1978 Cheryl Thomas

NAME Cheryl Thomas
AGE 21
DATE OF ATTACK January 15, 1978
LOCATION OF ATTACK Tallahassee, Florida
DATE BODY WAS FOUND January 15, 1978
BODY AND DEATH As Cheryl Thomas slept in her bed, Ted Bundy crawled through her window with a club which he used to bashed her skull and face with. She never woke up during the attack. When she did wake up, it was days later in a hospital bed. In her own words, “I had five skull fractures and multiple contusions in my head, and cuts to the skull fractures. The eighth nerve was damaged and I lost the hearing of my left ear and equilibrium. I had a broken jaw and my left shoulder was pulled out of joint.” It is speculated that Ted was preparing to anally rape Cheryl while simultaneously strangling her with a nylon stocking. However, still partially disrobed, he heard people clamoring about the apartment, so instead of raping and murdering her, he pleasured himself over her battered body, leaving semen stains on her bloody mattress before he fled into the night. Although she survived, she walked away partially deaf and unbalanced which destroyed her dreams of becoming a dancer.