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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (April 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067170088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671700881
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In 1980 in L.A. Douglas Clark, with the assistance of his girlfriend Carol Bundy, murdered at least five young women either part of or on the fringes of the demimonde. The son of a career Army officer, Clark traveled around the world as a child, briefly attended a Swiss boarding school and lived in a house in India staffed with a retinue of servants. He developed a deep-seated arrogance which as an adult he fed by having affairs with passive, worshipful, unattractive women. He found an ideal partner in the overweight, visually handicapped Bundy, rejected by her mother and physically and sexually abused by her father. At the trial the self-important Clark sometimes conducted his own defense; he is now on death row. Bundy is serving a life sentence. Freelance writer Farr captures the complex personalities of the two slayers and gives readers an insight into the rootless youths who populate the seedier side of California life.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Grisly dual portrait of serial-killer Douglas Clark and his confederate Carol Bundy, whose murders of young women along the gritty, glitzy streets of Hollywood stunned southern Californians in 1980. Farr, a free-lance journalist, doesn't flinch when confronting her protagonists' depravities--which included decapitation, pedophilia, necrophilia, and sadomasochism. Douglas Clark spent his childhood as an ``Army brat'' constantly shunted about as his officer father was posted around the world. Carol Bundy's early background was marked by an alcoholic father, a physically abusive mother, obesity, and near- blindness. Douglas grew into a sex-obsessed, manipulative misanthrope, while Carol, equally passionate about sex, sought domination by the men in her life. When the two met and began an affair, they fed each other's neuroses, their indulgent, sometimes violent behavior gradually extending from the bedroom to the night streets in search of ``kicks.'' Clark would entice young prostitutes and drifters into his car and, while engaged in sex with them, would shoot them. In some cases, Bundy witnessed the slayings; in others, she actively participated. After Bundy confessed, Clark was arrested and charged with five murders, though the real number evidently was much greater. Bundy was charged with two slayings, and told one police officer, ``Murder is fun''--this from a woman who later confided to an examining psychiatrist that she had always considered Eleanor Roosevelt a role model. Clark is currently on San Quentin's Death Row; Bundy is serving life imprisonment. Farr organizes the tangled, multicharactered material with clarity and a fine sense of pacing, although her prose is merely adequate. (Eight-page photo insert--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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THE SUNSET MURDERS is very good true crime.
Dan Bogaty
I remember the serial killer team of Douglas Clark and his then-girlfriend Carol Bundy (no relation to Ted Bundy) quite well.
goth chick
It was graphic, detailed, well researched, morbid, wonderful.
Robert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara S. Catron on August 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Great book, very easy read. Unlike most "true crime" novels the author includes interesting background information on the criminals, victims and the people who put them away. What a couple of wackos those two were (are). Best lines include: murderer Carol Bundy: "Your treating me like a criminal". Victim's wife to Geraldo:"she would like Doug to go to the electric chair with Carol Bundy on his lap."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book "The Sunset Murders" is certainly well-detailed and fact based. I applaud Farr for her eyes and ears used to bring this twisted story to life, and yes, she does not glamorize the killers, instead displaying them obviously as what they are in real life - sick and disgusting losers. Clark a grandiose, overblown ass and Bundy his oversexed ignorant slave. I just wondered, after reading the book, if there was one single person involved in the story from witnesses to cosp, that was pleasant or had any redeeming qualities whatsoever. Not the killers, mind you, but there had to be someone in law enforcement and investigating worth applauding. I didn't care for some of the presentations of the investigators. Five stars for research though. And I wonder - what has become of Carol's sons? Crime fans - read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "tonlo" on August 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book a few years ago and I still wonder about Carol Bundy. She is the most pathetic person, she still wants to help Doug Clark even though he has tried to blame the murders on her. This book was very detailed, Farr did a very thourough job in describing all the details that true crime buffs love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LoLo on May 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Everything about this book is creepy. I love true crime and this one filled my expectations. The pictures are creepy and I don't mean the ones just of the victims. Carol and her thick glasses, Douglas' evil glare and the Tom Jones wannabe, not to mention the severed head!!! Great quick read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By goth chick on August 9, 2014
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I remember the serial killer team of Douglas Clark and his then-girlfriend Carol Bundy (no relation to Ted Bundy) quite well. One of the more memorable news reports associated with their murder spree was the gruesome discovery of the decapitated head of one of their victims, 20 year-old Exxie Wilson, wrapped inside a large, wooden keepsake box discovered on a residential driveway (you had to feel sorry for the guy who made the discovery).

The ultimate slacker, Doug Clark was a smooth-talking con artist and marginally employed underachiever who would seduce lonely, overweight women in exchange for room and board, and Carol Bundy was his perfect foil. Slavishly devoted to him, she would do anything for him - including participating in his murders. As a kid, she had been hideously abused by her parents, which goes a long way in explaining why she was attracted to someone like Clark. He would hunt his prey as he drove up and down Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, selecting street prostitutes as well as hitch-hikers and runaways as his victims; sometimes he acted alone - that's when he committed necrophilia with his victims' bodies - and other times, Carol accompanied him as an active participant. Carol, too, acted alone as a killer - shooting and decapitating her ex-boyfriend, a married, Australian, small-time singer named Jack Murray; she'd harbored a smoldering grudge against him because he'd stolen money from her and ended their affair. Murder was not the only crime committed by Doug and Carol; they both sexually molested a little girl who lived next door to Carol and took pornographic photos of their perverted crimes against her (later used as evidence in Doug Clark's trial). This child was only 11 years old at the time.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "valeska_" on September 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Sunset Murders is an absolutely gripping story, very well written, and as far as I know the only book written about this case (to date).
At the center of the story is Carol Bundy, 37, on first glance appearing to be a typical Valley wife and mother of two small boys. Who leaves her abusive husband Grant, and moves into the seedy Valerio Gardens Complex. The manager, Jack Murray, a native Australian is also a lounge singer nicknamed the "Australian Cowboy" married with two children. His wife, Jeanette, is a beautiful, slim, leggy blond (and an ex-marine!). Carol on the other hand is rather plump & "matronly", with a large front, cropped mousy brown limp hair, and glasses with thick lenses, her doctor told her she's going blind.
Carol comes from a horrendous childhood, suffering abuse from both parents. The worst from her father. She has a very needy, clingy personality, and likes to be dominated by men.
After she moves into the complex, she latches onto Jack, saying she was sorry he was married, to which he responded "that's okay, I fool around."
Jack, according to his friends was "an *sshole..but a likeable *sshole." He's a womanizer and seems to have an insatiable sexual appetite, and often told tall tales, mostly to impress women.
The only good things he did for Carol, was to suggest she get another opinion about her eyes, the doctors revealed her sight could be restored with sugery. And he told her to contact a lawyer to get her share of the house where she lived with her husband (he was selling it), which she did, an amount of: $25,000. With which she bought gifts for Jack, that he happily accepted.
But another man would enter Carol's life, a man much more dangerous and sinister than Jack.
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