As he was fleeing Florida westward toward the Alabama line, the demons in Ted Bundy took control once again. After a daring escape and an effort to start living a “normal” life in Tallahassee, Ted had murdered two Florida State co-eds and 12-year old Kimberly Leach. Maybe if he could get away this time, he could start fresh. But it was not to be. The evilness came on him. The monster came out and he had to feed it. He drove into Pensacola and scouted around, looking for his next victim. The community of Brownsville is located on the west side of town. In the 1970s it was a busy, bustling, middle-class community with mixed business and residential properties. This would work. Ted could find a victim here. He parked the stolen tan Volkswagen Beetle in the parking lot of a busy restaurant – Oscar’s – so no one would notice it.
In “Pensacola’s Finest,” Author Mike Simmons tells the story of the historic Pensacola Police Department, one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. Included are stories of killers Ted Bundy, John Wesley Hardin and Judy Buenoano, all who were captured in Pensacola. From the chiefs to the headquarters buildings to the stories, the picture Mike paints of the department charged with the safekeeping of the little city on the northwest corner of Florida is fascinating!