Rose Bundy (also known as Rosa) was born in October 1982 and is thought to be Ted Bundy’s daughter and only child. His father was the infamous serial killer executed after killing more than 30 women and children.
When the name Bundy comes up, we think of the only serial killer to ever be thought of as rather charming upon first meeting. The same one who was convicted of more than 30 murders committed over a period of four years; yes that serial killer the infamous Ted Bundy.
While it’s pretty much public knowledge, the nature and extent of this man’s crimes- with the number of movies and doc-series that have been made and are still in the works detailing his crime spree, it is hard not to know the basics of his crimes. However very little is known about his wife and even less is known about his daughter; Rose Bundy, who (if the dates are anything to go by) was conceived around the time he was imprisoned.
Rose Bundy’s Background is Hazy
Not a lot is known about Rose because she has led a pretty private life, maybe in an effort to distance herself from her father’s lackluster legacy, which is quite understandable. Rose was born on the 24th of October 1982 in Florida – this is pretty much all that is confirmed about her since her birth.
Her mother was Carole Ann Boone, who worked in the Department of Emergency Services around the time she met Rose’s father; Ted Bundy, who was a law student and a psychology major at the University of Washington.
Rose Bundy Has Half-Siblings From Her Parent’s Other Relationships
Although she is the only child from her parent’s marriage, she has two half-siblings from both parents’ previous relationships. On her mother’s side, she has a half-brother by the name of Jamey Boone and a half-sister on her father’s side; Molly Kloepfer (now Kendall).
As of now, nothing is known or recorded about the whereabouts of Jamey or the identity of his biological father, his mother Carole met Bundy when he was just a teenager. Molly, on the other hand, is the daughter of Bundy’s long-time girlfriend; Elizabeth Kloepfer (now Kendall). She was born in 1966 and met Bundy when she was only 3 years old and though Bundy was not her biological father, he was pretty much a father figure in her life.
Not much is known about her life either, however, IMDb credits her as an actor whose filmography consists of documentaries about Bundy, where she appears as herself, as well as a guest-starring on Good Morning America. Aside from her documentary appearances, Molly and her mother have opted to live out of the spotlight, both still reeling from their shared experience with Bundy.
Ted Bundy’s Daughter Was Conceived In Prison
Boone got pregnant shortly after her marriage to Ted Bundy and gave birth to a daughter (Rose) in 1982, while Bundy was in prison which led people to wonder who the baby’s father was. After Boone confirmed that Bundy was indeed the father, questions about how the baby was conceived surfaced, seeing as conjugal visits were not allowed at the time of Bundy’s incarceration. This spawned a number of speculative theories about how it all went down, two of the primary ones being that:
• Bundy bribed a prison guard to allow them to have a conjugal visit behind a vending machine or bathroom in the visiting room.
• The second one is rather unbelievable (but we’ll report it just for kicks), it was believed that Boone smuggled in a condom for Bundy during a visit and the latter returned said condom with his sperm inside which he passed – undetected – to her through a shared kiss. (See? We told you it was unbelievable and super weird too.)
Moving on, some believe that Bundy never really loved Boone and that he simply manipulated her in a bid to paint himself as a different person to the media and to the general public, which isn’t so far-fetched when you think about it.
For someone who lured women to their deaths with his charm and charisma, it would have been just as easy for him to manipulate yet another woman, “sweep her off her feet” with a very public and controversial romance in form of his proposal and eventual marriage in a paparazzi-filled courtroom, as well as the birth of their child following shortly after that.
All that painted him as a charming man, falsely accused of heinous acts; his marriage and the birth of his child, coupled with his relationship with Kloepfer and her daughter, painted him like this ‘all American family man, with charm and charisma who couldn’t have possibly committed the crimes of which he is being accused’ which would have swayed the jury in that courtroom and acquitted him in the court of public opinion, had he not been proven guilty.
Rosa’s Father Ted Bundy and The Crimes He Committed
Bundy (born Theodore Robert Bundy) is considered one of the most notorious criminals of the second half of the 20th Century. He was a convicted serial killer, rapist, and necrophile whose crimes spanned between 1974 and 1978, across the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. His MO involved him raping his victims, beating them to death, and sometimes defiling their corpses; he confessed to and was convicted of killing a total of 36 women but it is believed that his actual kill count runs into hundreds or more. Bundy had two notable relationships, one of which was with Elizabeth Kloepfer whom he dated between 1969 and 1975.
Kloepfer had just moved from Seattle with her daughter (Molly) where she had divorced her ex-con husband when she met Bundy. Their relationship ended in 1975 when Bundy confessed his crimes to Kloepfer over the phone from his prison cell. However, it is irrefutable that the relationship had been nearing its end long before then, given that Kloepfer went to the police secretly in 1974 and a second time in 1975 (with evidence this time) when she started to suspect Bundy’s involvement in the local murders.
Rose Bundy’s Mother, Carole Ann Was Nothing Like Her Father
Ted Bundy’s second most notable relationship was with single mother, Carole Ann Boone whom he met in 1974 when they both worked at the Department of Emergency Services in Olympia, Washington. In the book; “The Only Living Witness: The True Story: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy” by Stephen Michaud and Hugh Ayresworth, Boone expressed her feelings for Bundy stating; “I liked Ted immediately. He struck me as being a rather shy person with a lot more going on under the surface than what was on the surface. He certainly was more dignified and restrained than more certifiable types around the office.”
The two became friends after their meeting but began a full-out romance six years later during Bundy’s trial in Florida. She later moved from Washington to Florida to support Bundy during his trial, even going as far as testifying as his character witness. It was during the penalty phase of his trial in February of 1980 that Bundy proposed to Boone in the courtroom, she said yes and given that it was all done in the presence of the judge presiding over his trial, the couple was wed under the law of Florida.
Where is Rose Bundy Now?
According to the book by Ann Rule “The Stranger Beside Me”, the couple divorced in 1986 after Bundy was found guilty of his crimes and Boone and baby Rose disappeared. Three years after that, on January 24th, 1989, at around 7 a.m., Bundy was executed via electric chair in Florida State Prison.
To date, there has been nothing reported about Rose Bundy and her whereabouts with the exception of what was written by author Ann Rule. The author interviewed Rose in her book “The Stranger Beside Me”, and stated that Rose grew up to be a kind and intelligent woman. Ann Rule also maintains that she has no idea where Boone and Rose are.
Rose Bundy Is Suspected To Have Changed Her Name
Over the years, it has been believed that Rose Bundy might have changed her name to escape the legacy of infamy left behind by her father, which makes a lot of sense. There have been speculations that she changed her name to Abigail Griffin or Amapola White. In a group on a website called “Life on the Row”, it was speculated that Bundy changed her name to Abigail Griffin, lives in Oklahoma, and is a mother.
Others believe that she changed her name to Amapola White and is a poet residing in the UK. All these remain rumors, seeing as they are yet to be confirmed. In 2019 however, a teen by the name of Ally Bragg came on TikTok to claim that she was the granddaughter of serial killer Ted Bundy, but after being met with backlash, Bragg then came forward to say that her claims were false and apologized. Other than that, there have been no recent rumors relating to either of the Bundys or Boone.