The ghostly Volkswagen Bug that belonged to serial killer Ted Bundy is said to be seen in the school parking lot of Viewmont High, only to vanish into thin air.
On the evening of November 8th, 1974, serial killer Ted Bundy made his way to Viewmont High in Bountiful, Utah after an unsuccessful kidnapping attempt at Fashion Place Mall in Salt Lake City. What led him that night to Viewmont High is unknown. He was living in downtown Salt Lake City at the time while attending law school at the University of Utah.
17-year-old high school senior, Debra Kent, was at the school watching a play with her parents. The play was running late and she offered to go pick up her 10-year-old brother from the Rustic Rink which was about 10 minutes away so that her parents could finish watching the play. ((http://scottschulte.blogspot.com/2007/07/when-evil-walked-our-streets-davis.html))
She said goodbye to her parents and walked out of the auditorium. People later reported seeing her walking towards her car which was parked in the west parking lot of the school. Other people reported seeing a well-dressed, attractive man pacing outside the auditorium. Ted Bundy also approached, a young, attractive teacher trying to get her to go to the parking lot with him and help him identify a car.
After an hour had passed and Debra failed to return to pick up her parents, they realized something was wrong. Soon, their car was the only one left in the school parking lot, and they found her purse and keys nearby. Police later found a small handcuff key that matched the handcuffs used by Ted Bundy in his failed attempt to kidnap Carol DaRonch. ((http://coldcaseusa.blogspot.com/2011/11/ted-bundy-confessed-debra-kent-still.html))
Years passed and her parents and local officials continued to exhaust all leads that would help them find out what happened to her. By 1977, prosecutors in Colorado were actively trying to link Bundy to Debra’s disappearance.
After escaping from custody more than once, and murdering 4 others, Ted Bundy was finally convicted of murder and sentenced to death on July 13th, 1979. ((http://www.deseretnews.com/article/680054/Ted-Bundy-timeline.html?pg=all)) While charges were never filed against Ted Bundy for the abduction of Debra Kent, he confessed to her abduction and murder shortly before his execution by electric chair on January 24th, 1989 at the Florida State Prison. ((http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19990124&slug=2940372)) He gave detectives the approximate location in which they could find her body, but all they found was a patella, and they were not able to confirm definitively that it belonged to Debra Kent.
I’ve never read any first-hand reports from people who claimed to have seen this ghostly Volkswagen in the parking lot of Viewmont High, leading me to believe it is just another urban legend that took on a life of its own after this tragedy. Interestingly, Ted Bundy’s ghost has been spotted over the years since his execution, mainly by guards who work on death row in the Florida State Prison, and also the Chi Omega Sorority House where he committed the murders that earned him the death penalty.