Ted Bundy withheld his darkest secrets from police, journalists, and psychologists. While on death row he shared these hidden insights with his closest friends in the Florida State Prison. Finally, a way to make sense of the mysteries regarding all of Bundy's perversions, his biggest influences, his secret dump sites, and what happened to his victims. Using Erving Goffman's concept of dramaturgy, this book is an insider's guide to the reality of what Bundy shared behind-the-scenes with fellow inmates and how he constructed a different identity backstage to what he revealed at the front stage. This work presents the uncensored, multi-layered, graphic details of this most notorious of murder careers, and in doing so provides readers with a comprehensive and authentic account of Ted Bundy.
Bernard East teaches sociology at Deakin University, Australia.
Chapter 1: Front Stage, Backstage and Sexual Homicide Typologies
Chapter 2: Unsolved Homicide Cases
Chapter 3: Victimology
Chapter 4: The Significance of Souvenirs
Chapter 5: Methods of Dispatch
Chapter 6: Revisiting Ted Bundy’s Signature Themes
Chapter 7: Ted Bundy’s First Murder
Chapter 8: Validation and Significant Influences
Chapter 9: Victim Totals
Chapter 10: Possession and Perversion
Chapter 11: Front Stage Narratives
Chapter 12: Front and Backstage Principles
An interdisciplinary tour de force that uses the otherwise tiresome Bundy saga as a vehicle for a crash course in criminal investigative analysis and offender profiling, as well as a treatise on why our society celebritizes violent psychopaths; at the crossroads of forensic procedure and cultural studies, this is a refreshingly credible book on Bundy that does a deep dive into his grisly crimes, and which will consequently appeal to both scholars and lay readers alike.