Case Study 33

Theda Bara

Theda Bara (July 29, 1885 – April 7, 1955) was an silent film actress who is considered one of the first sex symbols of American theater. She changed her name from Theodosia Burr Goodman. Many of her films were lost in the Fox vault fire of 1937. She married in 1921 and retired from acting in 1926. She died of stomach cancer in 1955.

Debra Jean Kent
Death Chart

Debra Jean Kent (March 12, 1957 – November 8, 1974) was one of Ted Bundy’s many victims (see Case Study 15). She was murdered at the age of 17. She disappeared after leaving a school play. Her remains were not recovered but Bundy had been seen in the theater parking lot while the play was in progress.

Chandra Levy

Chandra Levy (April 14, 1977 – c. May 1, 2001) was a grad student on an internship in Washington DC working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She vanished while on a jog in a local park. She was having an affair with Representative Gary Condit (D-CA). Although the police searched the park her remains were not found until a year later. Condit’s affair with the victim came out in the investigation and it ruined his political career. Condit was on the House Intelligence Committee. He opposed NAFTA, the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act and the Iraq War. Ingmar Guandique was later arrested for the crime, tried and convicted in 2009. He had been arrested for assault previously in the same park. In 2015 he was granted a retrial and deported to his home country of El Salvador.