Ted Bundy’s Girlfriend Liz Kendall Opens Up About Her Life with the Serial Killer in New ’20/20′ Interview and Amazon Doc

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The former girlfriend of Ted Bundy is talking out about her relationship with the notorious serial killer for the primary time in many years. 

Liz Kendall (also referred to as Liz Kloepfer), who dated Bundy for a number of years within the early 1970s, sat down for an interview with 20/20’s Amy Robach the place she discusses her life with the killer. The candid dialog airs Friday, Jan. 31 on ABC. She additionally seems within the new Amazon docuseries Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer.

Liz Kendall and her daughter Molly talk about their relationship with Ted Bundy

Kendall met Bundy in 1969, shortly after she moved to Seattle from Utah. The single mother shortly fell for the charming, handsome younger man, and so they ended up courting for 5 years earlier than ending their relationship in 1974. By the time they broke up, Bundy had already begun murdering ladies, unbeknownst to Kendall. He would finally confess to killing 30 individuals, although there might have been many extra victims.  

While Bundy’s killing spree started whereas he was courting Kendall, the face he introduced to her was very totally different. During their time collectively, he even grew to become a surrogate father to Kendall’s daughter Molly.  

“[He] put a lot of energy into making us happy, doing fun things… he always seemed to embrace us as a family unit,” she advised Robach.

Kendall nonetheless has photographs of her time with Bundy. But what must be glad recollections have been tainted by his actions defined Molly Kendall, who can also be interviewed within the 20/20 episode. 

“That’s my childhood,” she mentioned. “Unfortunately, the memories that are attached to those pictures have lost their original emotional content and become something different.”

Kendall finally grew suspicious of Bundy

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Kendall — whose relationship with Bundy was depicted within the 2019 Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile — finally grew suspicious of her boyfriend. By 1974, a lot of younger ladies in Washington had disappeared. A composite drawing of the suspect (who one witness mentioned referred to as himself Ted) resembled Bundy. The man police had been in search of additionally drove a Volkswagon Beetle, identical to Kendall’s boyfriend. 

“There were all these coincidences,” Kendall says in a trailer for the Amazon collection. “I couldn’t let it go.”

Eventually, Kendall contacted police about her suspicions (as did a number of different individuals who knew Bundy). But they didn’t act on these suggestions. He was lastly apprehended in 1975 in Utah, however later escaped and went on to homicide a number of extra ladies in Florida earlier than being caught for good. Bundy was executed in 1989.

Several different ladies who encountered Bundy are interviewed within the Amazon collection

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Amazon’s five-part docuseries seems to be at Bundy’s killings within the context of the 1970s, when the ladies’s rights motion was in full swing within the U.S. In addition to Kendall, a lot of different ladies related to Bundy are interviewed, together with reporter Barbara Grossman, detective Kathleen McChesney, and Polly Nelson, one among Bundy’s post-conviction legal professionals. Karen Sparks, one among Bundy’s surviving victims, in addition to family and friends of the ladies he killed, are additionally featured.

“This story has been told many times by men,” Kendall says within the trailer. “Now is the time to talk about our own story from beginning to end, because we lived, and so many people didn’t.”

The 2-hour 20/20 episode that includes Kendall airs Friday, Jan. 31 at 9/8c on ABC. The docuseries Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer is streaming on Amazon Prime from Jan. 31.  

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