Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Stranger Beside Me part 2

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After finishing the book I feel that Ann went a bit to far with the deatils becasue she could have finished the book with far less words and still gottent the message across. I also feel that she wrote the book only to be remembered as that one women who was friends with Ted Bundy. Yes she memtioned the victims and how they died, but why not interview there families and write a book about them. While doing some addtional research on Bundy I found out that one of the girls memtioned in the book Katherine Merry Devine who was listed as a Bundy victim was not actually one. When questioned by police he openly admitted to not even hearing about the case or the girl, but he was still blamed for it.  DNA analysis led to the arrest and conviction of William E. Cosden for Devine’s murder in 2002 which proved that Bundy was not the murderer. Another thing that bothered me through this entire book was the hitch hiking aspect of it. A lot of these murderers occured because women were hitch hiking around places and they recently changed a law saying it was legal. The mother of  Katherine Merry Devine actually got a petition with signatures to stop hitch hking because of her daughters savage murder.

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If you want to read more on Katherines real murderer here is a link to the web page

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/DNA-match-leads-to-arrest-in-girl-s-1973-slaying-1082515.php#photo-623511

 

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The unknown side of Ted Bundy

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Like many children of my generation we have heard stories of frightening serial killers and of course one of them was the imfamous Ted Bundy. I was first exposed to him at the tender age of 5 during Halloween when I curiously asked my uncle “Who is Ted Bundy and why is he buried in our front yard”? Do not be alarmed he wasn’t really buried in our front yard, but his name was carved on a homemade tombstone to decorate our lawn. I continued to learn little details about who he was and what he did as I got older, but nothing too much. This book opened up a new chapter on what Ted Bundy was really like. I mean the man walked this women to her car to make sure she got home safe, he talked people out of commiting suicide, he worked in hospitals for crying out loud. He was a fill in dad to Meg’s daughter and was a intelligent man who got really good grades in college. The thing that kills me is that Ann Rule told a detective to see if Ted had a VW bug that matched the one people were saying “Ted” was trying to get girl into and when it came back that he did…no one did anything except add his name to a long list of 1,000 other “Teds”. This man was just an average looking guy with a high level of intelligence that out smarted the system and that is what he is going to be remmbered for in years to come

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Robert Beausoleil and Truman Capote

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TC: Do you consider killing innocent people a good thing?

RB: Who said they were innocent?

While reading the piece done by Truman Capote on Robert Beausoleil these two lines really stuck out to me. I mean this man did torture and kill and man, but he mades a pretty good arguement. We as humans are always flawed and no matter how much we try to cover it up there is alwasy one or two things that manage to pop through. Whose to say that Gary Hinman was so innocent and that he didn’t deserve to die. We will never be able to get in his shoes to find out if he ever did some horrible. Maybe he was a secret serial killer, or a rapist we wont ever know and the fact that Robert Beausoleil brings it up is a very intersting comment to me,

Also when reading this I found it so incredible that Truman Capote met all these people to died JFK,Sirhan,Lee Harvey Oswald,  Jack Kennedy. He even says during the reading “Out of the five people killed in the Tate house that night, I knew four of them. I’d met Sharon Tate at the Cannes Film Festival. Jay Sebring cut my hair a couple of times. I’d had lunch once in San Francisco with Abigail Folger and her boyfriend, Frykowski.” If I had meet Truman Capote I might have been a little hesitant because it appears that he has the death touch or something.

 

 

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Helter Skelter

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After watching this movie I have to say a job well done to guy who played Charles Manson, because the man made me actually believe that the real Charles Manson broke out of prison for a while and did a movie… Over all for a movie that was made during the 70’s and was a total of three hours (ugh soooooo long)  it was a pretty good watch. I laughed in the very begining because the women who was the maid to Sharon Tate was way over acting will all the screaming. The one thing that really creeped me out was how okay Susan Adkins was with telling all the ladies in cell block D how she slaytered tons of people. S.A: “Yeah I killed Sharon Tate and she begged me to let her have her baby, but I didn’t care”…..other woman: “Yeah well I need to get some sleep Susan talk to you tomorrow…” I would be like I will tell you every detail of the murder just get me out of this place so I don’t get slashed in my sleep.

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In Cold Blood Part 2

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You know sometimes I forget that the stories we read in class aren’t just stories. They are about real people and go through the deatils that happened to them or about what they did. I think because I read a lot of fiction books that it took me a little longer to realize that Bonnie, Kenyon, Nancy, a Herb were not just characters in some made up crime novel. They were real and we won’t ever know if Nancy and Bobby would have gotten married or if Bonnie would have ever gotten over her depression or even if Kenyon would have ever gone out on a date. The saddest thing in this entire novel was the last few pages when we learn that Susan still visits Nancy and that she still remembers that plans that they made to go to school together and that Bobby got married. I’m not saying that it isn’t good that they moved on with thier lives, but it is just that fact that even now no one will remember them unless they read this book.

I think that what Dick and Perry did was a horrible and the fact that Perry winked just before he was executed just goes to show you that something wasn’t all right upstairs with him. I hated when we learned that Dick wanted to rape Nancy and it gives you a real look into what he was like. He was married twice with kids of his own and had no problem trying to rape a young girl that says to me that he was a very sick person as well. In the end I think that we are driven by the author to look back on the lives of these people and think about why something so horrible could happen to an average ordinary family

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