As Kemper himself put it, “Well, [Mullin] had a habit of singing and bothering people when somebody tried to watch TV. Then, when he was a good boy, I’d give him some peanuts. That was effective, because pretty soon he asked permission to sing.
That’s called behavior modification treatment.” Los Angeles in the late ’70s was yet another place besieged by dual serial killers, but this pair—cousins Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi—was a team working together.
Fortunately for contestant Cheryl Bradshaw, she refused to go on a date with him after the two talked in the green room after the show and she found him “creepy.” Smart choice.
They called him “The Other Baton Rouge Serial Killer.” Lee and Gillis aren’t the only example of multiple serial killers active in a city simultaneously.
During the early 1970s, the city of Santa Cruz, California had one man abducting, killing, and dismembering young female hitchhikers and another killing at random using whatever he could get his hands on. On February 13, 1973, Herbert Mullin was apprehended, and on April 20, Edmund “The Co-ed Killer” Kemper surrendered to the police.
One of the people who knew Bundy best is crime author Ann Rule. In her book covering Bundy’s murders titled The Stranger Beside Me, Rule shares one of the most peculiar stories about Bundy—how, in 1970, he saved a toddler from drowning.
The child was three years old, and he had wandered away from his parents while on vacation at Green Lake in Seattle.