Cascade Mountains & His Ashes
Ted Bundy, the storied cocky American serial killer. He was a thief, kidnapper, rapist, burglar and necrophiliac. This article contains information on what happened on the day and after Ted Bundy was executed on January 24, 1989. This does not cover the entire case. If you have any information to share on the the case and events feel free to contact me.
Ted Bundy received three death sentences in two separate trials, and was executed by means of the electric chair. On the day of his execution, a crowd of around 200 to 500 had gathered outsidet the Starke State prison in Bradford County Florida. The crowd were carrying signs expressing glee, outrage or pure hatred for Ted Bundy. Some sang songs they had written about the serial killer, one to the tune of ''On Top of Old Smokey.'' In contrast, about 36 death penalty opponents sat silently, some holding lighted candles.
Around 200 - 500 people gathered outside Starke State prison Florida
Ted Bundy declined a last meal, instead he was served the standard last meal for a Florida death row inmate. A meal of steak, eggs, toast with butter, jelly, milk, coffee, juice and hash browns. Bundy didn't touch any of it. He entered the death chamber at 7:01 a.m. He looked frightened, but headed directly to the electric chair. He then made his last statement at 7:04 a.m. "Jim and Fred, I'd like you to give my love to my family and friends." Bundy said. He was speaking to his lawyer Jim Coleman and to Fred Lawrence, a Methodist minister who spent the evening in prayer with Bundy. Both nodded their heads. When the switch was thrown by the executioner, who was paid $150 for the job, Bundy’s body surged back against the chair and his fists clenched. A doctor pronounced him dead at 7:16 a.m. EST. A figure emerged waving a white flag at the corner of the building where Bundy was executed, some of the crowd recognized the signal that the killer had died. Across the street some began chanting, "Burn, Bundy, burn!" and others sang or hugged or banged on the frying pans they had brought along. Only a few were shocked at the celebration that filled the chilly morning air. After the execution, Ted Bundy's body was transported from Starke State prison to the medical examiner's office in Gainesville, FL.
Ted Bundy Body Being Transported
Bundy's body was then transported from the medical examiners office to the Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville Florida. Gene Williams, owner of the Williams-Thomas Funeral Home, said he accepted custody of the body but would not give any details on arrangements to the public. They kept Bundy's body there for two days before taking it to the crematorium. Ted Bundy's will signed the night before his execution gave the serial killer's attorney, Diana Weiner of Sarasota, Fl., control over his remains, personal property, and assets including $709.66 in cash. This also included Bundy’s ashes. We don't know if his mother, (Louise Bundy) or his wife, (Carol Ann Boone) were involved in the spreading of his ashes at the Cascade Mountains in Washington state. It's possible that Bundy's wishes regarding his ashes were never fullfilled. We will never know the true fate of his remains, as Bundy's mother passed away in 2013, and Carol Ann Boone vanished into thin air after the trial, along with a daughter she claimed was Bundy's.