Bundy is long dead – executed for his crimes – but the mysteries that surrounded him continue to live on. One of those involve eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr who disappeared from her Tacoma home on August 31, 1961. Her neighbor: 14-year-old Ted Bundy. Burr was never found and it’s long been speculated that she was Bundy’s first victim – a charge he denied.
As did his mother.
In a 1999 interview with The News Tribune, Louise Bundy said, “I resent the fact that everybody in Tacoma thinks just because he lived in Tacoma he did that one too, way back when he was 14. I’m sure he didn’t.”
Last year police subjected evidence in the case to DNA testing but a suspect profile could not be created. The cold case is still open and Tacoma Police have never ruled Bundy out as a suspect.
In “Ted and Ann – The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy Seattle author Rebecca Morris details the unsolved mystery and the possible connection to the notorious killer of at least 30 women and girls.
Morris will speak about her book at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Wheelock Library, 3722 North 26th Street in Tacoma. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. More information is available online at www.tacomapubliclibrary.org or by calling the library at 253-292-2001.
Here’s more from the press release:
Exactly 50 years after the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr, Seattle author Rebecca Morris has written the first book about the Burr case and its connection to Ted Bundy. With new information about Bundy’s childhood (and never before published photographs of the very young Ted Bundy), interviews with those who knew him best, and the memories of the Burr and Bundy families, “Ted and Ann” is the only book about one of the 20th century’s most fascinating cold cases.
Morris spent four years investigating the Ann Marie Burr case and encountered many of the same issues authorities had faced since 1961: there was no evidence, no witnesses, no credible ransom demand, and Ann Marie Burr’s body was never found. By the time Morris was conducting her research, half the police report was missing, and many of the people key to the Burr case in 1961 were deceased, including two tenacious detectives who worked for decades, long after their retirement, to try and solve the disappearance of Ann Burr.
Morris pieces together 50 years of rumors, myths, facts and memories to solve the case described by Tacoma’s chief of detectives in 1961 as “a handful of nothing – it was like grabbing clouds.”
In addition to new details about Ted Bundy’s childhood, “Ted and Ann” is the story of two Tacoma families – the Burrs and the Bundys – and two mothers with a lot in common: each would lose her oldest child, the one with the most promise, in a horrific way.
Rebecca Morris is an award-winning journalist who has worked in radio and television news in New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. Her reporting has appeared in The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, People, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications. Morris is also the author of “Bad Apples – Inside the Teacher/Student Sex Scandal Epidemic,” published February 1, 2012 by Crime Rant Classics. For more information visit www.tacomapubliclibrary.org.