TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Louise Bundy, who was a staunch defender of her serial killer son, Ted Bundy, before he made a series of death-row confessions, has died. She was 88.

She died last month in her hometown of Tacoma after a long illness, The News Tribune newspaper reported Wednesday.

Her death was confirmed to The Associated Press by the Rev. Melvin Woodworth, pastor of Tacoma’s First United Methodist Church, which she attended from 1951 until a few years ago, when her health prevented her.

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