Something incredibly different for you all today, a review of ‘Conversations With a Killer – Ted Bundy’. Many thanks to Mirror Books for the tour invite and ARC.
The book behind the sensational Netflix series The Ted Bundy Tapes.
Now the subject of a major motion picture, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron
Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer was born out of more than 150 hours of exclusive interview footage with Bundy himself, recorded on death row before his execution in a Florida electric chair.
He was a sadistic monster.
This is Ted Bundy in his own words.
What does TWG think?
Ted Bundy, a name which most people have heard of. However, it’s also a name which is associated with devastation as he took it upon himself to ruin the lives of at least, and highly likely many more, 30 women and their families. ‘Conversations With a Killer’ isn’t a confession. Bundy was far too clever for that. Instead it’s more of an insight into his psyche, whilst talking in third person to try and convince the world, and himself, that he was innocent. If you’re aware of the notorious serial killer, then you’ll be aware that he was clearly guilty and, judging by the way he answered some of Stephen’s and Hugh’s questions, he didn’t seem to give a damn.
Ted Bundy was a very, very clever man. He had exceptional knowledge and used that to his advantage. I got the impression that he was aware of his charm and the fact that it got him what he wanted, and more. Whilst reading the conversations that were had, I struggled to believe that such a charming, intelligent and confident man could behead women, use them for his own sexual gratification without their consent before AND after (although if they’re dead they obviously cannot consent but still), dump their bodies as though its rubbish day, and then casually get on with his life as though it was the norm.
But then again, his charm and intellect were his power, hence why he did it. I felt, as bad as this sounds, that I wanted a bit more from Bundy in this book. I learnt a lot about his shoplifting days, given that a large portion of the conversations were filled with his gloating about a stereo and matching speakers. I knew that Bundy wouldn’t sit and confess in black and white, which is probably why he gave the journalists the run around. He was sitting on death row, what would it matter to him?
Exactly that – he was sitting on death row, and as Hugh and Stephen rightly said, he had nothing else to lose by confessing. So why didn’t he?
‘Conversations With a Killer’ is a riveting, insightful, shocking read which had me shaking my head in disbelief. Bundy’s actions were so far fetched, they often came across as disbelievable, which in turn made it even more chilling.