Who Is Liz Kloepfer, Ted Bundy’s Girlfriend in ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile?’

In Netflix’s new movie, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Ted Bundy’s long-time girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer gets a spotlight of her own. Based on Kloepfer’s memoir, The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy, the Ted Bundy biopic offers a unique spin on the life and crimes of the serial killer. Starring Zac Efron (Ted Bundy) and Lily Collins (Liz Kloepfer), the film portrays Bundy from Kloepfer’s point of view, drawing light to the struggles she faced while trying to understand the monstrous murders her boyfriend committed.

Who is Liz Kloepfer and how did she end dating a serial killer? We take a closer look at their relationship, ahead.

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Ted Bundy and Liz Kloepfer’s relationship

Liz Kloepfer and Ted Bundy met in a Seattle bar in 1969 and began what would become a tumultuous six-year relationship. At the time, Kloepfer was a shy, recently divorced single mom looking for love and a father figure for her young daughter, Tina. She found that in Ted, who, according to her memoir, took care of her and baby Tina — sometimes.

“I handed Ted my life and said, ‘Here. Take care of me.’ He did in a lot of ways, but I became more and more dependent upon him. When I felt his love, I was on top of the world; when I felt nothing from Ted, I felt that I was nothing,” she wrote.

How Liz Kloepfer met Ted Bundy

Kloepfer worked as a secretary at the University of Washington Medical School. And, on the night she met Bundy, a friend suggested the two go out to a local bar — something she never did — for some fun. It was there that Kloepfer noticed Ted Bundy, who was sitting alone and appeared sad. “You look like your best friend just died,” she allegedly told him. The two instantly connected and Bundy even spent a platonic night at her place. Not long after, the two began dating.

Ted Bundy’s emotions were all over the place

In her memoir, Kloepfer describes what it was really like dating the serial killer, stating how his emotions were up and down. “We would be getting along fine and then a door would slam and I would be out in the cold until Ted was ready to let me back in. I’d spend hours trying to figure out what I had done or said that was wrong. And then, suddenly, he would be warm and loving again and I would feel needed and cared for,” she revealed.

The two almost got married

Despite their hot and cold relationship, it was clear that the two cared deeply for each other. So much so that they almost got married. According to her recollection, in February of 1970, Kloepfer explained how she wanted to get married and call him “my husband Ted” instead of “my boyfriend.” Following the conversation, the two borrowed money from a friend to get a marriage license. And, days later, when Kloepfer’s parents visited, she asked him to move his things out, in fear that her parents would not approve of them living together before marriage. Bundy allegedly grew very angry and said: “If you’re that hung up on what your parents think, then you’re not ready to get married.” He then tore up their marriage license and walked out.

She escaped his plot to murder her

As if their relationship wasn’t crazy enough, Bundy even once tried to kill Kloepfer. The serial allegedly called his long-time love from his jail cell in Florida and told her the chilling details, too. According to reports, Bundy messed with her fireplace and covered the crack of a door with a towel in an attempt to fill the house with smoke. Kloepfer later recalled that night and remembered that, in hindsight, she did have a hard time breathing and opened a window for fresh air after struggling to breathe.

She tried to turn him in

Despite his manipulations, her love for Bundy, and her struggle to believe he was capable of such monstrous acts, Kloepfer eventually figured something wasn’t right. He not only matched the police’s descriptions, but he also had women’s underwear, bandages, a knife, and other suspicious items in his car. To add to it, he was usually missing during the suspected time of the murders. Unfortunately, she didn’t have enough evidence for the police to mark him as a suspect at the time.

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