We stopped just wondering about it and decided to search for some of those who've made history and headlines. We first wanted to know whatever happened to former Leon County Sheriff Ken Katsaris.
Ken Katsaris now works out of his East Park Avenue office in Tallahassee, but it's hard to find the former sheriff there. He has been retained in all 50 states, as well as Australia and Canada, as a consultant to law enforcement agencies.
Ken Katsaris says, "I have been called and I have worked on some homicide cases throughout the country, but that's not the focus of my work. The focus is either in the civil area, training or consulting on issues of procedures and policy."
Katsaris was elected sheriff in 1976 and served one term. He was a visible public figure active in many local events and charitable causes. He remains a sworn part-time deputy with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.
It's been almost 30 years now since Katsaris was thrust into the national spotlight, a central figure in the arrest, conviction and ultimately the execution of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
The day Katsaris brought Bundy before the cameras to read the indictment against the accused murderer was one of the more dramatic moments in the case.
Katsaris says, "Yes, it was. Stepping off the elevator, then having this kind of initial confrontation with him, where he, I think for the first time in his life, came to grips with the fact that he may not be a free man again if we get the evidence on him. He did tell me that was all I was going to get was an indictment, but later I reminded him as well, ‘you thought that was all I was going to get, and I got more,’ and that was when he was going to be executed."
Katsaris also is in his 37th year of teaching and training at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, but he says his days in politics are over.
Katsaris adds, "It was exciting at the time, and now I'm applying what I've learned and the training and experience I had to helping other people."
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