"I Often Wonder If the Lord Sent Me in That Direction": LDS Highway Patrol Trooper Who Arrested Ted Bundy Dies at 90

by | Aug. 08, 2017

Mormon Life

"I often wonder if the Lord sent me in that direction," UHP trooper Robert Hayward told the AP about arresting Ted Bundy. "If I didn't get him that night and stop him, I don't know how many more he would have got."

Robert Hayward — a Utah Highway Patrol trooper who took a wrong turn and stumbled upon a suspicious Volkswagen Beetle that happened to be carrying one of the most notorious killers in America history, Ted Bundy — died Sunday at his home in West Valley City. He was 90. 

Hayward was a state trooper for 33 years and retired as a captain in 1986. His most memorable arrest, and what he called his best police work, came at 3 a.m. on Aug. 16, 1975. 

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