PUBLISHING INFO: McFarland
GENRE: Nonfiction/True Crime
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: A-
FROM PUBLISHER: Theodore Bundy was one of the most infamous, flamboyant American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled. The biography follows Bundy from his broken family background to his execution in the electric chair.
MY THOUGHTS: This was pretty informative and would be a good book for someone to begin with if they've never read about Ted. For the most part the murders are in chronological order but the story does jump around a bit.
I wish the author had gone into Ted's childhood/parentage a whole lot more and maybe discussed past interviews that his mother had given to the press. I wanted to know more about his wife, Carole Boone. He never mentioned Carol having Ted's child or how she could have gotten pregnant by him while he was in prison, since they had no conjugal visits (that we know of). But this book is titled 'The Bundy Murders' so murders are the primary focus of the book.
I don't like how, instead of using the word 'rape', the author says Ted either 'made love' or 'had sex' with the victim, during or after death. You can't do either to a kidnapped victim.
Ted confessed to over thirty murders and I wish there had been a list of names and dates in the book.
Overall I found this to be pretty detailed in some ways, every interesting throughout, and totally lacking in details in some places.
I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. You can order a copy by calling them at 1-800-253-2187 or visiting their website, www.mcfarlandpub.com.