DEBBIE Harry claims she escaped the clutches of serial killer Ted Bundy when she hitched a lift from a stranger in the early 1970s.
The iconic lead singer of Blondie, 73, is expected to discuss the alleged attempted abduction in her upcoming memoir Face It, according to reports.
In several interviews, Harry said she believes she met Bundy on a hot summer night in New York in 1972.
She was trying to get across the city from Manhattan’s East Village while wearing enormous platform shoes and was unable to hail a taxi.
The pop legend and former model says a strange man kept circling the block in a white car while offering her a lift.
But when she finally relented and clambered into his vehicle, she saw the interior of the car was “totally stripped out” and realised she was in danger.
In her band’s 2012 biography Blondie: Parallel Lives, Harry told the chilling story and said she believes the man was Bundy – who confessed to killing 30 women in the US in the 1970s.
She wrote: “It was late at night and I was trying to get across Houston Street from the Lower East Side to 7th Avenue
“For some reason there were no cabs and I was wearing these big platform shoes.
“This car kept circling round and round, this guy was calling out, ‘Come on, I’ll give you a ride.’
“Finally, I gave in and got in the car. I realised I’d made a big mistake.
“For one, it was very hot in the car, and the windows rolled up nearly to the top.
“The guy had a white shirt and he was very good looking.
“Then I realised this guy had the worst BO I have ever smelt.
Finally, I gave in and got in the car. I realised I’d made a big mistake
“Then I looked over at the door to crank down the window and saw there was no door handle, no crank.
“I cast my eyes around and saw that the car had been gutted. There was nothing in there.
“The hairs on the back of my neck stood up, so I stuck my arm out through the crack in the window and managed to open the door from the outside.
“I was so lucky.”
In interviews, Harry claims that when the man saw her trying to open the car door he “tried to turn the corner really fast, and I spun out of the car and landed in the middle of the street.”
In the band’s book, she then realised that the man could have been Bundy when she read a magazine article about him following his execution in Florida in 1989.
She wrote: “At the time I didn’t know anything about Ted Bundy.
“I just thought, ‘Thank God I got away from that a*****e,’ and I just carried on – and years later, after he was executed, I got on a flight and picked up a Newsweek, and I’m reading this story, and it says "Modus Operandi," and it describes how he looked, the inside of his cars, and the hair on the back of my neck once again went out, and I said, ‘Oh my God, that was Ted Bundy’.”
However, it appears unlikely that the man in Harry’s story was Bundy.
BRUSH WITH DEATH
The notorious serial killer lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest and committed murders in Washington State, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho.
His only known crimes on the east coast were in Florida in early 1978 following his escape from prison in Colorado in late-77.
However, Bundy did live nearby New York in 1969 while studying and living with his grandparents in Philadelphia – the state he was born in.
While his first confirmed kill was in 1974, it is widely accepted that the depraved predator and necrophile could have murdered more women during the ‘60s and early ‘70s.
Who was Ted Bundy?
- Born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1946, Ted Bundy is one of the most notorious US serial killers of all time.
- Eleanor Louise Cowell gave birth to Bundy at the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers and he was raised by his grandparents due to the stigma of being a "bastard".
- He would later tell attorneys that his grandfather Samuel Cowell was a bully who would beat his wife, torture their dog and swing neighbourhood cats by their tails.
- His first confirmed murder was in 1974, around the time several women went missing in Seattle and nearby Oregon.
- Soon after Bundy moved to Utah to attend law school in 1974, people started disappearing from there too.
- In 1975, the maniac was arrested for kidnapping Carol DaRonch, one of the few who survived his attacks, and sentenced to up to 15 years behind bars.
- Two years later, while acting as his own lawyer after being indicted over the death of a Colorado woman, Bundy jumped out of the jailhouse library window and disappeared.
- He was caught eight days later but in December the same year, 1977, he climbed out of a hole in the ceiling of his cell and fled to Florida.
- In January 1978, Bundy broke into the Chi Omega sorority at Florida State University, killing two women and bludgeoning three others.
- He was convicted of those crimes in July 1979 after bite marks on one of the bodies were found to be his.
- His final victim was a 12-year-old girl in Florida.
- Bundy was executed by electric chair on January 24, 1989, when he was 42 years old
In fact, Bundy told both a psychologist and then an attorney that he killed two women in Ocean City, New Jersey in 1969.
Both New Jersey and Philadelphia are short car journeys into New York City and it is highly likely that the killer would have visited Manhattan during his time on the east coast.
There are still questions marks surrounding his movements in the early 1970s as Bundy was known to fall ‘off the grid’ while hunting women.
It is entirely possible he could have visited his grandparents in Philadelphia – which is only a two hour journey into New York – in the early ‘70s.
Bundy was also known to travel great distances and cross state lines to kill women, dispose of their bodies and then to revisit their decaying corpses to have sex with them.
But Harry’s description of Bundy’s car has also been called into question by website Snopes.
While the killer was known to remove the passenger seat of his infamous light-brown Volkswagen Beatle – which enabled him to lay bodies down flat – he is never known to have stripped most of the interior of his car out.
Harry has confirmed in subsequent interviews that the car she escaped from was not a VW Beatle.
The Blondie singer's book Face It will be released on October 1.
Who were Ted Bundy's victims?
Bundy confessed to more than 30 murders across several states in the 70s but experts estimate the real number could exceed 100.
Here are some of the victims we know about…
February 1: Lynda Ann Healy (21)
March 12: Donna Gail Manson (19)
April 17: Susan Elaine Rancourt (18)
May 6: Roberta Kathleen Parks (22)
June 1: Brenda Carol Ball (22)
June 11: Georgann Hawkins (18)
July 14: Janice Ann Ott (23)
July 14: Denise Marie Naslund (19)
Utah, Colorado, Idaho
October 2: Nancy Wilcox (16)
October 18: Melissa Anne Smith (17)
October 31: Laura Ann Aime (17)
November 8: Debra Jean Kent (17)
January 12: Caryn Eileen Campbell (23)
March 15: Julie Cunningham (26)
April 6: Denise Lynn Oliverson (25)
May 6: Lynette Dawn Culver (12)
June 28: Susan Curtis (15)
January 15: Margaret Elizabeth Bowman (21)
January 15: Lisa Levy (20)
February 9: Kimberly Diane Leach (12)
January 4, 1974: Karen Sparks (18)
November 8, 1974: Carol DaRonch (18)
January 15, 1978: Karen Chandler (21)
January 15, 1978: Kathy Kleiner (21)
January 15, 1978: Cheryl Thomas (21)
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