The long wait is nearly over as this Friday on Amazon Prime Video the new docu-series ‘Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer’ hits the screens. After 40 years of silence, Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter Molly share their experiences with unsettling new details about Ted Bundy.
Following on from the re-release of her memoir ‘The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy’, Elizabeth will share her new perspective alongside many other Bundy survivors.
The series reveals how Bundy’s pathological hatred of women collided with the culture wars and the feminist movement of the 1970s in one of the most infamous crime stories of our time.
Elizabeth met Ted in 1968 and they were in a romantic relationship together for six years. Following his arrest for the murders of 30 women and teenage girls, she struggled to stand by the man she had invited into her home as a father figure to her daughter.
In the trailer, she explains, “I just didn’t think he could do these things. I fell in love with him from day one, but there were all these coincidences.” Adding, “I’m hoping that this (documentary) is the end to anything related to Ted.”
Interviews with Bundy’s former friend Phyllis Armstrong, news reporter Barbara Grossman, and detective Kathleen McChesney will also feature.
Earlier this year, one of the most sought-after true crime books ‘The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy’ by Elizabeth Kendall (pseudonym of Bundy’s former ex-girlfriend Elizabeth “Liz” Kloepfer) has been re-released by publisher Abrams Books.
The updated and expanded new edition also includes a contribution from her daughter, Molly Kendall, who was only a child when she first met the serial killer.
Copies of the first edition are so rare they sell for upwards of $300 online. Recently there has been a renewed interest in Bundy’s brutal crimes following the release of the Netflix docu-series ‘The Ted Bundy Tapes’ and movie ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.’
The five-part docuseries will be available to watch on January 31st, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video.
Ted & Liz
In 1969, Elizabeth “Liz” Kloepfer met Bundy when she worked as a secretary at the University of Washington Medical School. Liz was divorced, insecure and desperately seeking a father figure for her young daughter.
During their relationship, Bundy had already begun his killing spree and a concerned Liz reported her suspicions to the police. In 1974, she told them, “Ted went out a lot in the middle of the night. And I didn’t know where he went. Then he napped during the day. And I found things, things I couldn’t understand.”
These objects included: a set of crutches, a bag of plaster that he admitted stealing from a medical supply house, a meat cleaver, never used for cooking, that he packed when he moved to Utah, surgical gloves, an Oriental knife in a wooden case that he kept in his glove compartment; and a sack full of women’s clothing which did not belong to her.
Bundy also bragged that he had burned the head belonging to a victim in the fireplace at Liz’s home – although it’s unknown if this is fact or another twisted tendency of Bundy’s to shock people.
Liz had complained to Seattle police two years previous but they refused to believe this was substantial enough evidence to apprehend him. It is unknown how many lives could have been saved had the police listened to Liz when she raised the alarm early on. Finally, Liz had someone willing to listen to her concerns and that was the Salt Lake City police.
It was time for them to move in on Bundy.
On October 2nd, 1975 in Utah, three witnesses identified Bundy from a police lineup. He was charged with attempted murder and kidnapping with bail set at $100,000. Utah authorities were then able to seize Bundy’s car and following an examination, they recovered three hairs that matched potential victims.
FBI lab specialist Robert Neill concluded that the presence of hair strands in one car matching three different victims who had never met one another would be “a coincidence of mind-boggling rarity.” Bundy was finished.
Whilst awaiting trial, Bundy made many attempts to escape prison – some of which were successful. Finally, he confessed to killing 30 victims between 1974 and 1978, although the real victim count is believed to be much higher.