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Bundy Wanted Cremation, Ashes Spread Over Cascades

January 26, 1989 GMT

STARKE, Fla. (AP) _ In a will signed the night before his execution, Ted Bundy asked that his body be cremated and the ashes spread over Washington state’s Cascade Mountains, where at least four of his victims’ bodies were found, a newspaper reported.

The will prepared by Bundy’s civil attorney, Diana Weiner, was released by Florida State Prison officials Wednesday at the request of The Florida Times- Union in Jacksonville, which reported the story in Thursday’s editions.

″Diana A. Weiner will contact family and friends as to any services. The ashes are to be spread over the Washington Cascade Mountains,″ Bundy stated in the will.

The will did not give a specific location for the ashes, and attempts by The Associated Press to reach Ms. Weiner by telephone were unsuccessful.

Sandy Williams, co-owner of the Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville where Bundy’s body was sent, would not give details about the final disposition of the body because of an agreement with Ms. Weiner.

″There will be no public funeral as of right now,″ Williams said. ″We do not believe there will be a public funeral in the future.″

Bundy was executed Tuesday at Florida State Prison near Starke for the February 1978 murder of Kimberly Leach, 12, of Lake City. He also was convicted of two other Florida deaths and is suspected in at least 50 deaths nationwide.

He was suspected in as many as 15 rapes and murders of young women in Washington while he lived in the Seattle area in the mid-1970s. Four of his victims’ bodies were found on Taylor Mountain in the foothills of the Cascades.

In the typewritten will, Bundy gave Ms. Weiner control over his remains, personal property and assets, including mail sent to him at the prison.

Prison records show Bundy’s personal property included a radio with a headphone, a gold-tone chain with a cross, a religious book, stationery, a gold wedding band and a bottle of suntan lotion.

He also had $709.66 in cash, money donated by family and friends for snacks and other items from the prison canteen.

The items were inventoried Tuesday and picked up at the prison by Ms. Weiner, said Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Macmaster.

Volusia County State Attorney John Tanner, a friend of Bundy’s who visited him often in recent years, was designated to handle the arrangements if Ms. Weiner was unable to do so.