Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth #BlogTour #BookReview

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Delighted to join the blog tour for Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth today! My thanks to the publisher, Mirror Books, for the opportunity to join the tour and the review copy!

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The book behind the sensational Netflix series The Ted Bundy Tapes.

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, president of the Institute for Forensics.

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Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth have co-authored five books together.

Michaud writes extensively on criminal justice topics. He maintains a website at stephenmichaud.com.

Aynseworth has 50 years experience as a reporter, writer, editor, and publisher. Currently, he is Southwest Bureau Chief for the Washington Times.

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This is the face of one of America’s most famous serial killers:

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I just had to look it up and see what he looked like. What do you think? You really can’t begin to imagine what thoughts go on in that head of his, do you? Well neither could I but I was thrilled to find out what the man himself had to say!

Now, 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 and the world.

So who is Ted Bundy? After reading this book I have come to the conclusion that he comes across as someone who’s highly intelligent (much more than I had expected from someone who gives in to his impulses so easily), his attitude is quite confident and at times even cocky. He said he had low self-esteem multiple times and he explained that this lack of self-worth coupled with environment’s impulses (he means porn) made him what he is. He’s an expert in avoiding telling something he doesn’t want to, he’s a manipulator and even in his time with the authors I saw him trying to get his way, making false promises, leading them on. He didn’t sound like the devil incarnate when you hear him talk but when he said he didn’t feel remorse, he had nothing to feel sorry for, it pulled me right back to the crimes he committed and into thinking what sort of a monster he really was, a real wolf in sheep’s clothes. And to think he does everything to stay alive yet didn’t value the lives of the innocent people he pursued at all himself!

Even if you have to take everything this notorious killer says with more than a pinch of salt, it’s still intriguing. I’m sure he said a lot of BS but there are also other things that ring true and make sense. I’m telling you again, he was anything but stupid. I still can’t grasp how he could kill again and again and again (how many times, nobody knows really, Wikipedia tells me he never admitted a specific number) but it was fascinating to hear him talk, be it in a 3rd person voice about ‘the serial killer’. It did create some distance so I probably would have liked it better if he had just told us in his own POV but it wasn’t really hard to transfer his observations and thoughts onto himself either, everyone knows it was really about him.

Confessions of a Killer was a very interesting read and a unique insight in the mind of a killer. It’s a lot of things that it’s not: it’s not a confession, it’s not about the details of his crimes, but if you want to read about the person that is, or I should say was Ted Bundy, then it is certainly worth reading. I’ve certainly enjoyed this short time inside this devil’s mind.

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22 thoughts on “Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth #BlogTour #BookReview

    • Thanks Nicki! It wasn’t so disturbing (although I expected it to be) because they don’t go over the crimes… it’s just interesting to see how he thinks about people like him and of society and all. I have debated studying psychology when I was younger so I have always had a big interest in people’s heads :-).

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    • I knew little about Ted Bundy as a person, because you normally hear about the crimes and now I’m able to have an opinion about ‘the man’ at least. You form it based on everything he says and what you read between the lines. It’s a perfect read for psychology buffs 🙂

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  1. I really want to read this. I haven’t had time to watch the Netflix series but plan to. He’s fascinating , which is weird to say, but the mind of of a psychopath is. When I took Abnormal Psychology in college, he was one of our case studies, and I was just shocked by how normal he came across. You’d never think he was a monster. Wonderful review, Inge!

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    • God I wish I was in that class with you! I thought about studying psychology but didn’t in the end because it seemed so dry and focused on the corporate world and all. But it fascinates me too and it is quite an exceptional work, to hear from himself, how he is and what he thinks. He looks and sounds very normal and intelligent, not at all what I pictured him to be. Thanks so much Stephanie!

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    • I hope to that Netflix series on tv one day and compare it to the book… I think I read Ann Rule’s books are more factual, about the crimes and the series – if it’s like the book – is about his reflections about himself, of his thought processes. Thanks Jonetta!

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  2. I have read a lot about Bundy and his crimes though this book sounds unique in that it doesn’t really dwell on the crimes but the man himself. Interesting what you said about him being a killer but not wanting to die himself. Adding this one. Great review.

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  3. I always found him particularly interesting. He was so incredibly good looking and smart and polite. What went so wrong with him. Obviously it was a faulty wiring in his head but, wow, I want my monsters to be ugly, not Ted Bundy. This is definitely a must read for me. Thanks for the review!

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    • Ohh not for Zac Efron’s tush, is it 😝😁. Yep, I’m well-informed. I’d love to see it too one day but I think the novel’s still much different. I believe the series is about his relationship with Liz and that really isn’t prominent in the novel…

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