1961 Ann Marie Burr

On August 31, 1961 Ann Marie Burr’s mother woke up to find the front door open from the inside and little 8 year old Ann Marie Burr missing from the home. The living room window which had been open a crack the night before was open even wider the next morning. A garden bench had been removed from the back yard and placed in front of the living room window. The only evidence of an intruder was a piece of red thread stuck in the window jam and a footprint in the mud outside the window which had been distorted from the previous night’s rain. Supposedly it was a shoe size 6 or 7.

There were no witnesses except the family dog who was heard barking during the night. Nobody bothered to check, they figured the dog was barking at the thunderstorm. There was no evidence of a struggle. In fact, it appeared that little Ann Marie Burr went willingly with whoever took her.

Neighbors claim that days prior to her disappearance they saw a figure peeping through the windows of the Burr residence. However, no detailed description of this individual could be given.

Suspects were a plenty. There was the neighborhood nudist. Here was a man who was friendly with the youngest of children, letting them pick the plums from his tree, kissed their hands, “patted their buttocks”, and gave them candy. He also had a fetish for pregnant women. There was Robert Bruzas, a 15 year old friend of Ann Marie, who preferred the company of younger children to those his own age, had a “flirtatious” relationship with Ann, and failed the first polygraph test. Although he passed a second polygraph test, he was never ruled out as a suspect. Ralph Everett Larkee had kidnapped a 10 year old girl and took her on a joyride full of treats and suspected sexual relations. When the FBI showed up at his door to question him about Ann Marie he committed suicide.

More suspects surfaced over time but not one person could be tied to the case which soon became cold. That is, until someone decided to point the finger at Ted Bundy.

Rumors and tall tales of prowling midgets outside of windows, young boys standing over muddy ditches and construction sites, and unsubstantiated confessions allegedly by Ted himself to other children he wasn’t even friends with..Ted Bundy and Ann Marie Burr have more or less become an urban legend thanks to Ann Rule who planted a seed which has never stopped growing.

Ted Bundy was 14 years old at the time of Ann Marie’s disappearance and lived 3 miles away from the Burr residence. It is rumored that they were “acquaintances” because Ted’s uncle lived nearby where Ann Marie took piano lessons. The only thing that ties Ted Bundy directly to Ann Marie Burr is that he was her family’s paperboy.

I can see why everyone thinks Ted did it.

There has been a book written about the alleged connection between Ted Bundy and Ann Marie Burr which I feel is tabloid trash. The author does everything in her power to discredit Bundy and make him look bad. The author is also very much on the side of the Burr family and knows them personally.

Ted Bundy vehemently denied being involved with the disappearance of Ann Marie and I am inclined to believe him.

Ted Bundy had been wrongfully accused of killing on more than one occasion. When he denied being responsible for certain crimes nobody believed him. Years after his death other men had been charged and convicted of the crimes everyone wanted to blame Ted for. Ted Bundy did know how to tell the truth.

“I do not know what happened to your daughter, Ann Marie. I had nothing to do with her disappearance. You said she disappeared August 31, 1961. At the time I was a normal fourteen-year-old boy. I did not wander the streets late at night. I did not steal cars. I had absolutely no desire to harm anyone. I was an average kid. For your sake, you really must understand this.”

This is good enough for me. It should be good enough for you. The best way to honor Ted is to believe him.

DNA Evidence Fails To Link Ted Bundy To Ann Marie Burr
Was 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr the first victim of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy?
The Huffington Post October 5, 2011

Hopes for closure for the relatives of missing Ann Marie Burr were dashed Tuesday, when authorities said there was not enough amplifiable DNA to link her disappearance over 50 years ago to Ted Bundy.

The young Washington State girl, long considered a possible victim of the notorious serial killer, has been missing since she was 8 years old.

Weeks ago, there was a glimmer of hope that this 50-year-old mystery would be solved when police sent the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory several key pieces of evidence from the case.

Authorities were hoping to develop a DNA profile of the suspect that they could compare to a profile that was recently obtained from a vial of Bundy’s blood. It took several weeks for the tests to be conducted. Police are now saying the evidence did not contain enough measurable DNA to yield a complete profile, the Bellingham Herald reported.

“This avenue hit a dead end, but the investigation itself is not over,” Tacoma Police Department spokesman Mark Fulghum told the Herald.

Ann Marie was taken from her family’s Tacoma home on Aug. 31, 1961. Police believe her abductor entered through an unlocked window, grabbed the young girl and left through the front door, which was left ajar. Investigators discovered a faint footprint outside the window, which they believe was from a size 6 or 7 sneaker.

“I was awakened early in the morning with men shining flashlights in my face. They were the police,” Ann Marie’s sister, Julie Burr, told KOMO 4 News. “Seeing my parents running through the kitchen opening drawers and looking under beds looking for my sister — I remember that like it happened yesterday.”

Burr added, “I think we spent most of our weekends [after that] going out looking for her.”

Authorities interviewed several persons of interest, but were unable to determine what happened to Ann Marie.

Bundy lived only a few blocks from Ann Marie’s home. He had a paper route in the area and would often visit a neighboring uncle. Bundy was only 14 years old at the time of Ann Marie’s abduction and was not considered a potential suspect.

It was not until years later, when Bundy was arrested for multiple homicides, that authorities began to take a close look at him.

Bundy is believed to have murdered dozens of women in Utah, Idaho, Washington and Colorado throughout the 1970s. He was captured in Florida in 1978 following the murders of two college students and a 12-year-old girl. Bundy received the death penalty for the Florida crimes.

Before his execution, Bundy confessed to killing more than 50 women. Some suspect Ann Marie was his first victim. During Bundy’s confessions, former King County detective Bob Keppel unsuccessfully tried to get the serial killer to talk about his first kill.

“We’ll have to bring that up, do that some other time. If there is another time,” Bundy replied, according to recorded confessions obtained by KIRO-TV.

There was no other time. Bundy was executed on Jan. 24, 1989.

Ann Marie’s father died in 2003 and her mother in 2008. Both the young girls’ parents went to their graves without knowing what happened to their daughter.