Ted Bundys Ex Wife Carole Ann Boone

Little is known of Carole Ann before she became the wife of Ted Bundy. Even less is known of Boone after Bundy’s execution. We do know they met while working for the state of Washington. It is known that the two exchanged numerous letters before she moved to Florida to be closer to Bundy. She provided character witness on Bundy’s behalf multiple times. They shared a “loophole” wedding in the middle of the trial for Bundy’s killing of Kimberly Leach.

As Ted Bundy wife, Carole Boone Bundy claims to have been impregnated and then gave birth to Ted’s daughter. Why she chose to stop her visits remains unanswered. The efforts she took to remove herself and her daughter from the public eye to avoid being tied to the most horrific of serial killers worked. Little else is known of the wife of Ted Bundy and even less is known of his daughter.

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Carole Ann Boone Meets Ted Bundy

Carole Ann Boone’s early life is a bit of a mystery. Not a lot is known of her until she first met Ted Bundy. This was before he embarked on his infamous killing spree. Both Bundy and Boone worked In Olympia, Washington for the Washington State Department of Emergency Services. At the time, Carole Ann Boone was a divorcee with a teenage son. She was a fun, free spirited person. She took to Ted, with his rugged good looks and charming personality, as quickly as Ted took to her.

Since both Ted and Carole were involved with other people during this time, their relationship was only a friendship. This isn't at all surprising as Ted Bundy abducted and attacked roughly 17 women during 1974, the year he met Carole Ann. He also began attending the University of Utah Law School. Clearly, Ted Bundy didn't have time for another relationship, what with all the rape, law school and killing going on. While Ted and Carole were only friends at this point, their friendship is said to be an intense, close relationship.

Ted Bundy: Master of Manipulation

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Ted Bundy and Carole Ann began talking to each other in earnest during Ted’s 1977 trial in Florida. He began writing letters to Carole Ann. These letters were full of flowery promises and professions of love, as well as pleads of innocence. Bundy was a master manipulator, after all.

Carole Ann eventually fell head over heels for Ted Bundy and his words of endearment. She loaded up her life and her teenage son to move closer to Ted. She became his number one fan, offering her undying support while attending all of his court proceedings. In return for her unending faith, character witnesses and numerous care packages, Carole received letters full of sickly sweet promises of Ted’s love.

Love is Blind

Ted Bundy’s love letters, innate charm, and dashing good looks were enough to manipulate and completely blind Carole Ann from the atrocities he committed. His sardonic smile won her over completely. She offered up all the support she could while Ted Bundy was behind bars. Carole Ann testified as a character witness on Bundy’s behalf on more than one occasion. Bundy was so charming and sweet to Carole Ann that she just could not see him as the person who was accused of committing so many atrocious acts of violence.

Boone Demands Bundy Marries Her

After spending a few years supporting Ted Bundy every way she possibly could, Carole began demanding Bundy marry her. She moved her life and her son to be closer to the man she loved. She stood by him and looked the other way while he was accused of unspeakable crimes against other women and children. She felt he owed her a marriage.

She wanted more than anything to be Ted Bundy wife, to be legitimate. It is hard to say if Bundy truly loved Carole Ann or if he was merely using her as a means to an end. The man was facing the death penalty, after all. Surely the care packages made his time in prison less lonely. He probably felt he would benefit from having Carole Ann stand up as a character witness on Ted’s behalf. Carole Ann went on with getting blood tests and obtaining a marriage license. She struggled to find a minister who would agree to perform the ceremony.

Man and Wife

Although Ted Bundy may not have loved Carole Ann the way she loved him, he still petitioned the prison, asking to be allowed to marry Carole Ann Boone. These petitions were denied, the jail stating marriage was not in the best interest of Bundy. Ted Bundy was not a man to take no for an answer. His time at the University of Utah provided Bundy with information about little-known laws, including an obscure code on the books in Florida.

During the trial for murdering Kimberly Leach, Carole Ann took the stand as a character witness for Bundy. It was during his questioning when he asked Carole to marry him. She, of course, said yes. Ted Bundy then declared the two of them legally married. A Florida statute stated this type of ceremony performed in front of a judge was, in fact, binding. On February 9, 1980, Carole Ann Boone became Ted Bundy's wife. The very next day, Bundy was sentenced to death for the third time.

Here Comes Rose Bundy

There are two conflicting stories as to how Carole Ann Boone Bundy came to be carrying Ted Bundy’s baby in 1981. While Carole and her son visited Bundy faithfully every week, her husband was not allowed conjugal visits. Their visits are said to have been especially romantic but within the confines of the visiting room.

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One rumor says Bundy impregnated his wife during a frantic tryst behind a vending machine in the visiting room. Another especially salacious story reports Carole Boone Bundy passing a condom to her husband via a kiss.

Bundy presumably later filled the condom with the necessary genetic material and then passed it back to his wife via a kiss shared between the two during another visit. Carole reportedly told the press it was none of their business when asked the details of conception. She gave birth to their baby girl in October of 1982.

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Death Watch

In 1986, Ted Bundy was put on death watch pending his upcoming execution. Death watch meant an end to the physical contact permitted visits he had enjoyed with Carole and his daughter. Reports state this upset their daughter, having to see her dad behind glass, not being allowed hugs. She would throw awful tantrums in the visiting area, demanding to see her father. Because of this, Carole Boone Bundy decided to stop visiting Bundy. Whether or not this had anything to do with his repeated confessions, we may never know.

Carol Was Long Gone

After foregoing visits with her husband so as not to have to see her daughter so upset, Carole Ann stopped coming to visit Bundy altogether. Rumors flew about, saying she had gone to take care of a sick relative. When Ted Bundy’s date of execution finally rolled around, Carole was long gone. She never saw or spoke to him again.

Carole Ann changed her and her daughter’s surnames to avoid being identified. She and Ted Bundy’s baby had disappeared from Ted’s life as well as public life for good. Little else is know about the whereabouts of Boone and her daughter. The steps she took to avoid further publicity as the wife of one of the most prolific serial killers of all time worked.

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14 comments

Penni Coen

I met Ted Bundy in the death row visiting area at the Florida prison where he was executed. I met Ted in 1981. I am not a serial killer groupie. I met Ted Bundy and that is reality. All these jealous people talking negatively about me. I remember that Ted would always stare at me and I remember seeing Ted’s wife Carol visiting with him. I am a 57 year old lady. Get a life uneducated people.

Janellski 1984

HI FLO…
I agree with you 150% regarding “Penni Coen.”
Her comment makes her sound like a narcissistic
Sociopath and a serial killer groupie. What a
disgusting combination. Peace, and God Bless!!
☮👩🏼🙏🏼😇🌺👍🏼🐶🐾🌸⭐️

Twicebitten Thasme

Uncertain as to the why of the attraction some women have for manipulative and/or corrupt individuals but it is real and substantive and certainly worthy of serious research. The mental faculties of these probably inwardly submisssives require study if for no other reason than to help them rid themselves of this issue.
I speak from a first-hand observational perspective. I’ve had my life “touched” by two serial killers, indirectly. The first, was a nephew of one who became rather needy as the relationship progressed. That neediness was the cause of the break-up. It also has been a cause of concern regarding potential repercussions, either for the girl or for others. The main question: will it trigger an onset of similar behaviors from the rejection?
The second contact is now a more permanent situation. A cousin of the other killer, is in a committed relationship with a relative. There are a number of observations and incidences which provide impetus for concern. The least of which is the father. He is incarcerated. Definitely long term, if not for life. She maintains full contact with him despite his recidivism and occasional escape, which, along with his violent propensities, makes him more than of a threat rather than a menace to society.
And still, she professes her love and admiration.
This is on top of sharing the same name as the serial killer to whom she is related.
And I’ve witnessed aberrant behavior from her. My relative has endured mental and physical abuse from her and does not see anything wrong.
He isn’t a prize, either but I do not understand how abuse is acceptable. Hence my thoughts toward serious research.
I will not share the names of the killers (or relatives) as I do not desire nor want any attention or notoriety. Just know both killers have been executed and their crimes were horrific in both instances.

Crystal Dawn

Sperm can live 3 days outside the body. This woman probably has a psychological issue. Serial killers are manipulative. I feel sorry for his daughter

Indeed

For all the crimes he did. Rot in hell.

Jennifer

She gave him the money allowing him to escape to Florida, the deaths of the sorority girls and the young girl that he murdered are on her as well. She should have had charges pressed against her for those murders.

Claire

I was the notary in the courtroom that legalized the marriage license. There were other issues….They were not married just for “love”. Money was a huge factor. They were married so Carole would get the monies from books, movies, etc. along with Louise, Ted’s mother sharing in it. Otherwise Florida would have gotten the money. Never look at things on the surface only.

Penni coen

I met Ted Bundy in the death row visiting area at the Florida prison where he was executed. I met Ted in 1981 and I know how Ted Bundy got his wife carole pregnant. I am a beautiful 55 year old lady.

Flo

Well ,you disgust me too ! It doesn’t matter if you are a serial or not , you’ve got an attitude!

Tawny

People can assume all day long, the only person who know the truth would be wife/mother. I’m sure she is just as twisted as Ted himself.

jeff

I miss Ted.

ted

thats kind off a drag about having to submit a sample within thrity minutges. my urologist told me to go to the hospital get a specimen container . put the sample in it and bring it in. i lived almost an hour from his office so that could mean that my vasectomy didnt work and ive just been lucky

eliza tierney

actually i’m a nurse and work with fertility doctors sperm can last up to 3 days outside if in wet inviroment. so she could have

Tre

Why women flock to serial killers, is beyond me. They’re evil sickos, so what does that make the women who marry them?? At the very least, they’re lacking something in their own lives! They disgust me. A guard must’ve turned his head to allow Bundy & his wife to have sex in prison. There’s no way she could have saved a condom for later, especially by swapping it in their mouths (gross). Sperm only live a short period of time. I worked in a hospital lab. Men who dropped off sperm for testing, had to do so within 30 minutes after emissions because they will die off! Why he was allowed to marry, boggles my mind as well. Prison officials can deny marriages if they choose to. Serial killers cannot feel for anyone but themselves. Why keep them on death row for decades? I’m a peaceful, law abiding citizen but things like Bundy, Ramierez, etc. are a waste of space. I use the term, “things” because they don’t deserve to be called “people”. They are Satan in a person’s body.

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