SEATTLE — It’s been 46 years since Sotria Kritsonis traveled down Rainier Avenue in South Seattle.
It was a snowy day in 1972, and Kritsonis was 22 years old. She had been waiting for a city bus to take her to school for more than an hour.
A Volkswagen bug pulled up to the curb and the handsome young man behind the wheel politely asked her if she wanted a ride.
“He goes, 'I’ve come down Rainier Avenue and that’s a long way and there’s no bus in sight. Would you like a ride?'” Kritsonis recalled.
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As the car took off, Kritsonis says it became suddenly clear he was headed in the opposite direction -- driving south on I-5 toward Tukwila, not to her school in Renton.
Kritsonis told KIRO 7 she thought about jumping out of the car, but when she reached down to open the door, she realized there was no handle on the passenger side.
“He said, ‘don’t even think about that. You’re not making it. I told you that before,'” Kritsonis recalled.
Then, Kritsonis said Bundy made a bizarre demand.
“He goes, ‘take your hat off.’ And I said, ‘what do you mean, take my hat off … what for?’”
That’s when Kritsonis realized Bundy may have seen her somewhere before.
Kritsonis said she had gotten her hair cut a week earlier.
“I keep thinking, did he stalk me? Did he see me somewhere?” Kritsonis wondered. “Was he waiting for me, or was he watching me?”
About an hour into their drive, Kritsonis said Bundy dropped her off in front of her school, shoved her into the ground and told her she was lucky.
She said she told her family about what happened, but didn’t call police.
“I didn’t talk about it, because I was a little bit embarrassed,” Kritsonis said in an exclusive interview with KIRO 7.
Police believe he killed many more.
“I knew 100 percent that was the guy,” said Kritsonis. “I’m more than lucky. I just thank God I’m alive, every day.”
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