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Lynda Ann Healy's house

This is the house where serial killer Ted Bundy attacked and abducted his first known murder victim, Lynda Ann Healy.

It is situated at 5517 12th Avenue NE in Seattle, Washington.

On the evening of January 31st, 1974, Healy and her roommates were drinking at a popular bar called Dante's Tavern, which was situated on Roosevelt Way.

However, the group didn't stay out late that night, as their friend Pete needed to catch a bus back to his place. Healy also needed to be up at 5.30 a.m. the next morning for work.

Consequently, they returned to their house on 12th Avenue at around 10 p.m.

Lynda Ann Healy goes missing

The next morning, Healy's alarm clock radio went off at 5:30 a.m., just like it always did. However, this time, it didn't stop.

Thirty minutes later, Healy's roommate, Karen Skavlem, woke up and realized that the radio was still playing.

When she checked the room to see what was going on, she saw that it was completely empty. Furthermore, there were no signs that anything was out of the ordinary.

As a result, she presumed that the 21-year-old had simply left the house to go to work.

However, a few hours later, Healy's boss called the house and asked why one of his most reliable employees had failed to show up that morning.

Immediately, alarm bells started ringing, as both parties knew that this was extremely out of character for the young psychology student.

She wasn't the type of person who would fail to show up for work without saying anything.

For the next couple of hours, her roommates waited anxiously, hoping that she'd suddenly walk through the door with some sort of explanation that might explain her bizarre absence.

Unfortunately, that moment never came.

When some of Healy's family members showed up at the house for a previously planned dinner, her roommates finally decided that it was time to tell them about the situation.

Fearing the worst, her mother, Joyce, immediately called the police.

The basement room of the house is searched

When a detective arrived and searched the basement bedroom, everything seemed extremely neat and tidy, including her bed.

Her roommates found this particularly strange, as Healy usually didn't bother making her bed on mornings when she had to leave early for work.

After lifting the bedspread, they immediately spotted blood on the pillow and on parts of the bed sheets. They also found blood on her nightgown, which had been carefully hung inside the closet.

At that point, it became very clear that something terrible had happened to the young coed.

Judging by the location of the blood, it seemed as though she had sustained a serious head injury. Furthermore, her abductor had gone through the effort of making her bed and putting her nightgown away.

Discovery of remains

For the next 13 months, Healy's case remained a mystery. Despite a thorough investigation that involved 65 interviews and an exhaustive search of the neighborhood, police were unable to narrow in on a suspect or find any trace of the missing 21-year-old.

The young woman had been quietly kidnapped in the middle of the night by an unknown killer while one of her roommates slept in a nearby room.

Then, in March of 1975, two forestry students stumbled across a human skull on Taylor Mountain in Washington State. During a search of the site, police discovered the partial remains of four women.

Among these remains was the mandible (jaw bone) of Lynda Ann Healy.

The police were able to positively identify the mandible by comparing it against her dental records.

By that point, the authorities were acutely aware that a predator was targeting women in the Seattle area. However, they still had no solid leads on his identity.

It wasn't until Ted Bundy was arrested in November of 1975 for the attempted abduction of Carol DaRonch that he became the prime suspect in the murders.

Lynda Ann Healy's house location

Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.

GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the house are:

47.669083, -122.315407


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The full address for this location is:

5517 12th Ave NE
WA 98105
United States


The house is halfway between NE 56th Street and NE 55th Street in the north of the University District. It is relatively close to Cowen Park.


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Bundy may have spotted Healy at Dante's Tavern

Dante's bar, Seattle.

Healy and her roommates visited Dante's bar on the night that she went missing. During the 1970s, Dante's was a popular dive bar for college students in the University District of Seattle.

The group ordered two pitchers between the four of them. However, they left pretty early because their friend Pete needed to catch a 9.41 p.m. bus back to his house.

Notably, Bundy frequented Dante's and another nearby tavern called O'Banion's. Therefore, it is possible that he initially spotted Healy and her friends in the area and decided to follow them back to their residence.

The walk from Dante's Tavern to Healy's house on 12th Avenue was pretty short. The house was less than half a mile away, and it would have taken the group only five minutes to get there.

This raises the possibility that Bundy stalked them from afar and made a mental note of where they were living.

Dante's was badly damaged by an electrical fire in August of 2015. Although there were plans to renovate the bar, it seems as though the estimated cost of the repair work was too high. In the end, the building was demolished to make way for an apartment building.

These days, it is an empty parking lot.

Lynda Ann Healy

Linda Ann Healy.

Lynda Ann Healy was born on July 3rd, 1952. Her parents were James Russell Healy and Joyce Ann Strickland Healy.

At the time of her murder, Healy was a psychology student at the nearby University of Washington. She was in her senior year and was due to graduate in a couple of months.

Lynda had a great interest in psychology, and she was particularly focused on helping young people with intellectual disabilities.

Before moving to the University District to attend college, she lived in the Newport Hills area of Bellevue, which is in the suburbs of Seattle.

She was about 5'7" and weighed 115 pounds, with long brown hair and blue eyes. According to friends and family, she had a great singing voice. She also loved photography and liked to bring her camera everywhere.

Every day before class, she would attend her job at Northwest Ski Reports, where she would announce the weather conditions for various ski resorts on the morning radio.

On the morning that she failed to show up for work, her colleagues at the station speculated live on air that she must be sick.

Lynda Ann Healy's room

Lynda Ann Healy's room

This is a crime scene photograph of Lynda Ann Healy's room.

A blood stain is visible at the top of the mattress, close to where her pillow was. The location of the blood on Healy's bed and nightgown suggests that Bundy incapacitated her by striking her over the head with an object.

It is likely that he attacked her in the middle of the night while she was sleeping.

The fact that her roommate didn't hear anything suggests that it was very quick and powerful.

To buy himself some time before the alarm was raised, Bundy put effort into cleaning up the bedroom. It is likely that he did this because he knew that one of her roommates might stumble across the crime scene at any moment.

Before taking the 21-year-old from the house, he made her bed and placed her bloody nightgown in the closet.

Her regular clothes were also missing. It is likely that he took these clothes so that it would look like she had gotten dressed and left on her own accord.

Once he had finished tidying the room and "staging" the crime scene, he carried Healy outside and put her in his Volkswagen Bug. At this stage, he drove to a predesignated spot on Taylor Mountain—an area where he frequently went camping.

We will never know if Healy was still alive when Bundy took her from the house. However, it is doubtful that she was fully conscious.

The side door that led to the basement

Lynda Ann Healy house.

The house had a side door that led down into Healy's room in the basement.

According to one of Bundy's third-person "confessions", he checked one of the exterior doors while he was prowling around and discovered that it was unlocked. At that point, he decided to leave and return later, when everyone was asleep.

After Healy went missing, her roommates were alarmed to discover that this side door wasn't locked. They also noticed that the bike she used to travel around Seattle was left untouched.

Bundy lived less than a mile away

4143 12th Avenue

At the time of the abduction, Bundy was living at 4143 12th Avenue in the University District of Seattle.

Bundy's rooming house was exactly 0.8 miles away from Healy's residence. It would have taken him 10–15 minutes to walk the route by foot. By car, it was a 5-minute drive.

Due to the short distance between the two houses, we can't discount the possibility that Bundy was stalking Healy in the days leading up to the attack.

For example, he may have spotted the coed while he was driving by her house. He may have also seen her shopping at a local grocery store or cycling past his house.

Notably, Bundy's girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, was living just half a mile away from Healy's house. Again, this put him in close proximity to her.

It is also possible that Bundy's decision to target Healy was far more random. For instance, it is just as likely that he was skulking around the neighborhood and peering in through people's windows when he noticed her.

Bundy was a "Peeping Tom" who liked to get drunk and prowl around the streets at night. By 1974, he had been engaging in this type of deviant behavior for so long that it was almost second nature to him.

Therefore, it is possible that he saw the lights on and decided to take a closer look.

Before they all went to sleep that night, one of Healy's roommates thought that she saw a moving shadow outside the house. However, this sighting was soon written off as paranoia.

If this was Bundy, then it is likely that he was watching them and assessing the situation.

Coordinates: 47.658097, -122.315538

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This image of her roommates is from a news report about her disappearance. Her roommates' names were Karen Skavlem, Marti Sands, Jill Hodges, and Lorna Moss. Note that some of these names are fictional and that they are not ordered according to their appearance in the photograph.


Lynda's mother.

This is a photograph of Lynda and her mother, Joyce. It was taken in September of 1967. At the time, she would have been 15 years old.



This is a childhood photograph of Lynda holding her baby sister, Laura. The young boy on the right is her younger brother Robert, whom she called Bob.

Family photos


Healy's father, James, died in 1998 at the age of 72. Her mother, Joyce, passed away on December 27th, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.

The house in 1974

The house in 1974

This photograph of the house was taken in 1974. At the time, it was painted a pale light blue.

Aerial photograph from 1977

Aerial photograph from 1977

This aerial photograph from 1977 shows how close Healy's house was to Dante's Tavern and Liz Kloepfer's house.



The Google Street View image above was taken in December of 2021.

The house was built in 1906. It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

According to public records, it was last sold for $175,000 in June of 1997.



Notably, there is a small alley behind the house.

Given the fact that Bundy was a highly experienced voyeur, it seems plausible that he discovered this alley at some point while he was prowling around in the darkness and probing the exterior.

For example, he may have used it to get a good look at the back of the residence. It is also possible that he parked his vehicle here during the abduction.

Although there is a fence at the back of Healy's former house, there may have been gaps in one of the neighboring properties.

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