diane bartels wrote:Nothing in previous post re Red Menace about death. Why the interest in serial killers? In part, because of the separation of themselves into parts that they must do to kill and return to their lives. In a way, Speck was more a spree killer than a serial killer. Bundy is the one who fascinates me, because he was so much a part of the normal world in his day life, and so darkly completely evil in in killing. How did he live like that? It if that fragmentation, the divide in the psyche of the individual that has me hooked as a story line. Probably bc sometimes I feel a milder form of separation, of fragmentation in myself. It's not the death that fascinates, it's what the living people do with the death they live in around and with.
I'm going to reccomend two books to you. One because it specifically deals with that dichotomy you were mentioning in Ted Bundy, and the other just because it's a good read, and a good way to help yourself look at serial killers and those types of people from what may be for you a fresh prespective.
It is well known that just before he was captured Ted Bundy, worked on the Suicide Prevention line in Seattle WA. Anne Rule, who has gone on to make a living of her "true" crime books, worked with him at this time and has written a really cool book called THe Stranger Beside Me. She was once a Dectitive fot the city of Seattle, and because of that, she would watch as the news went on and on about this killer, she slowly became aware of the fact that the man she worked with was the one they were looking for...
The other one is called Mindhunter and it's by John Douglas. He has been called "The Grandfather of Behavioral Profiling". He and a partner got the FBI to realise that this type of Profiling could help them to catch serial criminals after he explains how he came up with the concept, he then goes on to use it to explain the differences between the types of serial criminals.