Terrible Secrets: Ted Bundy on Serial Murderby Robert D. Keppel, Stephen G. Michaud
Ted Bundy is the most darkly fascinating, and widely analyzed, serial killer of the past century, possibly ever. No sex criminal, from Jack the Ripper to Zodiac to the Green River Killer, inhabits the popular mind as does Bundy. Now, the two men who know Bundy’s criminal nature best – Dr. Robert Keppel and author Stephen Michaud – have teamed to… See more details below
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Ted Bundy is the most darkly fascinating, and widely analyzed, serial killer of the past century, possibly ever. No sex criminal, from Jack the Ripper to Zodiac to the Green River Killer, inhabits the popular mind as does Bundy. Now, the two men who know Bundy’s criminal nature best – Dr. Robert Keppel and author Stephen Michaud – have teamed to write the definitive narrative of Bundy’s bloody career, as well as the inside story of how Keppel tracked the elusive killer for 15 years, from his first days as a rookie Seattle homicide investigator to a series of tense encounters within the Florida State Prison where Bundy, in a doomed attempt at forestalling his execution, finally gave up some of his Terrible Secrets.
The story of Keppel’s long struggle to identify the handsome, articulate onetime law student, and confront him with his crimes, is abundantly illustrated with photos, drawings and documents from the investigator’s personal file. The book’s dozens of pictures include a map of Bundy’s Issaquah, Washington, hillside body dump that Ted drew for Keppel at the prison. Also shown for the first time are handwritten notes from Bundy’s investigative file.
The authors also draw from Keppel’s extensive mail correspondence with Bundy.
The result is a riveting, close-up portrait of a “diabolical genius,” as a federal judge described Bundy, stripped of myths and misinformation and revealed - in his own words – for the archly-sly, murder-obsessed predator he became. There’s never been a book quite like Terrible Secrets.
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Meet the Author
Robert D. Keppel was the chief consultant to the Green River Murders Task force who helped develop the strategy behind the arrest of current suspect Gary Ridgway. He has since retired as the chief criminal investigator for the Washington State Attorney General's Office, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Washington. He has received a number of grants from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration to aid local police agencies in tracking serial homicides, and is currently implementing his own "Murderbook" software in law enforcement agencies around the country.
Stephen G. Michaud is the author or co-author of 18 books, including Conversations With a Killer, a New York Times best-seller; Dark Dreams, an Edgar finalist and The Only Living Witness, which the New York Daily News has called one of the ten best true crime books ever written.
Besides true crime, Michaud writes on a variety of topics, from biography, history and national defense to digital technology. He lives in Texas with his children, and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
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Concise and great information on Keppel and what Bundy reflected on Serial Murder. I felt like I was with Keppel talking to Bundy
I like this book. Riverman jumped from Bundy to the Green River Killer, this has more to do with Bundy and has more information about Keppel, who hunted Bundy and got Bundy's confessions. The Only Living Witness written by Michaud was good but it did not have the insight about the investigation or the luxury of 30 years worth of additional insight in to Ted Bundy. As I am learning about Bundy after he was dead, this is a good book to have.
Could of read as much in a sunday paper regarding Bundy.
Several books have been written by these authors on this subject. Several people outside of these authors have mentioned over the years that not all is known about this case and that there is a survivor of his killing spree. In fact, in the FBI Interagency report a female is mentioned and in other books written ,including Richard Larsen’s where Ted stated he had a problem and it was a girl and he “had to have her” and even in Ted's own statements he alludes to a female outside of his girlfriend and fiance. Ted showed a pattern in age and type of high school and college aged girls but his girlfriend and fiancé per literature were two years older than him. There are many unanswered questions that still remain and this book is not a final chapter. Why was the original release of this book by another publisher in print form taken down? And similarly, as mentioned in reviews of this book on another site, why is the current publisher difficult to locate. Riverman is a good book and so is Conversation and this was a difficult time period and the comments in this review are no reflection on how difficult it was. But this story is not complete yet. Terrible Secrets is not the final chapter. That is the reason for the two stars.
TIME TO END HIS LEGACY AND STATE HIS FIRST SERIES WAS IN MICHIGAN AND MY MISSION IS FIND DEBRA KENT. THANKS REBERT I NEED TO LITTERALY MAP HIS MIND. I find him repulsive.