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The little-known story of serial killer Ted Bundy's first girlfriend, Diane Edwards.

No serial killer has captured the world’s attention quite like Ted Bundy did.

With the recent release of the four-part Netflix documentary series Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and a new movie titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile featuring Zac Efron coming soon, Bundy’s horrific crimes are back in the spotlight once again.

But while the Ted Bundy Tapes shared a greater insight into Bundy’s life, there’s one aspect that was merely glossed over in the documentary series.

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While upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is told from the perspective of Bundy’s former girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, his first ever relationship with Diane Edwards had a “lasting impact” on the serial killer.

Bundy first met Diane, who is often referred to as her alias Stephanie Brooks, in his junior year in college and they soon began dating.

“The relationship I had with Diane had a lasting impact on me,” Bundy said in The Ted Bundy Tapes.

“She’s a beautifully dressed, beautiful girl. Very personable. Nice car, great parents,” he added.

“So for a first-time girlfriend, you know, it was really not so bad.”

Bundy, who often felt that Diane was out of his league, spent a lot of time trying to impress her.

From working for the Republican candidate for Seattle to applying for a number of law schools after college, Bundy tried hard to gain the approval of his girlfriend and her affluent parents.

“She inspired me to look at myself and become something more,” he said in the Netflix documentary.

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“We spent a lot of time driving around in her car, making out and telling each other how much we loved one another.”

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"The relationship I had with Diane had a lasting impact on me." Image: Netflix.

But after failing to get into law school, Bundy and Diane's relationship quickly dwindled and over the summer, Diane broke it off.

"She stopped writing [to me] and I started to get fearful of what she was up to. I had this overwhelming fear of rejection that stemmed, not just from her, but everything," he said.

"In there, somewhere was a desire to have some sort of revenge on Diane."

Following their split, Bundy made it his mission to reconnect with Diane. He had a plan for revenge.

Even while he was dating single mother Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy continued to try to rekindle his relationship with Diane.

Four years after their split, Bundy and Diane briefly reignited their relationship and the pair often spoke of marriage.

In the end, however, Bundy was just leading her on in a plan to lure her in just to dump her like she had dumped him.

"I just wanted to prove to myself that I could have married her," he said.

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Diane Marjorie Jean Edwards, often known as Stephanie Brooks. Image: Netflix.
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In the same year Bundy and Diane ended their relationship once and for all, Bundy began hunting, kidnapping and murdering innocent women.

Weirdly enough, as many criminologists have pointed out, Bundy's victims all had one thing in common – they resembled his first love.

"Ted Bundy was a predator on women who physically resembled Edwards: e.g., young, white, with long dark hair parted in the middle," Ronald M. Holmes wrote in his book Serial Murder.

Where is Diane Edwards now?

Today, little is known about Diane Edwards' whereabouts.

One year after splitting with Bundy, Diane reportedly went on to marry someone else.

She contributed to Dr Al Carlisle's study of the serial killer in 1976, when she gave an interview to the psychologist which was later published in Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Assessment of Ted Bundy.

In her interview with Dr Carlisle, Diane described Bundy as a "people-pleaser" who "wouldn't stand up for himself".

"This was my main criticism of him after the year and a half of our relationship," she said in the interview. "He wasn’t strong. He wasn’t real masculine. If I got mad at him because he did something he sort of felt apologetic about it. He wouldn’t stand up for himself."

Understandably, it is believed that Diane has since concealed her identity from the public.

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