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The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer

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Published June 15th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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I was between a host of other books when I got my hands upon a stack of some twenty true crime books. The Riverman jumped out of the lot at me. The subtitle killed any doubts left "Ted Bundy and I hunt for the Green River Killer". This sounded like one of those Japanese monster vs monster premises. Moreover, at a point of time, Ted Bundy used to be my "favorite" serial killer. How could I resist?

It was a red herring though. This book is neither about The Riverman (the Green River Killer), nor ab
Sep 28, 2014 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: obsessives, true-crime buffs, those curious about abnormal psychology
Shelves: non-fiction, faves
I don't have the discipline to be a serial killer and I certainly don't have the drive and obsession to catch one. Be glad people like Robert Keppel are applying their considerable talents to stop them.

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
Oh, how I love trashy serial killer true crime. Although, with all the shame I have buying these, Borders might as well stack them next to the porno mags. Robert Keppel has a bit of a superiority complex, but I would too if I was working with Ted Bundy. Note: This book should have been titled "All You Ever Wanted to Know about the Primitive Filing Systems of Pre-Computerized Crime Fighting”.
7/30/13 I feel a bit gypped. I'm on page 150 (out of 475 pages), and only the first 100 pages were about Ted Bundy. There's been nothing about the Green River Killer yet. The title should be more all-inclusive to describe the entirety of the content; more accurately, it should have been called "Bob Keppel Helps Others Hunt Serial Killers." This is not to say that it's a bad book, just that the title and cover are misleading. I just finished reading Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy Th ...more
Oct 07, 2007 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True Crime Fans
Shelves: true-crime
To tell the truth, I never would have even picked up this book if the name "Ted Bundy" hadn't been in the subtitle. My morbid curiosity about Ted Bundy - his crimes and the motivations behind them - made me buy this one.

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
I think it would have been possible for this book to be 100 pages shorter.
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
Jen Bailey Bergen
While a bit repetitive at times, this book is the not just a record of the hunt for Gary Rigeway (aka "The Green River Killer"). Bob Keppel is a giant in his field, and much has been made of his contribution to Dave Reichert's "Riverman" case. That is, of course, what this book is about. True crime junkies already know all about Keppel's multi-year conversations with Bundy; in these pages we delve super deep into Bundy's madness as Keppel relates, at times, straight transcripts of these discussi ...more
Jen Stelling
One of the most thoughtful true crime books I have ever read. Compelling stor(ies) from Robert Keppel, who has held many positions in Washington State law enforcement and is now an academic. Keppel was involved with the development of VICAP and investigated or assisted with the investigations of Bundy's Wash State victims and with the years-long hunt for the Green River killer. Unlike some authors, Keppel is not awed by the monstrous people with whom has conversed. Interesting perspectives on th ...more
Strange book. It's really about Bundy, not the Green River Killer. And the author also includes all kinds of extraneous material, such as a chapter on the Wayne Williams case. In other words, the book is poorly edited.

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
Sn0t BuBBLe
First and foremost this book is about the Ted Bundy murders and Robert Keppel's role investigating those missing young women near Seattle in the mid-1970's.

The title is catchy but don't expect any payoff in the "Hunt" department as Bundy was executed years before the key suspect materialized in the Green River killings.

Spoiler alert: Bundy did nail a few aspects of the Green River Killer's personality and habits but the majority of his output on the subject amounted to inane, repetitive rambli
Highly recommended for anyone who has ever wondered how a serial killer thinks.
Make no mistake: this book is much more about Ted Bundy than "the Riverman." But that's okay, if you are fascinated by how Ted Bundy turned out to be who he was. Ann Rule's book on Ted Bundy, "The Stranger Beside Me," is still the best written on him, in my opinion, because she was friends with him and had no idea that he was, in fact, the "Ted" the police were searching for. She mentions Keppel in her book as one of the lead detectives on the Ted case. But this book is an essential companion to ...more
This book provides an interesting overview of several serial murderers. The author was the primary investigator of Ted Bundy's Washington murder series and served as a consultant in the investigation into the Green River killings. The scope of this book is pretty broad which creates some problems. The book is ostensibly about the assistance Bundy attempted to provide in profiling "The Riverman." However, it ends up describing all of Bundy's crimes in detail, all of Ridgway's crimes in detail, an ...more
Bryn Dunham
Pretty good "bundy book" I like Dr.Keppel's common sense approach w/o the braggadocio tone of other profiler books. Just a memoir of Keppel's involement with the bundy murders and the subsequent green river murderr. this was written before gary ridgeway was finally caught and convicted. bundy interjected himself into the investigation to offer his two cents (which really didn't amount to too much of any useful advice). the first half of the book is about the bundy hunt followed by bundy's contac ...more
Ann MacPhetridge
Interesting insight, but way too long

the author earned his expertise in investigating serial killers on the job. I can't imagine how this has affected his psyche. his interviews with Ted are unique insight into Bundy's mind. the details on the Green River Killings are horrific.
Great reading for those who somewhat enjoy reading about crime.
(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).

Victor Drax
Parece otro libro de vainas que ya sabíamos, pero cuando superas el tema de lo que Bundy hizo y se adentra tanto en las confesiones de Bundy, como en las de Ridgway, la cosa se pone excelente y no te deja hasta que terminas. Genial.
This was a very interesting read and gave an insight not only into the investigation of the Green River Killer but also an insight into the mind of Ted Bundy and Keppel himself.

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
Jan Deelstra
Oh my.... Because I lived and worked in Utah when Ted Bundy was attending the U of U, and because I worked with a young woman who identified Ted Bundy as "the good-looking man with tiny feet in the hall at the Viewmont High School Homecoming Dance" just before the victims began to be identified on the media, this was a book I was drawn to. I suppose it's akin to the fascination that people watching thrillers and such experience: I am enthralled with the horror. Moreover, I am captivated with the ...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
Carmel King
This book is really about Bob Keppell's interviews with Ted Bundy to find out what makes a serial killer tick. A terrifying insight into Bundy's mind and a massive wake up call to the authorities who believed they were chasing an all out psychotic maniac; dagger in teeth! Ted was as cool as a cucumber as he plotted, abducted, murdered and carried out necrophilic acts on his victims. This was the only way they were going to pinpoint who was killing Sea-Tac prostitutes and dumping them in various ...more
Fascinating content, but lazily put together. Author seems to have written a number of shorter articles on Bundy or Ridgway and then mushed them together without removing the repetitions--there are entire passages that are repeated pretty much word-for-word. Result is a very long book, but there's lots you can just skim. I can forgive a lot wrt this book, though, because the subject is so interesting, and because the author seems intelligent and appropriately skeptical.
Danie Tanaka
I thought it was a good book. A good addition to the Canon on Ted Bundy. A study in still the scariest serial killer ever who had NO inhibitions about going into a young coeds room filled with roommates and steal her from her bed fate whacking her in the head... carrying her out the front door wrapped in her sheet with no one in the house noticing or hearing a thing. That is supremely horrifying. his thoughts on his "river man" says a lot about serial killers & Bundy.
Another true crime/Ted Bundy/Green River killer book that I loved. Maybe I'm bias; I'm pretty sure I'd love anything following these cases. To me, this is the ultimate fascination. To read Ted Bundy's words, to see what he was right about, what he was wrong about, how he interpreted things. You can just hear his sense of self-importance, his sociopathic mind, the way the his mind worked, dripping off the pages. Impossible to put down!
Lynda Kelly
This was a great book. I need to reread it in light of the Green River killer finally being found in the end !! Ted Bundy was a total gameplayer with the FBI and just gave them the runaround for a lot of years delaying his execution.
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.
I love reading about serial killers! The information is fascinating; the writing leaves a little to be desired. Bob Keppel knows his stuff, but he drones on for too long on certain aspects and tends to repeat himself. The flow of chapters could also use a little more organization. But it's a small price to pay for getting to hear the whole story from someone who knows it so well!
Feb 12, 2008 Danielle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True crime junkies
Shelves: true-crime
The author was one of my professors in college, so what a shock that it was required reading. This isn't my favorite book on the topic of the Green River killer but in relating to Ted Bundy's part in the search it is the most accurate you will find, at times it wasn't always the easiest to read (in terms of style). If I could give it 3.5 stars I would.
I thought this was an interesting look into police procedure for criminal investigations. I found several examples that I can use in my software classes.

The book was a bit repetitive, talking about the same aspects of the case over and and over again. I would also say that this book isn't an easy read as the main subjects are totally evil.
I definitely had to skim parts that got too long or repetitive. I'm not sure why so much info was repeated, but it was a minor annoyance. It was very interesting to read the interviews of Ted Bundy and police, and learn about Bundy's insights into the motivation and ways to capture another serial killer.
Gwenn Wright
I read this back in the day when I was still intending to go all the way to the F-B-I. It's funny but a lot of what I learned in this book is tossed about in contemporary detective stories (i.e. Rizzoli and Isles). If you're studying criminology or criminal justice, you should definitely read this one.
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