- Ted Bundy met his wife, Carole Ann Boone, when they both worked together in Washington.
- While they were initially just friends, they began a romantic relationship once he was on trial for murder in Florida.
- Boone stayed by Bundy’s side nearly until the end, but did divorce him a few years before he was executed.
While Netflix’s new Ted Bundy flick, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, focuses on the serial murderer’s relationship with longtime girlfriend Liz Kendall (a.k.a., Elizabeth Kloepfer), it glosses over another particularly important romantic relationship in his life: The one with his wife, Carole Ann Boone.
Boone, who’s played by Kaya Scodelario in Extremely Wicked, appeared to be Bundy’s right-hand woman, even when it was clear he was a serial murderer. Here’s what you need to know about Carole Ann Boone and her truly bizarre relationship with Bundy.
Boone and Bundy met at work.
Sounds normal enough, right? Sadly, no. The pair 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’d murdered. (Yes, really.)
Apparently, they hit it off right away. Boone wasn’t exactly in the best place in her life—she was recently divorced for the second time, raising her son James alone and having an affair with a “large, unpleasant man.” It makes sense that someone as charming and successful as Bundy would have major appeal to Boone in that moment.
“I liked Ted immediately,” Boone said, according to the book, The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy by Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth. “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 the more certifiable types around the office.”
Boone kept things platonic with Bundy at first, but later connected romantically once he was on trial in Florida for the murders of two young women in the Chi Omega sorority house at FSU, per the book. She eventually even moved from Washington to the Sunshine State to visit Bundy more frequently. Their relationship appeared to partially overlap with the one he had with Liz Kendall, Bundy’s long-time girlfriend (played by Lily Collins in the Netflix movie).
They actually got married in the courtroom.
In 1979, Boone testified for Bundy as a character witness—which is also when the two got married. According to Florida law, two people can declare themselves married in a courtroom if a judge is present, which is something Bundy, a former law student, took full advantage of, likely to win sympathy from the jurors.
Bundy, however, claimed it wasn’t a stunt, but an act of true love. “We didn’t do this for your benefit,” he told the jurors. “It was the only chance to be in the same room together where the right words could be said. It was something between she and I.”
Boone became pregnant with Bundy’s child while he was on death row.
Boone’s and Bundy’s prison visits were straight-up nuts. She would apparently smuggle in drugs for Bundy, via her vagina, which he would then take back to his cell…rectally.
They were also able to have sex, even though Bundy technically wasn’t supposed to have conjugal visits. “After the first day they just, they didn’t care,” Boone said of Bundy’s guards in one of the recordings in The Ted Bundy Tapes. “They walked in on us a couple of times.”
Just like in Extremely Wicked, sex apparently happened behind water coolers, in bathrooms, or just out in the open in the visitors room, according to Conversations With A Killer, which Netflix’s The Ted Bundy Tapes is based off of. That’s how Boone eventually became pregnant with Bundy’s child; she gave birth to Rose Bundy in October 1981 while Bundy was still on death row.
Boone and Bundy broke up before his execution.
It’s unclear when the love died between Boone and Bundy, but she ended up divorcing him in 1986 and heading back to Washington with James and Rose. There were also rumors that Bundy had started a relationship with Diana Weiner, another one of his lawyers, according to Time, which could explain Boone’s change of heart.
The closer it came to Bundy’s execution, the more willing Bundy was to confess to his crimes, which came as a shock to Boone. She believed Bundy because he had always maintained his innocence. According to Bundy’s lawyer Polly Nelson’s book, Defending the Devil: My Story as Ted Bundy’s Last Lawyer, Boone felt “deeply betrayed” and was “devastated by his sudden wholesale confessions in his last days.”
According to People, she hadn’t visited Bundy for two years before he was executed in 1989, and although he tried to reach her by phone on the day of his death, she didn’t answer his call.
Boone and her daughter Rose are off the grid today, understandably, and very little is known about her and her child. Life on Death Row message boards are filled with theories that Boone changed her name to Abigail Griffin and moved to Oklahoma. Others believe she married yet again and led a quiet, happy life.
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