Vial of Ted Bundy's Blood Could Tie Him to Cold Cases

33-year-old vial of blood gave investigators a full DNA profile of serial killer
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2011 3:50 AM CDT
A vial of blood belonging to Ted Bundy has raised hope that more victims of the notorious serial killer can be identified.   (Wikipedia commons:

(Newser) – A newly found 33-year-old vial of blood belonging to Ted Bundy will be used to give the infamous serial killer a full DNA profile, reports the AP. Once it is added to the FBI's national database, investigators hope the profile will help them link Bundy to several long-unsolved crimes. The blood was discovered after a detective working on an unsolved 1961 murder in Tacoma, Washington, contacted Florida authorities. Evidence from Bundy's rape and murder of a 12-year-old in Florida in 1978 was supposed to have been destroyed, so investigators were surprised to find the blood still on file.

Bundy was executed in 1989 for the murder of two Florida college students and the 12-year-old, but confessed to killing 30 people and is suspected of even more murders. Once the DNA profile is uploaded in mid-August, it can be used to re-examine a wide range of cases suspected of being connected to Bundy. "It's not just our case," said a Tacoma homicide detective. "Once the word gets out, other agencies can look at their old cases."

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