Bundy Admitted Slayings In Area, Interviewer Says

Posted: January 24, 1989

Ted Bundy told a psychologist he began his serial murders several years earlier than suspected when he killed two women in the Philadelphia area, the psychologist said yesterday.

Bundy said the murders occurred around the time he was attending Temple University in 1969, said Art Norman, a forensic psychologist who worked on Bundy's appeals at Florida State Prison in 1986 and 1987.

Norman, of Portland, Ore., declined yesterday to reveal where Bundy said the women were killed, or other details about the murders.

Philadelphia police said yesterday they were taking another look at the unsolved murders of young women in 1969. Bundy attended Temple from January to May of that year.

One unsolved case that drew widespread attention involved the murders of two young women on the Garden State Parkway in Somers Point, N.J., on May 30, 1969. The stabbed bodies of Susan Davis, 19, of Camp Hill, Pa., and Elizabeth Perry, 19, of Excelsior, Minn., were found in underbrush three days later.

New Jersey State Police Lt. Barry Roberson said yesterday that Bundy was not a suspect in that or any other case in the state.

Norman, who spent between 90 and 100 hours interviewing Bundy on death row, said the killer "told me in no uncertain terms" that his first victims were two young women in the Philadelphia area.

Bundy, executed this morning in Florida for killing three woman, has been linked to the murders and disappearances of as many as 36 women, mostly in Washington, Colorado, Utah and other Western states, beginning in 1974.

During the past three days, Bundy has confessed to at least 20 murders in Western states.

Roberson said New Jersey officials yesterday asked Florida authorities if Bundy had mentioned New Jersey in any of his confessions and learned that he had not.

The first suggestion that Bundy may have begun his killing on the East Coast came yesterday, when Norman told the Oregonian of Portland about his conversations with Bundy.

The Temple University registrar's office confirmed that Bundy was enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts between January and May 1969, the newspaper reported.

That story, carried by the Associated Press, prompted Philadelphia police to begin looking through the files of unsolved murder cases, according to Homicide Lt. Robert Grasso. Police here had not been aware that Bundy had attended Temple, Grasso said.

Grasso said yesterday that detectives had not immediately found any cases that might be linked to Bundy.