PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – The 30th anniversary of Ted Bundy’s execution, one of the most well-known serial killers of the 20th century, is Jan. 24. Several events are planned and new items will be on temporary display for the first time at Alcatraz East Crime Museum.
The display, which will be in front of the famous 1968 Volkswagen Beetle already on view, will include letters, cards, photos, and a radio given to Bundy by his mother that he kept until he was moved to death row. Available for only a limited time, this display will shed light on the private side of the notorious killer that haunted the U.S. until his death.
To coincide with the anniversary, actor Zac Efron will star as Bundy in the new film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which focuses on the major relationships in his life, Liz Kloepfer and Carole Ann Boone. The Alcatraz East Crime Museum display reflects this narrative with letters that give insight into the relationship between Bundy and Boone, and a fascinating letter from Bundy to Kloepfer.
The display will feature pieces from the museum’s extensive archive of personal correspondence between Bundy, Boone, and his defense attorney during the Kimberly Leach trial, J. Victor (Vic) Africano. The letters reveal the dedicated relationship between lawyer and client that stretched for nearly a decade, as well as Bundy’s personal feelings about his wife Carole, who he married in court during the Leach trial.
The public will also be able to view a letter from Bundy to Africano in September 1988, only four months before his execution. In it, he pleads with his former lawyer to help argue inadequate defense as a last effort to spare his life.
The display joins the infamous 1968 Volkswagen Beetle Bundy owned and is associated with numerous murders in Washington State and Utah before his arrest in a stolen Volkswagen in Florida. His Volkswagen later yielded important forensic evidence linking several of his murders.
There are Ted Bundy artifacts on view in other galleries, including the typewriter he used in prison after his Florida arrest, and the dental mold of his teeth used to help convict him in the Chi Omega murders.
The museum is always adding to its collection and has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators and others. The board includes Jim Willett, a retired prison warden; Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief; and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.alcatrazeast.com.
About Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages - so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.alcatrazeast.com.
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