On March 12, 1974 at approximately 7:00 pm Ted Bundy abducted Donna Gail Manson from Evergreen State College, Olympia while on her way to a concert in the school’s library lobby.
Evergreen State College (1976). Yellow dashed line designates path Donna Manson may have taken. From “A Visual Timeline”
Ted later told Detective Robert Keppel that he burnt Donna’s skull to ashes in his ex girlfriend Liz’s fireplace in a 1989 interview.
Keppel: Okay, how about Donna Manson? Gal from Thurston County, Olympia. Where’s she?
Ted: Where is she? That was different. That was different.
Keppel: What was different about it? You told me before she might be buried.
Ted: I won’t beat around the bush with you anymore, cause I’m just tired and I just want to get back and go to sleep…
Ted: So let me just tell you I’m, I know that, this part of the forest, buried up in there but, nothing identifiable, probably just, literally bones, but, the head however, the–the skull, it wouldn’t be there.
Keppel: Where is it?
Ted: It’s nowhere.
Keppel: It’s nowhere?
Ted: Well, I don’t know, I’m not trying to be flippant, it’s just, it’s just no where. It’s, it’s– it’s– it’s in a category by itself, in– in that ah, it was… no I just assumed this was, something that you just can’t, I don’t know, [garbled] see the head-lines now, but ah, ah–
Keppel: Ted, there’s not going to be any details. Wh-what you told me about Georgeann Hawkins isn’t going to be known. I got parents out there that don’t even want to know the details–
Ted: Well I know… I know–
Keppel: He [Hagmaier who is present next to Keppel] wants to know, and I want to know for my own good.
Ted: Well it, it was incinerated, and it was, just ah– an exception, ah– a strange exception, but ah– it was incinerated.
Keppel: Where’d you incinerate it?
Ted: [Embarrassed laugh]
Keppel: Come on pard’ner.
Ted: [Embarrassed laugh]
Keppel: These are things they don’t know about you.
Ted: Well this is, this is probably, the– the disposal method of preference among those who get away with it–
Ted: But because ah, gee, um, it’s the most bizarre, bizarre thing I ever– ever, ever been associated with, and I’ve been associated with bizarre shit–
Keppel: Right. [Long pause] It’s incinerated–
Ted: It’s incinerated.
Keppel: Tell me about it, what the hell happened?
Ted: Well it, ah, I don’t know the address of the place, I never wanted to tell this incident, but I promised myself I’d never tell this because it would ah, I– I thought, that of– of all the things I did to this woman this was probably the one she would least likely to forgive me for, poor Liz–
Ted: …in her fireplace, ah, it’s really not that humorous, but um, in the fireplace in that house–
Keppel: Burned it all up?
Ted: Down to the last ash, in a fit of cleanliness, what have you, just vacuumed down all the ashes. That’s the twist.