The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer
After a search of over twenty years, one of America's most elusive serial killers was finally apprehended. Now, read the true story of one man's attempt to get inside the mind of the Green River Killer
July 15, 1982: a woman's strangled body was found, caught on the pilings of Washington state's Green River. Before long, the "Green River Killer" would be suspected in at...more
Keppel combines memoir, procedural textbook, history and evolution of serial murder investigative techniques and interviews with Bundy and Ridgway with very little ego. He focuses on the facts and not how awesome he is. (I'm looking at you, John Douglas.)
Obsessive, detailed, dense. If you only rea...more
It was a red herring though. This book is neither about The Riverman (the Green River Killer), nor ab...more
(I also recommend listening to the last segment of Radiolab episode 'The bad show', featuring some of the interrogation of Ridgeway)
Story of the relationship between a serial killer and the detectives who pursue them. This, at times, is truly mind bending - reading on public transport not advised.
Only as much gory details as necessary (still some of the descriptions of crime scenes and crimes were hard to handle).
The interviews with Bundy were somewhat interesting. However, the author failed to deliver on Bundy's confession. After hyping the confession for hundreds of pages, we just get a few scanty details in a rushed interview a few days before Bundy's execution.
I would only read this if...more
It was definitely an interesting read. Very interesting. I learned new things.
I feel that this was a bit of a information overload. Many times I found the author repeating the same sentence over and over again.
The first portion of the book was a recap on Ted Bundy's crimes that spanned through Washington to Florida.
Different cases were also described in extent in portions of the book.
I walked away feeling a bit depres...more
Bob Keppel, the detective who, as he says, "cut his teeth" on the Ted Bundy case, writes a very interesting book which, at times, gets bogged down in the details of a police investigation.
The premise of this book is this: there is a serial killer preying on young women in the Sea...more
Bundy offers to help the FBI, answering questions and offering theories on how to catch the GRK. He maintains his own innocence the whole time, telling the FBI that everything he's...more
Bundy cam across mildly arrogant and self righteous to start with but by the end the finality of his situation makes him appear rather pathetic and weak. Keppel comes across rather angry and certaintly at odds with the FBI as a whole as everything that went wrong seems to be blamed on them and nothing else.
Some of the inf...more
I love true crime!
I had to read this for a sociology course in murder that I am currently in... but I would gladly read it anyway... though it's called the Riverman, it's largely focused on the life and times of Ted Bundy, probably America's most notorious serial killer... and he started out right here in my own backyard.
Ann Rule calls this "the definitive book on serials" and I'd have to agree, it really is. If you are interested in the psychology behind serial killers, police investig...more
It's a shame he WAS executed in a lot of ways because there are so many families still missing loved ones and only he knew where he left them, sadly.