Even though I like Ann Rule’s writing style I got very sick of hearing about her in the second half of the book and there a lot of details that were not needed. Like on page 349 she mentions that her apartment was the only one that wasn’t a “hooker’s pad.” It really wasn’t relevant to the story and just kind of bugged me.
A few quotes really stuck out to me. The first was ” The world owed Ted Bundy. It had taken everything he had away from him…” on page 318. When I read the quote it made me wonder, is that how Ann thought Ted felt or is that how Ann felt about Ted. Also I don’t believe that for a second. Even though Ted had a difficult child hood he was very smart and could have gone anywhere in life he wanted, he had made the choices he did to end up where he was at that moment.
Another quote that stood out to me was on page 323 when Mary Ann Piccano said “I think I’m about to dance with an ex-con…” It stood out to me not only because of how accurate it was but also because its strange to me how so many of the girls felt that there was something wrong with Ted and there were also a lot of girls that didn’t see that. Including Ann. Were some of the girls able to see there was something wrong with him because his real self was peeking through his mask?
These are just the first two I did. One is from a random video on youtube called Who You Gonna Call? and the next is from the Helter Skelter movie
I was actually shocked how quickly I got into the story of Ted Bundy and how fast I was able to read half of the book. I really enjoyed Ann Rule’s writing style and it made it easy for me to continue reading because I wanted to know more. I barely knew anything about Ted Bundy when I started reading the book. I knew he had killed a lot of women but that’s really all I knew. After reading all about his life I still feel like I don’t know who Ted Bundy really is. He was able to manipulate people so easy and only show them what he wanted to show them. It
The story of Carol DaRonch stuck out to me a lot because I felt I could easily be in that position. It wouldn’t occur to me in the situation how the person knew what car I owned. I would be apprehensive but I probably would have followed him into the parking lot. After reading this book though Ill probably be suspicious of everyone I meet for a while though.
Another one of the things that really struck me was when Ted said he “detested [Gary Gilmore] for his manipulation of Nicole”(268) and yet he never realized he did the same thing not only to Sharon and Meg but to the women he would kidnap and kill.
Perry’s confession of the crime was very detailed and although the description was upsetting to me it felt good to finally know what happened during a crime and for the people who committed the crime to be caught and justice be done. Although there is some confusion because originally Perry said that Dick had killed the two girls and then he changed it we still know what happened. Its hard to believe that they brutally killed 4 people just for 40 to 50 dollars.
Its really hard for me to figure out Perry. Especially with the quote on page 255. “I wanted to fix Dick for being such a coward. Dropping his guts all over the goddamn floor…he was doing it out of consideration for Hickock’s parents.” Perry was fine with killing 4 people and then saying Dick killed two of them but because he felt bad for Dick’s parents he admitted or said that he killed all four of the Clutters.
One of the quotes that really stood out to me in the book was on page 257, “The rich never hang. Only the poor and the friendless.” Even though that isn’t always true it is generally correct considering a lot of the crimes that go on even today and this crime itself. Perry and Dick didn’t have too many people to help them and they were poor.
Another quote that stood out to me was on page 270 about the auction of Mr. Clutter’s farm equipment. Mrs. Bill Ramsey said that the “Land’s so wet and nasty” so her husband could’t work so they figured they would drive out to the sale. The next sentence was “Actually, it was a beautiful day. Spring.” People were just going out of curiosity, it was almost like the public trials again.