TACOMA, Wash. -- 'You'll always be my precious son,' were the last words serial killer Ted Bundy heard from his mother only hours before he was executed in Florida Tuesday.
Louise Bundy, a slightly built woman with short gray hair and glasses, talked twice by telephone with her son late Monday night, according to a copyright story in Tuesday's Tacoma News Tribune.
'He sounds wonderful,' she said when the call was over. 'He sounds very much at peace with himself. He said 'I'm so sorry I've given you all such grief ... but a part of me was hidden all the time.' And then he said, 'But the Ted Bundy you knew also existed''.
During their first 10-minute call, the time allowed by prison officials in Starke, Fla., Louise Bundy told her son, 'We just want you to know how much we love you and always will.'
Much of first conversation was taken up with messages Bundy, 42, asked his mother to relay to friends and family members.
A short time after the call ended, the phone rang again. Bundy had been permitted to make a second call to his mother.
'We're all praying for you,' Louise told her son, later telling reporters, 'He said God's spirit was with him. He kept saying how sorry he was that 'there was another part of me that people didn't know.''
At the end of the second call, Louise Bundy told Ted, 'You'll always be my precious son.'
Calling Ted the 'light of our lives,' Louise Bundy said she and her husband, Ted's stepfather, had managed to get through the past week because 'we are surrounded by love in this house.'
'What he he says he did -- those are awful things -- but I believe God forgives. I feel so very, very sorry for them (the victims' families). I think of my own girls and I feel such sadness.'
Although Louise and her husband, John Bundy, calmly talked to friends, neighbors and reporters at their home, she expressed anger when asked about her son's death sentence.
'I think it is barbaric,' Louise Bundy said. 'What good does it do? It's legalized murder is all. It's not a deterrent. They've been killing people for thousands of years and what good has it done.'
Bundy was executed, ending 10 years of legal battles, for the murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach of Lake City, Fla. He also had been sentenced to death for murdering two coeds at Florida State University.
Over the weekend, Bundy gave extensive interviews to law enforcement officials from a number of states, eventually confessing to more than two dozen of three dozen murders he was suspected of committing in Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and other states in the 1970s.