Serial killer Ted Bundy once described himself as ‘the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet.’ Between 1974 and 1978, he brutally murdered 30 women and teenage girls in seven different states.
Eventually, the sadistic killer was caught and his reign of terror had come to an end. On January 24th, 1989, he was executed in the electric chair at Florida State Prison. However, he’ll never be forgotten, especially not by those who’ve met him.
There is no other serial killer who manages to fascinate, terrify, interest and disturb people more than Bundy. These following books all detail the monster behind the mask of charisma and you won’t be able to put them down.
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The inspiration for the five-part Amazon Original docuseries ‘Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer’.
This updated, expanded edition of ‘The Phantom Prince,’ Elizabeth Kendall’s 1981 memoir detailing her six-year relationship with serial killer Ted Bundy, includes a new introduction and a new afterword by the author, never-before-seen photos, and a startling new chapter from the author’s daughter, Molly, who has not previously shared her story. Bundy is one of the most notorious serial killers in American history and one of the most publicized to this day.
However, very rarely do we hear from the women he left behind the ones forgotten as mere footnotes in this tragedy. ‘The Phantom Prince‘ chronicles Elizabeth Kendall’s intimate relationship with Ted Bundy and its eventual unraveling. As much as has been written about Bundy, it’s remarkable to hear the perspective of people who shared their daily lives with him for years. This gripping account presents a remarkable examination of a charismatic personality that masked unimaginable darkness.
Ann Rule was a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal mass-murderer. Little did she know that the young man who was her close friend was the savage slayer she was hunting…
Ted Bundy was everyone’s picture of a natural ‘winner’ – handsome, charming, brilliant in law school, successful with women, on the verge of a dazzling career. Fast-forward to January 24th, 1989, Ted Bundy is executed. He had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five young women, coast to coast.
This is his story: the story of his magnetic power, his unholy compulsion, his demonic double life and his string of helpless victims. It was written by a woman who thought she knew Ted Bundy until she began to put all the evidence together and the whole terrifying picture emerged.
3. ‘Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer – The Death Row Interviews’ by Stephen G Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth
In a series of death row interviews done shortly before his execution, infamous serial killer Ted Bundy gave a third-person “confession” of his many murders. This definitive book on Bundy was recently made into a Netflix documentary.
What goes on in the mind of a notorious serial killer like Bundy? Drawn from more than 150 hours of exclusive tape-recorded interviews with the handsome, charismatic Bundy, whose grisly killing spree left at least 30 young women dead across seven states between 1974 and 1978, this chilling expose provides a shocking self-portrait of one of the most savage sex murderers in history.
Speaking eerily in the third person, Bundy reveals appalling details about his crimes, discloses how he attracted his victims, explains how he methodically disguised his acts and recounts his two daring jailbreaks. Bundy also offers his thoughts on other infamous serial killers, including John Wayne Gacy and Son of Sam.
Charged with defending the convicted and unrepentant mass murderer Ted Bundy during the last three years of his life, newly-minted Washington, D. C. attorney Polly Nelson fought to keep him out of the electric chair. In the now-classic ‘Defending the Devil’, she recounts with powerful honesty her own challenging role in the drama.
Viewing herself as a compassionate humanitarian first, Nelson reveals her struggle to uphold her professional vow to represent her client (and try to save his life) while simultaneously being deeply mortified by the magnitude of his heinous crimes. Bundy’s legal proceedings are meticulously recounted here, offering an eye-opening glimpse into the complex judicial appeals system.
In addition to her fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the court proceedings, Nelson offers her unique insight into the mind of the killer. She paints a portrait of him as something less-than the diabolical evil genius suggested by his notoriety.
With candor and wit, she shares her own personal journey of emotional and intellectual transformation as a lawyer. “I was born to represent Ted Bundy”, she writes.
5. ‘Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Assessment of Ted Bundy (Development of the Violent Mind)’ by Al Carlisle
Dr. Al Carlisle was part of the 90-Day Diagnostic team at the Utah State Prison when Bundy was sent there after his trial for aggravated kidnapping. Dr. Carlisle’s assignment was specific: Determine to the best of his ability, without being biased by any of the reports previously done, whether Ted Bundy had a violent personality. The judge would use this information in deciding whether Bundy should serve time or be released on probation.
In ‘Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Assessment of Ted Bundy’, Dr. Carlisle takes the reader step by step through this previously-unpublished evaluation process, and shows how he concluded that Bundy had the capacity to commit aggravated kidnapping, and perhaps much worse.
Violent Mind contains never-before-seen interviews with Ted Bundy and those who knew him, including a letter Bundy wrote to Dr. Carlisle that has been locked away for more than 40 years.
The gripping story of one of the most fascinating cold cases of the 20th century – was eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr serial killer Ted Bundy’s first victim? She disappeared from their Tacoma, Washington neighborhood early on a summer morning in 1961. Her body was never found, there were no clues, no ransom demand, and no arrest.
Was Bundy telling the truth when he told a hypothetical story about killing Ann and dumping her into a muddy pit?
With new information about Ted Bundy’s childhood, interviews with those who knew him best, and the memories of the Burr family – this is no ordinary true crime book.
Two journalists, Stephen G Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth, with unprecedented direct access speak to Ted Bundy and those closest to him – friends and family. They found Bundy was an intelligent, articulate, evil killer. 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.
Hailed ‘One of the 10 best true crime books ever written’ – New York Daily News. Former FBI Profiler Roy Hazlewood said, “This is the most complete self-portrait ever painted by a serial killer… as unique a document as Bundy was a killer. There are lessons in this book for everyone.”
In ‘Bundy: The Deliberate Stranger’, Larsen brings his masterful reporting and writing skills to bear on one of the most chilling, true crime stories in U.S. history. From the moment the first young woman disappears under mysterious circumstances, you are caught up in a cumulatively tense and gripping drama.
Larsen has captured it all: the anguish of the parents, the frustration of the police, the horror of discovery, the growing suspicions and mounting evidence pointing to ‘all-American’ Ted, the drama of his arrest, his incredible escapes – one from prison, one from a courthouse – his recaptures and the sensational, televised Florida murder trial at which Bundy conducted his own defense. And through it all, the enigmatic figure of Ted Bundy, the deliberate stranger, known by the author as well as he will ever be known by any person.
Ted Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, a 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.
John Douglas is a former FBI Special Agent and expert in criminal profiling and behavioral science. He made a career of looking evil in the eye – and understanding it. No wonder that he was the inspiration for Special Agent Jack Crawford in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, as well as the film’s consultant on the reality of serial killers.
Douglas invented and established the practice of criminal profiling, and submerged himself in the world of serial killers in a quest to understand why they killed, and to help prevent more innocent lives from being ended by future killers. As his serial crime unit developed from a derided two-bit operation in a dingy officer to one of the FBI’s elite task forces, Douglas personally confronted the most terrible crimes of the age, including the notorious Bundy.
With the fierce page-turning power of a bestselling novel, yet terrifyingly true, Mindhunter is a true crime classic.