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Photo of Janice Ott, one of two women murdered by Ted Bundy near Lake Sammamish State Park in Washington. Courtesy of Rob Dielenberg’s “A Visual Timeline.”

According to Ann Rule’s “The Stranger Beside Me,” Janice Ott held a position with the King County Youth Service Center as a probation case worker. The 23-year-old had been married to her husband, Jim, for a year and a half before her disappearance. Jim was studying to be a prosthetic designer in Riverside, California and had plans to reunite with Janice in September that year. 

On July 14, 1974, the 5-foot, 100-pound blonde bicycled from her home in Issaquah to Lake Sammamish State Park. Ott left a note for her roommates stating she would return later in the afternoon. Only minutes after arriving at the park, Janice was approached by a man who introduced himself as “Ted.” Witnesses described the man as good looking with a slight accent - sounding British or Canadian - and was dressed in a white tennis outfit with a sling on his right arm. After talking to Ted for a short while, the young woman agreed to help him load a sailboat onto his car. Janice Ott wasn’t seen again until her remains were recovered on September 6, 1974.

Liz furnished the name of a woman that Ted had dated during the summer of 1972, a woman who had caused her to to break up with her lover briefly. This woman, Claire Forest, was slender, brunette, with her long straight hair parted in the middle. When she was contacted by detectives, Claire Forest remembered Ted well. Although she had never been seriously interested in him, she said, they had dated often in 1972.

“He didn’t feel that he fit in with my… my ‘class.’ I guess that’s the only way to describe it. He wouldn’t come to my parents’ house because he said he just didn’t fit in.”  Claire recalled that she had once taken a drive with Ted, a drive over country roads in the Lake Sammamish area. “He told me that someone, an older woman- I think he said his grandmother- lived around there, but he couldn’t find the house. I finally got fed up with it and asked him what the address was, but he didn’t know.” Ted of course, had no grandmother near Lake Sammamish.

Claire Forest said that she had had intercourse with Bundy on only one occasion, and although he had always been tender and affectionate with her before, that sex act itself had been harsh.

“We went on a picnic in April on the Humptulips River, and I had quite a lot of wine. I was dizzy, and he kept trying to untie the top of my bikini. He couldn’t manage it, and he suddenly pulled my bikini bottom off and had intercourse with me. He didn’t say anything, and he had his forearm pressed under my chin so hard that I couldn’t breathe. I kept telling him I couldn’t breathe but he didn’t let up the pressure until he was finished. There was no affection at all. Afterward, it was like it never happened. We drove home and he talked about his family… everyone but his father.”

Source- The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

“I told him that I sometimes wondered if he used me to touch base with reality, like the night Carol DaRonch was kidnapped and Debbie Kent vanished and he called me at midnight.  Or taking me out for hamburgers after what happened at Lake Sammamish.

‘Yeah, that’s a pretty good guess,” he said.  ‘It’s like it’s over.  I don’t have a split personality.  I don’t have blackouts.  I remember everything I’ve done.  Like Lake Sammamish.  We went out to Farrell’s for ice cream after eating hamburgers.  It wasn’t like I had forgotten or couldn’t remember, but it was just over … gone … the force wasn’t pushing me any more.  I don’t understand it.  The force would just consume me.  Like one night, I was walking by the campus and I followed this sorority girl.  I didn’t want to follow her.  I didn’t do anything but follow her and that’s how it was.  I’d be out late at night and follow people like that … I’d try not to, but I’d do it anyway.”

‘What about Brenda Ball?  I remember you took my family and me out for pizza that night and then hurried away only to be late for Tina’s [her daughter] baptism the next day.  Is that where you were?”

He mumbled something that I couldn’t understand and then said, ‘It’s pretty scary, isn’t it?”

‘But the police are saying that the murders started in 1969—that’s the year we met.  What was it that made it start in ‘69?”

‘The police are years off,” he told me.

‘I thought if you ever got free, you’d never so much as jaywalk to stay free … and now this in Florida,” I said.

‘I know.  Me, too.  I loved my freedom.  But I have a sickness … a disease like your alcoholism … you can’t take another drink and with my … sickness … there is something … that I just can’t be around … and I know it now.

I asked him what that was and he said, ‘Don’t make me say it.

—Elizabeth Kloepfer, The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy

Liz Kloepfer interview with Bob Keppel and Nick Mackie on February 21, 1978

Liz Kloepfer : He called collect (on February 16 at 5:00 p.m.) and my daughter accepted the charges. I told him he shouldn’t be calling me, that my phone had a trap on it, and he said he was in custody. I asked him, “Where?” And he said, “Florida.” And later in the conversation, he said, he repeated over and over again, that this was really going to be bad when it broke, that it wasn’t going to break until tomorrow morning in the press but it was going to be really ugly. I asked him if he was referring to the murders of some sorority girls in Florida. And he said he wouldn’t talk about it. And I told him that I asked an FBI agent about those murders up here ‘cause I was concerned about them. And he didn’t want to talk about it. And, uh, then in the conversation he told me that he wished that we could sit down and talk about things, without anyone listening, about why he was the way he is, and I said, “Are you telling me that you are sick?” And he said, he was very defensive, and he told me to back off, and what he was referring to was how he had hurt me so many times. 

We talked for about an hour. On Thursday. And then he was going to hang up and call his mother and call back, and when he called back we didn’t accept the charges and then we took the phone off the hook. Then the next Saturday morning at 2:00 he called again, collect, and he said he wanted to talk about what we’d been talking about in the first phone call. And I said : “You mean about being sick?” And he said : “Yes.” Then he said that he was going to try to clear things up in a way that he could go back in Washington close to his family…that he… I can’t remember exactly how he got into talking about it… the crimes… he told me that he was sick and that he was consumed by something that he didn’t understand and that, uh, that he just couldn’t contain it, I asked him - oh, go ahead.

He said that he tried, he said that it took so much of his time, and that’s why he wasn’t doing well in law school, and that he couldn’t seem to get his act together, because he spent so much time trying to maintain a normal life and he just couldn’t do it, he said that he was preoccupied with this force. Ah, he told me that, I asked him if I somehow played a part in what had happened, and he said that no, for years before he even met me he’d been fighting the same sickness and that when it broke we just happened to be together. Uh, he mentioned an incident about following a sorority girl, uh, he didn’t do anything that night, but uh, he just told me that’s how it was, he was out late at night and he would just follow people like that, but that he’d try not to but he just did it anyway. Uh…


He did talk about Lake Sammamish, he told me that he was, he started by saying that he was sick, and he said: “I don’t have a split personality, and I don’t have blackouts.” He said : “I remember everything I’ve done.” And he mentioned the day, July 14th, when two women were abducted from Lake Sammamish and we went out to eat that night about 5:00 and he was saying that he remembered that he ate two hamburgers and he enjoyed every bit of it. And that we went to Ferrell’s after and he said that it wasn’t that he had forgotten what he’d done that day or that he couldn’t remember, but just said that it was over.

Bob Keppel : The incident was over?

Liz : Yeah, that’s the implication I got.

Keppel : Did he mention the incident specifically?

Liz : Yes.

Keppel : What did he say?

Liz : He just mentioned the day. He didn’t…

Keppel : He mentioned July 14th?

Liz : He said, “The day of Lake Sammamish.

Keppel : “The day of Lake Sammamish” is what he said?

Liz : Uh huh… Uh…

Keppel : Did he specifically say that he had done something to some women that day?

Liz : No. No. I knew what he was talking about, and he knew that I knew it, so he didn’t relay any… uh, he said that he would answer any question that he could, and I asked him about the night that Brenda Ball disappeared because he’d been with me and my family and he’d left early in the evening and then the next day was late to my daughter’s baptism and I asked him if that’s where he’d been, and he mumbled something and I couldn’t understand the answer and then he said, “It’s pretty scary, isn’t it?” And I said : “Yeah.” (laugh).


I asked him, I mentioned that there was a phone call that he made to me from Salt Lake City when a woman down there was abducted. It was late at night and I’ve always thought, well, he couldn’t be out abducting women because i’d talked to him on the phone that night, and I asked him if he didn’t sometime call me or come over to touch base with reality after he had done some of these things, and he said, “That’s a pretty good guess.”


I asked him specifically about the Florida murders. And he told me that he didn’t want to talk about them, but then in the phone conversation he said that he felt like he had a disease like alcoholism or something like alcoholics that couldn’t take another drink, and he told me that it was just something that he couldn’t be around and he knew it now. And I asked him what that was and he said : “Don’t make me say it.”


Top row - L: Janice Ott, the first of two young women abducted by Ted Bundy at Lake Sammamish State Park. R: Janice’s husband, Jim Ott, posts bulletins asking for information on the disappearance of his wife. 
Bottom row - L: Memorabilia burried inside the casket of Denise Naslund. R: Denise Naslund, the second young woman abducted from Lake Sammamish.

On the morning of July 14, 1974, Ted Bundy made an unexpected appearance at girlfriend Liz Kloepfer’s house. The couple had been going through a rough patch, both exhibiting erratic and temperamental behavior towards the other. In her memoir, “The Phantom Prince,” Kloepfer narrates her interactions with Ted on the day of his Lake Sammamish murders:

Ted wanted to know my plans for the day. I planned to go to church and then to a beach, but I hadn’t decided which beach. He pressed me to tell him. Maybe he’ll join me later, I thought, to make up.

Needless to say, Ted did not join Liz that afternoon. Instead, he was preoccupied with his own nefarious desires and the subsequent murders of Janice Ott and Denise Naslund. The Lake Sammamish incident is presumed to be the first time Bundy performed more than one murder within a short period of time. During an interview with Stephen Michaud, Bundy theorizes the double murder as either a result of accumulated frustration or a desire to veer from his usual modus operandi. The first victim, Janice Ott, was taken to a secluded area to be assaulted by Bundy. She was left alive while he returned to Lake Sammamish to abduct his next victim, Denise Naslund. Bundy reveals that, before murdering both girls, he sexually assaulted Naslund within view of the fully-conscious Ott: 

SM: Would the second victim see the first victim?

TB: Oh, yeah, probably. In all probability.

SM: Would the other individual still be alive, or not?

TB: Well, had he been cautious, he would’ve probably killed the first individual before leaving to get the second girl. But in this instance, since we’ve agreed he wasn’t acting cautiously, he hadn’t killed the first girl when he abducted the second.

[…] SM: What happens then?

TB: He follows the same pattern with the second girl as the first.

SM: In view of the other girl?

TB: In all probability, yes

Only hours after murdering Janice and Denise, Ted called Liz to go out for hamburgers. Liz recalls spending time with Ted that evening:

He had a cold that seemed so much worse than it had been that morning. He was so stuffed up he could hardly talk, and he looked tired. I asked him what he’d been doing. He’d just cleaned his car, he said, and helped his landlord with yardwork.


Ted Bundy victim: Denise Naslund

Sunday, July, 14, 1974 - Denise Naslund was spending the afternoon in Lake Sammamish State Park with her boyfriend and friends when she walked towards the restroom in the park, never to return again. That afternoon, around where she disappeared, a man who wore a cast and asked for help with his boat approached a couple of women. They were unable to assist the attractive young man. However, Denise Naslund was the kind of girl to help someone in need, especially someone with a broken arm–an act of kindness that cost her life. Denise Naslund was not the last woman to disappear and be found dead.

anonymous asked:

Do you think they are the white shorts ted wore the day of lake sammamish?

Could be. At least in this style. We can’t see the length because of the bucket but beside the shirt and the hair, he looks exactly like one of the Lake Sammamish description : “He wore white tennis shorts, a white T-shirt, white socks, and white tennis shoes”.

This is a unique photo of a serial killer on the prowl, long before his capture.

It was taken in the summer of 1974, on the day Bundy abducted two women from the Lake Sammamish park in the photo to rape, torture and kill them.

Bundy was accidentally photographed sitting in his Volkswagen parked under a tree, right where he had tried to lure a different girl earlier. She trusted her instincts and evaded him. Later she was able to describe the car and the location to the investigators; in a stroke of luck, they located an accidental snapshot of the car on that very day.

Shockingly and disappointingly, his license plate had been obscured by a police patrol car - the troopers were there because of a drunken biker gang, and traffic had been blocked due to the incident for a while, cutting off Bundy’s way out. Bundy appears to be waiting for the road to clear, sitting inside the car on a hot day. The photographer had been taking a snapshot of the police intervention, and unknowingly caught the man inside the car instead.

Shortly before the execution Bundy saw the photo. He quickly started denying that it showed his car - but Detective Keppel, who interviewed him in his death row cell to catch some last-moment information, did not pay much attention to Bundy’s denials; instead, he noticed that the killer immediately recognized the photo and the place, and rather than wonder about it for even a second, he nervously rattled out the reasons why there “had to be many light colored VW bugs” in the park on that day.

Years later, Keppel said: “If it was possible to raise his stress level at that point, I could tell the photograph did. He attacked the evidence like the attorney he had always wanted to be.”

Debunking Bundy Myths: Part 3

This photo, taken on July 14, 1974 at Lake Sammamish, supposedly shows Ted Bundy sitting in his VW looking for victims. This was taken the same day that he abducted and murdered Janice Ott and Denise Naslund. At first glance it does look like someone is in the car and it does look like it’s Ted’s car, but if you zoom in on the photo and look really close you can see that the car is unoccupied. Another thing that becomes clear when you zoom in is that it is not Ted’s car at all. Ted’s actual VW - pictured in the bottom left photo - has three separate rear intake grills (the vent things on the back), whereas the car in the Lake Sammamish photo only has one continuous intake grill. This means that it’s a completely different model than Ted’s VW, and it’s just a strange coincidence that this car happened to be there the same day Ted was. 


“Since my name came before the police within a matter of weeks after the Lake Sammamish thing, I suppose they can be faulted for not actually coming out to talk to me. But on the other hand, they can’t be faulted because they were working from a huge list. They had hundreds and hundreds of leads. Which one do they pick? Do they pick the law student with no criminal background, who was probably even known by some of the prosecutors working the case? Or are they going to go after the types, you know, the guys in the files… the real weirdos? The guys going around exposing themselves or whizzing around in a Volkswagen saying, ‘Hey baby, you want to go for a ride up in the mountains with me?’”

- Ted Bundy