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The Ghostly Volkswagen of Viewmont High School

by Jennifer Jones
Ted Bundy's VW Bug The Dead History

The Legend:

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.

The History:

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.

The Ghostly Volkswagen of Viewmont High School The Dead History

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))

Rustic Rink Bountiful Utah The Dead History

The Salt Lake Tribune – May 8, 1963

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.

The Ghostly Volkswagen of Viewmont High School The Dead History

Viewmont High parking lot where Debra Kent was last seen, and where the ghostly VW Bug is reportedly spotted.

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))

The Ghostly Volkswagen of Viewmont High School The Dead History

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.

Ted Bundy Linked to Debra Kent Disappearance The Dead History

The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah) · Fri, Oct 28, 1977

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.

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Janice April 3, 2016 - 11:17 am

Really enjoyed this one, Jenn

Jenn April 7, 2016 - 8:00 am

Thank you Janice! 🙂

Robin Westover April 6, 2016 - 9:50 pm

Have you found any documentation of the site up in immigration canyon or Park City where he supposedly killed some girls?

I always love your blogs and research. Excellent job.

Jenn April 7, 2016 - 7:58 am

Thank you! Other than the Viewmont story I haven’t really done a lot of research into Ted Bundy in Utah. 🙂

Hyrum Abiff September 9, 2016 - 3:53 pm

A few of us a couple years ago were at the Masonic Temple across the street from Viewmont. We were outside having a smoke and we heard a car pulling into the Viewmont parking lot. It was a Volkswagen Slug Bug that looked eerily like Ted Bundy’s. None of us wanted to see where it went after we saw it. We just stayed behind the temple.

LLL February 15, 2018 - 11:47 pm

Deb was a good friend and distant relative. We were the same age. I attended Bountiful High School and she attended Viewmont. Ted Bundy Haunted the town of Bountiful in 1974. It was often that there would be a rumor that someone saw his Volkswagen somewhere in Bountiful. We always would walk out to cars in groups. I remember the day clearly that I heard the news. It was Saturday morning, I was cleaning my room and over the radio I heard Debby Kent was missing. I thought I miss heard because it didn’t repeat. Then later that day her boyfriend and other friends came to my house to talk about possibly what happen. Bundy was not immediately pinpointed to be a suspect. I will never forget that year, it is still so clear. Many other details about Bundy and how our paths crossed but this was the most notable.

Jennifer Jones February 22, 2018 - 5:37 pm

I can’t imagine how horrifying that must have been. I’m sorry you lost your friend that way.

Karin Lindgren July 1, 2018 - 11:25 am

My feelings about Bundy are so simple that they verge on absurdity. I only wish he had been consumed by his law studies and his conversion to LDS instead of murder. Then he would have become a lawyer and a family man instead of one of the worst sex offenders in US history.

David S. July 13, 2018 - 10:19 am

My sibling and I both graduated Viewmont, 2014 and 2018 respectively. She saw it just parked in the Commons aready. Coincidentally, I was researching Ted Bundy for no reason the same day she saw it. It’s no Urban legend.


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