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Ted Bundy’s Mother Dies After Long Illness

Louise Bundy.

The woman who gave birth to one of America’s most notorious killers has died. The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Louise Bundy, 88, passed away in December after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

Throughout her son’s trial, Louise refused to believe that Ted was a killer. “Ted Bundy does not go around killing women and little children!” she told The News Tribune after Ted’s 198o conviction. “And I know this, too, that our never-ending faith in Ted – our faith that he is innocent – has never wavered. And it never will.” She continued to stand by Ted even as she and her husband John fell victim to hate mail, bullying and harassment. After Ted repeatedly confessed to his crimes, Louise seemed to come to terms with her son’s identity, but continued to jump to his defense if she felt he was treated unfairly. On the day of his execution, Louise told her oldest child, “You’ll always be my precious son.”

After Ted was born in a home for unwed mothers, Louise’s parents chose to avoid the stigma that follows a fatherless child by telling friends, relatives and Ted himself that Louise was his older sister. He went on thinking that his grandmother was his mother until he discovered his birth certificate.

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