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Arson Suspected at Former Ted Bundy Home

December 4, 2002

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Arsonists or transients probably started the fire that heavily damaged an abandoned home once rented by serial killer Ted Bundy, authorities said Wednesday.

The fire began early Tuesday in a basement bedroom of the home where Bundy rented a room in 1978. The home, along Florida State University’s Fraternity Row, suffered extensive damage.

Fire department spokeswoman Pat Teague said investigators believe the fire in the three-story wooden home was set intentionally.

``They’re not sure whether it was malicious in nature, or whether it was just transients trying to keep warm,″ Teague said. The investigation was continuing.

Bundy went to the Chi Omega sorority house, about three blocks away, on Jan. 15, 1978, and strangled two sorority sisters and injured two others.

Bundy, who committed more than 30 murders between 1974 and 1978, was arrested Feb. 15, 1978, and executed in 1989.

The building has been abandoned since April 2001, when it was damaged in an accidental fire. Hays said the home is ``well beyond saving.″

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