After Bundy’s failed escape from prison in July of 1977, he succeeded in breaking out of the Garfield County jail in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on December 30, 1977. He had lost a lot of weight and was able to squeeze out of a hole in the ceiling of his jail cell. Once outside the prison, Bundy hitched a ride to the airport and stole some credit cards to catch a flight to Chicago. After a short trip to Ann Arbor Michigan, he found his way down to Georgia, then to the sunny state of Florida.
Once in Tallahassee, Bundy rented a room and stole a television and some other items he felt he needed. After a week in Florida, on January 15, 1978, Bundy entered an unlocked door on the Chi Omega sorority house, at Florida State University, looking to kill as many women as possible. He bludgeoned and strangled Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy. He left a deep bite mark on Lisa Levy’s left buttock that later sealed his fate at trial. He brutally bludgeoned and broke bones on two other young women in the Chi O house, though they both survived the attack. Several blocks away, he attacked another Florida State student and left her deaf and broke both her jaw and her skull.
On February 8, 1978, Bundy drove to Lake City, Florida, where he kidnapped, raped and killed 12 year old Kimberly Leach. After disposing of her body in a pig shed, he stole a vehicle and returned to Tallahassee. On February 11, Bundy was stopped by a police officer and his vehicle was found to be stolen. Bundy attempted running but was tackled by the officer and arrested. After several days with no identification of their arrestee, Bundy gave his real name. After conferring with police in Washington State and Utah, officers then realized who they truly had in their jail. Rather than extradite Bundy to his previous killing grounds, they tried Bundy on the 3 murders he committed in Florida. Subsequently, he was allowed to give interviews to detectives from several different states in an attempt to close their cases. Bundy was later found guilty in Florida for all three murders and was later executed for the murder of Kimberly Leach.