Nineteen-year-old Donna Manson was a student at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. According to her roommates, she wasn’t your typical all-american girl; she was obsessed with alchemy and witchcraft and she smoked marijuana on a daily basis. She suffered from bouts of depression and often travelled without telling her friends where she was going, and was a frequent hitchhiker. Donna was a C grade student, barely scraping by and may have been suicidal. Those closest to her described her as an introverted girl who enjoyed spending time alone. In March of 1974, she vanished without a trace.
Four years later, the skeleton of a young woman was discovered near Mount Rainier. A shirt similar to Donna’s was found folded up next to the remains; Seven missing persons
were ruled out as possible matches to the remains, and Donna was considered the strongest possible match. Shortly before his death in 1989, serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to murdering Donna Manson. He described dumping a girl’s body in that area in 1974, and was certain it had been Donna. She certainly fit his victim profile: she was young and beautiful with dark hair that she wore in a centre-part. However, the case was grossly mishandled and records were sloppy. Without definite proof, it is impossible to link the murder with Bundy, as it is believed there were at least two other serial killers operating at the same time.