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Carol M. Bundy

Carol M. Bundy

Carol Mary Bundy (August 26, 1942 – December 9, 2003) was an American serial killer. Bundy and Doug Clark became collectively known as the Sunset Strip Killers after being convicted of a series of murders in Los Angeles during the late spring and early summer of 1980. The victims were young sex workers or runaways.[1]

Carol Mary Bundy
Prison photograph from 1998
Born(1942-08-26)August 26, 1942
DiedDecember 9, 2003(2003-12-09) (aged 61)
Other namesThe Hollywood Slasher
The Sunset Strip Killer
The Sunset Strip Slayer
Conviction(s)First degree murder (2 counts)
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment
VictimsConvicted of 2, suspected of more
Span of crimes
June 1, 1980–August 4, 1980
CountryUnited States
Date apprehended
August 11, 1980

Early life

Bundy had a troubled childhood, as both of her parents were abusive alcoholics. Bundy's mother died when she was young and her father sexually abused her starting at the age of 11. After Bundy's father remarried, he put her in various foster homes.[2] When Bundy was 17 years old, she married a 56-year-old man.

By the time Bundy met Doug Clark at the age of 37, she had just escaped a third marriage to an abusive man, by whom she had two young sons.[2] She had begun an affair with her apartment block manager, part-time country singer Jack Murray,[2] and had attempted to bribe Murray's wife into leaving him. After Murray's wife compelled him to evict Bundy from the block, Bundy continued to show up regularly to venues where he was singing. It was at one of these venues, a bar called Little Nashville, where she first met Clark in 1980.[2] Clark soon moved in with Bundy and they found out that they shared dark sexual fantasies.


Additional mugshot

Clark began bringing prostitutes back to the couple's apartment to have threesomes. Then, when Clark took an interest in an 11-year-old neighbor, Bundy helped lure the girl into posing for pornographic photographs.[2] Clark quickly escalated from pedophilia, talking about how much he would like to kill a girl during sex. He persuaded Bundy to purchase two automatic pistols for him to use, reportedly seeking to fulfill his fantasy of killing a woman during sex and feeling her vaginal contractions during the death spasms.[2][3]

One night, during June 1980, Clark came home and told Bundy about two teenagers, Gina Narano and Cynthia Chandler, whom he had murdered after picking them up on the Sunset Strip. He had ordered them to perform fellatio on him and then shot them both in the head before taking them to a garage and raping their dead bodies.[2] He had then dumped the bodies near the Ventura Freeway, where they were found the next day. An uneasy Bundy phoned the police, admitting to having some knowledge of the murders, but refused to provide any clues as to Clark's identity.[2] Clark told Bundy that, if either of them were apprehended, he would take the blame in the hope that she would be allowed to go free.[4]

Twelve days after the initial murders, Clark killed two women who were working as prostitutes, Karen Jones and Exxie Wilson. As before, Clark lured them into the car, shot them, and dumped their bodies in plain sight, but not before removing Wilson's head.[5] Clark took the head back home and stored it in the refrigerator. Bundy, upon seeing it, put make-up on it before Clark used it again for another "bout of necrophilia."[5] Two days later, the couple put the freshly cleaned head in a box and dumped it in an alleyway. Three days later, another victim was found in the woods in the San Fernando Valley. The victim, a runaway named Marnette Comer, appeared to have been killed three weeks earlier, making her Clark's first known victim.[5]

Meanwhile, Bundy continued to attend Murray's performances and, afterwards, would make conversation with him. After a few drinks, the conversation turned to things she and Clark were doing. Murray was alarmed and implied that he might tell the police. To prevent this from happening, in August 1980, Bundy lured Murray into his van after a show to have sex. Once they were inside, she shot and decapitated him.[5] Bundy left various clues behind, including shell casings in the van.[5] Two days later, Bundy bowed to psychological pressure and confessed to her co-workers that she had killed Murray. They called the police and she gave a full confession to her and Clark's crimes.[5]

Trial and conviction

The murder weapons were found hidden at Clark's workplace after his arrest. Bundy was charged with two murders: Jack Murray and an unidentified victim, whose murder Bundy had confessed to witnessing after she handed Clark the gun.[5] Clark was charged with six murders. At his trial, Clark acted as his own defense counsel and set out to prove that Bundy and Jack Murray had committed the murders.[6] Bundy did not testify for the prosecution at Clark's trial, but did testify for the defense, having been granted immunity from prosecution for additional crimes.[6] Clark was convicted of all six murders and sentenced to death in 1983. As of 2021, Clark was still on California's death row.[7]

Bundy was sentenced to prison for a term of 25 years for Murray's murder and a term of 27 years for the second murder.[5] Bundy died in prison from heart failure on December 9, 2003, at the age of 61.[5]

See also


  1. Ramsland, Katherine. "Love and Death: The Sunset Strip Killers". truTV Crime Library. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  2. Greig, Charlotte (2005). Evil Serial Killers: In the Minds of Monsters. New York: Barnes & Noble. p. 41. ISBN 0760775664.
  3. Fox, James Alan; Jack Levin (2005). Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder. SAGE. pp. 79–81. ISBN 0761988572.
  4. Schmid, David (2006). Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture. University of Chicago Press. p. 232. ISBN 0226738698.
  5. Greig, Charlotte (2005). Evil Serial Killers: In the Minds of Monsters. New York: Barnes & Noble. p. 42. ISBN 0760775664.
  6. "People v. Clark (1992)". Justia Law. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  7. "A look at the hard life inside San Quentin's Death Row". KSBW. December 30, 2015.

Further reading

  • Farr, Louise (1992). The Sunset Murders. Atria. ISBN 978-0671700881.
  • Furio, Jennifer (2001). Team Killers. Algora. ISBN 978-1892941626.
  • Slater, David. ""It's Fun to Kill People!": The Sunset Strip Murders" in David Kerekes and David Slater (eds) Critical Vision: Random Essays & Tracts Concerning Sex Religion death Stockport Cheshire UK: Headpress, 1995, pp. 180–242.
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