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In doing research while reading Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me, I  noticed that she had been friends with Ted Bundy while he committed all of these crimes. As I was reading, I didn’t notice that she was friends with him. I personally thought she was just writing a biography on him. Nevertheless, she did a wonderful job writing the story and setting it up. She explained his childhood in great detail. I found it interesting that he was made to believe that his grandfather was really his father because Ted was an illegitimate child. However that didn’t stop Ted from being himself. He started his life of crime at a very early age. He would torture animals and he was caught watching pornography. He started killing women in 1971. He  would torture them until he finally killed him. During this time, Bundy and Rule were working together. She even mentions that the police sketch looks a lot like Ted. I really like Ann’s style of writing. And through further research I found that she was inspired by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. I really found that very interesting. I also found these two excerpts from Interviews with Ted Bundy and one of the victims Carol DaRonch.  In Ted Bundy’s interview he talks about how pornography was the major part in his crime addiction. He mentions how most of the men he talked to in jail were also addicted to porn. In Carol’s interview she recounts her encounter with Ted Bundy.

Ted Bundy’s Last Interview

Ted Bundy Victim Carol DaRonch Interview

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