A 33 year old sample of serial killer Ted Bundy’s blood was found last month, and now cold case detectives in half a dozen states can hardly wait to have it tested against the FBI’s DNA database. Bundy confessed to 30 murders, but there is reason to believe he killed many more. His DNA may prove that the serial killer’s rampage is far worse than history has reported.
From 1974 to 1978 Ted Bundy’s killing spree spanned the county. He admitted to killing 30 young women, but experts believe the death toll is much higher.
He was arrested in Colorado in 1977 and the killing might have stopped there, but he escaped and headed to Tallahassee, Florida where the massacre continued.
In 1978, he killed two girls at a Florida State University sorority house. Then traveled to Lake City where he raped and murdered a 12 year old. It was the last murder that did him in. Bundy was executed in Florida in 1989, and many believe he went to his grave withholding information about dozens of unsolved murders.
But now cold case detectives have new information that may link Bundy to more terror. A break came in January from this display case holing memorabilia form the Bundy investigation. That’s when a forensic expert got the idea to test Bundy’s teeth molds for DNA evidence.
David Coffman, a regional crime lab director for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had the molds checked, but nothing was found. That didn’t stop Coffman. “We decided lets try again. Lets call around again and we got the person who knew what they had onsite.”
What they had was this. Two vials of Ted Bundy’s blood taken in 1978 before Bundy was convicted, discovered in Columbia County, where Bundy committed his last murder.
The tubes were given to Valecia Hickman an FDLE lab technician, but the blood was 33 years old. “I was thinking it may be too degraded, so I sampled from the dried area around the tube of the blood and it worked.”
Now 22 years after Bundy’s death the state finally has his DNA and Friday so will the FBI. They’ll test it against their nationwide database to see if it matches evidence from unsolved murders.
Bundy’s DNA will be entered into the FBI database this weekend. If there are any matches, they’ll be released Monday.