Although the latest documentary series from Amazon Prime, Falling for a Murderer, focuses predominantly on Ted Bundy’s ex-girlfriend Liz Kendall (a.k.a., Elizabeth Kloepfer), with an exclusive interview with her, it also delves into another significant romantic relationship in the life of Bundy: the one with his ex-wife, Carole Ann Boone.
She was the right-hand woman of Bundy, genuinely believing the convicted serial killer had been innocent to death row. Here’s what you need to hear about Bundy and her friendship with Carole Ann Boone.
Little or no detail about where and when Boone was born and raised is available. By the summer of 1974, she was employed at Department of Emergency Services of State of Washington, in Olympia, Washington.
Boone was considered a “lusty-tempered free spirit” and was intelligent, funny, and very skilled at her work, even though her personal life was in disarray.
As a sister/mother figure who was capable at her job, her former co-workers remembered her. At the same time, though, along with others in the office, she could quickly descend into a lot of silliness, such as starting a rubber band battle or marshaling a few of her colleagues at the nearby Bailey Motor Inn for a three-hour afternoon drinking session in the Voodoo Room.
One of her uncles recently passed away when Boone met Bundy. She had just divorced and was trying desperately to raise her teenage son, Jamey (James, according to some sources). Besides, she was with “a large, unpleasant man” in a messy relationship.
Meeting Ted Bundy
In Burlington, Vermont, the United States, Theodore Robert Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell in November 1946.
There was no definitive evidence when he began murdering since he never shared the details about his early crimes, saying various things to different people.
When he came to Olympia and took a summer job at the Washington State Department of Emergency Services, he had already become a hardened murderer and criminal.
Bundy was in a relationship with a divorcee named Elizabeth Kloepfer (known in Bundy’s literature as Meg Anders, Beth Archer, or Liz Kendall), whom he met in Utah in the fall of 1969.
As both men and women find him fascinating, Bundy’s employment at DES created a big stir. As for Boone, she was charmed instantly. She considered him to be an introvert and thought that, with individual integrity, he was carrying himself. She later said that, in the beginning, Bundy had expressed his desire to date her.
There was simply a bond between them, however, initially. Kloepfer and many other women, several of whom were ultimately assassinated, continued to date Bundy.
On August 16, 1975, in Granger, Utah, Bundy was caught for the first time and was charged with aggravated abduction and attempted criminal assault. As time went on, in several unsolved murder cases, he was identified as a potential suspect.
Investigators worked together in Washington, Utah, and Colorado and concluded that the killer they were all looking for was Bundy. He escaped from jail twice in 1977 until he was finally apprehended in Florida. He had committed three more murders by then.
It was during his 1979 Florida trial that Boone and Bundy became very close to each other. Many claim that, in his second escape from jail, she helped him. They were exchanging letters steadily. With her son, Boone also moved to Florida to be close to Bundy.
Marriage to Ted Bundy
During his appeal, Boone acted as his character’s witness many times. Bundy, having practiced law in the past, was part of his defense team. She told him in 1980 that she would like to get married.
Afterward, he petitioned the jail, expressing his intention to marry Boone. The jail authorities rejected the application.
Undaunted, Bundy wanted to use an obscure statute in the Florida legal books. Boone was called to the witness stand on February 9, 1980, during the trial for the murder of Kimberly Leach.
Bundy asked her if she would marry him. She agreed, and they were legally married, as it happened in front of the presiding judge. He was given the death penalty (for the third time) a day later by electrocution.
Boone gave birth in October 1982 to Rose or Rosa Bundy. Speculation remains as to whether Rose is the daughter of Bundy and if she is, as to how she was born. While conjugal visits at Raiford Prison, where Bundy was held, were forbidden, the inmates were known to bribe the guards with their female visitors for private time.
Boone kept visiting her husband, taking Rose with her sometimes. Bundy was assigned to the deathwatch in 1986, preventing any physical interaction between Bundy and his relatives.
According to different reports, this disturbed Rose, as she was denied the hugs she used to get from her father and sometimes threw big tantrums. Eventually, Boone decided to avoid visiting her husband.
Bundy was hanged in Raiford’s electric chair on January 24, 1989. Boone had disappeared by then. It is possible that she changed both her and Rose’s names and moved somewhere else.
Boone died in a retirement home in 2018
While Wood wanted to interview Boone about her docuseries, she died before it was possible. Today, her daughter Rosa is still off the grid, understandably, and very little about her is understood.
Message boards for Life on Death Row are full of rumors that Boone changed her name to Abigail Griffin and relocated to Oklahoma. Others claim that she has remarried and lived a peaceful, happy life again.
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