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Victims’ Relatives Relieved By Bundy’s Confessions; His Mother Devastated With AM-Bundy, Bjt

January 22, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Families of several of Ted Bundy’s victims said they were relieved to finally hear a confession from the serial killer, who was suspected in dozens of unsolved slayings, but Bundy’s mother said she was ″going through hell.″

Eleanore Rose of Burien, Wash., said she ″felt a hatred even stronger than I had ever felt before″ when she learned Bundy had confessed to killing her daughter, Denise Naslund, 19, along with at least eight other young women. Mrs. Rose added that she had believed for years that Bundy was guilty.

″I can hardly wait for Tuesday to come,″ she said, referring to the date of Bundy’s scheduled execution in Florida for the death of a 12-year-old girl there. ″It’s like he completely governed my life, my existence. Just waiting, waiting.″

Dale and Vivian Rancourt of LaConner, Wash., parents of victim Susan Rancourt, 18, said Bundy’s confession in her slaying and his execution would end an ordeal that has vexed them for 15 years.

″It’s like a big puzzle that’s been going on for ... years for us,″ said Dale Rancourt. ″There (were) two pieces left. One was the absolute, absolute, (confirmation) from the words of the perpetrator. The other will be his execution, and then the puzzle is complete.″

″When this is over, I think we can finally start the end of the healing process,″ Mrs. Rancourt added. ″It’s been an open wound for 15 years, and every time we think it’s settling down, something happens.″

Bundy was sentenced to death nine years ago in Florida, but the execution repeatedly was delayed by his appeals.

Rosemary Arnaud, mother of 22-year-old Brenda Ball, who disappeared outside a Burien, Wash., tavern in 1974, said Bundy’s death will be a relief only in the knowledge that he will never be able to kill again.

Bundy’s mother and stepfather, Louise and John Bundy, live in Tacoma, Wash. Mrs. Bundy said the confessions were unexpected ″because we have staunchly believed - and I guess we still do until we hear what he really said - that he was not guilty of any of those crimes.″

″But if this is true, if Ted did do these things, and if indeed he is substantiating it with facts that he really did those things ... it’s the most devastating news of our lives.

″We’re going through hell. ... We’re suffering a lot. We didn’t want him to do this,″ she said.

She said her anguish was not only for her family, but for the families of the victims.

″I agonize for the parents of those girls,″ she said. ″We have girls of our own, who are very dear to us. ... Oh, it’s so terrible. I just can’t understand.″

Bundy’s decision to confess didn’t surprise those who have studied him over the years.

″He is so egotistical, that I think we’ve always felt that when it came to the final moment, he would go out with verbal glory, if nothing else,″ said Mrs. Rancourt.

Ann Rule of Seattle, author of a book on Bundy, ″The Stranger Beside Me,″ said that for Bundy, the detectives he confessed to starting Friday and continuing over the weekend were ″the perfect audience″ to show how clever he had been in eluding authorities during his killing spree.

″I’ve always thought that when he was absolutely sure that the end was at hand that he would not be able to resist describing to police how he had accomplished his murders,″ she said.

Ms. Rule said Bundy wanted to be kept alive so he could be studied by criminologists. She said she thinks there is something about Bundy for people to study, but ″the problem is the danger of his escaping.″

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