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Ted Bundy's mother: Love never waned

Ted Bundy's mother Louise died in December. Her son was convicted of several murders in 1980. For many years his mother refused to believe his guilt. He admitted to the crimes before his execution in 1989. 

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In this July 30, 1979 file photo, Louise Bundy, mother of convicted killer Ted Bundy, leaves court in Miami. Bundy, who was a staunch defender of her serial killer son before he made a series of death-row confessions, died in December 2012.

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Louise Bundy, who was a staunch defender of her serial killer son, Ted Bundy, before he made a series of death-row confessions, has died. She was 88.

She died last month in her hometown of Tacoma after a long illness, The News Tribune newspaper reported Wednesday (http://is.gd/G8BVv7 ).

Her death was confirmed to The Associated Press by the Rev. Melvin Woodworth, pastor of Tacoma's First United Methodist Church, which she attended from 1951 until a few years ago, when her health prevented her.

In the mid-1970s, Louise Bundy was a married mother of five working as a secretary at the University of Puget Sound when authorities across the nation began to accuse her eldest son in a series of gruesome killings.

For years, she refused to believe the charges.

"Ted Bundy does not go around killing women and little children!" she told The News Tribune in 1980 after Ted Bundy was convicted in the Florida killings. "And I know this, too, that our never-ending faith in Ted - our faith that he is innocent - has never wavered. And it never will."

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