Terrible Secrets Ted Bundy on Serial Murder

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This book is all over the place. Terrible Secrets Ted Bundy on Serial Murder PDF EBook It doesn't follow any type of chronological narrative. But then again if you're interested in Ted Bundy and, more importantly, his victims and how he encountered them, you don't buy this type of book for that sort of basic information (if you're deep enough in to the case to want this book, you probably know the basics by heart). Therefore the real meat and value of this work comes from all the included documentation, straight from homicide detective Bob Keppel's files. For example this is the only volume I've ever seen that showed a different picture of Janice Ott (abducted from Sammamish State Park) than the primary one used in most sources. It also managed to tell me things I don't already know—which when it comes to this case is honestly pretty rare at this point—like the fact that Ted's childhood friend Terry and victim Susan Rancourt were in a running club together and that Ted was visiting Terry in Ellensburg when Susan went missing. Or the fact that he appears to have stalked Lynda Healy for a few days prior to abducting her from her basement room in Seattle's University District. (The odds are that Lynda Healy was not his first murder. She is just the first one we know about for sure. Plus, he admitted to several murders in a few states where he never learned or couldn't remember the victim's names; download; they remain unidentified to this day).

It doesn't discuss his possible victims as much as I would have liked. The sad part is he killed so many that a detailed look at all of them would be thousands of pages long, but more than half a page, surely? I think The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story is the only Bundy book (at least I think it's this one) to tell me that, for example, Margret Bowman loved The Secret Garden, and was working on sewing a green dress the week she was killed. In The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History we learn that Roberta Kathy Parks was likely battling depression when she encountered Bundy, and that Janice Ott and her husband had an open relationship. While looking at their lives like this is painful—what might they have become if they weren't so cruelly taken?—it's certainly better than letting them fade in to obscurity while their killer lives on in our memories so strongly.

One quibble I had with Keppel's method is that he comes down hard on the no nonsense cop side, which in my opinion is not really the best way to speak with a psychopath (though he has more degrees than I do in the subject, two on my side, like seven on his!) Ted was never going to outright give him the who, where, and how, as Keppel kept repeating. Letting Ted ramble on about dump sites (apparently a favorite topic) would have probably yielded Keppel more information, albeit in a roundabout way, if he'd had the patience for it.

While I am against the death penalty in most cases due to its highly racist and sexist implementation, Ted Bundy was the perfect candidate for it. He was a known escape risk—had he been killed sooner several girls would still be alive, considering he escaped twice—and I don't think he would have ever given up truly useful information beyond what he already had. Even then, some murders were confessed to literally on the way to the electric chair; without the pressure caused by watching his life tick away, he doubtless would have kept quiet forever. In a very real way he changed how the U.S. thought of strangers, ourselves, the limits of the human mind, and stretched our idea of what an atrocity truly is. I'm glad he's dead. He was a shell with nothing inside but the need to destroy others. It is because of people like him that I can never 100% say the death penalty isn't something I would consider if I were asked to be on a jury.

I am left again with a kind of weathered sadness, the events in these books given a kind of strange sacred cast by the intervening years and the sheer brutality of what took place. I often find myself shaking my head and saying, he had so much going for him and it just didn't matter. Even Ed Cowartt, the judge who ultimately put him to death, said "I would have liked to see you practice in front of me (Ted wanted to be a lawyer, and tried to represent himself several times with terrible results), but you went another way partner."

tl;dr required reading for people who are interested in Bundy and his crimes, but it's not well written or organized. it's main strength is the police documents and other files included along with the book.


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