Debbie Harry Stands by Her Story of Near-Abduction in Ted Bundy’s MurderMobile

Ask Blondie icon Debbie Harry about her most frightening pre-fame experience and she will tell you about that time when she hitched a ride with notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and barely escaped unharmed.
Singer Debbie Harry still says she was nearly abducted by Ted Bundy in a stripped-down car in NYC, in the early '70s 4 photos
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Harry has been telling the story since 1989 and, though it’s been debunked several times, she is believed to address it again in her upcoming biography, “Face It,” which is scheduled for an October release. Whether she will add more details to it remains to be seen.

Harry’s account has it that, one night in the early ‘70s in New York, she needed to get across town to an after-hours party. She repeatedly tried to hail a cab but couldn’t find any, and walking was an impossibility because she had very high platforms on.

A gorgeous man with dark curly hair pulled up in a car and asked her if she wanted a ride with him. Harry said yes after some consideration and got inside the car. She first remarked that, though it was very hot outside, the car had all its windows rolled almost all the way up.

“So I was sitting there and he wasn’t really talking to me. Automatically, I sort of reached to roll down the window and I realized there was no door handle, no window crank, no nothing. The inside of the car was totally stripped out,”
Harry said, as recounted by Interview magazine.

When she saw that the place where the radio and the glove box should have been was hallowed out, she panicked, understanding that she was in danger. She reached out the window and opened the door from the outside.

“As soon as he saw that, he tried to turn the corner really fast, and I spun out of the car and landed in the middle of the street,” she recalled.

Harry maintains that she only realized that she’d hitched a ride with Bundy when she heard the story about his execution and details on his modus operandi. Though she recently admitted that there is a chance the man wasn’t Bundy, she’s sticking to her story as she tells it. In other words, maybe it wasn’t Bundy at the wheel, but she chooses to believe it was.

Her near-abduction story has been debunked numerous times, mostly using just 3 arguments: there is no evidence to place Ted Bundy in New York at that time (or at any time in his life), he is believed to have started abducting and killing women around 1974, and he drove a light brown Volkswagen Beetle that went on display at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. It did not have a stripped-down interior like Harry says.


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