Thomas and Freda Leach welcomed Kimberly Dianne into the world on October 28th, 1965 in the small town of Lake City, Florida. She had an older brother named Michael. She was described as being a smart and caring girl, that was a straight A student at Lake City Junior High. Just before her death, Kimberly was voted runner-up in a Valentine’s Day court and had just selected a dress for the upcoming dance.
Kimberly wanted to be a nurse when she grew up, which led to the creation of a scholarship for a student from her class that was also interested in nursing.
Unfortunately, there isn’t very much to share about Kimberly. She was only 12 when she was kidnapped by Ted Bundy on February 9th, 1978. Her body was found two months later, and Ted Bundy was convicted of killing her in 1980.
For those looking for more information on this case, I cannot recommend The Last Murder by George Dekle enough. He writes from the perspective of the prosecuting attorney and shares tons of information regarding the case.
Like the patter of constant rain and the smell of moss crushed underfoot, Lynda Ann Healy’s voice was just one thread of many that made up the tapestry of daily life in Seattle in 1974. Her voice carried people through their mornings, reciting the daily ski report for the masses as they brushed their teeth and flipped their eggs.
She graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington in 1970. She attended Washington State University as a Psychology major and lived near the campus with four other women. She spent her days attending classes and working at Northwest Ski Reports.
Lynda was knocked unconscious while she slept and carried from her home by Ted Bundy at some point before daybreak on February 1st, 1974.
The question of Lynda or Linda: I found Lynda’s high school yearbook photo while doing research for the profile and she was tagged as “Linda Ann Healy,” and I was confused because until that point I had only seen “Lynda.” I was unable to reach a decisive conclusion, but hopefully someone will be able to clear it up definitively in the future.
Margaret Elizabeth, daughter of Jack and Runelle Bowman and sister of Jackson, was born on January 6th, 1957 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her family moved to St. Petersburg a few years later. Her father was in the Air Force, and her brother Jackson followed in his footsteps.
Slight and dark-haired, Margaret was described as thoughtful and loyal by those who knew her. Marilyn Keller, a roommate of Margaret’s, described her as “a very sincere person, very artistic.” Another friend, Lee Ann Staples, said that Margaret was “real cute…very vogue, slightly sophisticated. She was a classy dresser.”
After finished at St. Petersburg high school, she applied to Florida State University and chose to major in art history. She wanted to work as a buyer in an art museum following graduation. She pledged Chi Omega after arriving at FSU, just like her grandmother Margaret did before her.
Like Lisa Levy, Margaret Bowman was murdered while she slept by Ted Bundy on January 15th, 1978 at the Chi Omega sorority house. At her funeral, her sorority sisters sang the Chi Omega parting song “Shades,” which I’ve included a link to in the resources.
Lisa Levy was born on February 1st, 1957 in St. Petersburg, Florida to Henny and Sam Levy. After her parents divorced when she was eight, she stayed in St. Petersburg with her mother while her father moved to Sarasota. She had an older brother named Fred that went on to join the Air Force. Lisa attended Dixie Hollins High School where she balanced extracurriculars like yearbook, playing flute with the school band for two years and being a majorette. Alleine Romaine, who taught Lisa how to twirl the baton, said that Lisa was a “super kid” and that “she loved to twirl.” She wanted to become a majorette at FSU as well, but didn’t have the time.
Upon being accepted to Florida State University, Lisa settled on fashion merchandising as her major. She was working her way through college at The Colony Shop in the local Tyrone Square Mall. Described as being cheerful and outgoing, Lisa Levy spent her last night at Sherrod’s, a disco next door to her sorority house, Chi Omega. She left around 11pm and returned home.
Lisa Levy was killed by Ted Bundy as she slept in the early morning hours of January 15th, 1978. I’m not going to include many details about her death, because I’d rather focus on her life.
My next post will be a profile of Margaret Bowman, who was killed the same night by Bundy.
There isn’t very much information about the life that Caryn Campbell led out there. There’s bits of information about the manner of her death and what came after, but very little can be found. If you’ve found something that I haven’t, please let me know so I can include it. The only real information about her personality and interests I managed to find came from a eulogy that was written by a high school friend of hers, which I’ve included a copy of.
Caryn Eileen Campbell was born on the 20th of September, 1951 in Michigan. Her place of birth is listed as Garden City. Her father was named Robert Campbell but I haven’t managed to track down her mother’s name. At the time of her death, she was living in Farmington Hills, Michigan with her fiance, a cardiologist named Dr. Raymond F. Gadowski. Her parents lived in a slim, two-story house in Dearborn, Michigan. She had attended Dearborn High School and went on to become a nurse.
Caryn, 23, Raymond, and his two children were in Snowmass Village, a small resort town in Colorado near Aspen, for a joint ski/business conference trip. She spent the morning of January 12th, 1975 with the children while Raymond attended seminars and then they all met up to spend the afternoon skiing together. After dinner at a local restaurant called The Stew Pot, the group returned to the Wildwood Inn.
After a small disagreement with Raymond about who should fetch a magazine from the hotel room, Caryn left the group in the lobby and went to grab it. She was last seen by a group of doctors that were also attending the seminar on the second floor, heading down the hallway towards 210. Unfortunately, Ted Bundy managed to intercept her before she made it there. The magazine was never disturbed and Caryn wasn’t seen again until her body was found in a snowbank in mid-February, less than three miles from the hotel.
When asked about Ted Bundy’s execution, Caryn’s father didn’t have much to say about the serial killer: ″It’s not important to me now, the thing I’d like to have back, I can’t have.″ He also stated that “I talked to my brother in Florida yesterday, and he told me people down there would like to set up a Florida holiday and call it Burn Bundy Day. They’re selling T-shirts with “Burn Bundy” on them. They’re sick people. Anything for the buck. Bundy still has a mother alive. My God, it’s still her son regardless of what he did.”
The Only Living Witness by Hugh Aynesworth & Stephen Michaud.
I was putting the finishing touches on my profile of Laura Aime when I got a text stating rather matter-of-factly that my cousin had been shot and killed earlier that day. Laura’s solemn face watched over me as I struggled to comprehend the news while frantically dialing my mother.
Somewhere between scrambling to book a last minute flight and trying to finalize the Laura Aime post, I found myself being hit by the realization that Laura’s family felt this same moment: the sudden, startling jerk from a world in which a loved one exists to a world in which they don’t.
It’s hard to ignore the pain, of course. It’s impossible to avoid that when I’m elbow deep in crime scene pictures and victim statements, I’m wading through the details of what is very likely the worst days of these peoples lives. However, I also think it isn’t uncommon for researchers to need to put a little distance between themselves and their work so they aren’t consumed by every story they read about.
I think it’s important to remember just how big an impact Ted Bundy, and others like him, had on the world. Yes, he built an entertaining persona for the news cameras during the trials and put on quite the show. But please try to remember why he was there. Please try to remember that there are parents, siblings, friends, and partners out there that are still mourning. That are still looking for answers. There are at least thirty families out there that felt that same horrible transition and are still dealing with it to this day.
Just try to keep those effected in mind while doing your research, please.
It’s been 45 years since 17 year old Laura’s body was found next to a river in American Fork Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah in 1974. Born to James Junior Aime (August 10th, 1928 – November 26th, 1987) and Shirlene Tolton Aime (April 4th, 1934 – November 1st, 2011) on August 21st, 1957, she had a brother and four sisters. As a girl, she was known for her love of horses and she competed with her sisters in 4H events with the Silver Spurs club.
She attended North St. Pete High School in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, like her father did before her. When her family relocated to Salem, Utah, she chose to move to Lehi instead and crashed with some friends. She spent her days working and hanging out with her friends at local spots like The Knotty Pine.
A self-proclaimed hippie, Laura Ann Aime slapped a “make love, not war” sticker on her car and she was a “very peaceful” person, according to her niece Taura Stucki. Her favorite song was “Seasons in The Sun” by Terry Jack; she felt it truly described her.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1974, two students from Brigham Young University out for a hike in American Fork found Laura’s nude body. She had been sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled. Her father was only able to identify her after recognizing scars that she got from landing on a fence when she was thrown from a horse at the age of 11.
Though Ted Bundy never confessed to her murder, the methods used match his MO (strangulation, rape, and beating). When asked by Dennis Couch of the Salt Lake City Sheriff’s Department, Bundy put his head down and didn’t respond.