A forgotten Vail murder victim: Julie Cunningham, killed by Ted Bundy

Most articles about the arrest of Richard "Rossi" Moreau, who's been accused of murder in a Saturday night shooting in Vail that left one person dead and three injured, have noted how rare such incidents have been in the ski community. Reference this Vail Daily report, which quotes officials who say they can only recall "two homicides that have occurred in Vail in its 47-year history, both in the late '70s or early '80s." But another notable slaying took place there in 1975 -- one which made a 1999 Denver Post list citing Colorado's crimes of the century.

Her name was Julie Cunningham, and she worked at a Vail ski shop. Ted Bundy, one of the era's most heinous and notorious serial killers, confessed to having murdered Cunningham shortly before his execution. As documented in former Westword staffer Steve Jackson's book No Stone Unturned, her body was never recovered.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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