Within the pages of THE TRAIL OF TED BUNDY:Digging Up the Untold Stories, you’ll hear the voices – many for the first time – of some of Ted Bundy’s friends, as they bring to light the secrets of what is was like to know him while he was actively involved in murder. The stories of his victims are here as well, as told by their friends, including the information and anecdotes that didn’t make it into the investigative files and are being published here for the first time. Two of the former detectives who worked with author Kevin Sullivan during the writing of his widely-acclaimed book, THE BUNDY MURDERS, return to aid readers in fully understanding Bundy’s murderous career; it’s ripple-effect impact on those who came into contact with him in one way or another, and dispelling commonly held myths.
THE TRAIL OF TED BUNDY is a journey back in time, to when Ted Bundy was killing young woman and girls in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. It’s told by those who knew him, and you’ll hear their revealing stories, many being voiced and put to print for the very first time. The friends of the victims are here as well, and they too share their insights about the victims, and some of what they tell here had been held back from the investigators, such was their commitment to their deceased friends. It’s also the story of those who hunted Bundy; those who guarded him, and those who otherwise were a part of this strange case one way or another.
Companion to The Bundy Murders, Kevin Sullivan does it again, and brings to light more disturbing dialog and facts about one of the most notorious serial killers who ever lived. Sociopath Ted Bundy has an unusual story, and has sparked attention throughout the years. I posted an image on social media this morning assuming that he would be quickly recognized, and found that few people knew who he was. They know the name, at least most do, but not as many people as I thought would. I then posted this image:
Thinking it to be a dead giveaway. Nope. No one knew. And I know it was early, maybe all the people who would know were still asleep. Maybe it was the fact that no one remembered? I don’t think that was possible, but maybe it was. Just as I hardly saw posts about remembering Pearl Harbor this year, Maybe Ted Bundy is now just a fading memory. But, like Pearl Harbor, it should not be one we forget.
He was an attractive man. Some on the internet say he was hot. Here, above he looks like a cross between Rob Lowe and Christian Bale. Either of them could play the part, and it would be believable. After reading the book The Trail of Ted Bundy, I watched the interview with him on Youtube, His last interview. He seemed unusually normal. Who would have guessed a guy that talked and acted like he did murdered 36 known women and young girls. He bludgeoned them, usually with a tire iron, and in the act of strangling them, raped them from behind, both vaginally and anally before and after death . A lot of it, after death. He also did some things that go even further to horrify me, including keeping some women’s heads in his apartments with him to enjoy later. In the interview he seemed uncomfortable in his own skin, but I guess anyone would be, knowing they were going to die in less than 24 hours.
From the book I read, I don’t believe it would have been wise to keep the man alive any longer than necessary. Not only had he escaped twice before, he was a true monster. A man who would definitely kill again. In the interview I saw, he expressed over and over how pornography was breeding more and more Ted Bundy’s, but he wanted to stress, that he took full responsibility for his actions. Honestly, after reading what he had done, I have no idea how the man could sleep at night, and when he was asked if he thought he deserved to die, I was expecting him to say hell yes. But he didn’t.
I would love to read the book that companions this one. It would be nice to see the images and photographs that were talked about, but not put into the Trail book. I only have the review copy, and it is possible that the one that will be published will have more, but I am not certain of this. It is expressed that the pictures I wanted to see are in the first book, and if you search the internet, you will find them, like the pic of him and Carol Bartholomew.
Seemed like such a normal kind of sociopath. None of his friends believed he did the horrible things he was accused of. Although, finally they all realized he was truly not the person they thought he was. What a wake up call that must have been.
The book is an excellent true crime read, and I recommend it to you. I read it in less than 3 hours, I could not put it down. I also recommend you pick up a copy of The Bundy Murders also by Kevin Sullivan, as it meshes with this book. I found The Trail of Ted Bundy both frightening and insightful. Mr. Sullivan did an excellent job of pulling together more evidence and more insight then the previous book had, many of the people involved in the Bundy case and in his life coming forward with more, including the Library tie in.
I found that when I was a teenager in the late 70’s and early 80’s, that I could have easily have been lead off to help someone, just as most of the women he killed had. I was very trusting, and I have many times, gotten into strangers cars for one reason or another, completely unaware of the danger that I could have been in. It makes me very thankful that it was not my fate. I can remember once, my friends and I had asked a man in his late 20’s to buy us beer, and then rode in his car to another parking lot to do the exchange of money vs beer. We were around sixteen. It was one of many stupid moves I had made as a kid. I must have had a dutiful guardian angel, or I guess I just got lucky. Kind of like Ted did with his victims. I truly hope that I have done a good job of making sure my son does not make the same mistakes I made. I can only hope. But, I guess that is the only thing we can do. Always be aware of your surroundings, and be cautious of strangers, or in this case… just about anyone. In the end, it all has to do with luck. But Karate and swordfighting skills might be a good idea.
A Note From the Publisher
A writer of history and true crime, Kevin M. Sullivan is the author of eleven books, a former investigative journalist for both print and online media, and is a recognized authority on serial sex killer, Ted Bundy. Indeed, his “break out” book, The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History, published by McFarland in 2009, was the catalyst that brought him much attention in the true crime world, leading to appearances on numerous radio programs and contacts from documentarians both here in the United States and the United Kingdom. Portions of his biography of Ted Bundy also appear in the college textbook, Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders, published by McGraw-Hill in November 2012. His current work on the killer, The Trail of Ted Bundy: Digging Up the Untold Stories, is a companion volume to The Bundy Murders, and contains a lot of new and previously unpublished information about Ted Bundy and this most infamous case.
“Despite the abundance of books available on Ted Bundy, holes remain in his story. Bundy expert Kevin Sullivan has done the painstaking work of filling some in and offering credible notions for those for which information might always be elusive. An important addition to true crime studies.”—Katherine Ramsland, bestselling author of Psychopath and The Mind of a Murderer