Ted’s cause and effect excuse of pornography could have been just an attempt to blame someone else and it could also have been an attempt to try and explain influence on a susceptible mind. After all, we are all influenced to some degree by outside sources, be it friends, family, books, movies, games, whatever. No matter what the influences, most of us don’t hurt anyone else and we don’t commit serial murder. So pointing the finger at pornography as a cause is not justified. Nor is the elimination of it as a contributing factor helpful to understanding behavior. Behind the scenes it is noted that in FBI studies some serial killers do have problems with pornographic materials being too influential in some of their behaviors.
Nevertheless, officials have been quick to discredit Bundy’s interview as a “last ditch attempt” to save his life or allay his guilt and that last ditch reference simply isn’t true to the records behind the scenes. There are multiple references and statements to pornography in the records of that time period related to Bundy including at least 2 porno books taken into custody which have never been talked of publicly – one in particular. He talked of pornography’s influence on himself as well as on other offenders who could be serial killers….it’s shifting blame but there is also an element of truth in that we are all influenced by many things in life and those influences are reflective of our own receptiveness and personality.
The following is an excerpt from the 1984 interview in which Bundy talks to investigators at some length about pornography and sexually explicit violent movies as both an influencing factor and possible trap for serial offenders or those on the brink of such actions….
“Ted Bundy: ….the first step I would take to control something like sexual assaults and serial killings like the type you’ve had in Green River and those kinds of things would be to close down all the peep shows and porno houses and outlaw movies that link sex to violence…that would be the very first step I’d take…and I think it wouldn’t be the sole solution but I think it would go a long way to …
Investigator: You’re talking about taking money out of people’s pockets that are in high power…
Ted Bundy: But some day I’d like to talk to some of those people because I know as sure as I’m sitting here that it may not be every guy that comes down the pike is going to have himself influenced or pushed or allowed to gratify themselves to the point where they went over the line from fantasy to reality where they went over the line from fantasy to acting out those fantasies and the kind of material that’s available and has been available for years out there in society exploits those kinds of weaknesses or predispositions in certain individuals maybe it’s through luck or randomness in predisposition but it has this link between violence and what I’m seeing in hatred, anger, sex or whatever…it can take and push the person over the line and feed that sickness…feed that sickness…and it wouldn’t take care of the whole problem…”
In a box of detective street notes from that time period of the search after the Issaquah site was found is the following notation hand written on a piece of paper with no detective signature: “Brought in a book in evidence…regarding Ted…(Sex book)” that is all it said. There is no notation of where it was sent, or what happened to it. It was buried in a bunch of copies of driver’s licenses that had been run on potential suspects. Bundy should have come up in this DMV run as he checked all the boxes in the witness descriptions of what happened at Sammamish. He was in WA State at the time.
There is also another sex book mentioned in a detective street note. I need to still find it in the records that I have here because they were released to me very unorganized and things are all over the place – but that sex book was about a guy named “Ted” who brought girls home. The note never said if it was a published book [if so, by whom] or a handwritten book [was it a manifesto?] only that it was associated to one of Bundy’s known kill sites and I believe by memory of that note that this book was found at Issaquah. I have to look it up and will. Note: as of today, 6/2020 I found that note. It is in a report in one of the folders that were released to me. The date is 10-16-1974. A citizen found a porno book near the scene of the Issaquah crime scene of Ott and Naslund. Here immature elk bones were found as well as at least 1-2 additional skeletons that did not belong to either Ott or Naslund. The sex book found described a “Ted” luring “teaser” type girls to his parent’s house on the hill so he could seduce them. the victims described in the book were short with long hair parted in the middle and wearing tight levis or ski pants. This is an interesting piece of evidence and I wonder whatever happened to it and whether it was ever tested or correlated to Bundy. There were abandoned homes near each of Bundy’s kill sites in WA and Bundy did keep victims alive for a period of time before killing them. Bundy kept girls alive at his apartment in Utah before killing them and there is evidence that also did this in WA State.
With evidence of keeping them alive, and with his statement behind the scenes to investigators including FBI before his death, why was the detail of porno books so threatening to officials that they had to deny Bundy’s correlation to the porno books taken into evidence and his statements that pornography could impact an impressionable mind of a developing serial killer? Keppel mentions “powerful people” – did he know something we the public do not know about these books? Was the book about the “Ted” a manifesto or a directive? I am not saying it was either, only that it seems to be a piece of evidence, once again denied and dismissed that never makes it into any documentaries or discussions about Bundy. Bundy kept me alive and in captivity but I was in and out of awareness – he kept me drugged and forcibly imbibed me during captivity and imbibing was part of his MO with victims proven by autopsy. Details authorities knew all along and which they failed to correlate into his overall public persona and to other states and jurisdictions where girls were missing and murdered. I was also very tiny at the time, 5’3″ tall and only 105 pounds like many of his victims. I’d really like to know why this book was suppressed and never fully investigated.
This particular sex book to me was eerily similar to the fact that Bundy kept several victims alive for a period of time before killing them per their autopsy reports and that is what he had been doing to me repeatedly over a four year period using drugs and alcohol while in captivity to contain and disorient his victims. In my case I lived but could not remember everything that happened and was severely compromised and in the case of other victims who did not I would suspect, like my own memories of captivity, that they were in and out of awareness during the captivity period. My kidnappings are supported by Bundy’s comments to the FBI and investigators behind the scenes which have never been fully released or acknowledged publicly and which I could not have known of and my experiences that I had been stating for decades mirrored the autopsy reports which I could not have known of. My experiences are all supported by the hidden documents: but they actively and aggressively blocked me and Keppel was foremost among those doing that – I had been told that by many people including other investigators.
Bundy also imbibed a victim he raped in 1972 and her complaint to the police at the time about him was not acted on because of that “imbibing”. It was instead turned against her credibility. I think it was common back then to blame the woman. Bundy knew that because he wrote a rape paper that researched it and that rape paper is on this site and Bundy writes about several means in which rape perpetrators can reduce the victim’s ability to fight back and remember events or be credible when coming forward. He was moving in the direction of serial rape and serial killing for a long time and approaching it very methodically in my opinion. It is stated in multiple places in the records that he admitted being “sick” before 1969. It is stated in multiple places that he said he was acting on the “sickness” in 1971, 1972, 1973 – and that it was taking up a lot of his time. Why wasn’t this information seriously analyzed against his cases and his travels? Why wasn’t this information which was kept hidden correlated to my own travels and comments about that time period of 1971 to 1973? I have been coming forward since at least as far back as 2001.
WA State had all the elements they needed to charge Bundy with a crime even before he was charged in Utah in the summer of 1975 and they did not – instead hiding and denying evidence and witness statements and other evidence for decades even while monopolizing the public narrative about him. It should be of a great concern to the FBI [who refused to act on my complaints about it over the years] and of great concern to the media and to the public. I have released the records to the media in the hopes that they will act in their capacity of a watch dog and bring this to attention and stop giving the old narrative air time. It doesn’t deserve it.
I don’t know if either of the two sex books associated to Bundy in the records are the one I remember him leaving for me at the nursing station that fall of 1972 at the University of Washington Hall Health Center. It was in a paper sack and it wasn’t very thick from what I recall but I do, as I’ve stated in other blogs, remember vividly two pages of it. They are burned in my memory and if I ever do see a copy of that book I would know it in an instant if I find those two pages.