In this 6th and final book on the Ted Bundy case, I wanted to tackle some questions and legitimate controversies that remain about Ted Bundy, the murders, and his victims. These questions and controversies cover such issues as Bundy’s hunting patterns and why he abruptly changed them at one critical moment; did Bundy keep the money of his victims? (something that has never been discussed in any previous work on Ted Bundy); the important questions of how should we address the issue of more women coming forward today claiming they were Bundy victims who escaped, yet they never contacted the police after the claimed “attack”; why Ted Bundy intentionally used a short crowbar during each assault; where the undiscovered remains likely are located and how a current search may in fact uncover them. There are just some of the important issues covered in this book.
This 6th book also has the complete transcripts of the interviews I conducted with three important individuals back in 2006-2008 who had close interactions with Bundy: Jerry Thompson, lead investigator for the Bundy case in Utah; Don Patchen, lead investigator for the Chi Omega murders in Florida; and Ron Holmes, a Louisville professor and criminologist who both interviewed and corresponded with Bundy in the mid 1980’s. These interviews revealed never-before published information about the case, and it is coming to light for the very first time. I have quoted all of these people in my previous Bundy books, but not from these transcripts!
As is a hallmark with all my Bundy books, I have the testimonies of those whom I believe were potential Bundy victims and were able to escape, as well as some who are likely escapees from the killer.
Because of the popularity (and response from readers) of adding portions of the Bundy case files to my previous Bundy books (along with commentary from me), I have added some important files that will “round out’ the readers understanding of Bundy and the men and women who hunted him. And these too are coming to light for the very first time.
If you want a view into the world that lies behind the Ted Bundy murders, this last work in a series of six books on Bundy, is definitely for you. For within these pages you’ll read of the many questions still surrounding this fascinating and intricate case, as well as the answers that are only now being provided here. There’s so much more to learn, and new information is still surfacing about Bundy, his victims and his potential victims. As such, there is new testimony included from those who had a brush with the killer, and others who played their own roles in this multi-state case.
In this book, Bundy case detectives Jerry Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Don Patchen of Tallahassee, Florida, talk about their personal experiences with Bundy. So does Ron Holmes, the Louisville criminologist who worked with the killer towards the end of his life. Also included are official reports that have rarely been viewed outside of the archives, along with the author’s commentary to guide readers through them. And last but not least, is Bundy’s final confession to Utah detective Dennis Couch just hours prior to Bundy’s execution. In it, Bundy reveals startling facts and sparks additional questions. A must-read for those true crime readers fascinated by America’s most enigmatic and infamous serial killer.
“Sullivan leaves no stone unturned in his latest Bundy review, from tales about Bundy’s shifting eyes to chillingly intimate interviews. A must-have for Bundy fanatics, this collection fills in holes and addresses key mysteries about of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers.” –Katherine Ramsland, author of Confession of a Serial Killer and How to Catch a Killer
From The Book:
I would also like to see additional remains located that can be attributed to Bundy. I find it interesting that Bundy told investigators that those he buried have never been found. Where are they? Well, in the case of Taylor Mountain, that’s the location where Bundy deposited the heads of Brenda Ball, Susan Rancourt, Lynda Ann Healy, and Kathy Parks. The rest of the remains are buried elsewhere; and that elsewhere may be Taylor Mountain. The reason I say that has to do with some additional human bones that were located on the mountain during the original March 1975 search (along with many animal bones too), but these remains were not DNA tested until 2005, at which time a member of each of the following families: the Rancourt family, the Ball family, and the Parks family came forward and gave samples to the authorities (the Healy family wanted nothing to do with it and gave no samples). And to no one’s surprise, they were identified as being from Ball, Parks and Rancourt. The only remaining unidentified remains are believed to be those of Lynda Ann Healy….
… After Bundy confessed to the abduction and murder of Debra Kent, also at the end of his life, and told the authorities the approximate location where he buried her, they did find a single patella (later DNA testing revealed it belonged to Debra Kent). They also found hundreds of animal bones, but no additional human remains. Why? Bundy said that he buried her in a two to three-foot grave, and piled rocks on top of it. And had she been totally unearthed by large predators, there would have been more of her to find. Recently, a friend of mine mentioned that perhaps a bird may have gotten ahold of the patella and flown off with it, which is absolutely possible. And if so, the mostly undisturbed grave of Debra Kent may be found if a more diligent search could be conducted. After all, if she’s still out there, a proper burial would be in order for her.