Louise Bundy passed away in Tacoma, Washington at 88. She had been a resident of the city since her son was executed. Louise was known for being the mother of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, executed in Florida in 1989.
Bundy talked to her son on the phone twice, on the day he died. At the end of their last conversation, she reiterated her trust in him.
“You’ll always be my precious son,” she said.
A religious woman, she was an active member of Tacoma’s First United Methodist Church, until becoming too ill to attend regularly, in recent years.
The News Tribune reports that she died at the age of 88. She and husband John Bundy were often scrutinized because of their connection to the serial killer.
She had four other children, but Ted was her oldest son. She often went on record defending him, never believing the allegations brought against him.
“Ted Bundy does not go around killing women and little children! [...] And I know this, too, that our never-ending faith in Ted – our faith that he is innocent – has never wavered. And it never will,” she told the press in 1990.
Bundy was accused of slaughtering a large number of women across America. He was jailed, convicted and sentenced to death on three murder counts. He was found guilty of killing a 12-year-old girl and 2 students at Florida State University.
While on Death Row, he confessed to more than 12 murders. After that, he was accused of taking the life of a 8-year-old girl that vanished from Tacoma in 1961, when he 14 years old.
“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,” Louise argued.