Ted Bundy: Rape Crisis Volunteer

Bundy at trial.

Bundy at trial.

Yes, you read that title correctly. Ted Bundy worked in a crisis center hotline in the ’70’s, helping young women talk through difficult situations. Bundy later wrote a rape prevention pamphlet and he was an assistant director of the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Commission. It’s easy to see that Bundy found a way to be close to his victims without giving away his motives. By working on the suicide hotline, he had the power over life and death without laying a hand on a woman. He probably got a kick out of hearing the vulnerability in a woman’s voice and toying with them as he would later toy with his victims.

Crime writer Ann Rule later noted that she was often alone in a small room with Bundy while working late nights. In fact, he generally walked her to her car, advising her to watch for predators when out late at night. Rule was one of his loyal supporters as he was winding his way through the court system. It wasn’t until his “Chi Omega” Florida trial that she was finally convinced he was guilty. Imagine the memories that came flooding back to her as she remembered how close she came to a murderer on those dark nights alone with him. Rule later said that she is convinced the only thing that saved her life is that she wasn’t his type. (She was older than Ted’s co-ed victims at that time.)

Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that Bundy killed any callers to the suicide hotline, but Bundy intimated before his execution that there were many other unidentified victims the police hadn’t found. Only time will tell if any of them were connected to him through his volunteer work.

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3 thoughts on “Ted Bundy: Rape Crisis Volunteer

  1. You mentioned that Bundy alluded to the fact that there were more victims shortly before his execution. I think he was saying that he could probably remember where some of the bodies were left and if they allowed him extra time to live, he could help the police locate some of these remains. This would have been very interesting had he lived and divulged this information. I have always wondered where his main “dumping ground/kill site” was in Washington. It has never been located. When police started finding bodies, it was mostly just the heads. He obviously took the heads and dumped them all together on Taylor Mountain… but where were the bodies? They’re still out there somewhere (most likely buried as Ted alluded to this). If this location were ever to be found, it would be the location where Ted did a lot of the killing and dumping. Something to think about.

    • Really a shame that some families didn’t have at least some remains to properly bury. Some families had no answers as to whether or not Bundy was the actual killer of their daughter . Really can’t imagine the horror these families endured at the hands of this man

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