No serial killer seems to have been able to capture the American people and the media more than the serial killer Ted Bundy. Smart, gifted and a law student, Bundy used his good looks and charming persona to turn himself into a natural celebrity, even as a killer and sexual predator. Bundy also won over the heart of Carole Anne Boone, with whom he had conceived a child.
Even with the focus of a nation scoping her relationship with Bundy, not much is truly known about Boone or the child she bore with Bundy. In fact, researchers cannot even agree on the spelling of Ms. Boone’s first name – Carol or Carole.
However, many researchers of Bundy’s history know that Boone resided in Washington during the time she had first met Bundy. It is also speculated that Bundy knew Boone before he decided to go off on his spree. Boone was a Department of Enterprise Services worker at the same time that Bundy held a job at that organization in Olympia, Washington. She testified for Bundy’s innocence despite Bundy’s public confession of guilt on over 30 separate murders. She was often called as a character witness during the sentencing portion of Bundy’s trials.
Boone was listed as a witness and testified for Ted Bundy during two trials in Florida in 1980. At the time, Bundy was on trial for the murder of two members of the Chi Omega Sorority of Florida State University, as well as the kidnapping and murder of 12-year old Kimberly Leach.
During Bundy’s trial for Kimberly Leach’s murder and kidnapping, Boone was a witness during the sentencing phase of the trial. During the proceedings, Bundy got up and proposed to Boone. Here's a clip of the proposal:
Boone accepted and Bundy declared that Boone and himself were now officially married under law. In fact, Bundy’s experience as a law student allowed him to figure out that an old Florida statue would allow him to declare marriage in front of a judge, and it would have to be recognized.
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How Was Ted Bundy's Daughter Conceived?
As a result, many of Bundy’s fans during his imprisonment and eventual execution have focused on the “Ted Bundy” daughter. Ted Bundy’s daughter Rose Bundy was born in October 1981 to Boone and Bundy. It is believed that Bundy and Boone conceived the child while Bundy was on death row at the Raiford prison. There are numerous accounts as to how Boone and Bundy managed to conceive, as the prison did not allow conjugal visits at the time of Bundy’s imprisonment.
The most popular theory is that Bundy bribed a prison guard to let him have an unofficial conjugal visit with Boone behind a vending machine or in a prison bathroom. A prison guard at the prison when Bundy was imprisoned tells a much different story. Boone is believed to have smuggled a contraband condom during an official visit, through which Bundy gave back to her through a kiss with his sperm inside (weird as hell, right?)
It is difficult to speculate whether Bundy actually held romantic feelings for Boone or manipulated her into avoiding prosecution. It is believed that Boone first met Bundy in court when he was on trial for kidnapping, raping and murdering a 12-year old girl. Even if he did not love her, Bundy’s decision to marry Boone seems to hold some weight in the argument that Bundy did love her romantically.
It seems strange that Bundy would want to have a child and consequently start a family after his well-recorded desires to not have one before landing in prison. It is speculated that Bundy had manipulative motives behind his desire to seek out a wife and a child. He wanted to appear to be a normal, functioning human being in the eyes of the public in hopes of gaining sympathy.
Boone is also believed to have been inspired to marry Bundy, as she believed he was being railroaded for the murders despite confessions and forensic evidence. By gaining sympathy, he had hoped that his planned execution in Florida could be delayed or even removed from consideration. It is also believed that Bundy expressed to FBI agent Robert Ressler that he had wanted a perfect wife and a perfect family before he decided to go on a massive killing spree.
Separation, Death and Today
After Ted Bundy was put on death watch in 1986, it is believed that it put great stress upon Boone and her baby. She would throw tantrums inside the prison and it would cause great stress to Boone. As a result, Bundy and Boone both decided it would be best for the baby not to be brought to the prison when Carol would visit. As a result, we can conclude that the child’s exposure to Bundy was limited after she reached the age of four or five years old.
It is also unknown whether the claims of Bundy being the father of this child are true. No DNA tests were conducted and Bundy has now been executed, so there is no way of retrieving the results in present-day. It has also been speculated that the child may have come from another man, as a means of Boone attempting to gain Bundy’s attention.
The current whereabouts of Carol Anne Boone and her daughter are unknown. It is widely believed that Boone changed her daughter’s surname in order to avoid the inevitably publicity of being linked to a serial killer who captured the imagination of America for his infamy.
As of 2017, it is believed that Ted Bundy’s daughter would be about 35 years old and likely have children of her own. This fact also means that Bundy would have grandchildren somewhere in the world, and that the grandchildren would likely never know who their grandfather was.
You, on the other hand, know quite a bit about Ted Bundy. Now you can wear his shirt and sport that same smirk this famous serial killer had.
*Image of Bundy with wife and daughter taken from Wordpress.