Carol Ann Boone was the wife of Ted Bundy, one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. She met him at work, married him in court, and had his child while he was on death row. But who was she, and what happened to her after Bundy’s execution?
How Carol Ann Boone Met Ted Bundy
Boone and Bundy both worked at the Washington State Department of Emergency Services in 1974, where Bundy was helping with the search of several of the women he had murdered. They became friends, but did not start a romantic relationship until later.
Boone was divorced twice and had a son from her first marriage. She was also having an affair with a married man, whom she described as “large, unpleasant”. She was attracted to Bundy’s charm, intelligence, and ambition. She said, “He struck me as being a rather shy person with a lot more going on under the surface than what was on the surface”.
How Carol Ann Boone Married Ted Bundy
Boone moved to Florida in 1979 to support Bundy during his trial for the murders of two sorority girls and a 12-year-old girl. She believed he was innocent and testified as a character witness for him. She also smuggled money and drugs to him in prison.
Bundy proposed to Boone in the middle of his trial, in front of the judge and jury. He used a legal loophole that allowed a marriage declaration in court to be valid in Florida. Boone accepted, and they became husband and wife on February 9, 1980.
How Carol Ann Boone Had Ted Bundy’s Child
Boone gave birth to a daughter, Rose (or Rosa), on October 24, 1982. She conceived the child while visiting Bundy on death row. It is not clear how they managed to have sex, since conjugal visits were not allowed. Some speculated that they used a condom that they passed through a kiss. Others suggested that they bribed the guards to let them have some privacy.
Boone said that Rose was Bundy’s biological daughter, and that he was a loving father. She said, “He would go into great detail about how he wanted to fix up his old house for us when he got out”. She also said that Rose looked like him, and that she had his eyes and hair color.
What Happened to Carol Ann Boone After Ted Bundy’s Execution
Boone divorced Bundy in 1986, after he confessed to more than 30 murders. She felt betrayed by his lies and admissions of guilt. She said, “I feel like I’ve been kicked in the head by a mule”. She also said that she did not want Rose to grow up knowing that her father was a serial killer.
Boone changed her name and moved away with Rose. She cut off all contact with the media and the public. She died in 2018 at the age of 70. Her daughter’s whereabouts are unknown. She has never given an interview or spoken publicly about her father.
Carol Ann Boone was a woman who fell in love with a man who turned out to be a monster. She stood by him until he revealed his true nature. She then tried to protect herself and her daughter from his legacy. She was one of the many victims of Ted Bundy’s crimes.