I am delighted, is that even right to say? I’m not sure, but anyway I am sharing my review today for Ted Bundy – Conversations with a serial killer by Stephen G Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth. This book is also a Netflix series.
Drawn from more than 150 hours of exclusive tape-recorded interviews with Bundy, this collection provides shocking insights into the killer’s 11th-hour confessions before his death in a Florida electric chair. A unique, horrifying self-portrait of one of the most savage sex killers in history.
This updated edition contains a new foreword by Robert Keppel, president of the Institute for Forensics.
I am not a big True Crime reader, though it does interest me and I decided that I would rather read then watch the TV series.
The first thing that struck me about this book was the cover. It is unsettling in quite a bizarre way. It is not the side of the face in the shadow that un-nerves me, it’s the side in the light. I see a normal quite reasonably good looking I suppose, man! hat for me is it in a nutshell… he looks no different to anyone else…
There is such a macabre feeling to this book as I read about one of America’s most notorious serial killers. He comes across as just an “average Joe in the street” at least on the face of it. However, the more I read the more disturbed and shocked I became as I learnt more about Ted.
Ted Bundy for me epitomises evil. Through the book, I was constantly surprised. I had some thoughts about what he could be like and they were completely blown out of the water. Not only does he have a good level intellect he is also charming, but behind this, he is manipulative and deceitful to the core. He justifies his actions and yet avoids specifics. especially when he speaks in the 3rd person.
If you are after a book about all his crimes, then this is not the book for you. This book focuses mainly on Florida and is not full of facts about the case. It is what it says it is, a conversation with Ted. There are his opinions about what “may” have occurred, or that “might” have happened.
I was aware while reading this that it felt more like a psychological discussion. Actions and thoughts being analysed by the various parties and being talked over, but Bundy doing the analysing.
This is not going to be a book for everyone. It is interesting and insightful as I got a glimpse into the mind of Ted, it is also unbelievably eerie and calculated. It’s one of those books that I enjoyed but at the same time didn’t! I’m hoping you know what I mean!
It is one I would recommend.
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