Trial Transcript: Mary and Wilbur Walsh, 1976

Mr. and Mrs. Walsh were an older couple who just happened to be driving by when Carol DaRonch jumped into their car to escape Ted Bundy. In all likelihood they inadvertently saved her life that night, as he could have easily caught up with her had they not been there. They testified for the prosecution in the kidnapping trial on Tuesday, February 24, 1976.

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Trial Transcript: Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, 1976

This is the transcript for the testimony of Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, an expert witness on human memory called by the defense. David Yocom represented the State of Utah, and John O’Connell was Ted Bundy’s defense attorney. This testimony was given on Wednesday, February 25, 1976, at the Third District Court in Salt Lake City.

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Trial Transcript: Carol DaRonch, Part II, 1976

This is part two of surviving victim Carol DaRonch’s witness testimony in the Third District Court in Salt Lake City, February 23, 1976. In it she is cross examined by attorney John O’Connell, who defended Ted Bundy. David Yocom was the Assistant Salt Lake County Attorney representing the State of Utah.

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Trial Transcript: Carol DaRonch, Part I, 1976

The following is Carol DaRonch’s testimony under direct examination by Deputy County Attorney David Yocom on Monday February 23, 1976. The examination is from the transcript of Case No. 28629 in the Third District Court of Salt Lake City, The State of Utah vs. Theodore Robert Bundy. John O’Connell represented Ted Bundy.

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Photos: Ted Bundy at the Utah State Prison, 1976

In late June 2019, I was perusing the finding aids at the Utah State Archives for Bundy research potential when I noticed a series titled Utah Department of Corrections, Inmate Services Prison Commitment Registers, series no. 80388. The records series included prison records and mugshots(!). My excitement at this potential discovery was quickly dashed however, as upon further investigation I discovered that the Archives did not have any Bundy prison records in its custody.

From my own current work in archives and records management, I surmised that if the records had not yet been transferred, they were probably still with their creator agency, or had been destroyed. In early July, I contacted the Department of Corrections on the off chance that they still had the prison records and mugshots from Bundy’s incarceration at the Utah State Prison in 1976. The Department’s records manager replied with the following photo scans attached to her email. I was in the grocery store at the time when I heard my phone ping, checked my email, and picked my jaw up off the ground.

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