Bundy eventually admitted to killing 36 women across several states in the s, although experts and people close to him speculate his actual number of victims was closer to Written under the pseudonym Elizabeth Kendall, and published in , the page memoir details the night she and Bundy met in a Seattle bar in and the hot-and-cold relationship that followed. It concludes with the tearful calls Bundy made to her from jail prior to his death. The book focuses on love and vulnerability, not murder. It was published when Kloepfer was 36 years old, and Bundy was on death row. Kloepfer gravitated towards Bundy because she was lonely and he took care of her Kloepfer describes herself in the book as a shy, insecure and lonely single mom, divorced, and struggling with alcoholism, when she moved from Ogden, Utah to Seattle to try and change the course of her unhappy life.
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Kendall felt that the sketch put out by the police in the papers resembled her boyfriend. He also drove a Volkswagen, the car reported to be used by the killer according to people who might have seen him. Kendall continued to date Bundy after he was initially cleared, before reporting him again to the police.
She even dated and stayed with him even after he was arrested and released on bail! I say brutally honest because Kendall is frank about her own inferiority complexes, dependent behavior, immaturity and above all, her alcoholism. She portrays herself as a naive, silly and overtly dependent person who turns to alcohol when the lying, manipulative and guiltless Bundy stands her up on many occasions after promising to marry her.
She supports him throughout his failures as a law student and setbacks in his career. She probably did get paid to co-write the book. I am not sure about this. At the center of this book is an outwardly normal and promising American couple about to embark on the fulfillment of their dreams and get married. They have a great sex life. But the guy exhibits strange behavior at times - stealing, lying about his career prospects, indulging in hurtful behavior like not turning up on dates and going back on promises to get married that would make most women ditch him.
But the girlfriend holds onto her man, hoping that he would reform eventually. And for a while it does seem like things would work out for them when he is accepted at law school. But it eventually turns out that the guy has a secret life, unbeknown to his woman, in which he goes around kidnapping, killing and raping beautiful young women.
I cannot even begin to imagine the pressure this lady must have gone through when she first suspected Bundy of being the killer and her mental state when he was eventually arrested. The relationship scarred her beyond recovery.
That makes it hard for me to get very close to people. Imagine a vulnerable girl on her own, without too many friends, running into someone like Ted Bundy. I would read any book that would offer me clues about what drove Bundy to do what he did. That is the main reason why I read this book. But this book offers another point of view. It offers insight into why some weak women are attracted to manipulative, charismatic but eventually damaging personalities like Ted Bundy.
Interestingly, Ted Bundy was in jail around the same time as Gary Gilmore. But he was certainly interested in psychopaths. Some great writer ought to have written a true-life novel about the relationship between Bundy and Kendall. It certainly deserves a better book than this one. Not that this is a bad book. They did not have mobile phones back in the 60s and the 70s. Psychologists might never come to a conclusion about what drives psychopaths. Is it the genes? Modern life? But this book is not really about the psychopathic Ted Bundy.
It is about a vulnerable, materialistic, needy and ultimately tragic person who wants a good square life for herself in the greatest country in the world. But the man she chooses as her gateway into the American dream is the most successful psychopath of the 20th century.
At one point, she fears whether newspapers would dig out the fact that she reported her law student boyfriend as a possible killer when he ran for the post of governor after they were married! Full disclosure, this one was hard for me to read and to rate. What Kendall went through, especially in hind-sight and having to learn piece by piece the atrocities that Bundy committed is devastating to say the absolute least.
They saw Ted 4, what a harrowing story, had to read it before her interview stars!! They saw Ted Bundy as a murderer. I knew him as a lover and a friend. This book was originally written in , by a version of Elizabeth Kendall that no longer exists. This book felt a little bit like a tableau of a person who no longer exists and I found that absolutely fascinating. Kendall was incredibly honest with herself throughout the writing of this story.
She is frank and open about her alcoholism, her dependency on a man she knew was no good, her immaturity and how that allowed her to be targeted and abused, her anxious attachment and the inferiority complex that kept her coming back to Bundy time and again despite his own abhorrent behavior. I see why people are obsessed with figuring him out. For years, I thought continually about how this same person I loved could do these cruel and violent things.
Finally, I was able to let go. Just give up. Live your life. You still have it. It was an interesting insight into one of the most notorious murderers and monsters the world has ever seen. Straight through the eyes of his closest, most intimate victims.
While the entirety of this book held my interest, I have to say the preface and the afterward were my absolute favorite.
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Kendall felt that the sketch put out by the police in the papers resembled her boyfriend. He also drove a Volkswagen, the car reported to be used by the killer according to people who might have seen him. Kendall continued to date Bundy after he was initially cleared, before reporting him again to the police. She even dated and stayed with him even after he was arrested and released on bail!
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