Kym L. Pasqualini is the founder and former CEO of Nation's Missing Children Organization and National Center for Missing Adults.
Ann Marie Burr: A Serial Killer's First Victim?
In 1961, Ann Marie Burr was a beautiful eight-year-old girl with golden blonde hair, hazel eyes, and a smile that could light up a room. On August 31, 1961, Ann Marie vanished. She has never been found.
The Night of Ann Marie's Disappearance
The Burr family had been living in a house near the 3000 block of North 14th Street in Tacoma, Washington, where Ann Marie shared her bedroom with her three-year-old sister, Julie. Julie had recently injured her arm, so Ann Marie brought her to their parents' room in the middle of the night to tell them the cast was bothering Julie. Their parents told them to go back to their room. That was the last time anyone ever saw Ann Marie.
An Unlocked Door and an Open Window
The following morning at approximately 5:30 a.m., Ann Marie’s mother went into the girls' room and found Ann Marie missing. There was no sign of a struggle. Although she had locked and chained the front door the night before, Ann Marie’s mother found that the front door had been unlocked from the inside and left partly open. She also found that the living room window was wide open (a window the family left slightly ajar to accommodate a TV antennae wire), and the garden bench from the backyard had been moved in front of the open window.
Ann Marie’s parents had heard the family dog barking that night but had dismissed any danger, thinking the heavy rainstorm had frightened the dog. Ann Marie’s two brothers slept in the basement but had not been awakened. Ann Marie’s parents frantically searched their home, opening kitchen doors and looking under beds. They called the police.
Little Evidence at the Scene
When authorities arrived, they discovered a slight sneaker print outside the living room window, leading investigators to believe the kidnapper entered through the open window, abducted Ann Marie from her room, and left through the front door. There was little evidence at the scene to go on. Aside from the shoe print (which investigators believe was from a size 6 or 7 Keds sneaker), they also found a strand of red thread stuck in the window jamb. The Burrs’ neighbors had reported seeing someone in their yard peeping into windows a couple days prior to Ann Marie’s disappearance.
An Unsolved Kidnapping
Ann Marie’s disappearance was classified a kidnapping from the outset but left police baffled. Investigators questioned known sex offenders in the area but speculated she may have known her abductor. A month after her disappearance, on September 2, the Tacoma News Tribune reported intensive ongoing searches that included soldiers, police, and volunteers. However, more than 50 years later, Ann Marie remains missing.
Bundy: The Serial Killer Next Door
At age 14, notorious serial killer Ted Bundy lived only a few blocks away from Ann Marie. No one suspected the 14-year-old boy of anything then, and it would be another 14 years before the police would finally become suspicious of Bundy.
Early Warning Signs
Bundy displayed disturbing behavior early on in his childhood; stories emerged about animal mutilation, violence, and incidents of sexual deviancy. One family story was that Bundy’s aunt had awoken from a nap to find that three-year-old Bundy had removed knives from the kitchen and placed them around her while she was sleeping.
Bundy's Connection to Ann Marie
Around 1951, Bundy’s mother, Louise, had brought him with her to Tacoma to be closer to Bundy’s great-uncle Jack Cowell, a music professor. Cowell was also Ann Marie’s piano teacher. Bundy went to Mason Middle School and is said to have worked an early morning newspaper route at the time of Ann Marie’s disappearance. However, authorities did not consider the teen a person of interest in the case. A decade later, Ann Marie’s relatives would tell authorities that Bundy and Ann Marie knew each other and were friendly. She would not have feared him.
It was not until Bundy was arrested in the '70s that Tacoma police began taking a closer look at his potential involvement in Ann Marie’s kidnapping. In fact, there are many who believe Ann Marie was Bundy’s first victim.
A Possible Confession?
According to author Rebecca Morris, Bundy confessed to Ann Marie’s abduction and murder during a prison interview with a college professor who was researching serial killers. For her book, Ted and Ann—The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy, Morris spent four years researching Bundy's potential connection to Ann Marie's disappearance.
Throughout the years, investigators who spent time with the serial killer have said that Bundy would often talk in third person and speak hypothetically when discussing how serial killers operated. Those who interviewed him over the years are confident he was speaking about his own crimes, but Bundy believed communicating in third person shielded him from prosecution for crimes he had not directly admitted to.
"Add One Digit"—How Many More Victims?
Bundy is believed to be responsible for killing 30 to 36 women, but it was reported that Bundy once commented to a police officer, “Add one digit to that and you’ll have it.” Based on Bundy’s own stories, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Bundy began actively killing in the 1960s and not a decade later, as previously thought.
Bundy’s attorney, John Henry Browne, agrees. He reportedly wrote a memoir that details conversations with his client prior to Bundy's execution. Bundy had provided Browne, a Seattle criminal defense attorney, with a signed release of attorney-client privilege prior to his execution. Browne, who may have known Bundy better than anyone, claims Bundy told him he killed more than a hundred people—and not only women.
A Desperate Letter to Ted Bundy
In 1986 (three years before Bundy's execution), Ann Marie’s mother, Beverly Ann Burr, wrote Bundy a heartbreaking letter:
On August 31, 1961, just before school was to start for you and our children, there came a black rainy night with lots of heavy winds. You were 15 and had been wandering the streets late at night and peeping in windows and taking cars. I feel your FIRST MURDER WAS OUR ANN MARIE BURR. The bench from the back yard was used to climb in the living room; the orchard next door was a dark setting for a murder. What did you do with the tiny body? God can forgive you.
With all appeals likely to be refused and soon, there is nothing left for you in this world; there can STILL be everything good for you in the next.
Your life started going wrong somewhere when you were very young. There had to be a lot of bad things happen to make you have your strong feelings of hatred.
I came close to ruining my life because of my cruel actions and feeling no sorrow about them. A lot of strange circumstances brought help to me or I would not have found myself, even though I knew I needed help and my actions were getting out of control. You should have received that same help when you needed it.
God can still give the help to you—if you can gather together any strength you have left and try to feel a real sorrow inside for the horrors you have brought so many. You will face these horrors alone if there is no chance to be with God after you die.
You have NOTHING MORE TO LOSE IN THIS WORLD. By explaining your sickness, you will feel sorrow and gain everything in the next life, as God promised you and all of us. Please try. There isn’t much time. I am deeply sorry you did not get help when you needed it. I have not written until now because the end of life for you did not seem near until now.
Will you write back to me regarding Ann Marie?
No Answers From Bundy
Bundy replied to the letter in 1986 but never admitted to abducting the little girl. The Burrs adopted a daughter several years after Ann Marie’s disappearance, but both parents spent their lives haunted by questions. Ann Marie’s father died in 2003, followed by her mother in 2008. Both died never knowing what happened to their precious child.
If Bundy was responsible for Ann Marie’s death and the deaths of approximately 70 other victims that have never been accounted for, then he took that answer to his grave. Bundy was executed on January 24, 1989, and Ann Marie’s four siblings still wait for answers.
Recent Developments in Ann Marie's Case
In 2011, fifty years after Ann Marie’s disappearance, authorities submitted evidence to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab for DNA testing. Authorities had developed a DNA profile utilizing a vial of Bundy's blood preserved for decades. Several weeks later, they reported that the evidence gathered at the scene of Ann Marie’s disappearance did not contain enough measurable DNA to produce a complete DNA profile.
Mark Fulghum, public information officer for the Tacoma Police Department, told The Tacoma Herald, “This avenue hit a dead end, but the investigation itself is not over.”
Questions & Answers
Question: Did Ted Bundy ever feel sorry for his actions before being executed?
Answer: The respected FBI Profiler John Douglas described Ted Bundy as an "obsessional Killer" who lacks empathy. I don't believe Ted Bundy had the ability to feel any remorse. If you have not read any of Douglas's books such as Obsession and Mind Hunter they are excellent. Also, there is the show Mind Hunter on Netflix.
Question: Why wasn't Bundy suspected of the murder until 14 years prior?
Answer: Honestly, that's a good question for law enforcement. Because Bundy was a teen when Ann Marie Burr vanished, I am speculating the police did not have him on the radar. However, I'm sure his escalating behavior in later years brought the attention by police who then looked at the circumstances and his locations during that time.
Question: Did they ever find Ann Marie Burr?
Answer: No. Anne Marie Burr is still an unsolved missing child case. I would love to see law enforcement utilize cadaver dogs at his place of residence during that time. One would deduce if he is responsible, her body would likely be in the vicinity.
Question: I wonder if Ted Bundy buried Anne Marie somewhere on the premises where he was living?
Answer: I agree! I have never heard that law enforcement has even attempted to go in with cadaver dogs to search the area.
Question: Did they ever figure out if Ted Bundy was responsible for Ann Marie Burr's disappearance?
Answer: No, Anne Marie Burr's disappearance remains a mystery.
Question: Was Ted Bundy ever arrested in Montrose, Colorado?
Answer: Sorry, I do not know if Ted Bundy was ever arrested in Montrose, but we do know he was very active throughout Colorado. Bundy is suspected of many other disappearances and unsolved deaths of women in Colorado. We may never know if he was responsible.
Question: Did they ever solve the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr?
Answer: Both cases have yet to be solved.
Question: Did his family do to the Drive-Ins in Tacoma? Note, these are the horror movie hits of 1960s, The Haunting, Peeping Tom, Psycho, The Birds.
Answer: Interesting question! I am not aware of any author having referenced the potential correlation between Bundy and horror flicks, but it sure would be neat to know.
Question: Why did the Burrs request for a polygraph test for themselves?
Answer: Knowing other families throughout the years that have been in similar situations, I know it is important to them. To be ruled out, lets law enforcement investigate the crime, and focus less on the family. A good article that explains this is https://soapboxie.com/government/Where-is-Rachel-C...
© 2013 Kym L Pasqualini
Keel on January 31, 2020:
They should have used ground penetrating radar at the site where ann marie's body was supposedly buried.At least it would have brought some kinda closure for the burrs if they'd discovered a body.Writing to bundy was a big mistake in my opinion.I don't believe he ever felt remorse even in his final hours.He deserved the electric chair.Good riddance to bad rubbish !!
Wes on January 16, 2020:
Yes,i remember this case in the early 90's.Serial offender Richard Allen Davis kidnapped Polly from her home during a slumber party in the presence of two of her friends.
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on January 16, 2020:
Just think back to Polly Klaas. She was 12 and abducted during a sleepover at a friend's house while the parents were home. She was later murdered. It happens.
Wes on January 14, 2020:
It that kind of incident had taken place in present day,the first suspicion would have fallen on a family member.
I am curious about the letter Beverly sent to Bundy in 1986:how did she know the the orchard was a dark setting for murder and the body was disposed into a ditch?I am certain Bundy never mentioned that,even in the 3rd person prior to 1987??
Wes on January 13, 2020:
It is simply mind-boggling how an entire family slept through this while a cat burglar just broke in and ran away with their daughter.
I am rather surprised how the younger sister Julie,who was troubled by a broken arm,didn't notice an intruder in their bedroom.Surely she must have seen or heard something?
The police posited that Ann may have not feared her abductor.Surely an 8 year old can tell its wrong to have a non family member lurking in the house at that time of the day,i mean come on!!
Deejayxx7 on January 09, 2020:
It could have any one of the many construction workers who were around the neighborhood.Just a few prior to Burrs missing,her parents heard suspicious noises at night.On the night prior to her disappearence,there was a thunderstorm.Why would someone(Ted Bundy) travel 3 miles in the drenching rain,so he could kidnap and rape an 8 year old?I sometimes feel Ted Bundy gets blamed for more crimes than he actually commited.
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on December 17, 2019:
Dave, I am definitely with you on this one too!
DAVE HOLLAND on December 17, 2019:
It always makes me wonder why some people would go out on a limb to try to prove Bundy wasn't responsible for this one.Even Bundy's childhood friends thought he was a sick person.I believe he was the night prowler who lurked around the Burrs' a few days prior to Anns disappearence.Bundy was the prototype serial killer who either attacked or abducted his victims while they were asleep.He seemed to have come full circle in his last few killings:The Chi O killings and also the murder of 12 year old Kim Leach.Until some new evidence miraculously crops up,my money is on ted bundy.
Rick Charlesworth on December 13, 2019:
Thank you Kym for responding to my questions.I am not thoroughly convinced it was him.It seemed to be done by a professional:no fingerprints;no signs of struggle;no victims body.This wasn't a crime based on a whim but one that was well-thought.
A 14 year old is certainly capable of commiting murder,but something executed near flawless,i really don't know.
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on December 12, 2019:
Thank you for this comment!
1. Being familiar with missing person investigations and knowing some of the details of this case, in my opinion, there is no way that the detective could say that Bundy did not have anything to do with this case. We do know that the abductor was wearing a Ked Kid's sneaker so this would indicate a young perpetrator. If we look at Bundy's history, he had perfected entering into a person's home at night to abduct his victims so it is not out of the realm of possibility that Bundy did commit this crime. Personally, I believe he did.
2. It is VERY common for parents of missing children to be questioned and polygraphed during an investigation. Many parents I have had the honor to work with over the years actually recommend asking for a polygraph early on.
3. Based upon the various accounts of whether Bundy actually had a paper route on Anne Marie's block I think we are speculating. In fact, we don't know for sure if Bundy even knew her and yes, there are many conflicting stories. However, we can verify that Bundy had a history of peeping when he was young and a proven history that he entered homes to abduct women. As a teen, it would have made sense that he would choose a victim of no physical threat to him.
I think this case will remain a mystery to both of us, unfortunately.
Rick Charlesworth on December 11, 2019:
Thank you for posting this article.I have a few burning questions to ask:-
1.The lead investigator in Ann's case Anthony Zatkovich said Ted Bundy had "absolutely nothing to do with Ann Marie's abduction".How could he be so sure?
2.Why would both Ann-Marie's parents request for polygraphs to be done on themselves?Were they under suspicion?
3.Did Ted Bundy have a paper route near the Burr's neighborhood? How well did he know Ann?There seem to be conflicting accounts?
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on December 10, 2019:
Thank you for taking the time to read the story. You may be right. However, speculative or not, a little girl remains missing and she does not deserve to be forgotten. Maybe, at least we can hope her remains will be found and her remaining family can put her to rest properly.
RANDY on December 10, 2019:
Bundy told many different things to many different people,it was hard to determine if he was telling a truth,exaggerating or downright lying.
Dr Ronald Holmes was convinced that Ted Bundy had obliquely confessed to Ann Marie's murder.One has to take this "confession" with a grain of salt, 'cos Bundy also said(in the third person),that he started killing at the age of 11 and killed 365 people.I was shocked that Dr Holmes believed this deceit by Bundy.I think Bundy enjoyed playing games with certain people.
I believe Ann Marie's kidnapper had an accomplice and they very likely drove her away in a car.
Bundy's involvement in this case is purely speculative and until some credible evidence turns up(which i doubt ever will),we have to give this subject matter a rest.
RANDY on December 08, 2019:
How did Beverly know that Ted Bundy wandered the streets at night and was a peeping tom? Was it common knowledge back then(1961)? And there's always the confusion of the number of Bundy's victims.Personally i doubt if he killed more than 40.
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on October 10, 2019:
Thank you so much for reading Paula!
Suzie from Carson City on October 07, 2019:
Kim......It would be easy to believe that most people are totally sick to death of reading, hearing or talking about the infamous & psychotic Ted Bundy.....it's such an old story and he's been gone for quite a while now....However, the reality is that his name and negative fame (so to speak) will forever be of interest to people, especially those who are serious true crime fans.
Hard to believe, but there have actually been killers more gruesome, more unforgivable and more heinous than Ted.....but Ted will NEVER be tossed aside. We will hate him forever!
Thanks for the excellent article. Paula
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on October 06, 2019:
Thanks for sharing that information with me. I think we agree there is little doubt Ted Bundy is responsible for Ann Marie's disappearance. What is unfortunate, is there has been a lack of awareness of her disappearance by police and missing child organizations alike. I hope at least my article offers her surviving family some hope she is not forgotten.
HP James on October 05, 2019:
At the time of Anne Marie's disappearance there was ongoing excavation for Tenzler Hall on the UPS campus, about 5 blocks away from Anne Marie's home. I have always wondered whether Bundy disposed of Anne Marie there in the excavated soil.
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on May 06, 2019:
I appreciate you writing to me. While there are people like him out there, the FBI estimates there are 50-100 in the country. While that number is disturbing, it is relatively low in comparison to how many people live in the United States. There are many things we can do to protect ourselves from becoming victims. First, always travel with friends when walking to or from school or while playing and always tell someone where you are going. The most important thing we can rely on is our survival instinct which is like a little voice or signal that can raise hairs warning us something is wrong. We need to listen to that and NEVER be afraid of screaming and fighting. It is most important we never voluntarily go with, or permit someone to kidnap us but fight as hard as we can not to be taken to another crime scene. I am sorry the movie was disturbing to you as it is to all of us but I applaud you for reaching out. You can always email me at email@example.com if I can be of help.
Lina on May 05, 2019:
I’m a little kid and I was watching a movie about Ted Bundy for a long time in the movie i though he didn’t kill or do that but now I know all about this story I’m scared to death I know he’s dead but I’m scared there can be more people like him and bro 13 geeez
Dawson on February 01, 2019:
This story is so interesting. It makes me sick to think he would do all those things, but at least he went to prison so he couldn't do it again.
Dan Howard on December 19, 2018:
Weren’t they putting sewers in at the time of Ann burrs disappeared ,and Ann father see a kid matching ted bunch the next day in a near by gravel pit or gulch
Suzan Atkinson-Haverty on November 20, 2018:
I lived on a country road in Westminster, MA in the early 1970's that was over 3 and 1/2 miles long. I used to walk this daily. It was nothing! So that theory of 3 miles away. Someone can run that in a heartbeat! Ted Bundy is more than likely the killer of this innocent little girl. So sad, but in our world today, we need to lock down our homes like Fort Knox every night before we go to bed. People do not realize the importance of owning and loving big dogs like German Shepherds, so many of these types of crimes will never happen with dogs like this in your home! I grew up with GS's and have had them for over 30 years married, and nobody comes near my home ever! Love my fur babies! They are loving and loyal, and will protect you to the death! Ted Bundy needed a run in with a dog like these! At three years old leaving knives around his Aunt when she was sleeping....says it all! He was born demented/evil! You look at his photo of him with his grandfather on the beach and you see someone you thin is innocent. It is what is going on in his mind, that we cannot know! That is what is scary! You never know who you are next to, who is the next Ted Bundy! I put money on Bundy as the killer of Anne Marie Burr. He was a sneak, and he got around a lot, and most people were very unaware that he was always watching them and theirs!
Georgette on May 28, 2018:
I found that it's interesting that a few guys that lived in the area and were about the same age as Ted have comments on here making sure people agree it's Ted, Maybe one of them know more then what they are saying. You never know.
Joe on May 03, 2018:
You might have done an "incredible amount of research", Jim, but apparently it was of exceedingly low quality. Ann Marie's parents did not know of or about Ted Bundy until his face was plastered all over the news in the mid 70's, and they admit as much in several media interviews which are still readily available on the internet today. I've never seen any source that any family member believed Ted and Ann Marie were acquainted in any way, and it is highly unlikely that they were. Ted did not live on that side of town. He did not deliver papers on that side of town. Ann Marie did not take piano lessons from Ted's uncle. She did not take piano lessons NEAR Ted's uncle's house.
There isn't any evidence at all that Ted knew Ann Marie, anyone else in the Burr family, or that he spent any time in their neighborhood. The only reason to connect Ted to this is that he lived in the same city and later went on to become the most famous serial murderer, rapist, and necrophile in our nation's history. His shadowy, mysterious history, his evil, and his unrivaled media fame make it all too easy for frustrated detectives, lazy investigators, and internet parrots to pin every hard luck, unsolved case in the western hemisphere on Ted. It doesn't matter if he barely spent time in the area (i.e. Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders), it doesn't matter if dogged detectives and every local resident knows there's a much better suspect (i.e Carol Valenzuela), it doesn't even matter if it's already been proven that somebody else did it (i.e. Catherine Devine).
In American culture, there are a pair of serial killers who represent something so important to us that we've mythologized them and granted them legendary status. We comically inflate their kill counts. We repeat the same lazy misconceptions, half-truths, and whole lies about that murderer's nature, demeanor, relationships, and crimes. We do it to fit the story we're trying to tell. We do it connect that killer with increasingly unlikely victims. We do it to feel like we're part of the discussion, without putting in the genuine effort to research the facts. We do it because we are prone to drama, gossip, exaggeration, and sensationalizing stories. Every time we do that, we're subtly disrespecting the memory of the victims. We are implying to them and their families "my narrative is more important than your suffering."
We can't always be right. I wish we could temper that by not making over the top, definitive proclamations. Our hunches won't always pan out. If we could just avoid repeating bullshit, nonsense, and lies, we could all help each other understand these cases a lot better than we ultimately do.
Jeffrey K. Tesch on April 25, 2018:
For the record, Bundy lived three miles away from the Burr house. Different part of town, different schools. There were better suspects who lived much closer...
Susanna Apsell on February 12, 2018:
This guy is a sick person to do something like this to a child or even anyone.If I saw him I would beat theFUCK OUT OF HIM
Desire on December 03, 2017:
In the letter Ann Marie Burr's mom sent to Bundy she said "he had nothing left to lose in the World" and what I'm about to say is true for most serial killers, mostly the sexual sadists, rapists, and kidnappers. They do have things left to lose, the people they take, that's the ultimate form of theft, those people were made theirs when they took them. It's sad, but it's true he never gave up the others because the pure joy was too overwhelming to pass up and give to grieving people who he got off on knowing would never know themselves.
Jim Rockfish on September 12, 2017:
Having done an incredible amount of research on Bundy for a screenplay,I have found Ann Marie is almost definitively his first murder.Bundy began fantasizing at age 10 of murdering by his own admissions,was known to Ann Marie according to her own family,was both a peeping tom and stealing cars left open with the keys inside since 12,something much more possible in 1961 and awoke very early due to a paper route.He probably discovered the unlockable window while peeping another night,awoke a couple of hours early after stealing a car,and took Ann Marie under false pretenses where he enacted his fantasy for real the first time and disposed of the small body.Bundy committed another murder in 1966 in which the victim was found,bearing the tell tale bashed in skull and strangulation,along with being raped,while another victim survived and always believed it was Bundy,who was in the area as well.The odds Bundy began killing in 1974 are 0% and he was known to disappear many many times by those closest to him.
Jim Rockfish on September 12, 2017:
Bundy killed many women who were never found and was already taking open cars with the keys left in when he was 14,a year before this murder.He was also a peeping tom and known to Ann Marie according to her family.I think Bundy found the open window one night doing his peeping tom thing and having been fantasizing about murder since age 10,comitted his first one,disposing of the body early evening before his paper route.Bundy never admitted to killing children,even Kimberly Leach,because he felt pedophilia was despicable,even though he was a necrophiliac.The odds Bundy was the offender are very,very high,95%.
Kent Evans on August 19, 2017:
Unfortunately, some articles make it appear that Ted Bundy lived a couple blocks away. The neighbor I am talking about never worked and had some mental issues. He did show an interest in the girl and would have been, if I remember correctly, closer to the correct age to have done such a thing. Now Ted Bundy was quite strong and maybe was in good shape so he could have done it.
Kent Evans on August 19, 2017:
I believe King 5 News did a story on Evening Magazine sometime in the early to mid 90's. The family believed Ted Bundy lived too far away to be involved. There was a neighbor Mrs. Burr was suspicious of. This makes more sense to me. I am not sure this segment can still be located.
Brian Moser on August 07, 2017:
It is sad, but I think we all know Ted did this. It just makes you wonder how many others there were before his first confirmed.
Aleta Ashlock on May 16, 2017:
I lived on 68th and J street when this happened. I used to have a reoccurring dream that Ann's body was in a garbage dumpster. I know this sounds strange but I used to have dreams and then my dreams would actually happen just as I had dreamed them. I always believed that Ann was Ted Bundy's first victim. I was only 11 years old when this happened but I still have the same dream. Does anyone else suspect the garbage dumpster?
Kim on March 08, 2017:
He was On an episode of killer kids
Bob clark on August 20, 2016:
One big problem with blaming Ted for this one. Where's the body???? He was 14, he must have used a bike to cover the 3 miles to her house. You can't drag a body off on a bike. The body would have been disposed of somewhere very close to the house if he did the crime. Yet no body ever found. Maybe because someone drove it away and hid it very well, something 14 year old Bundy couldn't do. A kid that age committing his first murder is simply not going to make a body disappear.
Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 29, 2015:
I was born and raised in Tacoma and, like billybuc, I remember this so very well--the terror I felt (thinking perhaps I would be the next victim). Years later I was terrified once again, as "Ted" was snatching and murdering pretty young girls with long hair.
Thank you for a well-written hub, and welcome to the community.
Sue on July 27, 2015:
he surely did this.
dougie on June 08, 2015:
I just saw a show about Ted Bundy last night. Naturally I had to google Ann Marie Burr and found this thread.
I have lived in Tacoma since 1954 and I was ten when Ann Marie Burr was abducted. In 1961 I clearly recall this sad case. I remember thinking at the time that Ann Marie Burr was just slightly younger than myself and if this happened to her it could happen to me!
I added, "God don't let me be kidnapped, murdered or anything else bad happen to me" to my bedtime prayers shortly after this incident happened. I kept that phtase
Bundy went to the same H.S. (Wilson) as I did but a year or two ahead
gaffo on January 29, 2015:
well, now we have too much fear Polly. (mean reason I stopped watching unrealistic fear mongering local TV news years ago. from TV news you'd like every other neighbor is a rapist/etc.) from one extreme to the other. as for ted, maybe, but 14 is a little young for serial killing. 18+ for all the other 20 or so I know of.
mactavers on December 09, 2014:
This is a great Hub. In 1951, we kids used to sleep out in the back yard during the summer months, by ourselves without any thought of bad happenings.
Pollyannalana from US on November 27, 2014:
Very interesting. I read all about Bundy years ago and it was so scary because he was so normal looking; even handsome you might say. He easily fooled girls into going to his car and who knows how many more dozens of times it happened? We can never be too careful with our little ones but way back then many people had no fear of open windows or even unlocked doors.
Dena on November 26, 2014:
Thank you for this article...
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on September 08, 2014:
Thank you so much Sparrowlet! I have spent 20-years in this field but happened upon her story and just had to write about it. To think we put Bundy to death with all of his secrets.
Katharine L Sparrow from Massachusetts, USA on September 05, 2014:
Oh wow, this was eerie and heartbreaking! It does seem like there are too many coincidences in this case for it not to have been Ted Bundy who did it. I never knew about this before this chilling hub. Good job.
Steven on March 02, 2014:
Maybe his grandfather did it.
Ali on June 21, 2013:
I always wondered if Bundy actually killed this little girl. If he did, how did he manage to do it at that age and what did he do with the body ? What was Bundy's reaction after the girl vanished ?
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on June 03, 2013:
Thank you so much Billy. I read your awesome article today so this means a lot coming from you!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 03, 2013:
Welcome to my world. I lived four blocks from the Burr's when this happened, and Bundy was our paperboy. It was huge news at the time and still remains with me all of these years later.
Well done and welcome to HubPages!
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on June 03, 2013:
Thank you so much To Start Again! We can only hope for answers for her family and so many others. So many questions unanswered.
Selina Kyle on June 03, 2013:
wow. riveting-I couldn't stop reading. I've never heard of this case before. It's scary to think how easily this little girl was taken from her family, whatever the reason. Sure makes you want to squeeze your babies tight and tell them how much you love them! Thanks for sharing this and hopefully it leads to some answers.
Kym L Pasqualini (author) from Carefree, AZ on June 03, 2013:
Thank you so much Lilly. Sadly, Ann Marie's case represents so many other families of missing persons throughout this country. When there seems there is nothing left, there is still hope.
Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on June 03, 2013:
Thank you for your good work. I hope you get answers for this old case.