Mirror Books 2019 (Paperback) Originally published 1989
HE WAS A SADISTIC
LEFT 30 INNOCENT YOUNG WOMENDEAD.
Awaiting his execution in a Florida electric chair, America’s most notorious serial killer speaks.
THIS IS A CHILLING INSIGHT INTO HIS TWISTED MIND.
There’s a lot around about Ted Bundy at the moment, the movie starring Zac Effron – Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (which I haven’t yet seen) and the Netflix series, Conversations with a Killer (which I also haven’t seen) which is based on this book. Despite appearances I am actually very interested in true crime and always have been so when I read Janel’s review @keeper of the pages I knew this was a book for me, read her review here.
Largely written in interview format this is the chilling account of the conversations Ted Bundy had with 2 investigative journalists while on death row. Now we know the end of this story insofar as Bundy was executed in 1989 following being found guilty of numerus crimes including multiple murder and rape. At the time of these interviews however, Bundy is still in a legal process of appeals and as such he is maintaining his innocence. Interestingly while denying it, he appears to be enjoying his notoriety having approached the journalists by letter seeking for them to consider his case and help him prove his innocence.
What follows are a set of interviews conducted by both journalists separately seeking to understand what happened and how Bundy came to be incarcerated if he was innocent. In what felt very narcissistic Bundy appeared to wish to offer ‘expert’ insight into the mind of the killer, while continuing to distance himself from the crimes. The end result is chilling. Throughout the book there is the suggestion that Bundy is indeed offering insight into what really occurred and paradoxically his denials are hard to stomach. That said there were clearly aspects of his crimes that he was unwilling to acknowledge on any left and he avoided any discussion about these and over time became frustrated with his interviewers when they were unwilling to play this game.
I need now to watch the movie and the Netflix series, but in the meantime anyone with an interest in true crime / serial killers, this is an absolutely fascinating read offering remarkable insight into the mind of this oh, so notorious killer.
Thanks Janel for recommending!