What Is Ted Bundy's Ex-Girlfriend Doing Today?

"Living quietly. Leave her alone."

That's probably the best answer to the question "What's Ted Bundy's ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, doing these days?" It's difficult, maybe impossible, to imagine what it would be like, slowly finding out that the person you trusted most in the world, with whom you were the most intimate, has been hiding a dangerous secret for your entire relationship. But that's the reality that faced Elizabeth Kloeper over a series of horrific reveals throughout the 1970s.

When she was 24 years old, Kloeper, a recent divorcee and single mother, met Ted Bundy at a bar in Seattle. It was October of 1969, and she described the attraction as immediate. Bundy was a smart, charming, upstanding gentleman, clean-cut and adherent to old fashioned conservative values. He wanted a home and a family, he told her, and he missed having a kitchen where he could cook for people.

Kloeper was charmed, stating in her book The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy, "The chemistry between us was incredible... I was already planning the wedding and naming the kids... My prince." Four months later, they had applied for a marriage license.

Life with Ted Bundy

Soon after, things started to fall into place for Kloeper. Biography states that Bundy's verbal abuse became more marked, and he threatened her life on at least one occasion when confronted about his habit of stealing. On August 8th, 1974, she made the first of several phone calls to the King County Police Department, all of which went unheeded. Soon afterwards, Bundy moved to Utah, where new disappearances started being reported.

The rest is history. Bundy was arrested a year later in the Salt Lake City suburb of Granger. He would go on to escape prison twice before ultimately being captured in Florida and eventually confessing to 30 murders across seven states. Kloepfer managed to dodge a couple of bullets: one when Bundy failed to kill her by blocking their house's fireplace and attempting to asphyxiate her, and the other when he tore up their marriage license during a heated argument.

Love conquering all and what not, Bundy did manage to tie the knot thanks to an obscure Florida law which allowed him to simply state that he and his new girlfriend, Carole Ann Boone, were married during his murder trial, with the presence of the judge making it technically legal. Thanks for everything, Florida.

Elizabeth Kloepfer, on the other hand, managed to escape the spotlight. She wrote a memoir under a pseudonym and, as far as anyone can tell, got away from the public entirely, poking her head out to lend a hand with the 2019 Netflix true crime series Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Aside from that, she's been living quietly. Leave her alone.