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Lifeless Eyes of Ted Bundy

Lifeless were the eyes of infamous Ted Bundy
No remorse, all emotion had been doused
His gaze pierced my soul as I gave testimony
He maintained there’d been too much publicity
Four coeds attacked in a sorority house
Lifeless were the eyes of infamous Ted Bundy
This demon had the nerve to make a bogus plea
“Move my trial or there’ll be no justice,” he groused
His gaze pierced my soul as I gave testimony
To explain news coverage in Tallahassee
Reporters took the stand, court quiet as a mouse
Lifeless were the eyes of infamous Ted Bundy
I took the stand shaking, did not want him to see me
I was sweating so much, wet stains were on my blouse
His gaze pierced my soul as I gave testimony
It appeared his conscience was totally guilt-free
What kind of excuse could this death machine espouse
Lifeless were the eyes of infamous Ted Bundy
His gaze pierced my soul as I gave testimony 
*Entry for Catie’s “Villanelle Me” Contest
Note:  Serial Killer Ted Bundy successfully convinced the court he could not get a fair 
trial in Tallahassee because there had been too much pre-trial publicity surrounding 
his attacks on four Florida State University co-eds in their sorority house.  After 
Tallahassee reporters were required to testify, Bundy’s trial was moved to South 
Florida.  Bundy assaulted and murdered at least 30 young women, and possibly 
many more, in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, 
and Florida between 1974 and 1978. After more than a decade of denials he 
confessed to 30 homicides, but the true total remains unknown.

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 3/17/2015 7:18:00 PM
    I am from the Seattle area and you can guess all of the memories that are in Washington State. Keep writing poems. I am closing in on your overall total of poems written. My primary goal is to motivate other poets to write more poetry. JIm Horn

  1. Date: 4/26/2014 1:50:00 AM
    Awesome write Carolyn ,,,, congrats on your win with this :) thank you for reading my The Dancer, I haven' posted for the last week. Though I a lot of others. You have a fab day ;)

  1. Date: 6/27/2011 7:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Catie's "Villanelle Me" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 2:16:00 PM
    Great write Carolyn really profound congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 11:53:00 AM
    You did brilliant Carolyn, shall take pride in calling you my friend. this reminds me of a short story" case for the defence " by graham greene ,,where the killer had bulging blood shot eyes,rest was very similar. but this is true, you stood witnessing against him!! Admire your courage... Many Congrats on this excellent write and your win...This one is special.

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 6:30:00 AM
    Wow, realistic and amazing. Many congrats for this win.

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 7:54:00 PM
    I remember this one, Carolyn and how intriguing I found it to be! Congrats for the winners' list. it deserves to be on the list with all the others. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 3:41:00 PM
    wow thanks you for the info, Carolyn. Did you really give testimony? That must have been tense to say the least. Imagine complaining of wanting justice and a fair trial after what he did ...justice? Fair?" Sheesh! You made great use out of this villanelle to bring it all to better light. So your poem was poetic, a win and educational..Congratulations .. lemme see I shall also confer upon you from my storehouse of treasures ... a gold star and lemme see... yes...three "atta girls"!

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 3:36:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win! Your title definitely peaked my interest and your poem didn't disappoint. Great job!

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 2:54:00 PM
    Many congrats on your win, my dear friend : ) What a horrid man

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 1:21:00 PM
    My congratulations on the win in the contest of catie, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/25/2011 8:05:00 PM
    oh, my gosh, Carolyn.WEre you part of the trial? Or are you just putting yourself in the shoes of one of those women who testified? In any event, this is a really unique and powerful entry. Excellent idea for a villanelle.

  1. Date: 5/25/2011 12:13:00 PM
    No, don't buy a copy of Woman in Black - a copy's on its way to you : ) Thought I'd read this one again - kind of scary. I saw a film about this murderer - what an evil creep

  1. Date: 5/24/2011 5:06:00 PM
    Boy I hate to shut my eyes and dream if I were him, what demons must possess him? An unusual choice for the form wow! Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/21/2011 7:52:00 AM
    I need to hear more of this told in this difficult( for me) form...Love, BG

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 7:22:00 AM
    what a monster....sorry I have been slack about getting back to puter has been on the fritz.

  1. Date: 5/19/2011 1:38:00 AM
    Carolyn, interestingly enough they had a program on Ted Bundy the other night on CI but I didn't actually get around to watch it.. Now I got to read about it in your own words, Good luck for the contest, love Wilma

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 4:40:00 PM
    Real Charmer, that guy huh? What a different fellow. This one seems to be a personal account. Interesting. I am fascinated by these creeps. I study quite a bit on Serial Killers. Donald Harvey, The Angel of Death lived near me in Cincinnati and killed somewhere between 40-87 ppl in hospitals. Later, when I lived in Orlando, I was near Aileen Wuornos our First Lady of Serial. They follow me. lol. God, I hope not.

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 3:47:00 PM
    I wonder how Bundy managed to elude authorities for so long. It must have been frightening to see him in that courtroom. Good luck in the contest. Best to you, Diane

  1. Date: 5/18/2011 8:44:00 AM
    Very powerful write, Carolyn. Wow, you really had to meet this awful man? Scary. I wish they would bring back the death penalty in this country, but I doubt if they ever will. I'm really struggling with this form - you make it look so easy! I had to laugh at your Pope comments LOL. Hope all went well today, love.

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    Date: 5/18/2011 3:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, Jack. This is true. I tried not to look at Bundy while on the witness stand, but could feel his stare piercing through me.