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Karen Sparks' house.

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Karen Sparks' house.

On January 4th, 1974, Ted Bundy brutally assaulted college student Karen Sparks at 4325 8th Avenue NE in the University District of Seattle.

These days, the house no longer exists. The house and its neighboring properties were demolished and replaced by apartment buildings during the mid-1980s.

Karen Sparks was Bundy's first victim.

Karen Sparks Epley was Bundy's first confirmed victim. Although she survived the attack, it left her with a number of serious long-term injuries.

While the 18-year-old was sleeping in her basement room, Bundy managed to creep inside without waking her or any of her roommates. He then proceeded to beat her and sexually assault her using a piece of metal rebar that he took from the garden.

He did not abduct her.

At some point in the attack, Bundy decided to leave. Unlike in the case of Lynda Ann Healy, he did not attempt to abduct her. 

Although we will never know for sure what was going through Bundy's head at the time, it has been suggested that he might have been spooked by her friend Chuck, who was staying with Karen and her roommates during the holiday season.

According to Sparks, Chuck was a sleep talker who was sleeping in the boiler room beside her bedroom door.

Therefore, it is possible that Bundy heard Chuck talking in his sleep and panicked.

Horrific injuries.

Karen was left with horrific injuries, including a smashed skull. Her bladder was split and it took ten days before she managed to regain consciousness. She spent nearly one full month in the hospital. After she was released, she went back home to live with her parents for a year.

Following the attack, Karen suffered permanent brain damage, which caused partial vision and hearing loss. She also suffered from epileptic seizures and had to learn how to regain her balance to walk again.

The only silver lining is that she does not remember any details about the incident. In her opinion, this may have saved her from being psychologically traumatized.

Up until recently, Karen Sparks Epley was known as Joni Lenz.

It is worth noting that, up until recently, Sparks was referred to as Joni Lenz. This was a pseudonym that journalists and authors used in order to protect her privacy.

Other sources referred to her as Mary Adams and Terri Caldwell.

It wasn't until she agreed to appear in recent documentaries that her real name was revealed to the public.

In the aftermath of the attack, Sparks kept to herself and focused on her recovery.

Although there were various rumors that she had lost her ability to speak and that she was living in a care home, these turned out to be false. Thankfully, Karen managed to overcome many of her injuries. Later in life, she started a family and became an accountant.

Where did Karen Sparks live?

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

GPS Coordinates.

The GPS coordinates for the house are as follows.

  • Latitude: 47.660213
  • Longitude: -122.319799

Map.

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Address.

The full address for this location is:

4325 8th Avenue NE
Seattle
Washington
WA 98105
United States

Directions.

The street lies to the right of the I-5 Express in the University District of Seattle. It is a couple of yards south of NE 45th Street.

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Photos of the house and other related images.


Karen Sparks.

Karen Sparks

Karen Sparks was previously known as Joni Lenz. At the time of the attack, she was an 18-year-old college student who lived with three male friends.

We will never know how Bundy chose Karen as his first victim.

It is likely that he was prowling around the neighborhood that night and spotted her through the basement window.

That night, she was reading in her bedroom when she thought she saw a man peering through her window. However, he was gone in a split second. As a result, she fobbed the sighting off and put it down to her imagination.

At the time, she didn't believe that someone would be brazen enough to enter a house with three males inside.

4325 8th Avenue NE.

4325 8th Avenue NE

Image source: hiimted.blog

This is an old black and white police photograph of 4325 8th Avenue NE.

The white circle highlights the basement window of Karen's room.

It is likely that Bundy peered through this window and then waited for the occupants of the house to fall asleep.

In the lead-up to some of his other crimes, Bundy would stalk his victim, examine the house for unlocked windows or doors, and then return later on in the dead of the night.

Karen when she was younger.

Karen Sparks when she was younger.

These are two photographs of Karen when she was younger. In 1974, she was studying political science at the University of Washington.

According to Karen, she and her friends used to visit a local bar called Dante's Tavern. It is worth pointing out that Bundy and his first murder victim Lynda Ann Healy also used to frequent Dante's.

Therefore, it is possible that he spotted Karen there at some point and began stalking her.

The Westwood apartments in Seattle.

Westwood Apartments, Seattle.

These days, the street is home to the Westwood apartments, which were built in 1985.

Bundy lived very close to Karen.

Map

This map shows the location of Karen's house, Lynda Ann Healy's house, Dante's Tavern and Ted Bundy's rooming house.

As you can see, Bundy lived very close to all three of these places. However, he lived particularly close to Karen's residence. To be specific, it was 0.3 miles (550 meters) away, and it would have taken him roughly 5-7 minutes to walk there.

This close proximity means that he may have been roaming around the area on foot when he decided to attack his first victim.

If this was the case, then it might explain why he didn't attempt to abduct Sparks. In other words, his car was at home and he had no means to take her anywhere.

Bundy was a voyeur who liked to get drunk and then prowl the streets at night, looking for things to steal and windows to peep through. During one of his interviews, he admitted that alcohol gave him the courage to commit his crimes.

This may explain why he was daring enough to break into a house with three men inside.

The fact that he used a metal bar from Karen's yard instead of bringing his own weapon suggests that this attack wasn't particularly well-planned. Instead, it was a crime of opportunity.

The incredibly risky nature of the attack, combined with the fact that he didn't bring his own weapon, shows us that he did not put much thought into it.

Late that night, Bundy was probably drunkenly creeping around on 8th Avenue when he noticed a light coming from Karen's basement room.

Then, being the voyeur that he was, he decided to take a closer look.

Upon realizing that a young girl with long brown hair was sleeping in a basement room all by herself, his urges took over.

At that point, it is likely that he hung around the property for a while and waited for all of the lights to go off. It is also likely that he spent some time probing the outside of the property for an access point.

Once the house was shrouded in darkness and he was confident that its occupants were asleep, he finally picked up the courage to make his move.

Her room.

Her room

This police photograph of Karen Sparks' room shows the aftermath of the attack.

Numerous authors have stated that Bundy used a piece of metal that was taken from Karen's bed frame. However, this is false. According to King County investigators, Bundy used a piece of metal rebar that he found in the garden of the property.

As you can see, there is no bed frame in this photograph. The mattress lay on the ground.

Aerial photograph.

Aerial photograph.

This is an aerial photograph from 1977. The red dot at the bottom pinpoints Bundy's apartment. The red dot in the top left-hand corner is where 4325 8th Avenue NE was.

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