5 Incredible Confessions in True Crime History
5 Incredible Confessions in True Crime History

5 Incredible Confessions in True Crime History

Lindsay Stidham - March 20, 2017

5 Incredible Confessions in True Crime History
Ted Bundy. The New Yorker

4. Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy keeps with the criminal tradition of making a confession right before death. Days before his execution, Bundy sat down for an interview with Detective Robert D. Keppel. The serial killer went into detail about he killed and dismembered victim Georgeann Hawkins.

While on death row, Bundy spoke a lot to Keppel to help him understand the mind of a serial killer. But before he spoke so openly with Keppel he made one last plea to try to maintain innocence: “I’ll tell you, as long as they attempt to keep their heads in the sand about me, there’s gonna be people turning up in canyons and there are gonna be people being shot in Salt Lake City. Because the police there aren’t willing to accept what I think they know and they know that I didn’t do these things.”

Before his final arrest, Bundy had managed to escape from prison and kill again. His good looks and manipulation even pulled the wool over the eyes of the police in that escape.

In 1989 Bundy was finally executed. He didn’t pull any punches before the very end, telling Keppel: “I think I stand as much chance of dying in front of a firing squad or in a gas chamber as you do being killed on a plane flight home. Let’s hope you don’t.”

5 Incredible Confessions in True Crime History
William Desmond Taylor. The Line Up

5. Silent But Deadly

In the 1920s, the death of director William Desmond Taylor was big news. A police officer showed up at his Hollywood bungalow to find him dead on the floor with a bullet in his back.

Actresses’ careers also died with Taylor’s murder. Mary Miles Minter was a budding teen star when Desmond started casting her in his silent films. After his murder her nightgown was found in his bedroom, as was a love letter.

Nonetheless, the case went unsolved for years. Many years later Minter wrote an autobiography and admitted that she and her mother were at the bungalow the night of the murder. Minter’s mother had previously threatened the life of another director that made a pass at her daughter.

Legend has it that when Minter’s mother suffered a heart attack, she attempted to a summon a priest so she could confess to killing Taylor. With no priest nearby to confess, she told all to a nearby neighbor and then died. Directors: be careful who cast…or don’t cast.