Johnny Culpepper Bundy, Ted Bundy’s father, All You Need to Know.

Johnny Culpepper Bundy

Johnny Culpepper Bundy is the stepfather of Serial killer Ted Bundy. Johnny is the biological father of Ted. Johnnie Culpepper Bundy was working as a hospital cook when he attended an adult singles night at the First Methodist Church in Tacoma, Washington where he met Ted’s mother Louise Cowell. They married on 19 May 1951 and he formally adopted her illegitimate son Ted Robert Cowell. They had 4 more children.

Profile summary

Full Name
Johnny Culpepper Bundy
Date of Birth23 Apr 1921
Age at Time of Death86 years old
Date of Death17 May 2007 (aged 86)
Place of DeathTacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Place of Burial
Mountain View Memorial Park
Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Spouse
Eleanor Louise Cowell Bundy
Children5 children

Ted Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell at the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers in Burlington, Vermont.

 The identity of his biological father has never been confirmed. However, Ted Bundy’s birth certificate is reported to assign salesman and Air Force veteran Lloyd Marshall to that role.

There were also rumors amongst the family that Cowell’s violently abusive father, Samuel, had raped his daughter, and was the true father of Ted.

Eleanor Louise Cowell and Johnny Culpepper Bundy continued to face hostility as Ted Bundy’s parents throughout the 1970s and beyond, with accusations claiming they knew about Ted’s killing spree and sought to cover it up. Louise, as she was called, was certain throughout his trial and subsequent death that her son was innocent of all accusations.

Johnny Culpepper Bundy and Eleanor Louise Cowell’s family were well-liked and known for being good people, despite their association with Ted Bundy.

Johnny Culpepper Bundy’s wife Louise was working as a secretary at the University of Puget Sound in the mid-1970s when allegations against her son, Ted Bundy, turned her life upside down.

For many years, Louise refused to believe her son could be a killer.

“Ted Bundy does not go around killing women and little children!” she told The News Tribune in 1980 after Ted Bundy was convicted in the Florida killings. “And I know this, too, that our never-ending faith in Ted – our faith that he is innocent – has never wavered. And it never will.”

Such was the case in 1999 when there was speculation Ted Bundy might have killed Ann Marie Burr back in 1961. The 8-year-old girl disappeared from her house and was never seen again.

“I resent the fact that everybody in Tacoma thinks just because he lived in Tacoma he did that one, too, way back when he was 14,” Johnny Culpepper Bundy wife Louise told The News Tribune. “I’m sure he didn’t.”

Her son’s troubles took a toll on her. She and her husband, John Bundy, endured jokes and dirty looks over the years and often were forced to change their telephone number to avoid angry calls.

She talked to him twice on the day of his execution, according to news accounts, telling him at the conclusion of the second call, “You’ll always be my precious son.” Through it all, Johnny Culpepper Bundy and the wife loved Their boy.

Johnny Culpepper and the wife remained in Tacoma following her son’s execution and was an active member of Tacoma’s First United Methodist Church until she passed away in 2007. Her wife Louise was also well until recent years when she became too ill to attend, the church’s pastor, the Rev. Melvin Woodworth, said Wednesday. She also passed away on 23 Dec 2012 at the age of 88.

Whilst on death row, Ted Bundy formed a relationship with Carole Ann Boone, a woman he had worked with earlier in his life. She visited him in prison, and the pair declared their marriage in front of the trial judge, utilizing an old loophole in Florida State law. She later conceived a child, Rose Bundy.


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