Debbie Harry claims that she once escaped a late meeting with serial killer Ted Bundy in New York City in the early 1970s.
The 73-year-old singer from Blondie stands by her story, which is expected to be discussed in depth in her upcoming memoir Face It, which will appear in October. Rolling stone.
According to Harry, she met Bundy while hitchhiking in Manhattan & # 39; s East Village in 1972.
She says the meeting took place when she climbed into a stranger's car on Avenue C after she was unable to greet a taxi, according to Interview Magazine.
Debbie Harry (left), the lead singer of the hit group Blondie, has long claimed that she was almost abducted by Ted Bundy (seen in the late 1970s) in 1972 in New York City
Harry (seen above in 1979) says the incident took place in the East Village of Manhattan
& # 39; This was early 70s, & # 39; said Harry.
& # 39; I wasn't even in a band at the time … I tried to spend the city in a club after closing time.
& # 39; A small white car pulls up and the man offers me a lift.
& # 39; So I just kept trying to mark a taxi down. But he was very persistent and he asked where I was going.
& # 39; It was only a few blocks away and he said: & # 39; Well, I'll give you a lift. & # 39;
& # 39; I got in the car and it was summer and the windows were all rolled up, except about a centimeter at the top.
& # 39; So I sat there and he didn't really talk to me.
& # 39; I automatically achieved some sort of rolling down the window and I realized that there was no door handle, no window handle, nothing.
& # 39; The inside of the car was completely empty. & # 39;
Harry then said she noticed that there was a hole where the radio and glove box should be.
Because she felt unsafe, she quickly decided that she had to leave.
To open the door, she reached out the window and grabbed the door handle from outside.
& # 39; As soon as he saw that, he quickly tried to turn the corner and I turned out of the car and landed in the middle of the street, & # 39; she said.
Harry said the driver took her two blocks to Avenue A.
In 1989, Bundy, who killed at least seven hundred women in just five years, was executed via the electric chair in Florida.
Bundy was right to give an interview to FBI agent Bill Hagmaier on the eve of his January 1989 execution. Harry says that after bringing news about Bundy to death, she realized that he was the driver of the car where she escaped into the East Village in 1972
Harry said that when she saw Bundy's face on the news the next day, she realized that he was the driver she escaped from in the East Village.
& # 39; It was just after his execution that I read about him & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; I haven't thought about that in years.
& # 39; The entire description of how he worked and what he looked like and the type of car he was driving, and the time frame he was doing, fit exactly into that area.
& # 39; I said, "My God, it was him."
& # 39; Very scary, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; To be honest, I had not thought of the incident in 15 years. I am one of the lucky ones. & # 39;
In the biographical book Blondie: Parallel Lives, Harry told a similar story about being kidnapped in East Village.
She added a few details about her kidnapped abductor.
& # 39; It was late at night and I tried to cross Houston Street from the Lower East Side to 7th Avenue, & # 39; says Harry in the book that was released in 2012.
In 2012, Harry repeated the story of almost being kidnapped by Bundy in the biographical book Blondie: Parallel Lives
& # 39; For some reason there were no taxi's and I was wearing these large platform shoes.
& # 39; This car kept turning in circles, this man shouted: & # 39; Come on, I'll give you a ride. & # 39;
& # 39; I finally gave in and got into the car. I realized that I had made a big mistake.
& # 39; First, it was very hot in the car and the windows almost rolled up.
& # 39; The man had a white shirt and he looked very good.
& # 39; Then I realized that this man had the worst BO I have ever smelled.
& # 39; Then I looked at the door to turn the window down and saw that there was no door handle, no pendulum.
& # 39; I threw my eyes around and saw that the car had been emptied. There was nothing in it.
& # 39; The hairs on the back of my neck rose, so I put my arm through the slit in the window and managed to open the door from the outside.
& # 39; I was so lucky.
Harry later reflected in the book: & # 39; I didn't know anything about Ted Bundy at the time.
& # 39; I just thought, "Thank goodness I got away from it," and I just went on – and years later, after he was executed, I stepped on a flight and started a Newsweek, and I started this story reading, and it says "Modus Operandi," and it describes what he looked like, the inside of his car, and the hair on the back of my neck went out again and I said, "Oh my God, that was Ted Bundy ". & # 39;
WHY DEBBIE HARRY IN 1972 THE MOST IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK WAS NOT REJECTED BY TED BUNDY
Ted Bundy & # 39; s notorious Volkswagen Beetle, which he used during his deadly talk in Seattle and Salt Lake City. Harry & # 39; s description of the car she claims were driven by Bundy in 1972 does not match what the police found in the Beetle
Although there is no evidence that Debbie Harry's claim that she escaped the clutches of Ted Bundy would completely exclude, it is unlikely that one of America's # 39 notorious serial killers was driving a car in New York City in 1972.
According to the fact-checking website Snopes, no record is known to indicate that Bundy was in New York at that time.
Bundy was born in Philadelphia and lived with his grandparents for the first three years of his life.
He then spent most of the rest of his life between the Pacific Northwest and Utah.
Bundy is also known for abducting and killing women in 1974. He did so in the area that extends from the state of Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Idaho.
He escaped from a Colorado prison in 1977 and then fled to Florida, where he kidnapped and killed more women.
Bundy was finally arrested again in February 1978.
Because there is no exact location of his place of residence at that time, it is possible that Bundy drove to New York in 1972.
But the car that Harry describes was probably not the infamous light brown Volkswagen beetle that the serial killer was driving.
Bundy drove the car during his deadly talk in Seattle and Salt Lake City.
The only change he made was to remove the passenger seat so that he could lay his victims flat on the floor of the interior.
There is no police report showing that the radio and glove compartment of Bundy & # 39; s Volkswagen has been pulled out.
Creepy: Bundy is seen as a guide from a Colorado court in 1977, the year in which he twice escaped from local law enforcement pending a murder case
While Bundy announced dozens of murders and DNA evidence was used to convict him, he was known to change his story or offer conflicting facts.
He was also known to have spent some time on the east coast, although he never stated that he was in New York City.
Bundy once said he tried his first kidnapping in New Jersey in 1969, but committed his first murder in Seattle in 1971.
He once claimed that he had killed two women in Atlantic City in 1969 when he visited relatives in Philadelphia.
Although he could have taken the two-hour drive to New York during one of his visits to Philadelphia, there is no credible report from him driving the car as described by Harry.
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