Ted Bundy may be Implicated in Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murderson July 12, 2011 in Serial Killers, Unsubs by Brian Combs
It’s been about two years since the last Ted Bundy book was released. Soon, either a new book, or updated versions of existing books may be needed.
In 1972 and 1973, seven women were murdered in Santa Rosa, California. An 8th victim disappeared and has never been found. Collectively, these are known as the Santa Rose Hitchhiker Murders.
For some time, the name Ted Bundy has come up whenever these murders are discussed, but now investigators are trying to prove it. They hope to compare Bundy’s DNA to DNA collected at the crime scenes.
Said Robert Keppel, the Seattle police detective who caught Bundy:
Bundy is definitely a good suspect. The killings in Santa Rosa would fit his methods, he spent time in the area, and I’m sure he started killing well before 1974.
It was an open market for Bundy.
Bundy attended Stanford University near Santa Rosa in 1968. He had a girlfriend he would visit in Palo Alto between 1968 and 1974. And during interviews, he referred vaguely to murders he committed in California.
Some believe that credit card receipts of Bundy’s indicate that he could not have been in the Santa Rosa area during the murders, but an examination of police records shows at least a two day window around each killing. Bundy was known to drive hundreds of miles for his kills.
One of the last times I talked to Bundy, I mentioned California, and he looked at me like, ‘I can’t talk about that right now,’. I think he believed his execution would be stayed so he could talk for years about his crimes, but the governor had other ideas.
Hopefully, science can tell the story Bundy wasn’t willing to.