Ted Bundy’s Car, Letters, and Other Personal Items are on Display at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Michele Debczak
Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Alcatraz East Crime Museum / Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Ted Bundy's crimes included at least 30 murders, for which he was executed on January 24, 1989. Thirty years later, the public is still fascinated by the American serial killer. In the past month alone he's been spotlighted in a Netflix docuseries called Conversation With a Killer and the biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron. To coincide with the 30th anniversary of his death, the Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is remembering the notorious murderer with a new display of personal items that offers a window into his private life.

The temporary exhibit features letters, cards, photos, and possessions of Bundy's. Letters between him and his defense attorney, J. Victor Africano, illustrate the legal battles that eventually landed him on death row. Visitors to the museum will also be able to read correspondence between Bundy and Carole Ann Boone—his former wife and the mother of his only child.

Letter from Ted Bundy to his lawyer J. Victor Africano.
Letter from Ted Bundy to his lawyer J. Victor Africano. / Alcatraz East Crime Museum

The artifacts will be displayed in front of the existing exhibit of Bundy's beige 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. Bundy used the car to stalk and pick up many of his victims throughout the 1970s, and it was one of the first pieces of evidence that linked him to the killings.

"It was over 30 years ago that I sat in the courtroom watching the famous Ted Bundy trial in person,” John Morgan, owner of Alcatraz East Crime Museum, said in a statement. “Today, I own a crime museum that houses his famous VW bug. It's an interesting twist of fate and hard to believe that three decades have [gone] by. So much time has passed and he's still a household name around the country, as people strive to understand what drives someone to commit such crimes.”

The crimes of Ted Bundy make up a small part of the exhibits at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. The collection also includes O.J. Simpson's white Ford Bronco and a death mask of John Dillinger.