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About the Author

Robert D. Keppel was the chief consultant to the Green River Murders Task force who helped develop the strategy behind the arrest of current suspect Gary Ridgway. He has since retired as the chief criminal investigator for the Washington State Attorney General's Office, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Washington. He has received a number of grants from the U. S. Bureau of Justice Administration to aid local police agencies in tracking serial homicides, and is currently implementing his own "Murderbook" software in law enforcement agencies around the country.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439194343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439194348
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Paul Cerra on February 1, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Every now and again, a true crime book appears that delivers even more than it promises, and Robert Keppel's remarkable book belongs in that category.
Before I praise it too highly, I should state that despite the title, this book is most definitely not a retelling of Ted Bundy's career as a murderer. Keppel was a detective in King County, Washington in 1974 when Bundy first came to the attention of law enforcement. Accordingly, Keppel focuses on some of Bundy's earliest known murders: the Lake Sammamish victims and the young women who ended up at body dump sites near Issaquah and on Taylor Mountain. But Keppel gives very little attention to Bundy's crimes in other western states; Bundy's escape from jail in Colorado; or his final crime spree in Florida. So for those of us who know little or nothing about Bundy's monstrous murders, this book almost serves to confuse rather than enlighten. But this criticism is tempered by the wealth of information that Keppel does give us.
Somewhat like the books written by retired FBI Special Agents Robert Ressler and John Douglas, Keppel's book jumps around from topic to topic. Bundy and the Green River killer are covered extensively, but there are also sections on the Michigan Child Murders, Seattle killer George Russell and the Atlanta Child Murders. There are also at least two sections where Keppel discusses the practical and organizational difficulties inherent in large multi-jurisdiction police investigations like those that seek to uncover a serial offender. Keppel walks us through his own experiences and discusses ways that investigators can avoid becoming swamped and overworked. In some ways, this information is more applicable to working homicide detectives than to the general public, but is is fascinating nevertheless.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Becky on June 29, 2000
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If you are a fan of true crime books, then you will, of course, have heard the names Bob Keppel and Ted Bundy. You will know that Ted Bundy was a sadistic serial killer whose cruelty knew no bounds, and you will know that Bob Keppel is the dedicated homicide investigator who initially spent half a decade hunting Bundy, and who, later in his brilliant career, spent many years tracking an even more elusive quarry than Ted - the Green River Killer, who, needless to say, has avoided capture to this day.
Keppel draws the reader into both of these investigations in an excellent fashion, as his writing abilities more than equal his detective skills. You will feel as though you are ploughing through the underbrush beside the volunteers in Issaquah and Taylor Mountain, searching for the remains of Bundy's innocent victims. You will feel his frustration at not being able to bring the Green River Killer to justice, and finally, you will sit beside him as he hears the final confessions of Ted Bundy, who revealed to Keppel the horrible truth about his sadistic perversions in the hope of winning a stay of execution, in the process exploiting his victims and their families once again.
I can't recommend this book enough. We all criticise homicide detectives for not being able to solve all the appalling murders that are thrown their way, and here, Keppel describes the sheer persistance and hard work that these investigators put into their jobs, and how they receive very little in the way of rewards or credit as a result.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martha K. Whatley on December 4, 2004
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The reason that this book was written was to teach. I am finishing up a class taught by Keppel, and it is called Serial Murder. When I read the book for the first time, I thought it was bland and fragmented as well. But that is becuase he wrote it not for the general public but for those learining about the investigative aspect of serial murder, and what the Bundy-Ridgeway-Keppel connection could bring to light in the criminal justice world. When he implemented the book into his lectures, it all made perfect sense. In actuality, if you paid attention to the book, and knew enough about criminal investigations, you realized that Bundy was actually giving the criminal justice field valuable information on the way a serial killer thinks. The book was a little tough to get through, but if you go through and read it a second time, and watch the TV movie on A&E, its really a fascinating subject.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
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Robert D. Keppel is a skillful story teller who succeeds in drawing the reader into the world of the homicide detective. With astonishing interviews with Ted Bundy himself, he teaches about the tedious sorting of harrowing details that many homicide investigators must face every day. This is a wonderful book for those who want a serious look into the mind of the serial killer.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By spookyj@mindspring.com on August 1, 1999
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Although the title sounds very Hollywood, this is a gripping story by the world's leading serial murder investigator. Bob Keppel is a fascinating man who has had the misfortune of having Ted Bundy start his string of murders in his jurisdiction (at least some of them). You will learn how he progresses from a green detective to one of the most insightful ones. He brilliantly uses Ted in order to gain insight to the mind of the sexual predator. This helps him develop strategies in the search for the "Green River Killer." For anyone interested in the subject of serial murder, this book is required reading (although required makes it sound like a chore, and once you start reading this book, you'll wish there were more hours in the day for you to finish it).
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