The location where Ted Bundy was born.
Place of Interest in Burlington, Vermont, United States.
This is the place where serial killer Ted Bundy was born.
Bundy was born at this location on November 24th, 1946.
At the time, 346 Shelburne Road was the address of an old Victorian-style mansion that belonged to the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers. These days, the mansion no longer exists, as it was demolished in February of 1970 to make way for an office building.
During the first couple of years of his life, Ted had the surname Cowell. It wasn't until 1951 that his mother, Louise Cowell, met his stepfather, Johnny Bundy.
The identity of Ted's biological father is unknown.
Although there are reports that a man named Lloyd Marshall was listed on his birth certificate, Louise later claimed that his real father was a young Philadelphia-based sailor called Jack Worthington.
According to Louise, Worthington abandoned her soon after she became pregnant. In her own words, "He flew the coop."
This left her in a very difficult situation, as being an unmarried mother during the 1940s carried a huge social stigma.
To hide the family "shame", many women were sent to homes for unwed mothers, where they could give birth in secrecy and then put the baby up for adoption.
That way, the woman and her family could continue living their lives as normal, untarnished by such an "indignity".
To spare her family the embarrassment, Louise lived at the Elizabeth Lund Home in Vermont for about two months, up until she gave birth. It is believed that she left the home shortly after Ted was born.
After giving birth to Ted and putting him up for adoption, Louise returned to her parents' house in Philadelphia by herself.
A few months later, her father, Samuel Cowell, learned that his grandson had not been adopted and that he was still being cared for at the unwed home in Burlington.
As a result, he decided that it was time to take the toddler out of the home and bring him to Philadelphia.
However, in order to avoid the "shame" of having an illegitimate child in the family, he opted to raise Ted as his own. Notably, in the 1950 US Census, he is listed as Samuel's son, not grandson.
During the first couple of years of Ted Bundy's life, his mother Louise reportedly made multiple attempts to contact his biological father and ask him for financial assistance. However, he had zero interest in seeing his own son and refused to help.
When Bundy was 21 years old, he took a trip to the east coast. During this trip, he visited Burlington, Vermont, and got an extract of his birth certificate. It was only at that point that he learned for certain that he was an illegitimate child—a fact that he did not take well.
According to those who knew him, he was extremely bitter about his illegitimacy and the circumstances surrounding his birth. He also reportedly resented his mother for keeping it a secret from him.
While he was living in Pennsylvania in 1969, he attempted to track down his father, working on a "tip off".
However, he was unable to find him.
To this day, the true identity of Ted Bundy's father remains uncertain.
This property has been demolished.
The site no longer exists. However, you can still visit the location.
The original building no longer exists, as it was torn down in February of 1970.
Where was Ted Bundy born?
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The full address for this location is:
346 Shelburne Road
It is situated on Shelburne Road in the South End neighborhood of Burlington. It is halfway between Flynn Avenue and Prospect Parkway.
Details about the general area.
Burlington is a small city in the west of Vermont. It sits on the eastern side of Lake Champlain.
Private property warning.
This is a private property. It is not a public place. Therefore, you should be respectful and not step foot on the property without permission.
This is a place of business. Please do not trespass on the property.
Photos of the site and other related images.
The Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers.
This is a colorized photograph of the Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers, which was situated at 346 Shelburne Road in Burlington, Vermont.
Theodore Robert Cowell was born here on November 24th, 1946.
Originally, the mansion was called the "Home for Friendless Women." However, it was renamed in 1927 after a woman named Elizabeth Lund donated a large sum of money to the organization.
It was demolished in 1970.
Image source: The Burlington Free Press
The Victorian-style mansion was demolished in February of 1970 to make way for an office building. By that stage, the Elizabeth Lund Home had already moved to a new house on Glen Road.
This is an extract from Ted Bundy's amended birth certificate. As you can see, the place of birth is listed as Burlington.
Note that this birth certificate was issued after his mother married Johnny Bundy in 1951. The original document will remain sealed until 2045.
346 Shelburne Road.
This is a Google Street View image of 346 Shelburne Road, which is now an office building.
On the right, we've added a photograph of Louise and Ted.
This aerial image shows how close the "new" Elizabeth Lund Home is to the original location. These days, it is situated at 76 Glen Road.
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