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December 30, 1977: Ted Bundy Escapes From Jail

Ted Bundy's FBI 10 Most Wanted List PhotoOn this day in 1977, serial killer Ted Bundy escaped from the Glenwood Springs Jail in Colorado.  It was his second escape from jail and led to more murders.

Bundy was awaiting trial for the murder of Caryn Campbell in 1975 and had already escaped once in June of 1977 but was caught six days later.  In December, Bundy began plotting his second escape by sawing a hole in his cell’s ceiling. On December 30, he put books in his bed to appear that he was sleeping and went in through the ceiling to the apartment of the chief jailer, who was out that evening. Bundy then slipped past the jail’s skeleton crew and walked out the front door.

He ended up in Florida and on January 15, killed two women and brutally assaulted three more in the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University in Tallahassee. On February 9, Bundy abducted 12-year-old Kimberly Leach from her school in Lake City.  Her skeletal remains were found seven weeks later.

On February 12, Bundy was pulled over by Pensacola police officer David Lee. After an intense fight, he was arrested. Bundy was convicted of the three murders and sentenced to death. Shortly before his execution in 1989, he confessed to committing more than 30 murders between 1974 and 1978.

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