Beginning Of The End
Ted Bundy was stopped for a traffic violation in a Salt Lake City suburb during the early morning hours of August 16. Officers discovered robbery gear in the Volkswagen and Bundy, caught in a series of lies, was arrested on suspicion of burglary. The Utah sheriff's office then notified the Seattle task force that they had Washington resident Theodore Robert Bundy in custody and had confiscated a pair of handcuffs, an ice pick, a crowbar, a pantyhose mask, and several lengths of rope from his car. Investigators immediately began working to determine if Bundy was their killer in the Washington cases.
Carol DaRonch and several other witnesses picked Bundy out of a police line up. He was sent to trial on February 23, 1976. On March 1 the judge pronounced Bundy guilty of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and sentenced him to one-to-fifteen years in Utah State Prison. He would be eligible for parole in less than three years.
Investigators in Washington, Utah, and Colorado continued their efforts to link Bundy to the homicides in their states. Evidence was mounting. By October 1976 officials presented Bundy with a warrant charging him in one of the Colorado murders. He was extradited (taken to the jurisdiction or area where a crime is originally committed) to Glenwood Springs, Colorado for trial. Bundy escaped in June 1977 during a pretrial hearing but was recaptured eight days later. He managed to escape again in December and this time he made it to Florida.