Obituaries

Louise Bundy, 88, mother of serial killer Ted Bundy

TACOMA, Wash. — Louise Bundy, who was a staunch defender of her serial killer son, Ted Bundy, before he made a series of death-row confessions, has died. She was 88.

She died last month in her hometown of Tacoma after a long illness, The News Tribune reported Wednesday. Her death was confirmed by the Rev. Melvin Woodworth, pastor of Tacoma’s First United Methodist Church, which she attended from 1951 until a few years ago, when her health prevented her.

In the mid-1970s, Louise Bundy was a married mother of five working as a secretary at the University of Puget Sound when authorities across the nation began to accuse her son in a series of gruesome killings.

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For years, she refused to believe the charges, but her stance softened after Ted Bundy made a number of death-row confessions, the newspaper reported.

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He ultimately confessed to murdering more than two dozen women and was executed in 1989 after being convicted of killing two Florida State University sorority members and a 12-year-old girl.

Louise Bundy spoke with him twice on his execution day, telling him at the end of the second call, ‘‘You’ll always be my precious son.’’