Today is my turn on the blog tour for Ted Bundy The Only Living Witness. Thanks must go to Mel at Mirror Books for my blog tour invite and my review copy of the book.
Charismatic. Articulate. Evil. Killer.
Two journalists with unprecedented direct access speak to Ted Bundy and those closest to him – friends and family.
What follows is a candid and chilling full account of the life and crimes of the most notorious serial killer in history.
What Bundy had to say in over 150 hours of face-to-face interviews is as relevant today as it was at the time.
I think it’s interesting how our obsession with Ted Bundy has never been greater and the recent Netflix film starring Zac Efron has brought the interest in him to a new audience. I had a conversation with my hairdresser the other day who’s only in her early 20s and she happened to mention she hadn’t heard of Ted Bundy until she watched that film. It was fascinating to hear her talk about her feelings towards him and his case and that she had no idea of how the film was going to end as she kept thinking he was going to get away with his crimes! She said it really made her want to find out more about him (even in death he seems to have maintained his charismatic hold over women!) and so I recommended this book-it really is one of the best I’ve ever read about the serial killer!
A warning to start with though that this book doesn’t pull any punches. Whilst Conversations With A Killer was a good read, I found this book to be a more comprehensive guide to Bundy and the crimes he committed. He was truly evil in what he did and it’s quite graphic at times. It’s not a book you can read quickly because of that-a few times I just had to put it down as it became a little overwhelming. It’s detailed and concise containing police interviews and reports that all piece together to paint a complete portrait of Bundy from all angles. It’s scary how trusting we are if people have on good shoes and it’s often mentioned throughout the narrative how potential victims described Bundy as “good looking” and that that perpetuates the myth that murderers are these stereotypical dark and shady characters who LOOK like “bad guys”! How can we recognise evil when it could be staring us in the face whenever we turn a corner?
This is definitely one for true crime fans or anyone who is interested in the crimes of Ted Bundy. I think he is of such interest to everyone many years after his crimes is that he was someone who managed to gain the trust of his victims over and over again, committing some truly vile acts against them but still had so many women proclaiming their love for him even after his true nature was revealed. This book doesn’t give answers as to why he was the way he was or did the things he did, I don’t think we will ever understand this man and I think that’s why we are still trying to make sense of him after all this time.
A comprehensive and gripping read.
Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth have co-authored five books. Michaud writes extensively on criminal justice topics. He maintains a website at stephenmichaud.com. Aynesworth has 50 years experience as a reporter, writer, editor, and publisher. Currently, he is Southwest Bureau Chief for the Washington Times.