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Killer Ted Bundy's bug a museum display

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Serial killer Ted Bundy lured women to his 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. In some cases, he killed them inside.


The car, which has spots of rust, missing trim, a cracked windshield and a somewhat-tattered interior from police having torn it apart looking for evidence, is in the lobby of the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.

A 1976 Utah vehicle-inspection sticker issued by the Utah State Patrol is attached to the windshield. The front passenger seat is missing. Bundy removed it to make room for the bodies of his victims.

Bundy, a native of Tacoma, Wash., drove the car as he preyed on mostly young women in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado in the 1970s. Police believe he used the car to commit 11 kidnappings and murders. At one point, Bundy is thought to have killed one person a month.

After escaping from jail twice, Bundy was caught in Florida, where he eventually was convicted of murdering two members of the Chi Omega sorority at Florida State University and a 12-year-old girl. He was executed in that state's electric chair in 1989.

Before his execution, Bundy reportedly admitted to 40 murders in a dozen states. Some people believe he killed more than 100.

"I think it's creepy," Janine Vaccarello, the museum's chief operating officer, said of the car. "He is the most notorious (serial killer) ever."

The privately run museum, two blocks or so from FBI headquarters, offers visitors an up-close look at some of the nation's most-infamous criminals and cases. It includes Tennessee's electric chair, in which 125 men were executed; Al Capone's jail cell; a padlock used by escape artist Harry Houdini; and the studio for the television show America's Most Wanted.

Bundy's Bug replaced a 1933 Essex-Terraplane auto that bank robber John Dillinger used for a getaway car.

Vaccarello acknowledged that some people might find displaying Bundy's car macabre, but she said people remain fascinated by crime.


By Les Blumental
The Columbus Dispatch

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Should they display his car, or should they have crushed and destroyed the car years ago?

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sugarnspice005

Feb 23 @ 8:29PM  
Personally, I wouldn't want to see the car, but, doesn't mean there are others who want to see it. I heard that the car Bonnie and Clyde were killed in is on display somewhere also.

Guess it's a matter of what one wants to see.
Wordsofwit

Feb 23 @ 10:41PM  
I heard that the car Bonnie and Clyde were killed in is on display somewhere also.

At a little place between Las Vegas and the California border it was on display in 1973 and I saw it. My car started over heating and it was the only place I could get to. The blood stains are still in that car, or they were. I have no idea if it is still there or not.

But on to Bundy's car, I don't care one way or another.
Wordsofwit

Feb 23 @ 10:55PM  
Here is a link about the B&C car and that little shit hole "casino". http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/7127
slohand_47

Feb 24 @ 12:12PM  
I would not pay a penny to see it.

CRUSH it.

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