The alley where Georgann Hawkins was abducted.
Crime Scene Location in Seattle, Washington, United States.
This is the alley where Ted Bundy abducted 18-year-old Georgann Hawkins.
In the early hours of June 11th, 1974, Hawkins left the Beta Theta Pi House after visiting her boyfriend. She then proceeded to walk down this alley towards her sorority house at Kappa Alpha Theta, which was only 350 feet away.
Despite the short journey, Georgann never returned.
Bundy used crutches as a ruse to abduct Georgann Hawkins.
As she was walking through the alley, Ted Bundy approached her using crutches.
This was a common tactic that he used to garner sympathy from his victims and lure them away to a more "strategic" spot. The crutches also made him appear vulnerable and less dangerous.
As he approached the 18-year-old, he dropped the briefcase that he was carrying and asked her if she could help him carry it to his car.
Because the young college student believed that Bundy was injured and in need of assistance, she obliged.
At that point, the pair turned around and walked to a parking lot that was roughly 500 feet north of the alley. Once they got to Bundy's car, Georgann bent over to place his briefcase on one of the seats. However, as she was doing so, Bundy struck her over the head with a crowbar and knocked her unconscious.
He then bundled her into his Volkswagen Bug and drove to a secluded area near Lake Sammamish, where he undressed her and strangled her to death using a piece of rope.
He returned to the body.
The next day, he returned to check if her body was still there and noticed that one of her shoes was missing. Immediately, he began to worry that it had fallen off in the parking lot and that someone might remember seeing his car parked in the area.
He was also worried because he had recently pulled the same ruse on someone else. Two weeks prior, he had drunkenly approached a girl in the alley behind Beta Theta Pi and lured her to the exact same parking lot where he abducted Georgann Hawkins. However, on that occasion, he backed out and decided not to harm her.
This filled him with paranoia. In his mind, the girl in question might come forward and mention the strange encounter if Georgann's belongings were discovered in the exact same area.
The morning after the teenager's disappearance, police cordoned off the alley and searched it for clues. However, they did not inspect the parking lot on 17th Avenue. As a result, Bundy was able to return the next evening at 5 p.m. and retrieve her shoe and both of her earrings.
According to Bundy, he returned to her body again on June 14th, 1974, and decided to sever her head. In his mind, doing so would obscure her identity and impede any future investigation.
His third and final visit occurred about a week or two later, when he returned to the site to "see what was going on". During his confession, he also alluded to things such as necrophilia, the "possession" of victims, and his fascination with death. However, he did not go into any further detail.
The police discovered five femur (thigh) bones at Issaquah, which suggests that they did find the skeletal remains of a third victim. However, some of these bones were lost by the medical examiner's office.
Sadly, despite a number of searches of the area, no trace of the young co-ed's skull has ever been found.
To this day, she remains listed as a missing person.
Where was Georgann Hawkins abducted?
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
The GPS coordinates for the alley are as follows.
- Latitude: 47.662339
- Longitude: -122.310285
Open 47.662339, -122.310285 in Google Maps to view directions on how to get there.
The full address for this location is:
Beta Theta Pi
4549 17th Ave NE
The alley is in an area known as "Greek Row" in the University District of Seattle. It is 110 yards (100 meters) northwest of the intersection between NE 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE.
Photos of the alley and other related images.
The parking lot where Bundy abducted Hawkins.
Ted Bundy lured Georgann Hawkins to this parking lot and then abducted her. During the attack, her hoop earrings and one of her shoes fell off. However, Bundy was able to retrieve these items the following evening while the police were busy investigating the alley and searching local parks.
According to his confession in 1989, he observed the police from afar and watched as they cordoned off the area.
The following quote from Bundy's confession in 1989 confirms the location of this lot.
"About halfway down the block, I encountered her [Georgann] and asked her to help me carry the brief case, which she did. We walked back up the alley, across the street, turned right on the sidewalk in front of the fraternity house on the corner, rounded the corner to the left, going north on 47th. Well, midway down the block there used to be a... y'know... one of those parking lots they used to make out of burned-down houses in that area. The university would turn them into parking lots — instant parking lots. There was a parking lot there... [it had a] dirt surface, no lights, and my car was parked there."
In 1974, the main entrance to this lot was on the other side.
Coordinates: 47.664286, -122.310237
Bundy approached her as she was walking down this alley.
1. Georgann leaves the Beta Theta Pi House.
2. As she is walking back to her sorority house, Bundy approaches her on crutches and asks for help.
3. Once they are in the parking lot, he hits her over the head with a crowbar and abducts her.
Note that marker 2 was most likely closer to the Beta Theta Pi House.
The alley behind the sorority houses was pretty busy.
This Google Street View image of the alley was taken in June of 2019, exactly 45 years after the abduction took place.
The red arrow indicates the direction that Georgann was walking when Bundy approached her.
While she was leaving the Beta Theta Pi House, she stopped for a minute or two to speak to one of her boyfriend's friends.
According to Bundy, he listened in on their conversation and waited. Then, after she said goodbye, he started to hobble in her direction.
On the night in question, this alley was pretty busy. It was not a dark and scary place. This was a popular route that many students took to travel between the various sorority houses. At the time, it was finals week. Some students were busy studying for their final exams. Others were celebrating the end of theirs by throwing parties. As a result, there were a lot of people coming and going.
When Georgann failed to return to Kappa Alpha Theta by 3 a.m., her roommate raised the alarm and the police were called.
Although Ted Bundy was an unknown name at this time, everyone was well aware that girls were mysteriously disappearing in the state of Washington.
A college student named Lynda Ann Healy had recently gone missing from her house in the University District. Furthermore, Donna Manson and Susan Rancourt had both vanished from their respective college campuses around the same time.
As a result, Georgan's disappearance was taken very seriously. Especially since she was a young co-ed who fit the victim profile and there was no evidence to suggest that she had left on her own accord.
When the police cordoned off the alley and members of the local news media arrived at the scene, it immediately became clear to her friends and fellow students that something terrible had happened.
At the time of her murder, Georgann Hawkins was an 18-year-old college student who was thinking about becoming a journalist. She was one Spanish exam away from finishing up for the summer break.
That night, when she met her boyfriend, he offered to walk her back to her sorority house. However, she declined, as it was just a short walk away.
During his confession, Bundy stated that Georgann woke up shortly after he knocked her out and abducted her. Dazed and confused, she started rambling about her Spanish exam.
Notably, he laughed and stated:
"It's funny... it's not funny, but it's odd the kinds of things that people will say and under those circumstances."
He then explained that she thought he was her Spanish tutor.
Shortly afterwards, he knocked her unconscious again and continued driving to the site at Issaquah, where he eventually strangled her to death with a piece of rope.
Following the murder, he broke out of his "fever" and started to feel panicked. At that point, he drove southward, past his site at Taylor Mountain and started tossing pieces of evidence down the embankments at the side of the intersection.
These included the briefcase and crutches that he used during the abduction, as well as his victim's clothes and the rope that he had used to strangle her.
This is an old black and white photograph of Greek Row.
Crowds begin to gather.
The following morning, TV reporters and crowds of students started to gather at Greek Row. Meanwhile, the police cordoned off the scene and carried out a search.
Aerial photograph from 1977.
This aerial photograph is from 1977. The blue line indicates the route that Bundy and Georgann walked that night.
Back then, the entrance was on the eastern side of the lot. As a result, they would have had to turn right and then walk up 17th Avenue NE.
Although the police cordoned off the alley and searched the parking lots on the western side of Greek Row, they did not inspect the lot to the north.
17th Avenue NE.
The pair walked north along 17th Avenue NE before turning left into the parking lot.
The police were unable to find any evidence in the alley.
If his confession was truthful, then it means that he drove south on Interstate 18 and then pulled over at some point to toss all of the evidence down an embankment.
In this case, the evidence included Hawkins' clothes, a rope, crutches, and a briefcase.
According to Bundy, he got "annoyed" with himself a few weeks later because he had to buy most of this stuff again.
According to Bundy, he left Issaquah after murdering Georgann and then drove south on Interstate 18.
He then dumped the evidence at a location that was south of Taylor Mountain.
In the aerial image above, we've highlighted a stretch of the interstate that he might have stopped at.
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