Just finished watching the excellent Netflix documentary series about Ted Bundy, "Conversations With a Killer." I never knew about his U-M connection before - and a new tidbit was revealed in the documentary.
Bundy escaped from jail in Colorado on December 30, 1977. It's apparently well-known (although I didn't know this) that after he took a flight from Denver to Chicago, he hopped on a train to Ann Arbor and on Jan. 2, 1978, he was in a bar in Ann Arbor to watch Washington play Michigan in the Rose Bowl. (We won't talk about that game.)
Here's the tidbit that came out in the documentary: While in that bar, he either ALMOST got his ass kicked or DID get his ass kicked by some of us. Here's the way it was described in the documentary by a journalist who got the story straight from Bundy:
“He took the bus to Denver, got a flight to Chicago. In Chicago, he got on an Amtrak train and went to Ann Arbor, and was there to watch his alma mater, the University of Washington, play the University of Michigan in the Rose Bowl. He got drunk watching it in a college bar, and almost got beat to shit by a bunch of Michigan fans.”
So, whichever Michigan fans almost beat the shit out of Ted Bundy, good on you.