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"This is the ONLY book to read to learn the full story of the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr in August 1961. Fascinating!" —Ann Rule, New York Times Bestselling Author "While Ted Bundy might be the greatest evil enigma ever, author Rebecca Morris strips away the layers of the greatest mystery of his life—what was his connection to the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr? This "This is the ONLY book to read to learn the full story of the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr in August 1961. Fascinating!" —Ann Rule, New York Times Bestselling Author "While Ted Bundy might be the greatest evil enigma ever, author Rebecca Morris strips away the layers of the greatest mystery of his life—what was his connection to the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr? This is an astonishing achievement, the missing piece that readers of crime have long sought. Bravo for Morris!" —Gregg Olsen, New York Times Bestselling Author At age three he was using knives to frighten his teenage aunt. By fourteen he was a thief, animal abuser, and peeping tom who liked to pull little girls into the woods to scare them. Ted Bundy killed at least thirty-five girls and women, and possibly hundreds. Was his first victim eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr who disappeared from their Tacoma, Washington, neighborhood in 1961? Her body was never found and there were no clues, just two tenacious detectives who spent the rest of their lives trying to solve the case. Was Bundy telling the truth when he told a hypothetical story about killing Ann and dumping her into a muddy pit? With new information about Ted Bundy's childhood, interviews with those who knew him best, and the memories of the Burr family, Ted and Ann is the story of one the 20th century's most fascinating cold cases. Rebecca Morris is an award-winning journalist who has worked in radio and television news in New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. A native Oregonian, her reporting has appeared in The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, People, Entertainment Weekly, New York Newsday, American Theatre, and many other publications. She lives in Seattle.


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"This is the ONLY book to read to learn the full story of the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr in August 1961. Fascinating!" —Ann Rule, New York Times Bestselling Author "While Ted Bundy might be the greatest evil enigma ever, author Rebecca Morris strips away the layers of the greatest mystery of his life—what was his connection to the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr? This "This is the ONLY book to read to learn the full story of the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr in August 1961. Fascinating!" —Ann Rule, New York Times Bestselling Author "While Ted Bundy might be the greatest evil enigma ever, author Rebecca Morris strips away the layers of the greatest mystery of his life—what was his connection to the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr? This is an astonishing achievement, the missing piece that readers of crime have long sought. Bravo for Morris!" —Gregg Olsen, New York Times Bestselling Author At age three he was using knives to frighten his teenage aunt. By fourteen he was a thief, animal abuser, and peeping tom who liked to pull little girls into the woods to scare them. Ted Bundy killed at least thirty-five girls and women, and possibly hundreds. Was his first victim eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr who disappeared from their Tacoma, Washington, neighborhood in 1961? Her body was never found and there were no clues, just two tenacious detectives who spent the rest of their lives trying to solve the case. Was Bundy telling the truth when he told a hypothetical story about killing Ann and dumping her into a muddy pit? With new information about Ted Bundy's childhood, interviews with those who knew him best, and the memories of the Burr family, Ted and Ann is the story of one the 20th century's most fascinating cold cases. Rebecca Morris is an award-winning journalist who has worked in radio and television news in New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. A native Oregonian, her reporting has appeared in The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, People, Entertainment Weekly, New York Newsday, American Theatre, and many other publications. She lives in Seattle.

30 review for Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy

  1. 4 out of 5

    CrabbyPatty

    Initial rating: 4 stars in 2014 Reread in 2019 I reread this, in light of all the Ted Bundy-related stuff lately like the Netflix show and the upcoming movie with Zac Efron playing Ted. The author contends that Bundy's first murder was when he was almost 15 and killed an 8-year-old girl in his neighborhood, Ann Burr. The book follows Ann's devastated family as they seek to find out what happened to their beloved child. Every other chapter details Bundy's family life and adulthood. This is one of Initial rating: 4 stars in 2014 Reread in 2019 I reread this, in light of all the Ted Bundy-related stuff lately like the Netflix show and the upcoming movie with Zac Efron playing Ted. The author contends that Bundy's first murder was when he was almost 15 and killed an 8-year-old girl in his neighborhood, Ann Burr. The book follows Ann's devastated family as they seek to find out what happened to their beloved child. Every other chapter details Bundy's family life and adulthood. This is one of the few books I've read about Bundy that really delves into his dysfunctional family - his grandfather who was probably a sociopath, the possibility that this grandfather might also be Ted's father, Ted's abandonment at a home for unwed mothers after his birth, etc. The author mentions that Ted actually transformed when he went into his "Other Ted" mode - his blue eyes became black, he got a mark on his cheek, his body odor changed, he looked totally different. Rebecca Morris very much puts to rest the idea of a charming, educated young Republican who just happened to kill women. Bundy was a stone-cold killer who - beyond all his issues with being bipolar, depressed, abnormal brain chemistry, etc. - just plain liked to kill. 4.5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    An excellent and very informative book and a worthy addition to the genre of literature about Ted Bundy. The author interviewed dozens of people for her research and many of the facts in the book are things I'd never heard of before. Ann Marie Burr was abducted fifty years ago and she's on my missing persons website. She may well have been Bundy's first victim; Morris makes a good case for that. But we'll never know for certain.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    This was enjoyable in that it tells a lot more about Ted Bundy's early life than I've maybe read in the past. However, it was extremely hard going with the amount of formatting and editing errors throughout. If I hadn't been intrigued by the story I'd have packed it in. There were heaps of missing spaces such as neverbeen or sevenyear and then chapter headings just dumped here and there in the text. I assume they're errors created in formatting to ebooks as I've seen them come up a lot before in This was enjoyable in that it tells a lot more about Ted Bundy's early life than I've maybe read in the past. However, it was extremely hard going with the amount of formatting and editing errors throughout. If I hadn't been intrigued by the story I'd have packed it in. There were heaps of missing spaces such as neverbeen or sevenyear and then chapter headings just dumped here and there in the text. I assume they're errors created in formatting to ebooks as I've seen them come up a lot before in other books but it's time authors paid better attention to what's being put out there in their names. There were also a lot of missing or missplaced apostrophes. On page 116 there was a whole paragraph that made no sense whatsoever however many times I read it !! The Burr family I found to be quite strange, especially Beverley, their mother. I wasn't comfortable with their decision to sort of replace their missing Ann by adopting another daughter a few years after. In places I was convinced Ted had taken Ann yet at other times I wasn't sure. He didn't usually murder girls who he'd befriended and it seems he got on with Ann so I guess we'll never know for sure. I can't imagine the whole family's never knowing what happened to her all those years. Horribly sad.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lady ♥ Belleza

    Some people were rather amazed that this is the first book about Ted Bundy I have read. For some reason I have made a conscience effort to not read about Ted Bundy. It seems important to mention that because I may have liked this book more than others because there are many details about Ted Bundy I am not familiar with. That being said, I would say this book was not a ‘page turner’, but it was interesting. It dealt mainly with the aftereffects of the disappearance of Ann Burr. Mainly how her Some people were rather amazed that this is the first book about Ted Bundy I have read. For some reason I have made a conscience effort to not read about Ted Bundy. It seems important to mention that because I may have liked this book more than others because there are many details about Ted Bundy I am not familiar with. That being said, I would say this book was not a ‘page turner’, but it was interesting. It dealt mainly with the aftereffects of the disappearance of Ann Burr. Mainly how her family coped with her disappearance, the investigation, how the police felt they had ‘failed the family’. Although there is no evidence to support it, there are some people who feel Ted Bundy is responsible for her disappearance and death. This is brought out and the reasons these people believe it. This book also contains some historical information about Ted Bundy, his parents, his childhood habits and so on. I would recommend this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    George

    SO-SO. TED AND ANN: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy is an okay read, but not really all that interesting. Recommendation: Read Ann Rule's book, THE STRANGER BESIDE ME, instead. " 'What's one less person on the face of the earth, anyway?' he [Ted Bundy] remarked when discussing his crimes."—screen 790/935 NOOKbook edition, 935 (iPad) screens

  6. 5 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    Interesting look back at a missing child case, with an eye towards the possibility that young neighbor Ted Bundy may have had some involvement. Kind of a patchwork quilt of many things I've read about Bundy, along with the story of the missing girl, Ann.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annette Cook

    The subject matter is compelling, if disturbing: Ted Bundy and his possible connection to the 1961 disappearance of an 8 year old girl in Tacoma. This book has facts galore- what it does not appear to have is an editor. There are typos and more than one sentence that makes absolutely no sense. The sequencing is puzzling with much repetition and back and forth. If properly edited, this book would possibly merit higher marks.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Krantz

    When reading about anything related to Ted Bundy, it’s easy to get swept up in his story and background and about his known victims. Before this book, I never took the time to really think about what an impact he had had on Seattle Washington. There were other people who went missing during the time of Bundy’s life, and the thought that the families will never know if their loved ones were part of his spree or not is haunting. This audiobook covers one such victim. 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr went When reading about anything related to Ted Bundy, it’s easy to get swept up in his story and background and about his known victims. Before this book, I never took the time to really think about what an impact he had had on Seattle Washington. There were other people who went missing during the time of Bundy’s life, and the thought that the families will never know if their loved ones were part of his spree or not is haunting. This audiobook covers one such victim. 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr went to bed one night and simply vanished. This book covers the possible reasons why Ted Bundy is a suspect but even at the end admits that there is no way to prove for sure exactly what happened. Decades have gone by, many of the people who remember Ann have died, and they are no closer to solving her disappearance then they day it happened. Truly sad story. Interesting insight though for fans of true crime. Narration was perfect for the material. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is a very interesting book about Ted Bundy's first possible victim, although the 8 year old girl's body has never been found, and Bundy himself waffled between admitting and denying the murder. He was 14 years at the time and the two did know each other. It is also true that Ted Bundy (Bundy being his stepfather's name) had a horrible and abusive upbringing. His sister, Eleanor Louise, was his mother, and his father was probably his own grandfather, Samuel Cowell. Samuel was feared and This is a very interesting book about Ted Bundy's first possible victim, although the 8 year old girl's body has never been found, and Bundy himself waffled between admitting and denying the murder. He was 14 years at the time and the two did know each other. It is also true that Ted Bundy (Bundy being his stepfather's name) had a horrible and abusive upbringing. His sister, Eleanor Louise, was his mother, and his father was probably his own grandfather, Samuel Cowell. Samuel was feared and hated by his whole nuclear and extended family, including his six brothers. He was abusive, an alcoholic, and only God knows what else. To protect Ted and his mother, other family members moved them from Vermont to Tacoma, WA. Ted, or Teddy, as he was called, seemed to repress a lot of his childhood memories, had severe head trauma, and was abused by several adults. I have always thought serial killers, for the most part, are made, not born. This book alternates between Ann Marie Burr and her family's life and Ted Bundy, and his life and death. From a psychological standpoint, the book was fascinating, but very sad and sad for all the people who suffered horrible losses. Before I read this book, I knew nothing of this little girl, Ann Marie Burr, and her disappearance on August 30, 1961. Overall, the book was interesting, but terribly sad.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Turner

    I found this book to be quite interesting and remarkable. This book is the true story of the abduction and investigation of Ann Marie Burr, missing from Tacoma Washington in August 1961. Imformation is given about the Burr family,the background of the family and their dealings with the police and media after losing their daughter..Ted Bundy,a childhood acquaintance of Ann,s who lived not far away from the Burr family who became a prime suspect in her disappearance since his incarceration and I found this book to be quite interesting and remarkable. This book is the true story of the abduction and investigation of Ann Marie Burr, missing from Tacoma Washington in August 1961. Imformation is given about the Burr family,the background of the family and their dealings with the police and media after losing their daughter..Ted Bundy,a childhood acquaintance of Ann,s who lived not far away from the Burr family who became a prime suspect in her disappearance since his incarceration and eventual execution on charges of murder. A lot of imformation that i did not know about Ted Bundy,s childhood is given in this most interesting book..I will not say too much more,as i do not want to give the case away to the reader,i highly recommend this book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Doreena

    This is another story about Ted Bundy. This story sort of centers around a 7 yr old girl that he had taken and killed. Very informative. I knew he was a very busy killer, but I had no idea how busy. The book delves into Ted's early life and his family. There were a lot of issues there. Recently, I had read a novel by Anne Rule about Ted Bundy, and this book is along those lines. The author, Rebecca Morris, at one point, even mentions Ted's friendship with Anne. Very well written and informative.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Did he or didn't he? Probably. I think so. But, sadly, we'll never know. Neither Ted nor Ann is here to tell us...and they're the only two that know. This book was much better than I was expecting. It's a very informative view of both Ted Bundy and Ann Marie Burr. I have read lots about Ted Bundy, but there was information in Morris' book that I'd never heard. I also learned about the Burr family, and the tragedy they endured - both with Ann's kidnapping, and throughout their lifetimes. It's a Did he or didn't he? Probably. I think so. But, sadly, we'll never know. Neither Ted nor Ann is here to tell us...and they're the only two that know. This book was much better than I was expecting. It's a very informative view of both Ted Bundy and Ann Marie Burr. I have read lots about Ted Bundy, but there was information in Morris' book that I'd never heard. I also learned about the Burr family, and the tragedy they endured - both with Ann's kidnapping, and throughout their lifetimes. It's a sad story, which leaves you with no definitive answer. Judge for yourself. Did he, or didn't he?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jane Morris

    I have read many books about Ted Bundy and this qualifies as my least favorite. The story line is all over the place. Wondering if book had an editor!?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Sorted????? Sorted pasts? I believe the word is "sordid".

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Potter

    We all know the story of Ted Bundy. But while there isn't technically any new information here, having it presented together in such a way definitely makes a compelling case. Lee Ann Howlett gives us solid audio narration. He voice is pleasant enough to listen to and well paced. Now, in fairness, the conclusion presented in this book is largely conjecture. But then again, so are dozens of murders that are commonly attributed to Bundy. This is part of the problem with dealing with a man with Bundy's We all know the story of Ted Bundy. But while there isn't technically any new information here, having it presented together in such a way definitely makes a compelling case. Lee Ann Howlett gives us solid audio narration. He voice is pleasant enough to listen to and well paced. Now, in fairness, the conclusion presented in this book is largely conjecture. But then again, so are dozens of murders that are commonly attributed to Bundy. This is part of the problem with dealing with a man with Bundy's brand of sociopathy. It's almost impossible to differentiate his truths from his half-truths and bold-faced lies. Between all the details presented herein, I think the author makes a compelling case. However, this isn't just a book about Bundy. This is a book about a troubled family who experienced one of the worst tragedies a family can ever suffer: the loss of a child with no closure on the issue, ever. But more than that, it's about the aftermath and how that family survived their tragedy. In the end, between Bundy's own words and too many coincidences to ignore, this book does present a very compelling case for Anne-Marie being an early victim of Ted's, if not his first.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Disclosure: I received this audiobook for free in return for providing an honest review. I began listening to Ted and Ann thinking it would focus mainly on Ted Bundy. After all, I'd spent my teen years in the Pacific Northwest, where Ted Bundy was often cited as a cautionary tale for not accepting rides from strangers, no matter how attractive or clean-cut. As the book progressed, I became immersed in the story of Ann Marie Burr, an 8 year old Tacoma girl who went to bed one night, went missing, Disclosure: I received this audiobook for free in return for providing an honest review. I began listening to Ted and Ann thinking it would focus mainly on Ted Bundy. After all, I'd spent my teen years in the Pacific Northwest, where Ted Bundy was often cited as a cautionary tale for not accepting rides from strangers, no matter how attractive or clean-cut. As the book progressed, I became immersed in the story of Ann Marie Burr, an 8 year old Tacoma girl who went to bed one night, went missing, and was never found. Ann's disappearance haunted her parents throughout their lives, and suspecting but never knowing for sure whether she'd been a victim of Ted Bundy compounded their grief. While Ted and Ann offers insight into Ted Bundy's background and behavior, it shared a perspective I'd never considered before: Families who'd lost loved ones in areas where Ted Bundy had murdered others, but ultimately never found out what happened to their missing loved ones. I found Ted and Ann to be a profoundly touching book, and at times was moved to tears by the story about little Ann Marie Burr and her family's struggle to learn what had happened to her. Recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    I'm sorry to see comments about formatting errors because I didn't come across the as I listened to the story over audible and I was impressed. I know a fair bit about ted bundy and have read all other books on him, and found this one to have information I hadn't come across before. Fantastic. The author did a wonderful job conveying the family of Ann's anguish and experience at loosing a child and never really coping. I especially enjoyed chapter 13 I think it was with its basic info regarding I'm sorry to see comments about formatting errors because I didn't come across the as I listened to the story over audible and I was impressed. I know a fair bit about ted bundy and have read all other books on him, and found this one to have information I hadn't come across before. Fantastic. The author did a wonderful job conveying the family of Ann's anguish and experience at loosing a child and never really coping. I especially enjoyed chapter 13 I think it was with its basic info regarding personality disorders and psychopathy (as I'm a psych/criminology major) it was a nice touch to the book without being too much for readers, as in filtering it throughout the book. Well done, very much enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    "No parent should ever face this!" I was given this audiobook in exchange for honest review. It is a interesting story I had never read this book so it was very informative and well presented by the narrative talents of Lee Ann Howlett. She was professional in delivery on such a heartbreaking topic.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    A very moving account of a very sad tragedy. The book is fast paced and full of interesting bits never heard before about Ted and Ann. Intriguing to hear from Ted's childhood friends and sister. Well written. I couldn't stop reading until it was finished. Highly recommended.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis

    This one gives a lot of background on Ted's childhood and adolescence. You won't find that in most books on him. As far as if he is guilty of Ann, I'm not sure. I feel so bad for her family. Sadly, if he was the killer, we will never know.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Glass

    Long, strange trail of tears So many possibilities, so many lives ended and even more altered forever in unremitting pain. The best insights into Louise, Ted's mother that I have seen yet. All interview subjects treated with kindness, but not kid gloves.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fishface

    A thought-provoking read. The author doesn't QUITE prove her case but she sure makes me wonder. Well-written and full of all kinds of new details about Ted Bundy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark Martinico

    Serial killer Ted Bundy's deviant behavior is known to have started early. But when exactly did he begin killing? At the time of his youth, in a neighborhood where he delivered newspapers, a little girl disappeared, never to be found again. Was this the doing of a young Bundy? While "Ted and Ann" does not answer this, it provides a wealth of detail on the early life, disappearance, and search for 8 year old Ann Burr, as well as local details and context, and an extensive account of what is known Serial killer Ted Bundy's deviant behavior is known to have started early. But when exactly did he begin killing? At the time of his youth, in a neighborhood where he delivered newspapers, a little girl disappeared, never to be found again. Was this the doing of a young Bundy? While "Ted and Ann" does not answer this, it provides a wealth of detail on the early life, disappearance, and search for 8 year old Ann Burr, as well as local details and context, and an extensive account of what is known to have been going on in Bundy's life at the same time. In his extensive interviews before his execution, Bundy was always noticeably evasive and inconsistent about that era, and seemed to suggest little or no memory of Ann or her disappearance, despite what an enormous local news item it was at the time. And while there is no definitive link, the possibility of Bundy having abducted and killed Ann cannot be ruled out. Consider this: Even if Bundy did NOT do it, he still came of age in a time and place where the biggest local news item was little Ann's disappearance and law enforcement's inability to catch the perpetrator. Could it have started the gears turning in Bundy's maniacal brain, that HE could do such things and not be caught? "Ted and Ann" is more a tale of context and possibilities than of answers. I've seen some other reviews that complain that the book doesn't solve the crime - although if it were solved, call me crazy, but I'm guessing maybe it would've been in the news or something. The book's introduction specifies that it does not have definitive answers - did some readers/listeners miss that part? I myself read the publisher's summary and listened to a sample of the audiobook, and went into it as an informed listener who knew what to expect. And I wasn't disappointed. Author Rebecca Morris is no stranger to true crime, although this is the first I've read by her. Narrator Lee Ann Howlett - also new to me - does a fine job of keeping the parallel stories of both Ted and Ann going. Some true crime audiobooks end up with a narrator who thinks they're an "on the scene" news reporter or something, going completely over the top. Others have a narrator who sounds completely disinterested. Howlett is a calm, clear reader who keeps things moving, and keeps you interested throughout. "Ted and Ann" shouldn't be anyone's FIRST Bundy book, but it definitely should be read if you're looking for additional pieces of the complex, horrifying puzzle that is Ted Bundy, Also, while surely Bundy is what pulls the readers/listeners in, poor little Ann Burr - still missing - is who will haunt your thoughts afterward, leaving you wanting answers and justice for her. I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for writing an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Walker

    I came into this for the Multiple Personality angle, which wasn't developed to nearly the extent that I was under the impression it would be, judging from earlier reviews. I did get the scoop that Arthur Shawcross is in the club (when I don't remember a mention in Jack Olsen's "The Misbegotten Son") and that Ted Bundy's psychiatrist, a former MPD denier, said that a not insubstantial 15 of the 165 prisoners she studied were also. Bundy gets an "almost", or perhaps a full-blown under the I came into this for the Multiple Personality angle, which wasn't developed to nearly the extent that I was under the impression it would be, judging from earlier reviews. I did get the scoop that Arthur Shawcross is in the club (when I don't remember a mention in Jack Olsen's "The Misbegotten Son") and that Ted Bundy's psychiatrist, a former MPD denier, said that a not insubstantial 15 of the 165 prisoners she studied were also. Bundy gets an "almost", or perhaps a full-blown under the apparently more lax Dissociative Identity definition, about what my readers have given me. I kind of want to just torch the genre, for the tendency to write in terms that sell a born-to-kill narrative, and in the main Rebecca Morris is as guilty of this as anyone, though she'll dutifully give lip service to killers-are-made perspectives. "Ted and Ann" is a mess of contradictions, awkward wordings, and statements that weaken the case against Bundy with regards to Ann Burr when they're designed to bolster it. Bundy almost looks like a straight shooter compared to Morris at times. An especially amusing stretch that may have gone on for pages has various people interacting with a "nudist", where the reader is permitted to imagine that all these various people in all these various settings are actually talking to a naked man. The book is saved by the fact that the Ann Burr case itself, an afterthought for me personally, is actually interesting. The parade of suspects and suspicious goings-on, the slice of life from the night before and the radical change forever after, initially set in the very different America of 1961. There's a bit of a feeling that the Ann Burr disappearance, because of the possible Ted Bundy connection, put the entire Burr family on the map. Mom Beverly, no doubt the book's primary source, is indulged in all sorts of matters, including what a borderline bad guy her husband Don of 50+ years was. I could see it if he was a suspect, but this just goes on and on. And Beverly herself was in love with another man...and there's just so much dirty laundry. Definite maybe that Ted killed Ann, though it resonates with me more that he became a murderer after being dumped, because my own roughly equivalent experience is what gave rise to the birth of a me I wouldn't have recognized beforehand.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Passenger B.

    I had actually started reading this one several times and had to put it down because the inaccuracies and conjecture just completely drove me crazy. I mainly finished this today because I really, really, REALLY wanted it off my TBR pile finally. This one's so bad I don't even feel like writing a review. In short: The author repeats long debunked myths (convenient lies?) such as Bundy having had a paper route directly going past the Burr's house. Channeling Ann Rule here a lil bit, huh? Eyeroll. I had actually started reading this one several times and had to put it down because the inaccuracies and conjecture just completely drove me crazy. I mainly finished this today because I really, really, REALLY wanted it off my TBR pile finally. This one's so bad I don't even feel like writing a review. In short: The author repeats long debunked myths (convenient lies?) such as Bundy having had a paper route directly going past the Burr's house. Channeling Ann Rule here a lil bit, huh? Eyeroll. No, he did not. And no, Burr didn't follow him around "like a puppy" either. None of the ludicrous claims about Bundy alleged actions as a boy hold up either. That is, if you have a brain, know the case and don't put any stock into what (possibly attention-hungry?...) individuals such as Sandi Holt claim. To see Morris gaining more followers recently due to her appearance on several Bundy documentaries is just fucking sad. She has nothing of value to say and should remain where she belongs: On the fringes of the community, along with several crackpot authors who tried their hand at re-writing history for personal gain. Rating: PUKE. In other words: 1 star.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Savi

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I am a big fan of true crime narrative in any format so I was very excited to listen to this audiobook. This book explores the possible connection between the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and a child named Ann Marie Burr who went missing in his neighbourhood. He never confessed to the crime nor was there ever any proof found that Ann was Ted Bundy's victim. The author, however, puts forward a I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I am a big fan of true crime narrative in any format so I was very excited to listen to this audiobook. This book explores the possible connection between the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and a child named Ann Marie Burr who went missing in his neighbourhood. He never confessed to the crime nor was there ever any proof found that Ann was Ted Bundy's victim. The author, however, puts forward a convincing case for it through interviews, Ted's childhood and other interesting facts not often brought up in regards to Ted Bundy. It was by no means perfect and I thought the flow of the book lacked a definite strong hook, but for anyone interested in learning more about Ted Bundy this is definitely worth a pick up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    L K

    Story of the 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr , and her relationship and the coincidences that linked her to serial killer Ted Bundy.... many , many "links" that are quite conclusive that she must have been Ted's first victim.... She disappeared from their Tacoma, WA home in summer morning in 1961. Her body was never found, there were no clues, no ransom demand and no arrest. Was Bundy telling the truth when he told a hypothetical story about killing Ann and dumping her into a muddy pit? With new Story of the 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr , and her relationship and the coincidences that linked her to serial killer Ted Bundy.... many , many "links" that are quite conclusive that she must have been Ted's first victim.... She disappeared from their Tacoma, WA home in summer morning in 1961. Her body was never found, there were no clues, no ransom demand and no arrest. Was Bundy telling the truth when he told a hypothetical story about killing Ann and dumping her into a muddy pit? With new information about Ted Bundy’s childhood, interviews with those who knew him best, and the memories of the Burr family, "Ted and Ann – The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy," has been called "fascinating" ( quote from Ann Rule).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Did he or didn't he? I think I have read every book out there on Ted Bundy. Started with Ann Rule and went from there. I've talked to people who were involved in finding Ted (my ex was an officer involved in the search up in Seattle). After reading this, I honestly do not believe that Ted had anything to do with Ann Burr's disappearance. I do believe he may have known Ann. They possibly knew the same people. But Ted's infamous career never really started until the 1970s. When Ann vanished, Ted Did he or didn't he? I think I have read every book out there on Ted Bundy. Started with Ann Rule and went from there. I've talked to people who were involved in finding Ted (my ex was an officer involved in the search up in Seattle). After reading this, I honestly do not believe that Ted had anything to do with Ann Burr's disappearance. I do believe he may have known Ann. They possibly knew the same people. But Ted's infamous career never really started until the 1970s. When Ann vanished, Ted was too involved with other horrible and disgusting things. What little evidence they had never matched up to Ted's DNA, which seems like the final closing of Ted's involvement. My prayers go out to Miss Burr's family that one day they will have some type of closure.

  29. 5 out of 5

    April

    Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy : Rebecca Morris This is a very good case study of the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr in 1967. The author gives the listener the possibility that she may have been Ted Bundy's first victim. There are some coincidences that will have you thinking that it is possible. True crime books can be brutal and this one shows dysfunction in both families. The narration was well done. Lee Ann Howlett voice was matter of fact, that was what Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy : Rebecca Morris This is a very good case study of the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr in 1967. The author gives the listener the possibility that she may have been Ted Bundy's first victim. There are some coincidences that will have you thinking that it is possible. True crime books can be brutal and this one shows dysfunction in both families. The narration was well done. Lee Ann Howlett voice was matter of fact, that was what this book needed. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    A lot has been written about Ted Bundy and some of it has been repeated here. Unfortunately, there are still no answers to the question about what happened to Ann and probably will never be. However, Rebecca Morris provides information about this case and offers her speculation about what happened. Morris's style of writing is a bit jerky. She jumps to new topics without pauses or other indication of the switch. Lee Ann Howlett delivers an expert performance. NOTE: I was given this free review A lot has been written about Ted Bundy and some of it has been repeated here. Unfortunately, there are still no answers to the question about what happened to Ann and probably will never be. However, Rebecca Morris provides information about this case and offers her speculation about what happened. Morris's style of writing is a bit jerky. She jumps to new topics without pauses or other indication of the switch. Lee Ann Howlett delivers an expert performance. NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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