It has been thirty years since Ted Bundy was put to death for his crimes, but there still remains a morbid fascination with the killer that Paul Lonardo wishes to dispel. The interest in serial killers and true crime does sometimes lead people to become fixated in a way with certain killers that borders on frightening. As is the case with Ted Bundy there have been arguments that he has been glamorized, especially with the casting of Zac Efron as him in an upcoming movie. Ted Bundy: The Angel of Decay will examine Bundy, but is ultimately focused on sharing the memory of the women and girls who lost their lives to this killer.
Lonardo begins where it is customary to begin, the start of Ted Bundy’s life and what set him on his murderous path. Bundy, like many serial killers, began life already fitting into the category that the FBI uses for sexual predators. It is important to note that this category was having only one parent and that this is not the only element that creates a killer. A number of people live crime free lives and only grew up in a one parent household, but it is something that appears frequently in the discussion of serial killers and other predatory criminals. As he delves into Bundy’s formative years he mentions smaller criminal behaviors, including theft, but that her was also noted as becoming a bit of a peeping Tom, which could be tied into his later behaviors. After discussing these points he moves into the period in which Bundy seems to be living a normal life. He was in a committed relationship, he was in college, and it would appear that he was working to establish himself in the world.
When he delves into Bundy’s murders he starts by saying that his first victim will probably never be known for certain due to a variety of confessions from Bundy that mentioned different women at different times. In each of these cases they cannot directly prove his connection to these crimes. He then moves to the first official murder that is directly tied to him in 1974 and continues moving forward from there. For these crimes Lonardo makes sure to provide details about the lives of each of the women outside of what happened to them in connection to Bundy. This allows readers to see his victims as actual people and not just as characters in a story. Lonardo also discusses Bundy’s feelings of inequality and highlights how he did not anticipate others being as smart or smarter than he believed himself to be. This book acts as a good introduction to Ted Bundy’s crimes and can benefit true crime fans who want to gain some additional insight into the people in Bundy’s life. While yes, Bundy is technically the focus, Lonardo works to give space for the women who were caught up in his deadly reach. You can get a copy of Ted Bundy: The Angel of Decay today.