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"Sullivan leaves no stone unturned in his latest Bundy review, from tales about Bundy’s shifting eyes to chillingly intimate interviews. A must-have for Bundy fanatics, this collection fills in holes and addresses key mysteries about of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers.” –Katherine Ramsland, author of Confession of a Serial Killer and How to Catch a Killer If "Sullivan leaves no stone unturned in his latest Bundy review, from tales about Bundy’s shifting eyes to chillingly intimate interviews. A must-have for Bundy fanatics, this collection fills in holes and addresses key mysteries about of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers.” –Katherine Ramsland, author of Confession of a Serial Killer and How to Catch a Killer If you want a view into the world that lies behind the Ted Bundy murders, this last work in a series of six books on Bundy, is definitely for you. For within these pages you’ll read of the many questions still surrounding this fascinating and intricate case, as well as the answers that are only now being provided here. There’s so much more to learn, and new information is still surfacing about Bundy, his victims and his potential victims. As such, there is new testimony included from those who had a brush with the killer, and others who played their own roles in this multi-state case. You will also hear from Bundy case detectives, Jerry Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Don Patchen of Tallahassee, Florida, and they tell of their experiences with Bundy. As does Ron Holmes, the Louisville criminologist who worked with Ted Bundy towards the end of his life. Holmes not only gives accurate details about Ted Bundy but other serial killers as well. On top of this, it contains some very important official reports that have rarely been seen outside of the archives, and commentary to guide readers through it. This book also makes available Bundy’s final confession to Utah detective Dennis Couch, made only hours before the killer’s death, where Bundy reveals some startling facts, and sparks some additional questions as well. All in all, it’s an enlightening journey into this most infamous case.


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"Sullivan leaves no stone unturned in his latest Bundy review, from tales about Bundy’s shifting eyes to chillingly intimate interviews. A must-have for Bundy fanatics, this collection fills in holes and addresses key mysteries about of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers.” –Katherine Ramsland, author of Confession of a Serial Killer and How to Catch a Killer If "Sullivan leaves no stone unturned in his latest Bundy review, from tales about Bundy’s shifting eyes to chillingly intimate interviews. A must-have for Bundy fanatics, this collection fills in holes and addresses key mysteries about of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers.” –Katherine Ramsland, author of Confession of a Serial Killer and How to Catch a Killer If you want a view into the world that lies behind the Ted Bundy murders, this last work in a series of six books on Bundy, is definitely for you. For within these pages you’ll read of the many questions still surrounding this fascinating and intricate case, as well as the answers that are only now being provided here. There’s so much more to learn, and new information is still surfacing about Bundy, his victims and his potential victims. As such, there is new testimony included from those who had a brush with the killer, and others who played their own roles in this multi-state case. You will also hear from Bundy case detectives, Jerry Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Don Patchen of Tallahassee, Florida, and they tell of their experiences with Bundy. As does Ron Holmes, the Louisville criminologist who worked with Ted Bundy towards the end of his life. Holmes not only gives accurate details about Ted Bundy but other serial killers as well. On top of this, it contains some very important official reports that have rarely been seen outside of the archives, and commentary to guide readers through it. This book also makes available Bundy’s final confession to Utah detective Dennis Couch, made only hours before the killer’s death, where Bundy reveals some startling facts, and sparks some additional questions as well. All in all, it’s an enlightening journey into this most infamous case.

30 review for The Enigma of Ted Bundy: The Questions and Controversies Surrounding America’s Most Infamous Serial Killer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    I am assuming that most everyone knows who Ted Bundy and the crimes he committed. There have been many books written about him .. his victims .... Detectives Jerry Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah and Detective Don Patchen of Tallahassee, Florida take this opportunity to talk about their personal experiences with ted Bundy, as well as Criminologist Ron Holmes. Also included in this book are official reports rarely reviewed by the general public. And then there's the confession to Detective Dennis I am assuming that most everyone knows who Ted Bundy and the crimes he committed. There have been many books written about him .. his victims .... Detectives Jerry Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah and Detective Don Patchen of Tallahassee, Florida take this opportunity to talk about their personal experiences with ted Bundy, as well as Criminologist Ron Holmes. Also included in this book are official reports rarely reviewed by the general public. And then there's the confession to Detective Dennis Couch just hours before Bundy was executed. This author has written several books on the subject of Ted Bundy and still there are unanswered questions. He hopes he can answer them here. The book is well written and filled with new information and testimony from those who had a brush with the killer. It was a multi-state case with numerous people involved in his eventual capture. This is a must read for true crime readers fascinated by one of America's most infamous serial killer. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the author / Wild Blue Press for the digital copy of this true crime. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my won.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    This is a difficult review to write. I know the author dedicated a lot of time to the topic of Ted Bundy, and I want to be supportive, but this book was truly terrible for me. First, be aware that this isn’t really a “book”, per se, but more of a supplement of assorted research to go along with previous books the author has written about Bundy. It’s a consolidated bunch of tidbits haphazardly strung together. The author references his previous books, a lot, in the absence of detail here. We have This is a difficult review to write. I know the author dedicated a lot of time to the topic of Ted Bundy, and I want to be supportive, but this book was truly terrible for me. First, be aware that this isn’t really a “book”, per se, but more of a supplement of assorted research to go along with previous books the author has written about Bundy. It’s a consolidated bunch of tidbits haphazardly strung together. The author references his previous books, a lot, in the absence of detail here. We have no coherent story, and this just does not read well as a true crime book. Sullivan hands off the final chapter to a friend of his, Erin Banks, who lives in Germany and runs a crime blog. Banks proceeds to provide her opinion on how “the rest of the world” (outside of the U.S.) views true crime in general and Ted Bundy in particular. I don’t know what makes Erin Banks an expert on the opinion of the rest of the world, but there you have it. If you are totally obsessed with all things Bundy, as the author appears to be, then you might want this book for your collection. Otherwise, stick with Google and read something else. *I received a review copy from the publisher.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Another informative book from Kevin Sullivan, plus an exciting chapter from Erin Banks! Stuffed with tons of information, as well as great insights from the writers themselves.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Matthews

    There is no doubt that Kevin Sullivan knows his stuff when it comes to the life and crimes of Ted Bundy. This is the 6th book he has written on Bundy and includes information not readily available in the public sphere. The first half of the book was the most difficult for me to get through. There were transcripts and scraps of information I struggled to see the relevance of and, for me, it didn't hang together as a cohesive and linear narrative. Later on in the book however, when Sullivan provide There is no doubt that Kevin Sullivan knows his stuff when it comes to the life and crimes of Ted Bundy. This is the 6th book he has written on Bundy and includes information not readily available in the public sphere. The first half of the book was the most difficult for me to get through. There were transcripts and scraps of information I struggled to see the relevance of and, for me, it didn't hang together as a cohesive and linear narrative. Later on in the book however, when Sullivan provides a summary of Bundy's more open-ended murders and when we read a transcript of some of the last recorded interviews with Bundy, I found it much easier to follow along and to gain the insights I was hoping to get from this book. Thankfully I came to the book as someone not completely unfamiliar with the Bundy case. A few years ago, I read Ann Rule's famous book 'The Stranger Beside Me' which gave me an understanding of the type of person Bundy was and the women who so sadly met their demise at his hands. Without that context, as well as the clips I have watched online of Bundy himself speaking, I would have been completely lost reading this latest book from Sullivan. There is a section at the end of the book I wanted to mention as well. It is a kind of epilogue written by a friend of Sullivan's who lives in Europe and whose insights were intended to provide a window into what those outside the States think of Ted Bundy and the infamy surrounding him. While I thought this section was well written and raised some interesting ideas, I'm not entirely sure it needed to be included or that the book was any better for having it. I am a UK citizen however, so this could have been because I already have some understanding of the topic even if only from a British perspective. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in reading The Enigma of Ted Bundy first seek out Sullivan's earlier books on the topic to give you the foundation you will need to find your bearings in the scrapbook of information presented here. This book is for the Bundy completionist, specifically fans of Sullivan's earlier books, who want to complete their collection and glean all the information available about one of America's most infamous and prolific serial killers. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Shannon

    Stunningly chilling Sullivan pens a remarkable sixth title about Bundy in THE ENIGMA OF TED BUNDY: The Questions and Controversies Surrounding America’s Most Infamous Serial Killer. This is the first book of this author's that I've read. Sullivan did the research, and probably knows Bundy, the devious sociopathic serial killer better than anyone. It seems there are still controversies around Bundy and unanswered questions. Bundy is one of the more infamous serial killers and even after his execut Stunningly chilling Sullivan pens a remarkable sixth title about Bundy in THE ENIGMA OF TED BUNDY: The Questions and Controversies Surrounding America’s Most Infamous Serial Killer. This is the first book of this author's that I've read. Sullivan did the research, and probably knows Bundy, the devious sociopathic serial killer better than anyone. It seems there are still controversies around Bundy and unanswered questions. Bundy is one of the more infamous serial killers and even after his execution, there are lingering thoughts behind what made this man, this man. It's a compelling read if you love true crime and learning more about killers than you ever thought possible. It's case files and author notes that give this story the facts and truths behind the investigation, and Bundy himself. It's an incredible story that also makes references to Sullivan's previous books on Bundy. I look forward to reading more by this author. This book is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul Mashack

    This is the sixth book this author wrote on Ted Bundy. SIX! In itself, I enjoyed this book and it expands on the multitude of Netflix docs, other books, etc I have consumed the past couple of years on Bundy and don't feel the need to delve into his other works. It's perhaps strange Sullivan has devoted so much time and reams of paper of this serial killer. Perhaps he wants he wants to be the ultimate source of Ted Bundy. It brings to mind a gag from The Simpsons episode in which Marge encounters This is the sixth book this author wrote on Ted Bundy. SIX! In itself, I enjoyed this book and it expands on the multitude of Netflix docs, other books, etc I have consumed the past couple of years on Bundy and don't feel the need to delve into his other works. It's perhaps strange Sullivan has devoted so much time and reams of paper of this serial killer. Perhaps he wants he wants to be the ultimate source of Ted Bundy. It brings to mind a gag from The Simpsons episode in which Marge encounters a hot dog vendor in a push cart who is selling Homer hot dogs in random environments. Marge: Are you just following my husband around? Hot Dog Vendor: Lady, he's putting my kids through college! I'm not sure if he has kids--he did mention being married--but it is apparent he is profiting from our fascination with Bundy and the sordidness of serial killers in general. Yes, I classify myself in this category. Don't judge me. The book is well written and researched and did enjoy it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    This was an interesting book, if not exactly what I was expecting. It was filled with police reports, encounters that may have been with Ted Bundy, questions about aspects of his life between and during his “hunts”, interviews, court appearances, and reactions. It was filled with facts and speculations alike, which is what I expected. It was not written in a story format or in a way it would all “flow” together. There was a ton of time spent on this and I certainly appreciate that. Unfortunately This was an interesting book, if not exactly what I was expecting. It was filled with police reports, encounters that may have been with Ted Bundy, questions about aspects of his life between and during his “hunts”, interviews, court appearances, and reactions. It was filled with facts and speculations alike, which is what I expected. It was not written in a story format or in a way it would all “flow” together. There was a ton of time spent on this and I certainly appreciate that. Unfortunately for me there were numerous times where the author made reference to his other books on the subject so he would not go into further detail about specific incidents. I haven’t read the other material so I feel like I missed a deeper understanding of the material. If you have read other material on the Bundy murders then this would be a great companion book. This book was given to me on request for my unbiased opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Delene Vrey

    There are followers of true crime who have a particular fascination for Ted Bundy as he was essentially the guy next door. This book by Kevin Sullivan gives a detailed rendition of the police reports available as well as of the victimolgy for those who want more information on Bundy than was previously available. The author attempts to find answers to some of the nagging questions that have come up through the years. This is a good read and it contains and immense amount of information that will There are followers of true crime who have a particular fascination for Ted Bundy as he was essentially the guy next door. This book by Kevin Sullivan gives a detailed rendition of the police reports available as well as of the victimolgy for those who want more information on Bundy than was previously available. The author attempts to find answers to some of the nagging questions that have come up through the years. This is a good read and it contains and immense amount of information that will hold your attention until the book is finished. There are however small instances where some knowledge about certain facts in the investigation is needed. Maybe the author could add some of this information in a foreword. For example: In the police report it is mentioned that there is a tear in his vehicle's seat, the relevance and importance of this fact is uncertain if you are a first time reader of anything Ted Bundy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Riggs

    The Enigma of Ted Bundy If you think that you know all there is on Ted Bundy, well guess again. I can honestly say Kevin Sullivan has done more research on his subject and I found this to be a thoroughly fascinating read. You will read more information and facts that I did not think was possible. There is a lot of personal testimonies not released before from police, friends, and families of the victims. Kevin ties it all in at the end with the transcript of Ted Bundy’s end of life confession an The Enigma of Ted Bundy If you think that you know all there is on Ted Bundy, well guess again. I can honestly say Kevin Sullivan has done more research on his subject and I found this to be a thoroughly fascinating read. You will read more information and facts that I did not think was possible. There is a lot of personal testimonies not released before from police, friends, and families of the victims. Kevin ties it all in at the end with the transcript of Ted Bundy’s end of life confession and how the world reacts to Ted Bundy. As I am sure most readers will agree Bundy was a devious psychopathic killer and even though he never really came out and admitted his guilt, he did speak in the third person about the crimes, Once again Kevin, A fascinating read and well documented book. Thanks to Wildblue Press as a reviewer on ARC list!. I received this book 2 days ago

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    There's really nothing new, it gets very repetitive and the author references his own books constantly. CONSTANTLY. The "narration" on certain parts also completely takes away from the actual substance of what he's trying to say, it just doesn't come across particularly well written or coherent to me. If you're interested in transcripts of conversations that don't really talk much at all about Ted/his crimes then you might find it interesting, but probably not. The last chapter is entirely irrele There's really nothing new, it gets very repetitive and the author references his own books constantly. CONSTANTLY. The "narration" on certain parts also completely takes away from the actual substance of what he's trying to say, it just doesn't come across particularly well written or coherent to me. If you're interested in transcripts of conversations that don't really talk much at all about Ted/his crimes then you might find it interesting, but probably not. The last chapter is entirely irrelevant to the rest of the book and I genuinely don't understand why it's there at all. Overall it feels like the author just threw together some bits and bobs to continue milking the Bundy cow.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    This has been one of the better books written about this sick individual. More details it seems to me. When you read books such as this one you wander what has to be going through the mind of the author while trying to piece it together and to tell the story to the world with actual facts. Reading book like this makes you wander just what goes through the minds of the sick people that committed such crimes as these. This book is well written and you don't find yourself getting confused or tryin This has been one of the better books written about this sick individual. More details it seems to me. When you read books such as this one you wander what has to be going through the mind of the author while trying to piece it together and to tell the story to the world with actual facts. Reading book like this makes you wander just what goes through the minds of the sick people that committed such crimes as these. This book is well written and you don't find yourself getting confused or trying to back track to understand.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Interesting The interview with Bundy and the the personal experiences of the detectives on Bundy cases are interesting. The Utah interview before the execution sure shows Bundy's exhaustion and state of mind. I have enjoyed the range and depth of Kevin Sullivan's several books on the Bundy murders. I suppose even Bundy wears out after awhile though. The best example of that is the chapter by Erin Banks. Pompous and boring and contributes nothing. Interesting The interview with Bundy and the the personal experiences of the detectives on Bundy cases are interesting. The Utah interview before the execution sure shows Bundy's exhaustion and state of mind. I have enjoyed the range and depth of Kevin Sullivan's several books on the Bundy murders. I suppose even Bundy wears out after awhile though. The best example of that is the chapter by Erin Banks. Pompous and boring and contributes nothing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Harwood

    Interesting transcripts and other paraphernalia the author has thrown together to accompany his other works. It's not a real book, per se, merely a load of pieces of cloth thrown tofether and called a sheet lol! Interesting, and perhaps enlightening, at times worth reading to see how the police did their work, and worth reading for the simple fact that it makes a nice little package of murders which are at once car crash and yet scary! Interesting transcripts and other paraphernalia the author has thrown together to accompany his other works. It's not a real book, per se, merely a load of pieces of cloth thrown tofether and called a sheet lol! Interesting, and perhaps enlightening, at times worth reading to see how the police did their work, and worth reading for the simple fact that it makes a nice little package of murders which are at once car crash and yet scary!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Casey Bates

    I enjoyed this book and would like to read more from this author . The thing that really gets to me when it comes to ted bundy is how women reacted towards him after his arrest . He killed and raped women , yet women would write him in prison and send obscene pictures to him . That is insane in itself. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Kanocz

    The Enigma of Ted Bundy is well written and goes into details that I have not read before.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

    It was okay This book was overall interesting to say the least to actually read what Bundy said in his own words when he was questioned before his death. One of the main things that I really didn’t like was the author talking about his other books. They were not mentioned here or there, they were mentioned a lot to the point that it could be a turn off to other readers. I understand you have other books that you wrote about Bundy, you don’t have to mention them in every single chapter.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne Catalioti

    I have always been fascinated by true crime. I wonder what makes these people act the way they do. This book was exactly my kind of book. I'm looking forward to reading his other books. Well written. I have always been fascinated by true crime. I wonder what makes these people act the way they do. This book was exactly my kind of book. I'm looking forward to reading his other books. Well written.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Cano

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sue Mitchell

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carla

  21. 5 out of 5

    frank truman

  22. 4 out of 5

    James Featherstone

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Lee

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Moos

  25. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lee

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nya

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tim Arnold

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bradley (Bookworm) R

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Akers

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