The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive Historyby Kevin M. Sullivan
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Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and 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.
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Kevin M. Sullivan is a retired minister and author of a book about George Armstrong Custer. He's a former contributing writer for Snitch, a weekly newspaper devoted to crime and the law. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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For any reader who is unfamiliar with Bundy's crimes in general, The Bundy Murders is a great book to start with. It's not daunting in size (a relatively sleek 264 pages), with a variety of pictures (including ones the author took at locations that Bundy lived at or where he abducted a victim) and the text is easy to read, with a very nice overview of Bundy's past and formative years. For those readers who have read other works about Bundy, I think you will find The Bundy Murders a resourceful tool that not only sheds further light on the killer himself but additional information, as Kevin Sullivan stated, about a few of Bundy's lesser known crimes and about the victims themselves. One of my greatest pet peeves, and overall sadness, with some true crime books is the general lack of attention to the victims themselves. I understand that in some cases, the sheer volume of people being dealt with prohibits in depth information from being written. But I feel that in some true crime books, the victims are presented as just that - - victims, with nothing special other than the fact they happened to cross paths with a monster. I feel that Mr. Sullivan has done an admirable job here in bringing to the forefront personalities and characteristics of many of the young women and girls that Bundy spirited away - - particularly those that did not receive as much press as the others at the time of the crimes. I also want to commend Mr. Sullivan for acknowledging that Bundy, and others like him, don't just take away the life of a single victim but often tend to destroy entire families. In The Bundy Murders' case, the families of the girls Bundy abducted and killed were subjected to not only the grief of losing a loved one in such a violent way but also divorces, early deaths, alcoholism and drug dependency. Oftentimes the criminal himself (or herself, as the case may be) becomes the "star" of the show and the living victims (the family and friends left behind) and their pain are quickly forgotten. Not so here. I do wish that The Bundy Murders had gone more into Bundy's paternity. Mr. Sullivan mentioned that Bundy's biological father was supposedly a sailor who left his mother alone and pregnant but I would have liked for the book to address the rumors that Bundy's maternal grandfather may also have been his biological father, rumors that began circulating shortly after Bundy's execution in 1989. Mr. Sullivan does keep his text to those victims that were absolutely attributed to Bundy, or that Bundy admitted to taking, and does provide a small amount of information as to Bundy's possible first victim, since Bundy never fully admitted or denied his part in her disappearance. Overall, I found The Bundy Murders to be insightful, well researched and well written, and this in a market that can be oversaturated with cheap, "dime store" type quickie books. Rest assured that The Bundy Murders most must definitely is not. The story stayed with me after I had closed the book for the night and prepared for sleep (and might I add that I had a hard time closing the book because I literally couldn't put it down). I felt sadness for the young women and girls who had lost their lives due to Bundy, I felt sadness for their families and friends, I felt sadness for Bundy's family and even I felt sadness for what Bundy could have been had the monster not been lurking below. I would highly recommend The Bundy
My father, Sgt Don Patchen, was the lead investigator on the Bundy case. Kevin Sullivan actually talked to my father, read through his notes/transcripts/etc. There are many books written about Ted Bundy where the author has NEVER spoken to my father. I feel this book is more accurate in a lot of ways due to Kevin Sullivan taking the time to actually look at documents and interview the lead investigator. I'm still not sure how other authors claim to know so much about this case without doing proper research. I recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in the investigative side of the story and actually cares that it is accurate.
No new info. Poorly written. The only person this writer is into more than Bundy is himself. He couldn't believe he was sitting next to Bundy's bag. OMG u guys! He actually uses the term "make love to" when talking Bundy's sex with corpses. He also seems grandious when describing Bundy as well educated, a law student, etc. Any research would reveal Bundy as having great difficulty getting a degree. He dropped out of one law school and used deceit to get accepted to another one and was not close to graduating. His relationships with women were pathetic. He was a sociopath who was able to charm and con people and appear to be one of us-pretty scarey. There is no great new revelation made here.
This book is, in my opinion, poorly researched, poorly written, and doesn't add anything to the corpus of information on Bundy that any moderately interested reader couldn't have gotten somewhere else in a much more palatable form. The only book I have read about Bundy which was, in my opinion, as bad or worse was the one his former girlfriend wrote, "The Phantom Prince", which was a terrible disappointment, as well. Luckily, they were both gifts, so I didn't waste my own money on them.
This book is extremely poor. If you don't need any inkling of interest to enjoy something, then this book is for you. I cannot read past page 12. Blech!