Carole Ann Boone is the enigmatic ex-wife of Ted Bundy, the admitted serial killer, rapist, and necrophile who confessed to murdering 30 women, though that number could be much higher. Theirs is not what you would call a “classic love story,” with an impromptu proposal and wedding taking place on the witness stand during his murder trial. This Carole Ann Boone wiki follows her life and relationship with Bundy right up to her death in January 2018.
Who Is Carole Ann Boone?
For a woman who was once married to one of America’s most notorious serial killers, there’s surprisingly little information on Carole Ann Boone’s early life: she was born in Seattle, Washington, but the details about her life, her family, where she went to school, her marriages, etc. are scant.
|About Carole Ann Boone|
|Spouse||Ted Bundy (1980-1986)|
|Children||Jamey Boone, Rose Bundy|
The earliest confirmed stories about Boone emerge in the summer of 1974, when she was a twice-divorced mother of a teenage son, Jamey Boone. She worked at the Washington State Department of Emergency Services (DES) in Olympia, Washington.
Boone was remembered as being a “lusty-tempered free spirit” who was smart, witty, and good at her job. Some of her coworkers even described her as being a sister or mother figure. Perhaps this is what Ted Bundy, who also happened to work at the DES, found attractive.
The feelings, it seems, were mutual. Boone was also charmed by Bundy, who said he wanted to date her right from the start.
“I liked Ted immediately. We hit it off well,” Boone recalled.
“He struck me as being a rather shy person with a lot more going on under the surface than what was on the surface. He certainly was more dignified and restrained than the more certifiable types around the office. He would participate in the silliness partway. But remember, he was a Republican.”
The pair soon formed a strong friendship. But as far as love goes, alas, that would have to wait. Bundy already had a girlfriend at this point: Elizabeth Kloepfler. He also dated other women, some of whom were eventually murdered.
Although their love was not yet to be, the pair wouldn’t have to wait too long. Boone and Bundy reconnected in 1975.
In May of that year, Boone and two coworkers visited Bundy, who had moved on to Salt Lake City; they stayed with him for a week. During this period, Bundy was in the middle of a prolific murdering spree.
Less than a year later, on March 1, 1976, Bundy was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping and assaulting a 12-year-old girl. He was sentenced to one year to a maximum of 15 years in Utah State Prison.
1977: The Great Escape
Like most prisoners, Bundy was always looking for ways to escape. Did he get help from Carole Ann Boone, though?
While in prison, Bundy found the detailed floor plans of the jail. He also managed to save $500.00 in cash that visitors, including Boone, had smuggled in for him. Bundy managed to get his hands on a hacksaw blade. He also lost 35 pounds. On December 30, 1977, he crawled through a hole he sawed in his cell’s ceiling into the expansive crawl space above.
The astute Bundy dropped from the ceiling into the chief jailer’s apartment, stole his clothing and took off. Jailers didn’t realize he was gone until the following day. By this point, he’d already had a 17-hour head start.
Eventually, Bundy made his way to Denver and caught a flight to Chicago. From there, he went to Michigan, Georgia, and finally, Tallahassee, Florida. It is here that he committed some of his most heinous murders.
Terror in Florida
During the early hours of January 15, 1978, Super Bowl Sunday, Bundy snuck into the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University. He bludgeoned Margaret Bowman, 21, while she slept. He then strangled her with a nylon stocking. Bundy next attacked Lisa Levy, 21, bashing her unconscious; he then mutilated and sexually assaulted her body.
Bundy also attacked Kathy Kleiner and Karen Chandler, but both of them survived.
The entire attack lasted less than 15 minutes; 30 nearby sorority girls heard nothing.
But he wasn’t done yet.
Bundy then made his way to the off-campus apartment of FSU student Cheryl Thomas. After entering through her window, he beat the dance major so badly that she was left with a broken jaw and severed ear nerve.
Although her dreams of becoming a professional dancer were crushed, Thomas survived thanks to calls to police from her concerned neighbors.
In early February, fugitive Bundy drove to Lake City, Florida, where he abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered 12-year-old Kimberly Diane Leach. Her body was found seven weeks later, under a dilapidated hog shed in Suwannee River State Park.
Bundy was actually arrested on suspicion of murder and kidnapping on February 15, 1978, after being stopped by police in a stolen Volkswagen. Inside the vehicle, police found three IDs belonging to women who attended Florida State University, 21 stolen credit cards, and a stolen TV.
With Boone’s funds indirectly helping Bundy escape, he was able to continue his killing spree, committing his two most significant murders. Not that Boone believed he was capable of it…
Not surprisingly, perhaps, the pair continued to write letters after his capture. Strangely still smitten, Boone packed up her belongings and, along with her son, moved to Florida to be closer to Bundy and attend his trial.
Boone’s Unwavering Dedication to Bundy
Ted Bundy’s twisted story clearly shows that there is someone for everyone. Of Bundy, the ever-loyal Carole Ann Boone said, “Let me put it this way, I don’t think that Ted belongs in jail. The things in Florida don’t concern me any more than the things out west do.”
Bundy’s trial for the Chi Omega murders and assaults began in June 1979; it was the first trial to be nationally broadcast on TV. It was also covered by 250 reporters from around the world.
On July 24, 1979, Theodore Robert Bundy was found guilty on two counts of murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of burglary.
For that, Bundy was sentenced to death and given 196 years.
Four months later, charges were laid against Bundy for the abduction and murder of 12-year-old Kimberly.
Loophole Leads to Courthouse Marriage
It was around this time that Bundy and Boone expressed their desire to get married. Authorities, though, told them it was not possible. Legal eagle Ted Bundy, who was representing himself at trial, became aware of an obscure Florida marriage law.
According to the overlooked law, “a public declaration, properly phrased, in an open courtroom in the presence of court officials would make the [marriage] ceremony legal.”
The stage was set.
Boone was Bundy’s only character witness in the 1980 trial for the murder of Kimberly Leach. During the sentencing phase of the trial, Bundy asked Boone about when they first met back in 1974 while they both worked at the DES.
”Several years ago the relationship evolved into a more serious, romantic thing. Serious enough so I want to marry you,” she told Bundy from the witness stand.
Bundy then asked her if he displayed any “violent” characteristics.
“I’ve never seen anything in Ted that indicates any destructiveness towards any other people,” she told the jury. “He’s a large part of my life. He is vital to me.”
That’s when Bundy popped the question.
”Do you want to marry me?” Bundy asked her.
”Do I want to marry you?” he asked.
”Will you marry me?”
”I do hereby marry you,” Bundy said.
The marriage proposal was a surprise to everyone in the courtroom—except Boone and Bundy.
Boone had previously contacted a notary public, who was in the courtroom to witness their vows. The same notary also stamped the marriage license, which Boone had applied for earlier that week.
There was no honeymoon for the serial killer and his staunch supporter. The next day, Bundy was sentenced to death for a third time.
During the early months of his imprisonment, Bundy and Boone remained close. She would visit the jail, smuggling in drugs. Against all odds, Boone and Bundy also managed to consummate their marriage.
Two years after entering death row, Boone gave birth to their daughter, Rose Bundy.
The Starke, Florida prison did not allow conjugal visits at the time, but prisoners were known to pool their money together and bribe guards for some alone time.
As one prison superintendent said, “I’m not saying they couldn’t have some sexual contact, but in that park it would be mightly difficult. It’s stopped as soon as it starts.”
Sure, we know how Boone got pregnant, just not when. And she wasn’t one to kiss and tell. When asked by reporters in September 1980 how she managed it, Boone said, “It’s nobody’s business.”
“I don’t have to explain anything about anyone to anybody,” she added. Boone did, however, confirm that their child was due that fall.
In the Netflix series Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Boone was more explicit with her recollection of events, explaining that one death row prison guard was “real nice” and often turned a blind eye.
“After the first day they just, they didn’t care,” Boone says. “They walked in on us a couple times.”
Maybe not so “mightly difficult.”
In October 1981, Carole Ann Boone gave birth to Rose. Some sources have said that Rose was born in October 1982, but 1981 seems more accurate, since Boone was interviewed in September 1981 and said she was due to give birth later that fall.
An Unusual Family Life
Boone clearly wanted her daughter to know who her father was, taking the small child in to visit him on death row. In 1986, Bundy was put on death watch, which, it seems, led to a great amount of stress for both Boone and her daughter Rose.
The young Rose was known to throw tantrums inside the prison. This seems to have upset Bundy, who thought it would be a good idea for Rose not to come to the prison. It’s not known how many times Rose saw her father, but the visits seem to have ended in 1986, when she was five years old.
Boone Divorced Bundy
Boone was also feeling stressed. Or perhaps the novelty of being a single mother with two children and a serial killer husband on death row was wearing off.
In 1986, Boone and Bundy had some sort of falling out; the couple divorced and Boone, along with Rose and Jamey, moved out of Florida.
The couple never saw each other again.
Just like the early years of her life, Boone’s latter years were shrouded in mystery. She maintained a low profile, reportedly changing her name four times and eventually returning to Seattle.
Rose Bundy Living Quietly in Europe?
What ever happened to Rose Bundy, the daughter of Ted Bundy and Carole Ann Boone?
Well, she’s no longer Rose Bundy. Boone’s daughter apparently changed her name and left the U.S., seeking to distance herself from her father’s brutal legacy.
But in the age of the Internet, no one can stay forgotten forever. Tabloid investigators recently tracked Rose down to a small village in Europe, where she lives with her husband and family.
When asked if she is Bundy’s daughter, she reportedly said, “You mean the guy from the documentary? Sorry, I’m not the person you are looking for.”
Despite the denials, records connect her to her mother. That said, the media is choosing to allow her to remain anonymous.
In spite of the distance between Europe and the U.S., Rose is said to have stayed in contact with her mother. It is even alleged that she visited her mother one year before she died.
What is Rose like? Crime author Ann Rule, who knew Bundy and authored The Stranger Beside Me, said “I have heard that Ted’s daughter is a kind and intelligent young woman.”
Carole Ann Boone Dies, Taking Secrets with Her
Boone died in January 2018, at the age of 70, from septic shock, taking all of the secrets Bundy shared with her to the grave. The exceptionally private Boone continued to live under an assumed name. Even those in the retirement community where she lived didn’t know her true identity or who her ex-husband was.
Instead, Boone was known as someone who “enjoyed knitting and watching soccer,” said a friend who lived in the same community. She was, in fact, knitting a quilt for her grandchildren in the months before she died.
“She had attitude. She loved nature programs, especially ones about sharks.”