The location where Cheryl Thomas was attacked.
Crime Scene Location in Tallahassee, Florida, United States.
This is the location where serial killer Ted Bundy brutally assaulted 21-year-old Cheryl Thomas.
At the time, Cheryl was living in a duplex at 431 Dunwoody Street.
These days, the property no longer exists. Over the years, the street has undergone a number of significant changes.
In the early hours of January 15th, 1978, Bundy savagely attacked four women at the Chi Omega sorority house on West Jefferson Street.
An hour or so later, at around 4.30 a.m., he unfastened a mosquito screen on Cheryl's kitchen window and climbed into her apartment while she was sleeping.
As he was entering the duplex, Bundy knocked over a flower pot and woke the young college student up. However, she presumed that it was her kitten and decided to go back to sleep.
That is the last thing that Cheryl remembers. The next thing she knew, she was in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with five skull fractures, a dislocated shoulder, nerve damage, hearing loss and a broken jaw.
During Bundy's attack, the neighbors on the other side of Cheryl's duplex started to hear loud thumping noises. As they were trying to figure out where the noise was coming from, they could hear the sound of someone whimpering.
After realizing that the noise was coming from Cheryl's apartment, they decided to call her telephone. While the phone was ringing, the sound of a table being moved emanated from the kitchen.
Realizing that something wasn't right, the two women decided to call 911.
When the police arrived and knocked on Cheryl's door, there was no answer. Moments later, they noticed that the mosquito screen on her kitchen window was ajar.
At that point, the officers entered the apartment using a spare key and found the young woman lying in a semi-conscious state on her bed.
It quickly became clear that she had been bludgeoned. Blood was on her bed and floor, and her face was bruised and swollen. A makeshift mask made out of pantyhose was also discovered amidst the bed sheets.
Although Cheryl was fortunate to survive this brutal attack, she was left with long-term hearing loss in one ear and balance issues that put an end to her dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
This property has been demolished.
The house no longer exists. However, you can still visit the location.
Where did Cheryl Thomas live?
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
The GPS coordinates for the house are as follows.
- Latitude: 30.438633
- Longitude: -84.300298
Open 30.438633, -84.300298 in Google Maps to view directions on how to get there.
The full address for this location is:
431 Dunwoody Street
Cheryl's house was on Dunwoody Street in College Town. The street is 100 feet east of the intersection between Varsity Drive and West Pensacola Street. It is relatively close to the Florida State University Visitor Center.
Photos of the house and other related images.
Aerial image of Tallahassee.
This aerial image of the FSU campus in Tallahassee shows how close Cheryl Thomas' duplex was to the Chi Omega sorority house.
The distance between these two locations is 0.5 miles. On average, it takes about 10 minutes to walk from the sorority house to Dunwoody Street.
Bundy left the sorority house at 3 a.m. and was last seen fifteen minutes later on West Jefferson Street.
However, he didn't break into Cheryl's apartment until around 4.30 a.m. His whereabouts during this one-hour period remain unknown.
At the time, the emergency services were attending the shocking crime scene at Chi Omega. Therefore, it stands to reason that he was skulking around and trying to avoid police vehicles.
431 Dunwoody Street.
This is a newspaper clipping from the Tallahassee Democrat. It was published on January 16th, 1978.
This Google Street View image of Dunwoody Street was taken in February, 2020.
The large parking garage at the end of the street was built in 2012. The condo on the left was built in 2007.
Inset is an image of Cheryl Thomas from 2019. That year, she took part in a 20/20 special on ABC.
During her interview, she recalled how she woke up in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital a couple of days later. Because she had no recollection of the event, her mother had to break the news to her that she had been attacked.
After recovering from her injuries, she did not return to FSU. Although her dreams of becoming a professional dancer were dashed, Cheryl did eventually go on to teach ballet.
Cheryl Thomas' house.
Cheryl Thomas lived in a house that had been converted into a duplex.
During the conversion, it seems as though the wall between the two units wasn't fully insulated. As a result, both tenants were able to hear each other pretty clearly.
If the wall had been properly insulated, it is likely that Cheryl's neighbors wouldn't have heard her whimpering that night. It is also possible that they would have slept through the thumping sounds.
In the top right-hand corner, you can see the window that Bundy crawled through. You can also see the mosquito screen that he pushed aside.
This location belongs to the following categories.Crime ScenesSerial KillersTed Bundy Florida LocationsTed Bundy Locations
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