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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 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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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 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.

30 review for The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I have read nearly every book written on Ted Bundy and when I heard about this one, I knew I had to read it. Particularly when the author claimed that he had previously unpublished information about some of the crimes. I have heard that every true crime affectionado has a "favorite" (for lack of better word) crime or criminal and I suppose that's correct. There are some crimes, such as Bundy's, that I can read many books about without getting weary and there are other crimes that I have absolute I have read nearly every book written on Ted Bundy and when I heard about this one, I knew I had to read it. Particularly when the author claimed that he had previously unpublished information about some of the crimes. I have heard that every true crime affectionado has a "favorite" (for lack of better word) crime or criminal and I suppose that's correct. There are some crimes, such as Bundy's, that I can read many books about without getting weary and there are other crimes that I have absolutely no desire to pick up the first book on. 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 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 Murders for any true crime reader, or any reader wanting to know more about Bundy or about deviant personalities. The photographs are not graphic and the text is not objectionable. There are parts that may be difficult to read, particularly given that Bundy did play tricks on his victims after he had them in his murderous grasp, but the facts are presented in such a way as to be informative and a fascinating look into a crumbling psyche. In fact, this book should be required reading for any student of psychology or criminal law (ironically what Bundy was during his years at college and law school).

  2. 5 out of 5

    berthamason

    I've read every book on Ted Bundy I could find before stumbling on A Comprehensive History and I was surprised by how much I didn't know about his murders. Sullivan's book has its flaws and it seems to rely heavily on Liz Kendall's The Phantom Prince (from what I've heard), but is still a compelling and well-structured narrative of events.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela

    TW for rape . . . . Maybe the most shocking thing about this book is that Sullivan consistently refers to Bundy's rape of his victims as "having sex" with them. Sex is consensual by default. Since Bundy raped a myriad of women, often raping their corpses as well, the incorrect and offensive term showed up often and was distracting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆

    Oh Lord! Another author who has no idea what a psychopath is. He keeps going on and on about Bundy's feelings. LOL. Is it really that hard to actually look up the term before using it? My favorite part: 'it would've been best if Bundy got help but he was a psychopath and psychopaths don't get help.' You wanna know why? Because they ain't broken. You can't help a psychopath. There's no pill that'll set them right and give them a conscious. Bleh.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Werle

    I am on a serial killer kick for some reason.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    (tw; descriptions of rape, assault, & necrophilia) It’s extremely frustrating to learn that this author, Kevin M. Sullivan, has written a number of books on Ted Bundy, because, frankly, what I’ve read in here was disturbing, and not simply because of the subject’s crimes. Chapter 1 opens up with an italicized paragraph that is as follows, “The hunter had long ago embraced the night. He felt comfortable in the darkness, for it provided him with a cover for his nocturnal activities. [...] Like the v (tw; descriptions of rape, assault, & necrophilia) It’s extremely frustrating to learn that this author, Kevin M. Sullivan, has written a number of books on Ted Bundy, because, frankly, what I’ve read in here was disturbing, and not simply because of the subject’s crimes. Chapter 1 opens up with an italicized paragraph that is as follows, “The hunter had long ago embraced the night. He felt comfortable in the darkness, for it provided him with a cover for his nocturnal activities. [...] Like the vampire of fiction, where the individual is forever transformed from the normal human into a diabolical creature which ultimately must be destroyed, so too his transformation would also be permanent.” There is much more to this opening paragraph, but rest assured, it does end with, “Theodore Robert Bundy had transformed himself into the perfect killing machine.” Because of course, why not introduce a raping, violent necrophiliac with flowery language? Not only is this odd language used to describe Bundy throughout the work, but Sullivan also exacerbates the claims Bundy himself made of an “entity”, a “monster within”. He continually uses words like “hunter”, “prey”, “darkness” when speaking about Bundy’s actions. He even refers to Bundy as such “Like a lion in the jungle peering out from behind various forms of cover, waiting for the weakest and most susceptible to pass before him...” (pg. 120) The worst offense in Sullivan’s writing, making me question why exactly he wrote this, is the speculation and creative liberties taken when it comes to the victims and the inhumane acts they were subjected to, including some description of the desecrating that happened to their bodies. Sullivan seems to only care about what Bundy’s mindset could have been when taking these victims’ lives. He frequently, if not every time, speculates how “excited” (be it sexually or otherwise) Ted Bundy must have been when killing. Sullivan describes these acts with no respect, leaving out no detail. When describing the murder of an Idaho hitchhiker, this is how the passage was written: “Highly aroused, he would have sex with her (perhaps anal), and would complete the act of murder through strangulation during the act of sodomy. Not wanting to leave so beautiful a sight, he may have stayed with her for a brief time, as he wanted to savor what he created.” (pg. 86) Nearly every victim’s murder is described in such a manner. Only sparingly does Sullivan turn his speculations on the fear these women and girls (quite a number of Bundy’s victims were under the age of 18; two were 12, one was 15) must have felt during their abductions. Speaking of young victims, this alarming line was written about Lynette Culver, one of the 12 year old girls: “After saying just the right things to the child (who must have been flattered that a grown man would show such interest in her),” (pg. 138). Who is this for? Why is such language here, such speculating language that directly makes assumptions about what a child would think about an adult attempting to seduce them? Finally, because I don’t suggest reading this entry into the many volumes about Ted Bundy’s crimes, this passage sums up the disgust I felt while reading Sullivan’s attempts at a creative look at Bundy. This does describe necrophilia. “Not even the severing of heads for the purposes of oral sex was taboo. Which brings us to this. As Bundy laid these heads in his lap, and prepared himself for the sexual act, did he enjoy looking into their eyes? Was a victim more beautiful to him now than when he first spoke to her? Was she prettier now that she was dead?” (pg. 67) I truly have no words for all these descriptors, and the consistent way Sullivan kept describing Bundy. Say it like it is: Theodore Bundy raped women, killed women, defiled their bodies, because he hated women. Was something “sick” about him? Yes, but should you romanticize and write purple prose about what the serial killer himself called the “Entity” that “told him what to do to these women”? Absolutely not, under any circumstances. I will also say, the use of “sex” for acts not consensual, needs to stop. It is rape. Sex implies pleasure with both parties. It’s disappointing that Kevin M. Sullivan has also, apparently, been published into criminal justice textbooks. His words come off as admirant of Ted Bundy, and apathetic at best towards the victims.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I didn't know anything about Ted Bundy beyond the fact he was a serial killer, and I'm very glad this was the book that taught me the story. The writing is great, but the narrator really made it shine for me. The narration is sympathetic, conversational and just . . . right. Highly recommended listen.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Passenger B.

    When "The Bundy Murders" was first published it hit the Bundy community like rain does the Sahara desert. There had been no new Bundy book, no new revelations about the case, for many years. And Kevin M. Sullivan dug very deeply before publishing, spending five years traveling the United States to follow the "Ted Bundy route" on his own dime. He spoke with anyone and everyone relevant to the case in order to form his theories and to give us a clear chronological timeline of events. He interviewed When "The Bundy Murders" was first published it hit the Bundy community like rain does the Sahara desert. There had been no new Bundy book, no new revelations about the case, for many years. And Kevin M. Sullivan dug very deeply before publishing, spending five years traveling the United States to follow the "Ted Bundy route" on his own dime. He spoke with anyone and everyone relevant to the case in order to form his theories and to give us a clear chronological timeline of events. He interviewed people who had not spoken out in years, and elicited new information such as Lynnette Dawn Culver having been drowned in an Inn's bathtub from investigators. Each chapter brought with it something new, a connection we had not made before, a tiny element missing that fit perfectly into the Bundy puzzle and helped us make sense of the case and Bundy's mindset and motivation. Sullivan is a narrator, a storyteller; he takes you right into the setting of the 70's, describes in detail the circumstances of Bundy trolling for victims, his modus operandi, each abduction. And how he in turn conducted himself among his friends, co-workers, family. What becomes far more evident than it had ever before was that Bundy's masks tended to slip even when he wasn't in his "entity" mode. He wasn't quite the smart, slick young man with the polished mannerisms at all, but a desperate man compelled by urges he himself did not fully understand. After TBM was published, Sullivan soon started being contacted by other Bundy wayfarers, coeds, friends of the victims, eyewitnesses, and ultimately he had enough for a second book, "The Trail of Ted Bundy." It doesn't matter whether you are just a casual Ted Bundy reader or a hardcore student of the case, Sullivan's book(s) are a must have and must read. TBM is everything "The Stranger Beside Me" could or should have been in my view, offering far more accurate insight into the killer's mind and life. It's the first book I would recommend to anyone wanting to get started on the case.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jolayne

    It's true, I don't always finish the things I start in life. BUT, books, however bad, I've ALWAYS finished. I honestly thought there would never be a book that I could not force myself to finish. Well... then this book happened. I love true crime. I love reading and watching anything related to the Ted Bundy case, and if this was just a poorly written or uninteresting book, I would've finished it. However after coming across many inaccuracies, I just can't. After watching additional interview ta It's true, I don't always finish the things I start in life. BUT, books, however bad, I've ALWAYS finished. I honestly thought there would never be a book that I could not force myself to finish. Well... then this book happened. I love true crime. I love reading and watching anything related to the Ted Bundy case, and if this was just a poorly written or uninteresting book, I would've finished it. However after coming across many inaccuracies, I just can't. After watching additional interview tapes of Bundy himself and the lawyers/reporters/officers/family members personally involved, I can say without a doubt that Kevin M. Sullivan took privileges where imagination is concerned. And, in my opinion, there is NO room for faux truth in the form of imagination in true crime books. Simply put, I don't like the way he "got inside" the mind of Bundy, as if he himself were Bundy, and I think he has many small inaccuracies throughout his book relating to the time of day things happened and so on. To some it might seem minute - not to me. If you're an avid true crime reader and a bit of a serial-killer obsessive like I am, I don't think this book is for you. And if you're not, I can't stand the idea that people are being given false information, however small. If you're really wanting to get glued to the Bundy case, I suggest Ann Rules "The Stranger Beside Me." She may be biased due to her personal relationship, but at least (from what I can tell) she's never misleading and never assumes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra McCall

    So I read serial killer biographies, blame my High School Honors Pyschology Class in which I chose to do a report about serial killers. Probably not the best nighttime reading, but it is also kind of interesting to peruse the thought process of a sociopath. I also learned a few new things about Mr. Bundy, not sure I want to know them, but know I do. My Pysch teacher would be so proud.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I felt this book was well written. Being 14 years old, with long brown hair parted in the middle and living in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1974 this book brought back many memories - scary memories of young women disappearing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura KJ

    "A Comprehensive History" is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, it lists the victims and basic circumstances, but most of the information isn't much more in-depth than what you would expect to find on the internet. I've read incredibly detailed (not necessarily gory, just thorough) true crime, and this seemed a little half-hearted. The book claims to have new evidence and advertises use of transcripts, but both are few and far between. There is far too much speculation and too many attempts to pluck at t "A Comprehensive History" is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, it lists the victims and basic circumstances, but most of the information isn't much more in-depth than what you would expect to find on the internet. I've read incredibly detailed (not necessarily gory, just thorough) true crime, and this seemed a little half-hearted. The book claims to have new evidence and advertises use of transcripts, but both are few and far between. There is far too much speculation and too many attempts to pluck at the reader's heartstrings through speculated feelings and emotions of the victims and their families. If you want a detailed history of Bundy's crimes, trial, and confessions, this isn't what you are looking for. While this is the first Bundy book I have read, I have to believe there is a better one out there. I think I will try to stick to true crime written by people who knew the criminal or were involved with the case.

  13. 4 out of 5

    kylajaclyn

    First things first: this book is riddled with typos. Towards the end it gets really sloppy as Sullivan alternately calls Kim Leach Kimberly Ann Leach and Kimberly Diann Leach. He then calls Margaret Bowman Marguerite Bowman several times. If nothing else these victims' names have been out long enough that you should get them right. They suffered enough. Anyway, beyond this the book fills in the gaps from Ann Rule's amazing "The Stranger Beside Me." The end gets a bit hurried with the arrest, esc First things first: this book is riddled with typos. Towards the end it gets really sloppy as Sullivan alternately calls Kim Leach Kimberly Ann Leach and Kimberly Diann Leach. He then calls Margaret Bowman Marguerite Bowman several times. If nothing else these victims' names have been out long enough that you should get them right. They suffered enough. Anyway, beyond this the book fills in the gaps from Ann Rule's amazing "The Stranger Beside Me." The end gets a bit hurried with the arrest, escape, rearrest and second escape of Bundy, but the beginning about his childhood and crimes in Washington is full of information you might not have known. Sullivan does get repetitive at times, but this is still a worthwhile read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dimitris Papastergiou

    It was ok.... The writing was... well.. ok. I mainly wanted to learn about this serial killer, and it was exactly that. Sometimes the author would talk about Bundy's feelings and how he was thinking about things and whatnot, that would trigger me, cuz well.. Bundy had no feelings, clearly he was a psychopath. He wouldn't think shit. He just wanted to kill and rape and all the shit he did. Oh well... besides that, and a couple of other things I cringed at... it was what it sets out to be as a boo It was ok.... The writing was... well.. ok. I mainly wanted to learn about this serial killer, and it was exactly that. Sometimes the author would talk about Bundy's feelings and how he was thinking about things and whatnot, that would trigger me, cuz well.. Bundy had no feelings, clearly he was a psychopath. He wouldn't think shit. He just wanted to kill and rape and all the shit he did. Oh well... besides that, and a couple of other things I cringed at... it was what it sets out to be as a book about a serial killer.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tiger Gray

    Mesmerizing to the point where I couldn't put it down. I read it on the bus, read it when I was running on the treadmill, in bed...you get the idea. It's a haunting read and I recommend it to those who want more details than are generally available in newspapers and online articles.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    A fascinating story, thoroughly researched but written without any sense of style or (psychological) analysis.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Terry

    This is a straightforward, narrative account of Ted Bundy's crimes and the long-drawn-out hunting and capturing of Bundy himself. After his final, forever incarceration in 1978 to his death in the electric chair in Florida in 1989, Bundy waded endlessly through the appeals system. This is the part of the book that is hardest to read, particularly as you already know how it ends. Ted Bundy became a kind of macabre celebrity due to his superficially pleasant demeanour and good looks contrasting so This is a straightforward, narrative account of Ted Bundy's crimes and the long-drawn-out hunting and capturing of Bundy himself. After his final, forever incarceration in 1978 to his death in the electric chair in Florida in 1989, Bundy waded endlessly through the appeals system. This is the part of the book that is hardest to read, particularly as you already know how it ends. Ted Bundy became a kind of macabre celebrity due to his superficially pleasant demeanour and good looks contrasting so alarmingly with his ghastly crimes. Seemingly driven by an insatiable urge to kill, Bundy learned to entice unsuspecting young women into his car, often by posing as a partly disabled man who just needed a little help getting some equipment into the vehicle. He then, usually, bludgeoned his victims, either killing them outright or rendering them unconscious, while he performed gross sexual assaults on them. Later he would dispose of the bodies in bushland. Sometimes he decapitated them – early discoveries of his victims' remains noted the skulls detached from the bodies. Bundy liked to hunt in university and college environments, where he could blend in with the student crowd unnoticed while he sought suitable "marks". He himself was often pursuing studies. In fact, that's one of the weird things about Bundy – he managed to achieve a degree in psychology and even pursued legal studies while still in the grip of his compulsion to murder. The judge who finally handed him the death penalty actually said that, under different circumstances, he would have made a good lawyer! Does this say more about lawyers than about Bundy? The reason for only giving this 3 stars is that I felt – especially after reading The Stranger Beside Me – that there was too little real insight offered into how Bundy came to be the way he was. More detail on his background and how his disputed paternity affected him would have helped. Also, the crimes are often described in a desultory way, like crossing off items on a list. And I don't know how the author could possibly know how Ted was feeling at the time he committed them, unless Ted decided to talk about them, which he was notoriously loath to do. The real problem is that no-one’s come up with a solution to the serial killer menace or the penchant for violence, almost overwhelmingly against women, that American and other western societies have almost become used to. As long as no-one does, victims will lose their lives too soon, in awful ways, and their families and loved ones will be condemned to suffer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I knew next to nothing about Ted Bundy and his crimes before starting this book. Now I know a whoooole lot. I am a “fan” of true crime books and documentaries in all forms. I can consume large amounts of content without really being affected, as I can separate and compartmentalize pretty well. There was a point during the listening of this book (I listened on audio during my commute) that literally made me feel a little queasy. That has never happened to me before. A note about the audiobook. Th I knew next to nothing about Ted Bundy and his crimes before starting this book. Now I know a whoooole lot. I am a “fan” of true crime books and documentaries in all forms. I can consume large amounts of content without really being affected, as I can separate and compartmentalize pretty well. There was a point during the listening of this book (I listened on audio during my commute) that literally made me feel a little queasy. That has never happened to me before. A note about the audiobook. This narrator was great. His pace and cadence weren’t distracting and he didn’t over dramatize. I can’t say anything to pronunciations of names etc, as I was not familiar with the people involved prior to this book. This book is definitely and interesting look at one of the most disturbed monsters in American history.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Oussama Nakkal

    I got first interested in exploring bundy's murders by binge watching small bits on youtube, which lead me to notice that Bundy expert Kevin M. Sullivan was featured in almost every single documentary made on Ted. The thing that pushed me to read this book. As entiteled, the book is a chronological narrative on Ted's infamous murdering spree across the US in the 1970's. I liked mostly the page-turning narration style while juggling the events through many lenses: Ted's, the media's and the Law I I got first interested in exploring bundy's murders by binge watching small bits on youtube, which lead me to notice that Bundy expert Kevin M. Sullivan was featured in almost every single documentary made on Ted. The thing that pushed me to read this book. As entiteled, the book is a chronological narrative on Ted's infamous murdering spree across the US in the 1970's. I liked mostly the page-turning narration style while juggling the events through many lenses: Ted's, the media's and the Law Inforcement's and most importantly through his girlfriend's. (Citing her book 'The Phantom Prince' ,on many occasion.) I think that it was very crucial to stress this point because of the nature of our antagonist here : on how he lived that double life of his, therefore everyone looked at him differently. At the end I kinda felt the author's rush to seal his book (probably he got a sequel on his mind). But, I was hoping for a couple of chapters at the end covering the deathrow years, (or maybe I just didn't want it to end) hence the missing fifth star. :(

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angel Bix

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have read nearly every book available on Ted Bundy. This book is supposedly full of new information and a “comprehensive history”. As another reviewer wrote, I found the writing to be mostly information that is readily available on any google search. I also had a real problem with how Mr. Sullivan would go into such detail about the murders and sexual assaults as if he were re-enacting Bundy’s actions. It was gross and unnecessary. He spoke with great detail about what Ted did to his victims b I have read nearly every book available on Ted Bundy. This book is supposedly full of new information and a “comprehensive history”. As another reviewer wrote, I found the writing to be mostly information that is readily available on any google search. I also had a real problem with how Mr. Sullivan would go into such detail about the murders and sexual assaults as if he were re-enacting Bundy’s actions. It was gross and unnecessary. He spoke with great detail about what Ted did to his victims but none of us can ever really know what he did and to take such creative liberties is a perverse style of writing in true crime that leaves the reader feeling as if the writer is somehow enjoying these descriptions. And as another reviewer mentioned, he dismissed the victims as “unfortunate pretty coeds” who crossed the path of this “diabolical madman." This book bordered on glorifying Ted Bundy. I will pass on any of Kevin Sullivan’s other books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marnie

    True crime is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and this book kept me pretty rapt the whole time, though I can't say I'm a particular fan of the author. His use of "females" and "co-eds" to describe the victims and his tendency to reduce the victims down to little more than what they looked like (usually describing them as "pretty" with "long hair parted down the middle") while describing locations in which they are killed in exhaustive detail, made me feel like the author has little empathy True crime is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and this book kept me pretty rapt the whole time, though I can't say I'm a particular fan of the author. His use of "females" and "co-eds" to describe the victims and his tendency to reduce the victims down to little more than what they looked like (usually describing them as "pretty" with "long hair parted down the middle") while describing locations in which they are killed in exhaustive detail, made me feel like the author has little empathy for the girls and women that Bundy killed. The author also spends a fair bit of time tooting his own horn, painting himself as the protagonist of the story instead of a reporter of incidents from decades ago. While I was entertained, I'll probably avoid any other books by this author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This book was a pleasant surprise. It includes a good, readable recap of the content of the many other Bundy books, minus a lot of the BS, and there is a bit of content that's either not in the others or is difficult to get without reading them all. The book is rather expensive and hard to get, but the Kindle version is much cheaper, if a bit poorly edited. The author does have his Bundy pet theories, but he doesn't put them forth as fact, and avoids the self-serving sappiness of authors like An This book was a pleasant surprise. It includes a good, readable recap of the content of the many other Bundy books, minus a lot of the BS, and there is a bit of content that's either not in the others or is difficult to get without reading them all. The book is rather expensive and hard to get, but the Kindle version is much cheaper, if a bit poorly edited. The author does have his Bundy pet theories, but he doesn't put them forth as fact, and avoids the self-serving sappiness of authors like Anne Rule.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I thought I knew everything there was to know about Theodore Bundy, but boy was I wrong. Kevin Sullivan has meticulously researched Bundy and shares facts I never knew. He shares facts that have never been made public before. Bundy was definitely a one-of-a-kind serial killer. There was never one before him, nor after him, that could match his charming, handsome, intelligent, sick, twisted mind. Thank God.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fishface

    This was a pretty good read with -- as promised -- new details of the Bundy investigation left out of other books. I can only say this was "pretty good" because the author is so wordy. He never says a store is "bigger than it used to be" when he can say it's "experienced a slight enlargement." For all that it remains a pretty good book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    Listened to in audio format. This book was well researched but there were obvious gaps in the story. Personally I would of been interested in Ted Bundy's early years and some excerpts from his first and second trials.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna Peake

    Actually one of the better books I've read on this Serial Killer. Such a waste he could have made something of himself if he could have controlled the demons inside of him and just listened to others. Guess for some that's easier said then done.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Negan88

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sullivan tactfully covers the horrendous acts of abduction and murder of the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in this work. I very much enjoyed his thoroughness in capturing the events, travel, devious nature, charismatic nature, and overall history of Bundy’s killing spree. If you are looking for a gore fest type of telling of the Bundy murders this is not the book for you. Kevin simply, yet still keeps it interesting, story tactfully in a manner that I felt respects the friends and family’s of Sullivan tactfully covers the horrendous acts of abduction and murder of the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in this work. I very much enjoyed his thoroughness in capturing the events, travel, devious nature, charismatic nature, and overall history of Bundy’s killing spree. If you are looking for a gore fest type of telling of the Bundy murders this is not the book for you. Kevin simply, yet still keeps it interesting, story tactfully in a manner that I felt respects the friends and family’s of victims. Not to mention those in Ted’s life, such as Liz who was so distraught by even loving the man goes under the false name Elizabeth Kendall. If you are looking for a book breaking down the psychology of Bundy as a serial killer and what was going on in his mind, again this is not the book for you. This is straight forward and I believe it makes it clear on Sullivan’s cover “A Comprehensive History”. I very much enjoyed the book it gave all the information needed to know about this horrible monster that was on this planet. I intend to read more books based on infamous serial killers due to this read. I find them interesting and even though macabre great to be aware there have been, and still are real monsters out there. I also really would like to read a more generalized book based off of multiple murderers and the psychological aspect of their individual minds that could cause a person to become so depraved. Overall, I commend Kevin Sullivan’s book with high regard and he researched, wrote, and gave acknowledgements where due. Also, as said before presenting a horrific story of multiple young women’s lives tragically ending too soon, but with poise and tact. Also, Sullivan did a wonderful job capturing who and what Ted Bundy was and his depraved acts from beginning, until he basically hung himself due to his sense of grandeur, that he was smarter than others, and his enormous ego. I learned many aspects about Ted I didn’t realize happened or how he was.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexa Verry

    This book is about Ted Bundy and his life story from birth to death. It tells you in depth information about how he killed 36 confirmed women but likely many more. This book has many more details then you think it would. It explains how he went from being the loving boyfriend and loving step father to being a cold blooded killer. You'll get a glance of why he did what he did. To me, I don't see anything wrong with this book. It is exactly how you'd want a book to be. The only thing I would've li This book is about Ted Bundy and his life story from birth to death. It tells you in depth information about how he killed 36 confirmed women but likely many more. This book has many more details then you think it would. It explains how he went from being the loving boyfriend and loving step father to being a cold blooded killer. You'll get a glance of why he did what he did. To me, I don't see anything wrong with this book. It is exactly how you'd want a book to be. The only thing I would've liked is that it would be longer. But in reality, it really couldn't be. He put so much detail and time and effort into it. If you're not good with blood and death, this isn't the book for you. There is so much detail on how and want Bundy did to the women he killed or tried to kill. As I said earlier, this book has so much detail. It was so easy for me to get sucked into it and be in my own little world. The way he describes the events that happened, it's like you were there watching what happen in the rooms. Being in the room with Bundy when he killed the women. Being in the room with the cops and investigators when the bodies were found. Another thing I loved about this is that the author put so many of the trials, interrogations with Bundy in the book. so of the things that Bundy said about killing the women, will blow our mind on how it didn't even cross his mind that it was a bad thing that he was going. "What's one less person on the face of the earth, anyways?" "We serial killer are your sons, we are your husbands. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emerson

    This was okay. It'd have been a lot better without all of the reality-tv "gotcha" words. We don't need to be reminded that the killer is "heinous" or "bloodthirsty" or "EVIL" every few minutes, and that the victims were nothing but pure angels. I'd rather know the facts and let the reader decide. I suppose that may make them sympathetic, or likeable, but it would make them human. What I did with this one was filter out all of that and focused on the places, people, and things. The book could hav This was okay. It'd have been a lot better without all of the reality-tv "gotcha" words. We don't need to be reminded that the killer is "heinous" or "bloodthirsty" or "EVIL" every few minutes, and that the victims were nothing but pure angels. I'd rather know the facts and let the reader decide. I suppose that may make them sympathetic, or likeable, but it would make them human. What I did with this one was filter out all of that and focused on the places, people, and things. The book could have been so much shorter...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I couldn't put this book down! I watched the new Netflix movie on Ted Bundy (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile) and it piqued my interest in learning more about Ted Bundy and his infamous string of murders in the '70s. Sullivan did an amazing job at detailing the killer's mind, actions and downfall. His research was amazing and I was blown away at the level of detail he provided, especially given that Ted Bundy didn't freely offer information on his transgressions. I highly recommend t I couldn't put this book down! I watched the new Netflix movie on Ted Bundy (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile) and it piqued my interest in learning more about Ted Bundy and his infamous string of murders in the '70s. Sullivan did an amazing job at detailing the killer's mind, actions and downfall. His research was amazing and I was blown away at the level of detail he provided, especially given that Ted Bundy didn't freely offer information on his transgressions. I highly recommend the book, especially if you like the new Netflix movie.

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