20th st


Suspect ‘super nice’, say acquaintances

from the Seattle Times - Friday, October 3, 1975

Ted Bundy - « very bright …. ethical … super nice guy … an all-American boy. »

That was the picture that emerged here yesterday after the new broke that Bundy was charged in Salt Lake City with kidnapping and attempted murder in connection with the abduction of a teenage girl in Utah last November.

Those who knew Theodore R. Bundy, a University of Utah law student who was a special aide in the re-election campaign of Gov. Dan Evans in 1972, said the news, was hard to believe.

Bundy, 28, a former Tacoman who had lived in Seattle, in 1972 also was assistant director of the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Commission.

In January 1973, he was in the news as a hero, having chased and caught a man who snatched a woman’s purse in the Northgate parking lot.

« It just doesn’t make any sense, » said Ross Davis, chairman of the Republican State Central Committee. « I have a terrible time, personally, believing it. »

Bundy served as assistant to Davis in 1973. In Evans’ 1972 campaign, Bundy was assigned to attend appearances of Albert D. Rosellini, the Democratic nominee for governor, and report back to the Evans campaign camp on what the former governor was saying. It raised some accusations of « spying, » but Bundy said at the time there « was nothing clandestine or improper. »

Davis termed Bundy highly ethical.

« I’m just taken aback, » Davis said. « This is really a nice kid. It’s not the Ted Bundy I know. Either something happened to him in the meantime or somebody’s made a terrible mistake. »

Mrs. Frieda Roger, 4143 12th Ave. N. E., who rented a room to Bundy « at least four years » until he moved to Utah in August of 1974, said : « It shocked me to hear this. He was a nice man, a fine man. I can’t believe it. He was too nice a guy. »

Mrs. Patti Adams, who manages an apartment house near where Bundy lived in the University District, said :

« Ted was like a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roger. After Mr. Roger became ill, Ted mowed and took care of their yard and helped take care of Mr. Roger. »

Mrs. Adams described Bundy as « a very good looking young man who was super nice to all of us. » She said she knew him on a neighborly basis for about four years.

One of Mrs. Adams’ teenage sons added : « He was just an all-American boy. »

Ruth Yoneyanna, a friend of Bundy ’s who met him during the 1972 Evans campaign described Bundy as « a very kind, gentle, beautiful person. I just can’t believe it - I think it’s some kind of weird mistake, » she said.

In the Summer of 1974, Bundy worked as an intern at the Department of Emergency Services in Olympia. A friend who worked as an intern with Bundy said :

« I’m absolutely flabbergasted. He has impeccable taste. He’s a bright boy, intellectually astute, very political. »

Bundy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Bundy, 3214 N. 20th St., Tacoma expressed disbelief. Mrs Bundy said « It’s not believable. We’re just too upset to talk at all. »

Twin Cities Gothic
  • There is a river. People look at it wistfully and say its so beautiful. They dive into the dirty water and never return. You gaze into the churning, writhing, aching depths and cringe. There is something watching you.
  • The streets are grids. You drive and drive and cross the same streets over and over again. 1st Ave, 4th Ave, 20th Ave, 1st St, 4th St, 20th St, repeat. You don’t know where you’re going anymore. It’s hard to remember where you came from.
  • You get on a bus. You sit. A man gets on after you with his bike. The driver ignores him. The beep of a card being swiped. A man gets on with his bike. A beep. A man gets off with his bike. A beep. A man gets on with his bike.
  • The bikes are everywhere. Green and obvious, you never notice them until someone nearly runs you down. They stop, apologize. You ask about the bike. They gaze into the distance wistfully. Usage fees, they murmur, usage fees. You do not ask again.
  • Where are you? Your friend asks over the phone. You look at the house numbers. They are all four numerals that do not match the streets.  I don’t know, You reply, and your friend laughs.
  • The Guthrie Theater is showing A Christmas Carol. The Guthrie Theater is always showing A Christmas Carol. You have seen it five times and can never remember any details but the rattling of chains. You never mean to end up at The Guthrie Theater but you find yourself there anyway.
  • You get on a bus. A woman gets on with a cane and three people offer their seat. She accepts none. She pays in nickles and grins a toothless grin. She sits next to you, tucks her cane between her legs. She has no eyes and you avert yours.
  • What can I get you to drink? Your waitress intones, a emotionless smile on her face. Could I get a pop? Your friend asks. The waitress doesn’t ask what kind. You order the catfish and fear embeds itself into your gut. It arrives with the eyes intact, staring at you. You choke it down anyway.
  • The light rail is brightly lit. You sit on uncomfortable seats and wait. Please do not put your feet on the seats, An announcer pleads. Be considerate to other passengers. There is a screaming child. Be considerate. A man leans against the doors, falling through them as they open into the sky. Be considerate.
  • You stroll downtown at night and feel someone watching you. You turn around, the people hurry past you with their heads down. The shadows are full of things you do not want to think about. You turn around. 
  • The Green Line is under construction. When you called and asked when it would be open, the man on the line laughed nervously and replied Soon. It is still not open. Sometimes you wonder if it ever will be. Soon.
  • Nice weather today. A stranger comments at the bus stop, rubbing his blue hands together and shivering. It’s always nice here. He nods to himself. You’re not sure if hes trying to convince you or himself. Nice weather today.

Birth of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales

Arthur Tudor, the eldest son of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, was born on 20th September 1486 at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester. His birth cemented the union between the House of Tudor and the House of York, and the event was celebrated throughout the whole kingdom.

Henry VII wanted his child and heir to be born in the place believed to have been the capital of the legendary Camelot. Arthur was named after Camelot’s heroic king, King Arthur.

Prince Arthur was viewed by contemporaries as the great hope of the newly established House of Tudor. Henry VII, Elizabeth of York, Margaret Beaufort, and other contemporaries hoped that his reign would be a golden age for England and the Tudor dynasty.

Arthur Tudor became the Duke of Cornwall at birth. Four days after his birth, he was baptized at Winchester Cathedral by the Bishop of Worcester, John Alcock. John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, Queen Elizabeth Woodville, and Cecily of York served as godparents; the latter two carried the prince during the ceremony.

Arthur was created Prince of Wales in 1490. At age three, Arthur was created knight of the bath, and in 1491 made a knight of the garter.  Following the example of Edward IV, Henry VII set up the Council of Wales and Marches for Arthur in Wales, in order to enforce royal authority there and to cement Arthur’s status as an heir to the throne of England; the council was headed by Jasper Tudor, the Duke of Bedford and the king’s uncle.

As all bright hopes of England and the nation rested on Arthur, he was given impeccable and rigorous education, first under his chaplain, John Rede, and later with the poet laureate, Bernard André, who praised his mastery of the Latin and Greek authors. Sir Henry Vernon was governor and treasurer to Prince Arthur. He seemed to have been a clever child.

The historical tradition is that Arthur never was a strong child, although there is no proof of that; he might have been not as robust as his younger brother Henry, the Duke of York (the future King Henry VIII), but he was still strong enough and is believed to have developed some aptitude to archery. Arthur’s strength was not in his athletics but in his intelligence and education. 

Arthur was described by some contemporaries as a handsome young man with the typical Tudor reddish hair and a high-bridged nose, a delicate and gentle man, but I don’t think that “delicate” means “sickly” and “weak”. Most likely, he was delicate in his manners and character.

Negotiations about Arthur’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon began when the boy was two and were finalized in the Treaty of Medina del Campo in 1498. According to the treaty, Arthur and Catherine were supposed to marry as soon as they reached canonical age. 

It was a mutually beneficial marriage: for Ferdinand and Isabella, Catherine’s marriage to the English heir could secure England’s alliance against France, while Henry would have benefited from an international alliance with Spain and gained official international recognition of the Tudor dynasty.

In 1499, a marriage by proxy took place at Arthur’s Tickenhill Manor in Bewdley, near Worcester. On that day, Arthur allegedly said to the Spanish Ambassador that:

“He much rejoiced to contract the marriage because of his deep and sincere love for the Princess”.

Catherine and Arthur wrote each other letters. In a letter from October 1499, Arthur referred to his future bride as “my dearest spouse”, and in the same letter he wrote:

“I cannot tell you what an earnest desire I feel to see your Highness, and how vexatious to me is this procrastination about your coming. Let [it] be hastened, [that] the love conceived between us and the wished-for joys may reap their proper fruit.”

Catherine finally came to England on 2 October 1501, at Plymouth. On 4th November 1501, the couple met each other for the first time at Dogmersfield in Hampshire. They seemed to have liked one other because the prince wrote to Catherine’s parents later that he would be “a true and loving husband”

When the royal procession reached the city of London, everybody was already expecting their arrival: crowds of people gathered in the streets, church bells were ringing, and banners were hanging from windows. Everything was ready for the magnificent wedding ceremony.

On 14th November 1501, the marriage ceremony took place at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Wearing a luxurious white gown, the young Spanish princess was received at the Galilee porch at the west end by a fanfare of trumpeters and passed down the nave, heading to the waiting Arthur. 

The ceremony was conducted by Henry Deane, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was assisted by the Spanish Legate and nineteen bishops and mitred abbots. The wedding feast took place at the Baynard’s Castle, where the young Prince Henry led her for a banquet there and was by her side.

Arthur and Catherine left London and headed for Wales in a month after their wedding, where they established their household at Ludlow Castle. On 2nd Apr 1502, Arthur suddenly died, to the great grief of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. The theories of Arthur’s death include consumption, sweating sickness, testicular cancer, and pneumonia. We don’t know the true reason of his death.

On 25th April 1502, Arthur’s body was taken to Worcester Cathedral via the River Severn, in a "special wagon upholstered in black and drawn by six horses, also caprisoned in black”. As was customary, Catherine didn’t attend the funeral. The Earl of Surrey acted as chief mourner. 

Arthur’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon seemed to have had an insignificant and short-lived historical development until King Henry VIII, Arthur’s elder brother, decided to divorce from Catherine to marry Anne Boleyn, when the validity of their marriage was questioned. The majority of mainstream historians believe that Catherine’s first marriage wasn’t consummated, but there is a chance that consummation actually happened.

Some time ago, I wrote a long post “Catherine of Aragon: the true wife of King Henry VIII?” Here I don’t want to speculate about Catherine’s relationship with Arthur. The link to the said post is here.


King Henry VIII. The King and his court, Alison Weir

Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen, Giles Tremlett