Ted Bundy is one of the most notorious serial killers of all time. Bundy, a rapist and necrophiliac, is known for kidnapping and murdering at least thirty-six young women in the 1970s – but his death toll may have been even higher. Bundy was sentenced to death by electric chair in 1989 for his sadistic crimes.
One of the scariest aspects of Ted Bundy is that he was known to be quite handsome and charismatic, making it all too easy for him to lure his victims into trusting him. One woman in particular, Carole Ann Boone, believed in his innocence to the very end—she even became his wife and bore his child, Rosa Bundy.
The strange relationship between Bundy & Boone is confusing. How did she believe in someone convicted of such terrible crimes? Who would bond with someone on death row? Read on to find out more about her life and where she is now.
How did Boone & Bundy meet?
Boone & Bundy met in 1974 while working at the Department of Emergency Services in Olympia, Washington. Boone was going through her second divorce at the time and was caring for her son James.
Boone and Bundy were also in separate relationships – Bundy was dating his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. Because of this, Boone initially denied Bundy’s attempts to date her, but over the years they eventually grew closer and began a romantic relationship.
Marriage in the courtroom
There was no doubt that Bundy was innocent, Boone was by his side the entire time he was on trial and constantly fought to support him. Boone even served as Bundy’s witness and helped Bundy with his plan to escape from prison and flee to Florida (where he murdered three more young women.)
To appeal to the softer side of the jury, Bundy proposed to Boone in the courtroom and the two declared themselves husband and wife in front of the judge. When Bundy was sentenced to death, Boone moved near the prison so she could visit him regularly.
Boone even sometimes smuggled drugs for Bundy in her vagina. Somehow the two managed to have sex during these visits, which conceived their child Rose Bundy, who was born in 1982.
The truth will come out
It wasn’t until 1986, just three weeks before Bundy’s execution, that Carole Boone decided to divorce him and move back to Washington with James & Rose. As Bundy approached the day of his execution, he became more willing to confess to his horrific crimes—eventually revealing that he had raped, killed, and dismembered over thirty women.
Boone was utterly devastated when he learned the truth about Bundy’s sadistic actions, never speaking to him again, even rejecting him when he tried to contact her on the day of his execution. Boone and her family, no doubt traumatized by Bundy’s psychological manipulation and abuse, went off the grid and tried to move on.
Carole Boone’s Life After Bundy
Carole Boone was doing everything she could to start over and build a peaceful life for herself and her children, so she changed her name and hid her location from anyone looking for her.
No one knew where she was until January 2018, when she reportedly succumbed to septic shock at a retirement home in Washington state at the age of seventy. No one there knew anything about her past or her previous identity. Her friends knew her as someone who “enjoyed knitting” and watched “nature programs”.