On the afternoon of October 1, 1975, Jerry Thompson and detectives Beal and Ballantyne from Bountiful made a surprise visit to Theodore Bundy’s apartment. There must have been an almost tangible sense of anticipation as the trio of lawmen climbed the steps of 565 First Avenue, and Bundy, who was just stepping out of the shower, did not hear them approach the apartment marked number 2. When the knock came, Bundy threw a towel around his waist and opened the door. When he saw the man who was relentlessly pursuing him, he greeted the somber-faced detective with a smile and said, « Hi Jerry …. to what do I owe the honor of the visit? » Bundy, always socially correct in public, invited the men to step inside.
Thompson, who was pulling a subpoena from his pocket, informed Bundy he had something for him. At that moment, Bundy started to turn pale and all three men watched as their suspect’s heart could be seen pounding in his chest. Having committed so many murders, and knowing he’d been under almost constant surveillance by police, he no doubt envisioned an arrest warrant for the slaying of one of his Utah victims. However, when Thompson told him the court-ordered appearance was for a lineup, he quickly regained his composure and said, « Oh God, is that all? ». Thompson said, “You were waiting for the Murder One, weren’t you, Ted? That’s next.” In all of his dealings with Bundy, this was the only time Detective Thompson ever witnessed him losing his composure. After this, he would remain calm and collected no matter what the circumstances.