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The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  375 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, 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 ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 12th 2009 by McFarland & Company (first published 2009)
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Lori
Apr 22, 2010 Lori rated it it was amazing
I have read nearly every book written on Ted Bundy and when I heard about this one, I knew I had to read it. Particularly when the author claimed that he had previously unpublished information about some of the crimes.

I have heard that every true crime affectionado has a "favorite" (for lack of better word) crime or criminal and I suppose that's correct. There are some crimes, such as Bundy's, that I can read many books about without getting weary and there are other crimes that I have absolute
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Poliana
Dec 15, 2015 Poliana rated it really liked it
I've read every book on Ted Bundy I could find before stumbling on A Comprehensive History and I was surprised by how much I didn't know about his murders. Sullivan's book has its flaws and it seems to rely heavily on Liz Kendall's The Phantom Prince (from what I've heard), but is still a compelling and well-structured narrative of events.
Tiger Gray
Apr 10, 2014 Tiger Gray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
Mesmerizing to the point where I couldn't put it down. I read it on the bus, read it when I was running on the treadmill, in bed...you get the idea. It's a haunting read and I recommend it to those who want more details than are generally available in newspapers and online articles.
Donna
Jun 11, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
I didn't know anything about Ted Bundy beyond the fact he was a serial killer, and I'm very glad this was the book that taught me the story.
The writing is great, but the narrator really made it shine for me. The narration is sympathetic, conversational and just . . . right.
Highly recommended listen.
kylajaclyn
Dec 03, 2015 kylajaclyn rated it liked it
First things first: this book is riddled with typos. Towards the end it gets really sloppy as Sullivan alternately calls Kim Leach Kimberly Ann Leach and Kimberly Diann Leach. He then calls Margaret Bowman Marguerite Bowman several times. If nothing else these victims' names have been out long enough that you should get them right. They suffered enough. Anyway, beyond this the book fills in the gaps from Ann Rule's amazing "The Stranger Beside Me." The end gets a bit hurried with the arrest, esc ...more
Teressa
Apr 25, 2015 Teressa rated it it was amazing
This is quite an interesting and comprehensive look at Ted Bundy and his life. It’s good because along with the content of the story being told, it’s also being read in an appropriate manner. There is nothing, and I mean nothing good about Ted Bundy. He was a sicko with a “fractured” personality.

As much as I don’t want to give Ted Bundy a five-star review, I do have to give the story a well-deserved five-stars. The stories of the women whose lives he took need to be told. Who would they be today
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Alyssa
Mar 25, 2010 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
This book was a pleasant surprise. It includes a good, readable recap of the content of the many other Bundy books, minus a lot of the BS, and there is a bit of content that's either not in the others or is difficult to get without reading them all. The book is rather expensive and hard to get, but the Kindle version is much cheaper, if a bit poorly edited. The author does have his Bundy pet theories, but he doesn't put them forth as fact, and avoids the self-serving sappiness of authors like An ...more
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Oh Lord! Another author who has no idea what a psychopath is. He keeps going on and on about Bundy's feelings. LOL. Is it really that hard to actually look up the term before using it?

My favorite part: 'it would've been best if Bundy got help but he was a psychopath and psychopaths don't get help.' You wanna know why? Because they ain't broken. You can't help a psychopath. There's no pill that'll set them right and give them a conscious.

Bleh.
Marcos Ortega Sierra
Good, but horrendous editing

This is a comprehensive account of Ted Bundy's murderous spree going from 1975 through 1979. Bundy is a difficult character to comprehend and there was nothing in his background (that we know of) that made him thus, therefore fitting the hypothesis of evil arising in and of itself without any surrounding, or deterministic, factors. This is not a book for those who crave gory details as the author doesn't explain the murders in detail, just their preparation and victim
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Lynn
Nov 03, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Supplement to Other Bundy Material

Sullivan has written a very good supplemental text to other material available regarding the life and crimes of Ted Bundy. He doesn't get caught up in the personality of the killer, forgetting the horror of the crimes. Some who have attempted to delve into the riddle of Bundy are too star struck by his wit and charm and forget the victims who paid with their lives for doing what they thought was a good deed. These women were beaten, raped, strangled or stab
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Brenda
Feb 02, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it
Very interesting, brought up a few things I did not know about Bundy, it was nothing special though. In comparing it to Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story
I would give the edge to Rule, without a doubt, but O'Sullivan did his research and even got to actually see the actual Bundy burglar kit, touch it, and take photos..as a souvenir, he got one of the green garbage bags that belonged to Bundy, how awesome would that be, to own something like that?

In compariso
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Cassandra McCall
May 21, 2013 Cassandra McCall rated it liked it
So I read serial killer biographies, blame my High School Honors Pyschology Class in which I chose to do a report about serial killers. Probably not the best nighttime reading, but it is also kind of interesting to peruse the thought process of a sociopath. I also learned a few new things about Mr. Bundy, not sure I want to know them, but know I do. My Pysch teacher would be so proud.
Bonnie
Jan 28, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I felt this book was well written. Being 14 years old, with long brown hair parted in the middle and living in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1974 this book brought back many memories - scary memories of young women disappearing.
BRNTerri
Jul 05, 2015 BRNTerri rated it it was amazing
This was pretty informative and would be a good book for someone to begin with if they've never read about Ted. For the most part the murders are in chronological order but the story does jump around a bit.

I wish the author had gone into Ted's childhood/parentage a whole lot more and maybe discussed past interviews that his mother had given to the press. I wanted to know more about his wife, Carole Boone. He never mentioned Carol having Ted's child or how she could have gotten pregnant by him wh
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Katy St. Clair
Jun 29, 2016 Katy St. Clair rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for an in-depth account; the author delves into the lives of Bundy's victims, which lent the whole thing a much more moving telling. He also did a good job showing the man's disintegration over time. I listened to the audio version and the narrator was excellent as well. I hope to hell the families of the Florida victims sued the State of Colorado for everything they had; they allowed this maniac to escape not once but TWICE. Sullivan also adds new ...more
Jim
Sep 16, 2012 Jim rated it liked it
A fascinating story, thoroughly researched but written without any sense of style or (psychological) analysis.
Peter Carey
Oct 31, 2015 Peter Carey rated it liked it
If you want a quick read about Ted Bundy and his ghastly crimes, this is a good choice. The truth is, by the end of this book I was done with Ted, and so a short book on the subject suited me. The author goes into enough detail, and tries his hand at analyzing Bundy, but it is not a thorough book. I would have liked to hear more from the Detectives point of view, the steps leading up to his arrests in Utah for instance, were disjointed and you never really knew : " has he been arrested or hasn't ...more
Brittany
Jan 29, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
I feel bad giving something that is so horrible such a great review, but we're here to review the quality of the book and writing first and foremost, and the subject of the story the second, as this is a true crime story.

I really liked the writing style of Kevin Sullivan. One thing that stuck out for me, however, was the amount he used Ted Bundy's name - Bundy, Theodore, Theodore Robert Bundy, Ted Bundy, Ted, etc. It's like we get who you are referring to! Anyway, I digress. I did like that the
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Victor Drax
Mar 21, 2013 Victor Drax rated it it was amazing
Si The Stranger Beside Me es para el no iniciado en el asesino en serie Ted Bundy, The Bundy Murders es para el estudiante "avanzado".

Sullivan admite, en la introducción, que desde que empezó a estudiar el caso, se obsesionó con él. Y se nota. La investigación que llevó a cabo es digna de aplausos: transcripción de entrevistas con el asesino, de reportes necrológicos, de investigaciones del FBI y la policía local. Incluso si has leído mucho sobre Bundy, conseguirás aquí algo que no sabías. Y lo
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Laura KJ
Feb 11, 2013 Laura KJ rated it it was ok
"A Comprehensive History" is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, it lists the victims and basic circumstances, but most of the information isn't much more in-depth than what you would expect to find on the internet. I've read incredibly detailed (not necessarily gory, just thorough) true crime, and this seemed a little half-hearted. The book claims to have new evidence and advertises use of transcripts, but both are few and far between. There is far too much speculation and too many attempts to pluck at t ...more
Fishface
Jan 13, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
This was a pretty good read with -- as promised -- new details of the Bundy investigation left out of other books. I can only say this was "pretty good" because the author is so wordy. He never says a store is "bigger than it used to be" when he can say it's "experienced a slight enlargement." For all that it remains a pretty good book.
Julie
Feb 22, 2016 Julie rated it did not like it
You really *can* judge a book by its cover.

See the massive ice pick-wielding hand on the front and those big blood splatters? Well, 'The Bundy Murders' really is every bit as tacky as that suggests. The tone varies wildly between rational and almost fetishistic, something which made this an uncomfortable read.

Even if you like your true crime on the seedy side, be warned that the language here is repetitive, the text strewn with typos, and, if I didn't know better, I'd say the author doesn't unde
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Debra
Aug 14, 2015 Debra rated it really liked it
This book delivers never before published tidbits of information. Bundy began his murderous rampage on a child and it ended with a child victim. Worth reading.
Myrtle Wilson
Jun 01, 2015 Myrtle Wilson rated it liked it
Meh. Ted Bundy was a monster, clearly. I can't put my finger on it, but this wasn't as well written as some of the other true crime books I have recently read.
Krysta
Nov 16, 2015 Krysta rated it really liked it
Ended very suddenly, felt rushed. Wish there was some more information on his and Carol's relationship once he was inside prison and just his general experience within prison before his execution. Overall, it was a good read.
Andy
Apr 06, 2015 Andy rated it it was ok
This is a simple history book with good research but not the greatest writing on the planet.
Jane
Jan 06, 2016 Jane rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting story but the writing was pretty poor and I struggled to finish it.
SandraM
Aug 16, 2016 SandraM rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! I enjoyed every minute of it and learning more about Ted. Taking a deeper look into his crimes and the women he murdered. Kevin has done a wonderful job of chronicling the order and places that victims vanished from. I also felt I could relate to some of his young victims because during that time I was around the same age. Also, how Ted tried to keep some "normalization" in his life seemed strange considering he was a serial killer of young women. Recommend to all true crim ...more
amanda
i was uncomfortable with the tone that the author used to discuss these crimes; for someone who professed sympathy for the families and the realization that they had been destroyed, he certainly did not think about how his narration of certain events would come across. as with many people fascinated with bundy, i think sullivan let some of the legend/excitement go to his head.

for those interested in serial killers/the history thereof it is worth reading, but overall i think ann rule's book deals
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Rose
Nov 03, 2015 Rose rated it it was ok
An unnecessary rehash of other books.
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