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Defending the Devil: My Story As Ted Bundy's Last Lawyer

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As a brand-new lawyer, Polly Nelson was offered serial-kiiler Ted Bundy's case as a pro bono project for her prestigious Washington, DC law firm just weeks before he was scheduled to be executed. Defending the Devil is a unique and candid look at the Bundy case and at Nelson's three-year personal battle to balance her duties as a lawyer, her compassion for human life, and ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by William Morrow & Co
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Dennis
This is really the book to read about Ted Bundy. It's depressing and strange and truly, deeply weird. His last lawyer, Polly Nelson, gives her own tortured account of her life, her lack of success in her field, and her bizarre interactions with Ted Bundy in the last years of his irredeemably horrific life. Nelson has this desperately sincere, almost pollyannish attitude toward Ted, and watches in horror as he plays with the cops and dooms himself through crazy stunts like adding pages of weird q ...more
Joanne
This book covers the Ted Bundy story from a different angle. It describes the 3 year battle Polly Nelson had, as Bundy's lawyer, to try and change his death sentence to a life sentence. She argued that Bundy was actually a manic-depressive who should not have been allowed to represent himself during his trial. He was incompetent in this role and ended up sabotaging his own case. His guilt was never in question just a man's right to live. At times it became bogged down in legal jargon, but this w ...more
Alexa
I can't decide if the author is bravely honest or self serving and a little nuts. Maybe both.

More interesting for the insight it provides into his ordinary humanness than anything else. Despite the fact that she argued (sincerely, it seems) his lack of competence, he does not come across as insane. Unlikable, self-serving, disturbed and disturbing, yes, but not insane.

Detailed legalese weighs the narrative down. Reads like a rough draft or a journal instead of a complete and fully-formed book,
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