The Origins Of Infamy

The Origins Of Infamy

by Christian E. Barth


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ISBN-13: 9781440138935
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/15/2009
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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The Origins Of Infamy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MEENIEREADS on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was both facinated and horrified when I read the article about this book in The Philadelphia Inquirer a few weeks ago. This prompted me to immediately do two things: Order this book and email a friend from those long ago days of the late 60's when she and I along with a few others would stroll the boardwalk in Ocean City,NJ. In those days we were so innocent and dumb to the evils of the world and would talk to any guy who approached us if we thought him cute! We stayed in a rooming house on 10th and Central a block from where these girls stayed! We ate at a few places mentioned in the book.As far as the book is concerned I was a bit disappointed that more of its content was not devoted to the story of the two murdered girls. It takes us on about a year long self described journey leading up to the actual crime. About the last 1/4 of the book. It is told in the words of Ted Bundy looking back.Being of a certain age my memories are more complete of that time and the years after Bundy was captured leading up to his execution. I found some things in the actual story of the murders to have holes in them. If Bundy had used his real name to a landlady,stolen a credit card,talked to a society girl,been given a ride by two stupid hippie criminal types this all would have been found out by years of extensive investigation and especially the landlady part. That would have been all over the papers everywhere. I know of a first hand story told to me about 1970 that any male arrested for any reason in Ocean City and Somers Point that week was eventually interviewed. A friend of my then boyfriend was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct that memorial Day weekend and about a year later was pulled off the field from ROTC military exercises to be interviewed regarding this case!I gave it 3 stars because as a person who reads about 40 books a year of al types I can say it was well written.......a fast beach read which I read on Cape Cod!
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MaxWager More than 1 year ago
An interesting look at the possibility that infamous serial killer Ted Bundy is responsible for the still-unsolved 1969 murders of two co-eds near Ocean City, New Jersey. The story is told by author Christian E. Barth in novel format, written in the first-person from the POV of the madman himself. The theory is based on actual comments Bundy made to interviewers regarding the case as he bartered for more time before his impending date with the electric chair. The book isn't a lurid recounting of Bundy's exploits, but rather an attempt to shed light on some of the factors which may have led him down the dark road he ultimately followed. Mixing matters of fact with speculation and license, Barth weaves a tale of Bundy's life from '68-'69, a trail which takes him from Seattle to Philadelphia, briefly to New York City, then ultimately places him at the Jersey Shore at the time of the murders. Despite being written as fiction, Barth articulates a theory that many, including some in law enforcement, have speculated at for decades. Did Bundy actual commit the murders? Probably not. But could he have? Almost certainly.