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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.

This updated edition contains a new foreword by Robert Keppel, presid
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 21st 2019 by Mirror Books (first published 1989)
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Ingstje
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Conversations with a Killer is not a straightforward reply to all the questions we might want to ask Ted Bundy but it certainly is a good start if you’re curious about his personality. The interview gives an insight how he started and what sort of a person he is. I thought it would go into the crimes in great detail too but that is not the case, there are no big revelations in this novel in that way but I did manage to build some sort of a picture of him in my head and how he looks at himself an ...more
Juanita
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Ellen
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer (CD) by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth.

This CD is comprised of the original tapes with the killer during his stay in prison and just prior to his execution. The actors portraying T.B., the author, and the interviewer are Graham Halstead, Keith Sellon-Wright, and Jason Culp. These are the actual words of Ted Bundy. The author(s) begin by reporting that during the interviews the killer started answering questions in the 3rd person. thereby
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Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

You have no idea how fucking creepy it was to have this book staring at me, y’all. I have a little pile of true crime books in my room, but they’re out of the way so I don’t have to look at them too closely and sometimes I forget I have them until I really want to read them.

But, here we are with this one.

It’s been on my TBR for ages. I’ve owned this for ages. I’ve meant to read it for ages. But it wasn’t until Netflix did the s
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
I feel as if I’ve read this at the right time. I haven’t watched the Ted Bundy series on Netflix and now there’s a movie in the cinema about him. Personally I prefer to read rather than watch.

Wow what a story. Anything I imagined about Ted was thrown out the window when I read this.

This gives a very good insight into what kind of man he was. I thought he was clever and charming which I didn’t expect.

Personally I found this to be a fascinating yet chilling read. This has made me eve
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Janel
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the things I always seek out when I read crime fiction is the chilling insight into a killer’s mind. But those killers are fictional, make-believe, and that creates a “safety barrier.” This book is nonfiction, a real killer, a serial killer, and this book gives us “barrier-free” access to his mind. And compared to all the fiction I read, this is truly terrifying. To read how Bundy speaks about his crimes, his twisted, warped views, chilled me to my core. I conclude that there is nothing m ...more
Siren
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Allie
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bernie Weisz
Review Written By Bernie Weisz, Historian Pembrone Pines, Fl USA Contact: BernWei1@aol.com 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
Rebecca Rowlands
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you think "ah, I've watched the series on Netflix so I won't bother with the book" then you are missing out.

The book goes so much further than the series does and it's fascinating.
Given the subject at hand and the way Ted Bundy speaks and phrases things, it's a difficult read but so interesting and chilling. How Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth managed to take control of the situation and the patience they must have had was incredible. The subtle wording they use is so inte
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Amy
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like I said, Bundy is interesting. I like this one a bit better, it's more captivating to me, I guess. It's unnerving to read, to be honest. Different than watching things, where you don't process it as much. It's weird, too. Bundy was a real guy. The way this book is written is a little odd to read, because it's pretty journalistic, but it does a fantastic job talking about Bundy. Psychologically informative, I guess?
C.
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.
Terri
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
Çağatay Boz
Mar 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
150 hours of exclusive tape-recorded interviews printed on paper and formed a 300 page book where Ted Bundy speaks about absolute fucking bollocks. What a waste of time, that one.

There are serial killers who give it all up when they're caught, because they for all certainty know there's no turning back from the punishment which awaits them. It's either life imprisonment without parole or death row, simple as that. Jeffrey Dahmer for instance; he did all he could when he was caught, c
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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
lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)
no rating because like how do you even rate something like this??? from a psychological aspect this was so fascinating, seeing bundy’s demeanour change when he was speaking to michaud vs when he was speaking to aynesworth, the way he explained things so methodically and the way he tried to justify — or didn’t, really — his crimes was so interesting. being in his head was not fun though (especially when he was making jokes or expressing how he felt no guilt/remorse). he truly was an awful, awful ...more
John
Feb 06, 2008 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.
Marissa
Feb 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mack Little
Mildly interesting. Repetitive with Bundy rambling and evading questions. Kudos to the interviewers who were able to put up with his BS for so long.
Katie (wife of book)
First published in 1989 and re-released this year thanks to the Netflix documentary of the same name, this is an eerie book containing crimes discussed by the killer. These sort of books are always tricky to rate and review as it seems tacky to talk about how much "enjoyed" reading about a man who brutally murdered women and dumped their bodies acorss the west coast.
The interviewer uses the technique of asking questions in third person, and allowing Bundy to answer in the same way...this m
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Yvonne
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am not a big True Crime reader, though it does interest me and I decided that I would rather read then watch the TV series.

The first thing that struck me about this book was the cover. It is unsettling in quite a bizarre way. It is not the side of the face in the shadow that un-nerves me, it’s the side in the light. I see a normal quite reasonably good looking I suppose, man! hat for me is it in a nutshell… he looks no different to anyone else…

There is such a macabre fe
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Kevin Potter
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off all, you have to understand that the pathology that creates serial killers fascinates me. It always has, since I was a kid. 


That being said, I recently devoured the Netflix show about Bundy and it was only then that I discovered the existence of this book. 


While I am a little disappointed that there's nothing herein about the confession Bundy gave shortly before his execution, it does provide a number of fascinating glimpses into the man's psyche.  ...more
my bookworm life
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was very kindly sent a copy of this book to read and review from it's publisher, as always all opinions are my own.

I thought the Netflix documentary was really interesting, and very gripping viewing, all the real footage used and especially obviously the tapes, which were the main focus for the programme. So to learn there was an accompanying book i was really interested to give it a read.

Like the Netflix doc , this book includes plenty of interviews with Bundy, and eve
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Sam
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the book from which the Netflix series arose and it is just as interesting an intriguing as the TV version. Michaud and Aynesworth make an applaudable attempt to get the truth out of Bundy, even resorting to the use of the third person to try and get some insights into his crimes and some form of closure for the victims (those that survived) and their families. Bundy shows himself to be as narcissistic as we all know him to be but also seems to have a certain level of guilt and shame tha ...more
Peter Pinkney
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can’t move for books and documentary’s about Ted at the minute. This is one of the earliest, and gives a chilling account of the murders from his point of view, but of course, he mainly lies. Whether this is to deny to himself, and others, to what he’s done, or another part of his manipulation of the people around him, can never really be worked out.
There is no doubt that Bundy is very intelligent, and his articulation is extremely good until he is challenged about the murders, and he
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Yes I picked this arc as I’d watched the Netflix show and I’m glad I did this goes so much further and has different insights and details the show misses out on. It still doesn’t give you all the facts as the things he did were so disturbing they aren’t fit to be told, it’s an interesting, but as always in these books disturbing read. You can’t say you enjoy it so much, but that it’s thought provoking and scary at the same time. Well worth a read.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher
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Marti
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first learned about Ted Bundy in a Criminology course, and it has been an interest of mine since then. I wish he had spoken more so that know more things were clear, but the book was interesting.
Lauren
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75/4 ⭐ Full review on my blog. Bookishlaurenblog.wordpress.com
Thank you so much Mirror Books for this review copy and for having me on the blog tour. A chilling read.
Lindsey  Baird-Waugh
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, kindle
This book is a great read for anyone out there that loves true crime. Reading this book you get so much more information I feel about Bundys mind. The way he thinks, the Trull of possession of peoples life. Worth the read
Michele Brack
#2 A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long

I think at some point I read, like, a third of this book and then I put it down and just never picked it up again. I don't know why and it's been long enough that I don't remember a single thing about it so starting over from the beginning would not be that big of a deal AND it would finally get it off my TBR list. Yay!

Ha! It's funny, but what Ted says about religion is kind of what I feel about it as well:

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“TB: The overexcited, overaroused, driven, compulsive state this person was in… could in no way be integrated with what we characterize as the moral, ethical, law-abiding part of the individual. We’d probably be more accurate if we stated that this normal self had been repressed… to such a degree that even the encounter with the first victim did not sufficiently arouse it… so it could take predominance.” 0 likes
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