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Birthplace of Ted Bundy

The looming office building that resides in the spot that serial killer Ted Bundy's birthplace, Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers once stood. 


Ted Bundy was one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. His nationwide rampage extended throughout most of the 1970s, his personable demeanor and charming looks allowing him to stay off of the radar. At his capture, he confessed to the rapes and murders of more than 30 women, some of them as young as 12 and 13. After a decade in prison, he was put to death on January 24, 1989, by means of the electric chair.

Bundy was born in a women’s shelter in Burlington, VT, on November 24, 1946. Conceived out of wedlock to a father who disappeared, his mother, Eleanor Cowell, fled to the sanctuary of the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers, a large Victorian-style house that had been the Lund Home since 1893, when it was called the Home for Friendless Women.

After his birth there, Bundy was brought up by his maternal grandparents in Philadelphia, PA, although he was raised for a while to think that they were his parents and his biological mother was his sister.

A couple of decades after the birth of Bundy, the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers built a new building on a different part of their property at 76 Glen Road, renamed itself the Lund Family Center, and has prospered in its mission of helping troubled women and children live healthy lives.

Today, Shelburne Road is a busy commercial strip, although a few old homes do still line it here and there. The site of Bundy’s birth is now the location of a six-story, multi-tenant office building, set like a giant tombstone on the spot where the original house once stood. The property still backs up to the new Lund Family Center site on Glenn Road.

Adapted with Permission from: The New England Grimpendium by J.W. Ocker