In 1961, eight year old Ann Marie Burr disappeared in the middle of the night from her Tacoma, Washington, home. The only clue in her disappearance was a slightly more opened living room window than had been before the family returned to bed. The family dog had been stirred in the night, but Don and Beverly Burr didn’t take it to be an alarm-raising bark.
Despite strong efforts of police and community, little Ann Marie would never be found. Her fate only to be assumed, but never confirmed.
What no one could know is, only a couple blocks away, there lived a serial killer in the making. Theodore “Ted” Robert Bundy was working as a newspaper delivery boy and enjoying nocturnal activities such as window peeping and burglarly.
When Ted was captured for the last time in Florida, investigators from all over traveled to The Sunshine State asking about their unsolved cases and Tacoma police were no different. One of their foremost questions was about Ann Marie.
Ted denied his involvement, with exception to one single nod of the head in affirmation to a lone individual in the days before his execution. But Ted did a hypothetical scenario of the abduction that many believe was too precise to be false.
For several years now, author Rebecca Morris has studied this cold case and followed the movements of Ted Bundy just before Ann’s disappearance and his criminal modus operandi, comparing them and now putting them into a well-organized, clear timeline in her new book Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy.
I absolutely love a book that gives me all the facts and allows me to make my own decision before the author plainly states his or hers. And that’s exactly what Morris did. Her opinion only comes into play in the last two paragraphs of the book, giving me plenty of time to form my own theories – which in this case she and I agreed.
You may think you’ve read all there is America’s most famous serial killer, but you haven’t. In all the books I’ve read about Ted, Ann Burr has never been mentioned that I can recall. And since his other crimes were only mentioned as necessary, this was fresh material. We all know fresh material as relates to Ted Bundy is a bit hard to come by these days, right?
You definitely want to put Ted and Ann on your reading list. It’s a new spin on an old story – in more ways than one.
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