Serial killer Ted Bundy’s girlfriend and her daughter will break their silence in a new documentary series set to air on Amazon Prime Video.
The five part series, Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer, is due for release in 2020, and will feature interviews with Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter Molly, neither of whom have spoken publicly in 40 years.
Kendall, who is also known by the last name Kloepfer, wrote a memoir in 1981, when Bundy was on Florida’s death row, which became the basis for this year’s Netflix movie starring Zac Efron as the killer.
However, Kendall has remained notoriously reticent, refusing to attend the adaptation’s premier at Sundance and declining all press interviews about her six-year relationship with Bundy, who confessed to killing 30 women in the 1970s and is suspected of slaying many more.
Serial killer Ted Bundy, Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter Molly are seen together in a previously unreleased photo from the upcoming Amazon docuseries
Bundy and Kendall (together above) met in 1969 and were together until his initial arrest in 1975. She continued to believe his innocence until he finally confessed to her on death row
Kendall’s memoir, The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy, has also been out of print for decades, and rare copies of it sell for hundreds of dollars online.
However, Amazon lists a re-issue of the book with new and expanded material from Kendall and her daughter slated for release on January 7, possibly in conjunction with the new docuseries.
According to Amazon, the new series will share Kendall and Molly’s experiences with unsettling new details about Bundy, the pull he had on women and an abundant archive of never-before-seen family photos.
The series also features interviews with other female voices, including survivors of Bundy’s attacks – some of whom are stepping forward for the first time.
Bundy met Kendall in 1969 while he was a student at the University of Washington in Seattle.
In her memoir, Kendall describes how she was a single mother struggling with alcohol addiction when she saw Bundy gazing at her from across the room in a bar called the Sandpiper Tavern.
The 2019 Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile depicted Bundy and Kendall’s meeting at the Sandpiper Tavern in Seattle
Zac Efron portrayed Bundy in the film, which was based on Kendall’s 1981 memoir
‘The chemistry between us was incredible. I was already planning the wedding and naming the kids,’ she writes. ‘He was telling me that he missed having a kitchen because he loved to cook. Perfect. My Prince.’
She took him home that night, and the two soon fell hard for one another and moved in together.
‘I loved her so much it was destabilizing,’ Bundy told journalist Stephen G. Michaud about Kendall in an interview released in the Netflix docuseries, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.
Molly considered Bundy to be her father from ages three to 10. But as a disturbing series of murders of young women began to unfold in Seattle, Kendall had mounting suspicions that Bundy might be involved.
According to a friend, Kendall confronted him after finding women’s panties and plaster of Paris in the home —the killer was known to use a fake arm cast to lure victims.
‘He said to her, ‘if you ever tell anyone this I’ll break your effing head,” Kendall’s friend Marylynne Chino told KUTV.
Kendall wrote that cops brushed off her suspicions about Bundy when she told him that his VW Beetle (above) was tan. Investigators had a description of a bronze Beetle driven by the killer
Bundy was finally busted in 1975 when he was pulled over by cops in Utah, who found a disturbing ‘murder kit’ (above) in his car
Kendall wrote in her memoir that she contacted police with suspicions several times, but was brushed off by investigators.
Despite her suspicions, Kendall supported Bundy when he was originally arrested for kidnapping Carol DaRonch in Utah in 1975, even sitting with Bundy’s parents in court for the trial.
After Bundy escaped custody twice while facing a murder charge in Colorado, and was recaptured and sentenced to death in Florida for a series of grisly murders there, Kendall gradually began to loose faith in his innocence.
‘There is something the matter with me,’ he told her on a phone call from Florida’s death row. ‘I just couldn’t contain it. I fought it for a long, long time … it was just too strong.’
Theodore Bundy watches intently during the third day of jury selection at his 1979 trial in Orlando for the murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach
Ted Bundy is believed to have killed dozens of women, including (top row, left to right) Kimberly Leach, Caryn Campbell , Margaret Bowman , Debbie Kent, (second row, left to right) Laura Aime, Roberta Parks, Georgann Hawkins , Donna Manson, (third row, left to right) Lynda Healy, Janice Ott, Denise Naslund, Susan Rancourt, (fourth row, left to right) Katherine Devine, Melissa Smith, Brenda Ball, and Lisa Levy
Kendall writes in her memoir that she asked Bundy if he ever tried to kill her, and Bundy responded that he had once sealed off the chimney and filled the house with smoke while she was asleep. She recalled waking up coughing after a night of drinking.
After getting sober and going to Alcoholics Anonymous, Kendall broke off contact with Bundy.
An endnote on the film based on her memoir says that Kendall and her daughter are living in Washington state, and that she has been sober for decades.
Bundy was executed in 1989 in Florida, after he murdered a pair of sorority co-eds and abducted, raped and murdered 12-year-old Kimberly Diane Leach there.
Bundy waves to the cameras during his Florida trial. He was executed in 1989