Today, I’m opening the blog tour for Ted Bundy: The Only Living Witness, a book the New York Daily News are calling “one of the 10 best true crime books ever written.”
ENIGMATIC. ARTICULATE. EVIL. KILLER.
Two journalists with unprecedented direct access speak to Ted Bundy and those closest to him.
What follows is a candid and chilling full account of the life and crimes of the most notorious serial killer in history.
What Bundy had to say in over 150 hours of face-to-face interviews is as relevant today as it was at the time.
Where do you even start when reviewing a book like this? You can’t call this book an enjoyable one, it will upset you – the lives lost, the futures stolen from these women. It will disturb you – that one person could possess the evil to commit such horrendous crimes. It will confuse you – that some people believed in this man’s innocent, one to such lengths that she married him. It will have you questioning “the system” – could the police forces have worked together in a productive manner to catch him sooner? Could the underlying mental health issues have been found sooner? Would it have made a difference? It will anger you – at the privilege afforded this man, so much so he was able to escape custody, twice!
There’s no doubt you will experience a range of emotions as you read this book, but what you will not once experience is the glorifying of a serial killer – no romantic portrayal, no entertainment factor. Instead, a well-written, comprehensive account – to the extent that you’ll be inclined to agree with the New York Daily News, that this is “One of the 10 best true crime books ever written.”
There’s a wealth of literature on Bundy, some written by those closest to him, but what these two authors present is a well-researched account – Michaud and Aynesworth have done an excellent job with this book. Their other book, Conversations With a Killer, gives readers an insight into the mind of a serial killer, in his own words, and it’s well worth reading, but if you’re looking for a detailed account of Bundy’s life, crimes and capture, then this is the book you should read.
*My thanks to the publisher (Mirror Books) for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
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