Seventeen-year-old Melissa Smith disappeared the night of October 18, 1974 while walking home from a pizza restaurant in Midvale, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Her nude, beaten, and strangled body was discovered by hunters nine days later in a wooded area. While Ted Bundy never admitted to her murder, when directly asked during his final confessions he did not deny it either. This is her case file.
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4 thoughts on “Case File: Melissa Smith, 1974

  1. Thank you so much for all of this. You must have put in a lot of hard work into this. It is amazing to have all these primary resources available online, especially for someone like myself who does not live in the US and cannot afford any of the books.
    I have a question about Nancy Wilcox and Laura Aimee. I remember listening to Youtube videos this year, IIRC (they seem to have been removed) where friends/families of the victims were claiming that someone matching Bundy’s description was trying to date the girls shortly before their disappearance. I would love to hear your opinion on this. It doesn’t seem too unlikely that he might have changed his MO to throw off the police, but is there any hard evidence pointing in this direction?

  2. You did an amazing job. I was friends with Georgann Hawkins and lived in the sorority next door and traveled the alley where she was taken. We shared a lot of friends and activities. I learned a lot about Melissa. I pray she for her and her family.

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