Ted Bundy is the most darkly fascinating, and widely analyzed, serial killer of the past century. No sex criminal, from Jack the Ripper to Zodiac to the Green River Killer, inhabits the popular mind as does Bundy. Now in a unique, enhanced E-book format featuring exclusive audio of Bundy himself, the two men who knew Bundy best – Detective Robert Keppel and Author Stephen G. Michaud - have teamed up to produce the definitive narrative of Bundy’s bloody career, as well as the inside story of how Keppel tracked the elusive killer for 15 years.
The enhanced version of Terrible Secrets: Ted Bundy on Serial Murder includes fifteen audio clips from Keppel’s three extended interview sessions with Bundy, tape-recorded at the Florida State Prison between 1983 and his execution in 1989. In them, the handsome, articulate former law student shares with Keppel his deepest, first-person ruminations on the hidden world of the serial sex killer, particularly his absolute need to suppress his “terrible secrets,” the ghastly particulars of his degenerate crimes, lest they rise up, overwhelm and destroy him.
Complementing the prison audio are videos of Keppel and other detectives sharing private reflections on Bundy as they knew him, plus abundant photos, drawings and documents from Keppel’s personal files. Among the book’s dozens of pictures is a crime-scene map Bundy drew for Keppel just before his execution, as well as the detective’s own handwritten notes.
The authors also draw from Keppel’s extensive mail correspondence with Bundy. The result is a riveting close-up portrait of a “diabolical genius,” as one federal judge described Bundy, stripped of myths and misinformation and revealed – in his own words – for the archly-sly, murder-obsessed predator he became.