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Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer

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Drawn from more than 150 hours of exclusive tape-recorded interviews with Bundy, this collection provides shocking insights into the killer's 11th-hour confessions before his death in a Florida electric chair. A unique, horrifying self portrait of one of the most savage sex killers in history.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 20th 2000 by Authorlink (first published 1989)
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Sep 18, 2011 Juanita rated it really liked it
I enjoyed gazing into the mind of this maniac. It was a page turner from the very start.

The one thing that I began to loathe was the fact that Bundy was lying about a lot of things. Only speaking in the third person, he promised to tell the authors of the book how and why he committed the Chi Omega murders but never did. He pretended that he only killed the girls because he didn’t want to get caught and that he beat and dismembered them only because he’d get enraged ahead of time. It was clear,
Aug 12, 2013 Allie rated it it was amazing
After reading Ann Rule's book about Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside Me, I picked this up to learn more. From a journalistic standpoint, it's extremely impressive. The two journalist authors basically got Ted Bundy to confess (without technically confessing) and to explain the inner workings of his mind by allowing him to speak in the third person about a "hypothetical serial killer." The intro to the book states that police learned from this book project how effective the use of third person can ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Moiraine rated it it was amazing
Bosuna demiyorlarmis en iyi profilciler katillerden cikar diye ki kitabin basinda da FBI profilcisi Bundy'nin ne kadar muhtesem bir profilci oldugunu anlatiyor. Günümüzde Bundy'nin seri katil olduguni herkes biliyor evet ama o tarihte kesinlesmemis bazi durumlar, hala inanmayan bircok insan vardi. Buyuk ihtimalle ben de o donemde yasasam inanamayanlardan olurdum. Boyle bir ifade biçimi, analiz becerisi yok. Gozumun önünde cinayet islemedigi surece katil demezdim herhalde. Bu kitap muhtesem bir c ...more
Bernie Weisz
Jul 26, 2011 Bernie Weisz rated it it was ok
Review Written By Bernie Weisz, Historian Pembrone Pines, Fl USA Contact: Dec. 24, 2008 Title of Review: "A Twisted Manipulator that Rambles to Save His Life" This book is a very frustrating read to say the least. Expecting a confession, Ted Bundy rambles with his little shenanigan of describing to the two writers, Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth in the third person in considerable detail what it "would be like" to be a serial killer. This confession of what he was eventu ...more
Gryphyn Bloodheart
Feb 02, 2008 Gryphyn Bloodheart rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: psychologists, criminologists, lawyers, and anyone interested in the abnormal mind...
Recommended to Gryphyn by: Jesse Millican
My boyfriend, being paranoid that I would fall into the hands of a psycho serial killer whilst at school, insisted that I read this book. I read it simply to appease him, but as a psychology major, I was fascinated by it. It was a very direct glimpse into the mind of a killer with antisocial personality disorder. It gives you an idea of what exactly a killer is thinking, and how they can do what they do. I was especially impressed at how clever the interviewer was, when he convinced Bundy to tal ...more
Bryan Day
I read this book when it came out.This is Bundy's last interviews before they executed him. It's hard not to see someone inside Ted who is afraid, who is... vulnerable? Who is..... Human? You be the judge. Here it in his own words. Stephen and Hugh are genius the way they trick Bundy into exposing himself. Keep in mind that Ted Bundy never admitted his crimes. He took those secrets to the chair, but you will be left with no doubt that he was the one who committed these crimes. You'll be left wit ...more
Dec 16, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Bundy's high intelligence coupled w/his educational background allows him to communicate rationally & critically about his emergence as a serial killer. These interviews offer a rare glimpse into what created a guy like Bundy, as well as what probably happened behind the headlines. Bundy takes us through "possible" scenarios of pre- & post-abduction behaviour through the use of third person language, which allows him to avoid making a confession. He isnt always telling the truth, even wh ...more
Aug 04, 2009 Jaclyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Verbatim taped interviews with one of the most notorious serial killers of our time. The authors were in a 10x10 room with the kiler, one on one, coaxing information out of him allowing Bundy to speak in the 3rd person, a technique that had never been used before when interviewing a killer. By allowing Bundy to speak in third person (and therefore avoiding confession) these reporters got more information out of Bundy than all the great psychiatrists and psychologists that took on the case.
Feb 12, 2008 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why I read this one. It was not morbid curiosity, but it was curiosity. What could motivate this kind of horror? The book is a record of interviews with Bundy in jail. The interviewers got him to talk about his murders in the third person. He was able to talk about "this person" and continue to maintain the fiction of his innocence. Not a very satisfying read.
Aug 04, 2010 Marissa rated it did not like it
Well I can say of every book I read, this was the longest read! I think I wanted more from it, but it was very boring at parts and frustrating to hear him deny over and over again any involvement with the murders. You do get some insight to his abnormal psychology, but otherwise one of my least favorite books.
John Belmont
Jan 02, 2014 John Belmont rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
A very striking conversation, or several, with a very articulate individual who needless to say committed some very heinous crimes. These are Bundy's words, his views of himself, his motivations. Anyone interested in abnormal psychology or forensic psychology will find this hard to put down.
Jun 09, 2011 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
The second book on Ted Bundy I read. Almost was as good as the first one but in a different format, this is a full interview with Ted before he was executed by electric chair, He speaks in third person describing the crimes which I found kind of chilling. Interesting though, really liked it.
Read this originally about maybe 15 years ago and found it very dull. This re-read for the book club was more interesting. Maybe I just am more in a place to explore his thoughts and observations. There is some good insights and of course some major minimalizations and avoidances
Poet Stoker
Aug 02, 2012 Poet Stoker rated it it was amazing
Ted Bundy in his own words be fore his doesn't get creepier than that. The only way he would agree to do the interview was if he could speak of his crimes as if it were someone else who had committed them. In a third party context, so to speak. 5-stars
Bob Lake
May 14, 2009 Bob Lake rated it liked it
Shelves: read-on-kindle
Transcript of conversations between two journalists and Ted Bundy, the notorious mass killer. Bundy never confesses but does describe a third person narrative of how the real killer might have felt and acted.

Not recommended, except for the Bundy fanboys.
If you are looking for Ted Bundy to say, "I did it", you will not be satisfied with this book. He admits to his crimes in the third person, which is worse than proclaiming his innocence.
Jun 23, 2011 Hebe rated it it was amazing
Another must read for anyone interested in the Bundy case. This book shares interviews with Bundy and you really get to learn more about him from the man himself.
Feb 25, 2016 Lena rated it it was amazing
The biggest point I got from this book was how normal Ted Bundy in actuality is. You know, we like to think that all serial killer are so different from the average human but in reality they are not. It is easy to justify into any urge, as Ted Bundy did.We justify killing in wars, in self defense etc... if you combine a lack of remorse and a justification you get Ted Bundy. The only thing that separates us from Ted Bundy is that we feel remorse and guilt, while he just doesn't. I think we think ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Philip rated it it was amazing
It doesn't seem likely we'll ever get quite this deeply into the psyche of a serial killer--a fascinating read.
Nov 13, 2014 Breanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, true-crime
This wasn't really what I was expecting. Going into this I was expecting a tell-all by Bundy about the grisly murders he committed, and for some reason I was surprised when he neglected to discuss any of those things on a first person account. The third person perspective provided more insight to his psych than anything else would have, I think. Extremely interesting read (frustrating at times solely because I am well aware he was in fact guilty). This is one of the most engaging true crime nove ...more
Rachel McNab
Nov 04, 2014 Rachel McNab rated it liked it
A mediocre book about Bundy, certainly not the best by a long shot. I only picked this up because I'm determined to read every single available book/article about this man and the cover looked particularly terrifying. The two authors - Michaud and Aynesworth - separately conducted a series of interviews with Bundy in order to ascertain more confessions from him whilst awaiting execution on death row. The content is underwhelming although I like how both Michaud and Aynesworth are prepared to kno ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Siren rated it really liked it
I saw one review that someone left that said they still didn't understand why he killed people after reading this book. I understand this person doesn't have the mind of a criminal, but to me it is so clear. It was about possession. He even said it, to him it was about possession, so he felt like he owned the girls after he killed them. It excited him to be able to kill so many people, get away with it, and become a celebrity of sorts in the process. Every time he would try to get his life toget ...more
Oct 30, 2015 C. rated it did not like it
Another book that is a total waste of time. Bundy is a lying manipulator who gets a kick out of yanking these author's chains!

No more real insight here than in Ann Rule's book.

I doubt if any book or anyone can really know why such a monster becomes capable of such inhumanity, what causes such depravity.
Beatriz Lucinda Leonardo
Apr 24, 2016 Beatriz Lucinda Leonardo rated it really liked it
Shelves: ted-bundy-books
The book was amazing i enjoyed every single page but yet it got a bit boring after when hugh started to talk to ted" i got much more ted books" to read and to do research on ! But it's an excellent book very satisfied with it I recommend it
April M
Apr 16, 2013 April M rated it liked it
Since I came across a documentary about notorious serial killers, I made it my pet project to read anything about TED BUNDY. This book was drawn from series of recorded interviews with Bundy in prison. This will be interesting, if you already had an inkling about his crimes. This gives us an insight into the mind of this depraved man. Bundy didn't directly confessed his crimes on this book, but answered some questions as a THIRD PERSON. ( How on earth can you converse about how the criminal acte ...more
Rebecca  Porter
Dec 15, 2014 Rebecca Porter rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
A fascinating insight into the psychology and personality of perhaps the most prolific serial killer of all time.

It makes for a slightly frustrating read at times, especially when Bundy is talking in the third person about himself and what he did, but overall it is filled with revelations and potent facts and memories that will likely stay with the reader forever. Bundy will always be something of an enigma but books like these go a long way in helping one understand what kind of man he was and
Nancy Moreno
Nov 21, 2014 Nancy Moreno rated it really liked it
Speaks in third person, a bit of a chilly read. Nonetheless interesting.
Sep 25, 2008 laur rated it really liked it
nothing can make you feel quite as much of a misfit as reading a serial killers last views on society and agreeing on the possible terms that the next few generations must meet to survive. it makes you think.

sometimes this dragged on a bit, but over all it was a good read in terms of understanding the human mind of someone termed psychotic who really didn't see themselves that way at all.

not just another rehashing of his crimes (there was barely any at all) but a series of conversations from the
Nov 12, 2010 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
It was very interesting to get a glimpse into the mind of Ted Bundy, even it was only what he wanted the publc to see. It was interesting to read as Bundy played the "poor me" card, but a few pages later would admit that he had had committed brutal murders and felt no guilt. In desribing himself in the third person he tried to generate pity, because "this entity" was made this way by society, while adamantly insisting there was no mental defect of any kind. Aynesworth and Michaud did an excellen ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it

Chilling, and very interesting. After a while you begin to hate this man more than you already did. He's flat lying through his teeth the entire book, but it nonetheless was fascinating to read his "third person" accounts of his crimes.
Probably the scariest part of the whole book is knowing how charming Ted Bundy could be...even working at a rape crisis center while committing his acts of "possession".

"His only remorse is that he's going to die." - Hugh Aynesworth
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