The former girlfriend of serial killer Ted Bundy is set to lift the lid on the secrets of their relationship and how she helped bring him to justice as part of a new Amazon Prime documentary.
Before she breaks her silence on camera, Elizabeth Kloepfer has announced plans to release an updated version of her chilling 1981 memoir about her time with the mass murderer.
The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy focuses on Elizabeth's romance with Bundy, who went on to rape and murder more than 30 women during his 1970s killing spree.
While Elizabeth was the person who initially gave Bundy's name to the police, she maintains that for years she was completely unaware of her boyfriend's monstrous behaviour.
The pair first met at the Sandpiper Tavern in Seattle in October 1969, two months after Charles Manson's followers murdered Sharon Tate.
Elizabeth was recently divorced and raising her daughter Mollie alone.
But despite her heartbreak, Elizabeth couldn't help falling for Bundy, who she described as handsome and well dressed.
"The chemistry between us was incredible,” she wrote in her memoir. "I was already planning the wedding and naming the kids. He was telling me that he missed having a kitchen because he loved to cook. Perfect. My prince."
Their first night ended together with Bundy cooking Elizabeth breakfast and the following weekend he whisked her away to Vancouver.
As the relationship progressed, Elizabeth says she began to notice strange quirks about her new love.
On one occasion she called her friend when she discovered women's underwear and plaster of Paris among Bundy's possessions in a desk drawer.
When Elizabeth confronted him, Bundy said: "If you ever tell anyone this I'll break your effing head."
The couple's relationship continued in a tumultuous fashion.
Six months after they met the pair applied for a marriage license, only for Bundy to tear it up in rage on their way home from the court house following an argument.
Three years after they met, Elizabeth found out she was pregnant with Bundy's baby – which she admits left her 'distraught.'
"Both of us knew it would be impossible to have a baby now," she wrote. "He was going to start law school in the fall, and I needed to be able to work to put him through. I was distraught. I knew I was going to terminate the pregnancy as soon as I could. Ted, on the other hand, was pleased with himself. He had fathered a baby."
While Bundy was never violent towards Elizabeth, she reveals in her book how he could hurt her with his rage and cruel words.
Local news reports began circulating at the time of a man named 'Ted' who drove a Volkswagen committing terrible crimes undetected.
One of the daily reports claimed the man's arm was in a cast – remembering the plaster of Paris, Elizabeth admits she began to feel suspicious.
In August 1974, she made contact with the Seattle Police department.
Elizabeth told how she'd discovered crutches in her boyfriend's room that were similar to ones used in a recent attack.
"We’re too busy to talk to girlfriends over the phone," Elizabeth was told.
Bundy's move to Utah months later coincided with the number of suspicious disappearances in the state increasing.
A wary Elizabeth went back to the police but they told her Bundy had been cleared.
He was finally arrested in March 1976 for the attempted kidnapping Carol DaRonch.
While he was on trial, Bundy and Elizabeth continued to communicate with each other through a series of passionate love letters.
Elizabeth also went to visit him and said she believed him when he insisted he was innocent.
As the charges began to stack up, Elizabeth asked her partner if he'd ever tried to murder her.
Bundy confessed that he'd once closed the chimney and put a towel under her door to let the room fill with smoke as Elizabeth slept – but she woke up from a coughing fit.
Killer Bundy was eventually convicted of 30 murders and after escaping jail twice, was executed in 1989.
While Elizabeth managed to live a relatively quiet life away from the spotlight.
However, Elizabeth is set to break her silence for the first time on camera as part of a new Amazon Prime documentary.
The five-part series – Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer – is due to air in 2020.
According to the streaming service, the show will feature in-depth interviews with both Elizabeth and her daughter Molly, who will share their experiences of living with Bundy.
statement from Amazon explained:"After nearly 40 years of silence, Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter Molly share their experiences with unsettling new details about Bundy, the pull he had on women and an abundant archive of never-before-seen family photos."
The show will also examine what drove Bundy to kill.
The statement added: "Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer reframes Bundy’s crimes from a female perspective – uncovering the disturbing and profound way in which Bundy’s pathological hatred of women collided with the culture wars and feminist movement of the Seventies, culminating in what is perhaps the most infamous true-crime saga of our time."
Elizabeth's book The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy will also be updated and released in January 2020 as a companion to the documentary.
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