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- Publisher: WildBlue Press (January 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5N3PZS
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THE BUNDY SECRETS: Hidden Files On America's Worst Serial Killer Kindle Edition
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Sullivan set out to address the first group when he wrote a book that “is not a biography in the truest sense, but rather an in-depth look at Bundy and the murders.” Then, perhaps to appeal to a broader audience, he has taken to claiming that the book is “an in-depth biography of Ted Bundy.”
However, during his brief period of research, Sullivan mostly ignored the last quarter of Bundy’s life, especially his time in prison. Sullivan says his only interest in Bundy’s prison years is the professionals, “Bundy dealt with concerning the murders.” Otherwise he claims that Bundy “did very little and certainly nothing of real importance.” Prison officials and prisoners tell a much different story.
Sullivan’s failure to research Bundy outside of the context of his murders colors his judgment. As a result, Sullivan presents a titillating characterization of Bundy as a one-dimensional comic book villain who thinks about murder twenty-four hours a day and kills for the sheer pleasure of killing.
Sullivan’s in-depth whatever plunges off the deep end when, in his new book, he argues that, because of the similarity between the names “Chris Hayden” and “Chris Hagen”, Bundy must have seen the movie, "Black Christmas." He concludes that Bundy therefore used the alias, Chris Hagen, to drop a subtle hint that he was inspired by that movie.
What will Sullivan say inspired Hagen’s middle initial, “Dial ‘M’ for Murder?” And what was the source of Hagen’s listed address? Sullivan tries to force this round peg into a square hole in the same way he has done it before. He declares that Bundy got confused, this time hearing “Hagen” instead of “Hayden.” Sullivan provides no evidence that Bundy even saw the movie. That ought to have given him a clue.
We do know for a fact that there are instances where Bundy drew ideas from movies and other sources within his experience, but in every case I’ve seen, those ideas are related to techniques used to deceive people, not to murder scenarios or potential aliases. Bundy, beyond being a serial killer, was well known to have been an accomplished con man. He was always eager to learn new tricks. Jerry Thompson once said that Bundy, “could sell you a dead horse.” Sullivan would have done well to have learned that lesson.
All of this nonsense distracts from what is truly significant about Chris M. Hagen. While the signatures of other aliases used by Bundy at that time appear in his natural handwriting, Hagen's does not, a fact about which even Chi Omega lead investigator, Don Patchen, has refused to comment. What’s going on there?
In spite of all of this, the transcripts make this book worth buying. Of particular interest is Thompson’s report regarding the consent search of Bundy’s apartment. Bundy’s cooperation was bold given that he had hidden a shoe box of instant photos of his victims in the building’s utility room. Thompson notes that Bundy was very cooperative and never asked Thompson what they were looking for. Given the presence of his “remembrances,” Bundy would not have wanted to rock the boat. He had to focus on maintaining his cool is a tense situation. To his relief, only Bundy’s apartment and car were examined.
Apartments can come with common areas or private or shared storage areas that must also be searched in conjunction with the search of a suspect’s apartment. There’s no telling where one might hide something. Had such a search been made, it is likely that Bundy’s killing spree would have come to an abrupt end saving lives in Florida, more of his victims would have been identified, and we would have gained a better understanding of Bundy’s pathology. This is an important lesson for law enforcement. Yet Sullivan seems to have missed it.
There are many lessons to be learned from the Bundy case. But constant attention to the details of the murders distracts us. If there is one thing that I learned from Ted Bundy, it is that, if one wants to come to understand him, the mechanics of murder are irrelevant. One should pay attention to the issues.
This book is a fine organization of the documents and interviews. It is not just a story..someone who wants to read the documents and interviews will appreciate it. This is not like reading a story and trying to find the footnotes in an appendix or on the internet.It's organized in a sensible fashion and to me it tied up many loose ends because I did not have to sort through bias. I recommend it highly.