Rose Bundy- the child of a serial killer

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Rose Bundy is no ordinary child, as she shares her last name with a man who is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. Yes, Rose Bundy or Rosa Bundy is the daughter of Ted Bundy.

Let us read about Rose Bundy- the child of a serial killer

1) The irony

Ted Bundy, the father of Rose Bundy is one of the most notorious serial killers of all time. The irony is that a man who killed at least 30 women if not more during his lifetime went on to have a daughter of his own.

A picture of Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy (Florida Photographic Collection)

2) The union of two souls

Rose Bundy’s mother was Carole Ann Boone, she and Ted Bundy were colleagues and met in 1974 at the Department of Emergency Services in Olympia, Washington. At the time Boone wasn’t aware that Bundy was murdering and kidnapping women.

Bundy then expressed a desire to date Boone, but she wanted to keep the relationship strictly platonic between them.

A picture of Carole Ann Boone
Carole Ann Boone

3) Reconnection in the Utah Prison

Although their relationship was platonic at first they fell in love after reconnecting in a Utah Prison in 1977. Boone would write to Bundy regularly and even visit him in prison. Many even speculate that it was Boone who helped Bundy escape prison in Colorado and eventually escape to Florida.

A picture of Ted Bundy and Carole Ann Boone
Ted Bundy and Carole Ann Boone

4) The 1980 trial

Boone attended Ted Bundy’s 1980 trial where he was charged with killing Chi Omega sorority girls Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy. Here Bundy acted as his own defence attorney and even called Boone to the stand as a character witness.

During this time, Boone had moved to Gainesville, which was about 40 miles from the prison, in an attempt to be closer to Bundy.

5) The proposal

Boone took stand in Bundy’s defence in the trial of Kimberly Leach’s murder and kidnapping, the serial killer subsequently proposed to her.

This was an optimum situation for Bundy. As the true-crime writer Anne Rule and the author of Bundy’s biography ‘The Stranger Beside Me‘, explains that an old Florida law stated that a declaration of marriage in front of a judge was considered a binding agreement.

Prior to this, the pair couldn’t find any minister to oversee their vows and the orange county jail officials prohibited the use of their facility. Ted Bundy, a law student then found the loophole and used it to his advantage.

A picture of Rose sitting on her father's shoulder
Rose sitting on her father’s shoulder

6) Conjugal visits

Conjugal visits are not allowed for death row prisoners. So, it was surprising to all that Boone managed to conceive. Some even speculated that Boone had snuck a condom into prison, had Bundy put his semen into it, tie it shut, and return it back to her through a kiss.

However, these are just wild speculations. As crime writer Ann Rule points out that it is not only possible but common to bribe guards in prison which allowed couples to have sex in numerous places in the facility.Some of these places included behind the water cooler or on the table in the prison’s outdoor park.

7) It was quite shocking for the world to know that a serial killer managed to marry and impregnate someone while on death row and the people needed answers. They starting asking Boone how she managed this but she asserted that she did not owe anyone an explanation.

A picture of Rose Bundy with her father
Rose Bundy with her father

8) Father figure Ted Bundy

Before Rose Bundy’s birth, Ted had acted as a paternal figure to his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer’s son and also to Boone’s son from a previous relationship.

9) Serial Killer’s daughter Rose Bundy is born

Rose Bundy was born on October 24, 1981, and she is Bundy’s first and only biological child.

A family picture of Boone, Rose Bundy and Ted Bundy
Carol Boone, Rose Bundy and Ted Bundy

10) In love with a serial killer

Ted Bundy’s trial was highly televised and subsequently, he drew in a following of women who sought the serial killer’s attention. It was assumed that Bundy’s victims wore hoop earrings and slightly parted their hair. Subsequently, women came to court in a similar fashion.

11) Family Photos

Bundy’s family photos were not like normal ones. They had the backdrop of the prison. Boone often brought Rose along to the prison to meet her father and occasionally brought her son James as well.

A picture of the Bundy Family
A Bundy Family picture

12) Divorce

Three years before Ted Bundy’s execution, Boone divorced him and left for Washington. Additionally, she allegedly never spoke to him or saw him again.

13) Ted Bundy was awarded a triple death sentence and he was executed on January 24, 1989.

14) Where is Rose Bundy now?

Many believe that after leaving Florida, Boone and Rose Bundy might have changed their names and built a new identity for themselves.

Anne Rule, a friend of Ted Bundy stated that she does not know about Rose Bundy’s whereabouts and she respects her and her mother’s privacy, further stating that Rose has grown up to be a fine young woman.

15) Abigail Griffin

The only fact we know for sure is that Rose Bundy is now a 39-year-old woman. However, some believe that she changed her name to Abigail Griffin, but this is just a speculation.


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