Flashback Friday: Ann Marie Burr

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Ann Marie Burr, missing from Tacoma, Washington since August 31, 1961, when she was eight years old. She was apparently abducted in the night, either lured out of or just plain taken from her house. Whatever happened, happened without waking Ann’s younger sister who shared a room with her.

Ann’s case is quite famous because of its possible connection with Ted Bundy. He lived in the area and knew her, and in spite of his youth (he was only fourteen when she disappeared) many Bundy scholars believe she was his first victim. The “did he or didn’t he?” is a pretty big topic for debate among Bundy hobbyists.

I think it’s unlikely we’ll ever know what happened. But in the unlikely event that she is still alive, Ann Marie would be 62 today.

7 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Ann Marie Burr

  1. Jeannee Waseck December 26, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    This poor soul! Yes, I have read that she was Ted Bundy’s first victim … a neighborhood girl who had a crush on the slightly older boy; a neighborhood girl who was sleeping on the living room sofa with the windows open, if I remember correctly (thus, no one in her family was disturbed) … a girl who was residing in a neighborhood where the streets were all torn-up, about to be paved – sadly, that’s where it’s thought her final resting place is …

  2. Mo December 26, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    Happy belated Christmas, Meaghan! For the most part I believe Ann was a victim of Bundy, but I still think there’s a chance of that not being the case. I heard that Bundy got real quiet when asked if he could be the perpetrator in cold cases of younger children. Maybe Ann was not a victim of Bundy and Bundy had always been a bit disturbed that someone would of done something horrible to the little girl who apparently would follow him around some. However since there have been serial killers who killed someone who was a younger child or at least attepted to during their adolescent years, I do think there is still a high chance Ann was Bundy’s first victim.

    • Meaghan December 26, 2014 / 3:24 pm

      I know of one serial killer — I forget his name offhand — who committed his first murder at age eight. He drowned a kid who was teasing him. The death was ruled an accident.

      • Mion December 28, 2014 / 12:55 am

        Are you sure that you have the details right? The closest I could find was Keith Jesperson; when he was 10, he attempted to drown a boy who had previously held his head underwater while playing in the pool.

      • Meaghan December 29, 2014 / 3:41 am

        No, I am thinking of someone else…Ed Kemper maybe, not sure. I read this quite recently.

  3. allykatt50 December 27, 2014 / 5:59 am

    Also Kimberly Diane Leach, his first Fla. victim was only 12 so only 4 years older than Burr.

  4. B December 27, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    Ted Bundy targeted young, attractive girls exclusively…high school and college students with their whole lives ahead of them, who were also sure to be missed. He wasn’t one of those serial killers who went after runaways and prostitutes, like Gary Ridgway, or any (unknown) number of others.

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