‘Conversations With a Killer’: What Happened to Ted Bundy’s Daughter, Rose Bundy?

Most time when people imagine serial killers, they picture single men living alone in dark apartments, watching violent movies and using binoculars to stalk their neighbors. They rarely imagine that a psychopathic murderer might have a normal house and family.

That’s why some people are so surprised to discover that Ted Bundy, one of the most notorious and dreadful serial killers in history, has a biological daughter. Even though Rose Bundy was not featured in the new Netflix docuseries Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, she’s still a source of speculation now that her father is in the news again. How does Rose feel about being the offspring of someone who’s been described as “evil personified?”

What was Ted Bundy’s family life like?

Contrary to popular belief, many serial killers are good-looking, professional, and have charisma – traits they use to lure victims into a false sense of security. Ted Bundy often pretended to have injuries and told victims he needed help. He preyed on women and used his average guy-next-door appearance to his advantage.

One thing Ted Bundy wasn’t lying about? He really was a family man. Bundy met Carole Ann Boone while he was working at the Washington State Department of Emergency Services. Eerily, he worked for the same division that was hunting the local murderer, who of course we know now is Bundy himself.

Boone admitted in one Ted Bundy biography that she and her future husband got along from the start. “I liked Ted immediately. We hit it off well,” she said. “He struck me as being a rather shy person with a lot more going on under the surface than what was on the surface. He certainly was more dignified and restrained than the more certifiable types around the office.”

Ted Bundy
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Is Ted Bundy really a father?

Even after his arrest and conviction, Boone stood by her man. Ted Bundy proposed to her during his trial in 1980, and a technicality meant they were married right away. She even helped him escape from jail by smuggling in cash. But did he also get her pregnant while he was on death row?

The weird thing is that conjugal visits were prohibited in the state of Florida at the time when Rose was conceived. But Boone insists that the guards left them alone to do what they wanted and even walked in on them during sexual intercourse several times. She maintains that Rose is Ted Bundy’s biological child.

Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy | Wikimedia Commons

Who is Ted Bundy’s daughter?

She may have never known her famous father, but Rose does technically carry his DNA. Rose’s mother Carole Ann Boothe divorced her serial killer lover in 1982 and both mother and daughter have kept a low profile ever since. One biographer who had the privilege of meeting Rose described her as, “kind and intelligent,” but little is known about her besides that. She’s certainly never spoken out publicly about her famous father.

The main reason Rose wasn’t mentioned in the new Netflix series is simple: she’s an innocent person who shouldn’t have to face scrutiny based on the crimes of her father. She had nothing to do with Ted Bundy or his life, and the most merciful thing to do is leave Rose alone.