On August 31, 1961, eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr had vanished from her home in Tacoma, Washington.
Although there was no sign of struggle, Burr’s mother found the front door left partially open, living room window open wide and the garden bench from the backyard moved in front of the window.
After the shocking discovery, parents had recalled a family dog barking at something the night Ann Marie had disappeared.
Leading investigators believed the kidnapper entered the house through an open window, abducted the girl from her room, and left through the front door. Unfortunately, there was no solid evidence to go on.
During the investigation, police looked into many local sex offenders, but speculated that Ann Marie has known her abductor.
Now, nearly 60 years later, the girl remains missing.
At the time of Ann Marie Burr’s kidnapping, Ted Bundy lived only a few blocks away from her. Although Bundy hadn’t raised any suspicions back then, 14 years later, in 1970, Tacoma police began looking at the killer as a possible suspect in Burr’s kidnapping, but all leads went cold due to lack of evidence.
In 1986, Ann Marie’s mother Beverly Ann Burr wrote Bundy a letter, asking about his involvement in the kidnapping:
On August 31, 1961, just before school was to start for you and our children, there came a black rainy night with lots of heavy winds. You were 15 and had been wandering the streets late at night and peeping in windows and taking cars. I feel your FIRST MURDER WAS OUR ANN MARIE BURR. The bench from the back yard was used to climb in the living room; the orchard next door was a dark setting for a murder. What did you do with the tiny body? God can forgive you.
With all appeals likely to be refused and soon, there is nothing left for you in this world; there can STILL be everything good for you in the next.
Your life started going wrong somewhere when you were very young. There had to be a lot of bad things happen to make you have your strong feelings of hatred.
I came close to ruining my life because of my cruel actions and feeling no sorrow about them. A lot of strange circumstances brought help to me or I would not have found myself, even though I knew I needed help and my actions were getting out of control. You should have received that same help when you needed it.
God can still give the help to you – if you can gather together any strength you have left and try to feel a real sorrow inside for the horrors you have brought so many. You will face these horrors alone if there is no chance to be with God after you die.
You have NOTHING MORE TO LOSE IN THIS WORLD. By explaining your sickness, you will feel sorrow and gain everything in the next life, as God promised you and all of us. Please try. There isn’t much time. I am deeply sorry you did not get help when you needed it. I have not written until now because the end of life for you did not seem near until now.
Will you write back to me regarding Ann Marie?”
Bundy replied the same year:
“Dear Beverly, thank you for your letter of May 30.
I can certainly understand you doing everything you can to find your daughter. Unfortunately, you have been misled by what can only be called rumors about me. The best thing I can do for you is to correct these rumors, these falsehoods.
First and foremost 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 14-year-old boy. I did not wander the streets late at night. I did not.”
Multiple sources say that Ted Bundy did, in fact, admit to kidnapping Ann Marie, but there is no evidence to support these claims. After being accused of 36 murders, Bundy told the police officer, “Add one digit to that and you’ll have it.”
In 2008, Beverly Ann Burr died haunted by many questions about her daughter’s disappearance.
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