Kidnapping Gone Wrong Does in Ted Bundy

Not many people can say they’ve encountered a vicious serial killer and lived to tell the tale — but Carol DaRonch can.

As one of the most prolific serial killers in recent history, Ted Bundy is responsible for the tortuous deaths of more than 30 people. On the afternoon of November 8, 1974, DaRonch, then still a teen, very nearly became one of Bundy’s many victims when the seasoned killer attempted to abduct her from a local shopping mall. Luckily for DaRonch, she instead became one of the few people to have ever escaped with their lives after getting caught in Bundy’s crosshairs, a 1978 New York Times article reports.

DaRonch recounted the terrifying ordeal for Netflix’s recently released docu-series, “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.” The series features the death row interviews with Bundy conducted by journalists Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth in 1980, as well as interviews with detectives and lawyers connected to the case, and people like DaRonch, who came too close to Bundy for comfort.

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