Bundy's Last Stop: Recounting a serial killer's arrest 40 years later
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Documents filed away four decades ago.
The words on the papers dated February 15, 1978, come to life all over again for former Pensacola Police Chief Norman Chapman as he talks with WEAR-TV.
"Now, this is the original arrest report that David Lee wrote," Chapman said while holding the documents.
In 1978, Chapman had only been with the department three years. He was an investigator working the overnight shift on February 15. It is a night he will never forget, because it is the night he met Ted Bundy.
"He was very personable, very charismatic, very unalarming, and see, that's the dangerous thing," Chapman said.
When Bundy's booking photo was taken that 15th day of February, police did not realize who they had in custody, nor did they know what he was capable of doing. Chapman said he would find out later Bundy planned to continue his killing spree.
"He left Pensacola on his way to Mobile, and he got the urge to take another person," Chapman said. "So he came in the last exit, came back into Pensacola and he stopped behind Oscar Woerner's."
Chapman said Bundy was peeping into homes to find a victim, but believes he must have lost track of time. It was 1 a.m. when Bundy pulled out of the empty parking lot at Oscar's restaurant on Cervantes Street. It struck suspicion with Officer David Lee who was passing by. Lee ran the tag on the vehicle Bundy was driving and it was reported stolen. When Bundy was arrested, he gave a fake a name and did not reveal who he truly was for almost two full days. Chapman was assigned the case.
"He says, 'My name is Theodore Robert Bundy,' and I had no idea who he was," Chapman said.
Chapman would learn Bundy was a cold-blooded serial killer, suspected of raping and murdering dozens of women across the country. Bundy told Chapman things he did not tell anyone else. Chapman said he spent 40 hours talking with Bundy. Perhaps most shocking was that Bundy was addicted to killing.
"As he told me, 'You know I couldn't go to anyone with my problem and tell them what my problem was,' because his problem was killing people," Chapman said. "He says, 'I couldn't go to a psychiatrist and talk to them about that.'"
Bundy was convicted of his crimes and sent to the electric chair January 24, 1989, in Florida.
"The thing that was to his most detriment is he didn't trust his attorneys because he thought he was a better attorney than they were," Chapman said.
Chapman's role in the case has been portrayed in several movies. However, he said he has never asked or wanted to be part of them. There is another movie in production right now starring Zac Efron as Bundy. According to IMBD.com, it appears Chapman will be portrayed in the movie, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile." Chapman said he has no interest in being part of it.
"Hollywood has to make drama where there is no drama," Chapman said.
He said living it once was dramatic enough.
A spokesperson for Pensacola Police said they were approached by the movie's production team for permission to use the department's uniform and patch. The spokesperson for the police department said they did not feel comfortable with the terms, and declined.