Ted Bundy's Body Count May Increase, Thanks to Old Vial of Blood Found in Florida County
Serial killer Ted Bundy, who confessed to committing 30 murders before being fried in the electric chair at Florida State Prison in Raiford in 1989, may be pinned with some additional murders he's long been accused of.
There's a national database of DNA profiles of convicts maintained by the FBI, but Bundy hasn't been in it.
Now the Associated Press reports that a complete DNA profile of Bundy has been made, it's being submitted to that database, and law enforcement agencies nationwide will be able to find out if Bundy is responsible for their jurisdictions' cold cases.
There have been various estimates as to how many people Bundy actually killed. Most of the murders ranged in states around the Northwest, but he came to Florida and continued killing after he escaped from a Colorado jail in December 1977.
Bundy initially killed two women at Florida State University, then killed a 12-year-old girl in Lake City before being caught in February 1978 -- then executed in 1989.
He was fried in the electric chair, then cremated. That became a problem when police departments began looking for his DNA.
According to the AP, after a few dead ends, investigators finally recovered a vial of Bundy's blood drawn in 1978 from a clerk's office in Columbia County -- where Bundy killed the 12-year-old girl.
Now that sample will make its way to the database, where it'll give investigators a way to check if Bundy was responsible for several other murders, at least ten of which were profiled in biographies on Bundy by Ann Rule and Robert Keppel.
The AP says the DNA hunt was primarily for the purposes of verifying that Bundy was responsible for the death of 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr, who's widely believed to be Bundy's first victim.
A Florida law passed in 2009 requires police to take the DNA of anyone arrested in a felony case.
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