McCray, on death row for 14 years, said some hoped Bundy's death would satisfy the public's thirst for vengeance - which he called the "kill Bundy syndrome" - and ultimately soften support for executions.
"I think what has developed on death row is sort of a belief that if Bundy were dead, then a great number of us would have a chance to live because of society's misperceptions that we were a death row of Ted Bundys," McCray said.
Yet an Illinois police detective who investigated another convicted serial killer believes just the opposite will happen.
-JOSEPH KOZENCZAK, who investigated the John Wayne Gacy murders, said time is running out for the former clown and Democratic precinct worker who lured 33 young men and boys to their deaths. The bodies of most of his victims were found in the crawl space of his Norwood Park home.
"Bundy's execution should be a warning to Gacy that he doesn't have much time left," Kozenczak said. If it happens, Gacy's execution would be the first in Illinois since the mid-1960s.
-INVESTIGATORS who heard Bundy's final confessions are openly questioning whether the information was really given in remorse, or if the killer was merely taunting the law enforcement community and the judicial system as he had for some 15 years.
"I think there's some real confusion of terminology," lamented Salt Lake sheriff's detective Dennis Couch, who spent about 90 minutes with Bundy two days before he was executed. While Couch said Bundy admitted to eight killings, "he confessed - by confessed I mean gave specific details - to only two."
Like Couch, investigator Bob Keppel of the Washington Attorney General's Office in Seattle felt Bundy was extremely manipulative in 21/2 hours of talks. "The whole thing was pretty well orchestrated. He only told us as much as he wanted to," Keppel said.
-BUNDY'S ATTORNEY said the murderer might have sealed his fate by trying to trade his life for confessions to unsolved crimes.
"I told him that the spectacle of peddling information for time would turn the courts against us," James Coleman, the Washington, D.C., attorney who handled Bundy's appeals the last three years, told The Orlando Sentinel.
Shortly after Gov. Bob Martinez signed Bundy's fourth death warrant, Bundy suggested through an intermediary that he would tell about his crimes if his execution were delayed. Neither the governor nor any other official accepted the offer.