Blondie's Debbie Harry Sets The Record Straight About Her Connection to Ted Bundy

Debbie Harry, lead singer of the rock band, Blondie, has revisited her rumored encounter with notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Harry opened up about the experience in her 2019 memoir, Face It. Was she really nearly one of Bundy's intended victims?

Harry claims that she encountered Bundy in the 1970s well before the famous New Wave band that made her famous came together. As she tells it, Harry was alone in the streets of Manhattan in the early morning hours, searching for a taxi. Then, a white car pulled up and the driver offered her a ride. Harry had doubts about getting inside the car, but her feet were aching and the driver appeared to be polite. Upon realizing she was trapped, Harry managed to escape and lived to tell the tale.

Upon seeing Bundy's actual photo in a magazine article after his arrest, the hairs on the back of Harry's neck stood up as she realized she recognized him. "I had not thought about that night for maybe fifteen years, it was him," she said.

Contrary to Harry's statement are the established whereabouts of Bundy during this period. At the time of their alleged encounter in New York, Bundy was believed to be active in Florida. Harry, though, does describe in detail a white car, stripped from the inside. She also remarked that the passenger side door handle was missing. Actual photos of Bundy's 1968 VW Beetle verify these details, but authorities have not confirmed the man Harry met was Bundy.

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Debbie Harry, lead singer of the new wave band Blondie, on stage in 1980.Hulton Archive/Getty Images

"The Tide is High" singer recounted her Ted Bundy experience to artist Robert Williams.To depict Harry's emotions and phobias, Williams put together the painting, "Debbie Harry's Fears." On July 3, 2013, Williams and Harry talked about the inspiration behind the painting in a video interview with Cinema Libre.

Williams explained the symbolism behind his artwork, "This is a particular neurosis that I had to extract from her after a long conversation. We have a cartoon characterization of Debbie Harry. She has a phobia of being bound up and trapped in a triangle or shape. This is an emotional situation that bothered her in dreams, in one thing or another."

Recalling the events to Williams served as therapeutic for Harry. She said, "I don't have these dreams anymore."