The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer

The Riverman Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer After a search of over twenty years one of America s most elusive serial killers was finally apprehended Now read the true story of one man s attempt to get inside the mind of the Green River Killer

  • Title: The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer
  • Author: Robert D. Keppel William J. Birnes Gary Leon Ridgway Ann Rule
  • ISBN: 9780743463959
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • After a search of over twenty years, one of America s most elusive serial killers was finally apprehended Now, read the true story of one man s attempt to get inside the mind of the Green River Killer July 15, 1982 a woman s strangled body was found, caught on the pilings of Washington state s Green River Before long, the Green River Killer would be suspected in at After a search of over twenty years, one of America s most elusive serial killers was finally apprehended Now, read the true story of one man s attempt to get inside the mind of the Green River Killer July 15, 1982 a woman s strangled body was found, caught on the pilings of Washington state s Green River Before long, the Green River Killer would be suspected in at least forty nine homicides, with no end in sight Then the authorities received an unbelievable letter from the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy then on Florida s death row offering to help catch the Green River Killer But he would only talk to one man Robert Keppel, the former homicide detective who had helped track Bundy s cross county killing spree Now these conversations are revealed, in which Bundy speculates about the motive and methods of the Green River Killer and reveals his own twisted secrets as well Now, as never before, we look into the face of evild into the heart of a killer.

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    1. I was between a host of other books when I got my hands upon a stack of some twenty true crime books. The Riverman jumped out of the lot at me. The subtitle killed any doubts left "Ted Bundy and I hunt for the Green River Killer". This sounded like one of those Japanese monster vs monster premises. Moreover, at a point of time, Ted Bundy used to be my "favorite" serial killer. How could I resist?It was a red herring though. This book is neither about The Riverman (the Green River Killer), nor ab [...]

    2. Oh, how I love trashy serial killer true crime. Although, with all the shame I have buying these, Borders might as well stack them next to the porno mags. Robert Keppel has a bit of a superiority complex, but I would too if I was working with Ted Bundy. Note: This book should have been titled "All You Ever Wanted to Know about the Primitive Filing Systems of Pre-Computerized Crime Fighting”.

    3. I don't have the discipline to be a serial killer and I certainly don't have the drive and obsession to catch one. Be glad people like Robert Keppel are applying their considerable talents to stop them.Keppel combines memoir, procedural textbook, history and evolution of serial murder investigative techniques and interviews with Bundy and Ridgway with very little ego. He focuses on the facts and not how awesome he is. (I'm looking at you, John Douglas.)Obsessive, detailed, dense. If you only rea [...]

    4. To tell the truth, I never would have even picked up this book if the name "Ted Bundy" hadn't been in the subtitle. My morbid curiosity about Ted Bundy - his crimes and the motivations behind them - made me buy this one.Bob Keppel, the detective who, as he says, "cut his teeth" on the Ted Bundy case, writes a very interesting book which, at times, gets bogged down in the details of a police investigation.The premise of this book is this: there is a serial killer preying on young women in the Sea [...]

    5. One of the most thoughtful true crime books I have ever read. Compelling stor(ies) from Robert Keppel, who has held many positions in Washington State law enforcement and is now an academic. Keppel was involved with the development of VICAP and investigated or assisted with the investigations of Bundy's Wash State victims and with the years-long hunt for the Green River killer. Unlike some authors, Keppel is not awed by the monstrous people with whom has conversed. Interesting perspectives on th [...]

    6. 7/30/13 I feel a bit gypped. I'm on page 150 (out of 475 pages), and only the first 100 pages were about Ted Bundy. There's been nothing about the Green River Killer yet. The title should be more all-inclusive to describe the entirety of the content; more accurately, it should have been called "Bob Keppel Helps Others Hunt Serial Killers." This is not to say that it's a bad book, just that the title and cover are misleading. I just finished reading Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy Th [...]

    7. While a bit repetitive at times, this book is the not just a record of the hunt for Gary Rigeway (aka "The Green River Killer"). Bob Keppel is a giant in his field, and much has been made of his contribution to Dave Reichert's "Riverman" case. That is, of course, what this book is about. True crime junkies already know all about Keppel's multi-year conversations with Bundy; in these pages we delve super deep into Bundy's madness as Keppel relates, at times, straight transcripts of these discussi [...]

    8. Not exactly what I expected from the title of the book but it was still good. The majority of the book talks about Bundy as a serial killer, his victims & his interviews with Detective Keppel. If you know about Bundy already, this was a big recap of him as a killer, what he did, how/what he thought, how he "got" his victims & the victims themselves. He takes you into the mind of a serial killer during his interviews while sitting on death row in Fl. It was creepy reading what came out of [...]

    9. Strange book. It's really about Bundy, not the Green River Killer. And the author also includes all kinds of extraneous material, such as a chapter on the Wayne Williams case. In other words, the book is poorly edited.The interviews with Bundy were somewhat interesting. However, the author failed to deliver on Bundy's confession. After hyping the confession for hundreds of pages, we just get a few scanty details in a rushed interview a few days before Bundy's execution.I would only read this if [...]

    10. I think it would have been possible for this book to be 100 pages shorter. It was definitely an interesting read. Very interesting. I learned new things. I feel that this was a bit of a information overload. Many times I found the author repeating the same sentence over and over again. The first portion of the book was a recap on Ted Bundy's crimes that spanned through Washington to Florida. Different cases were also described in extent in portions of the book. I walked away feeling a bit depres [...]

    11. its fair to mention that this book was recommended to me by a friend and I am grateful that is how much i enjoyed it. I didn't enjoy it because the subject matter was easy breezy, I enjoyed it because the way it was written i couldn't put it down.Every now and again, a true crime book appears that delivers even more than it promises, and Robert Keppel's remarkable book belongs in that category.Before I praise it too highly, I should state that despite the title, this book is most definitely not [...]

    12. This book makes a fascinating counterpoint to Ann Rule's bookends, The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story and Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer. It charts Keppel's path from the investigation of Ted Bundy's murders (which I've had to tag "the ted murders" instead of by geographical location as I usually do, since Bundy ranged from Washington State to Florida) to the investigation of the Green River murders [...]

    13. An almost overbearing piece of work that sheds an incredible amount of light on the science and processes behind hunting down serial killers with the great gimmick of funneling the hunt for the Green River Killer through the thoughts of Ted Bundy. I say this all the while knowing that Thomas Harris cribbed this exact idea, but the whole concept of a law enforcement officer using the insights of a serial killer that he caught to try and catch a new one is the most movie-ready thing ever and almos [...]

    14. It was very informative. However there were repetitions, certain parts were repeated and I did not feel it was done for emphasis, but maybe due to poor editing. I am not sure. The psychological background and descriptions were intriguing. Everyone who is interested in criminal psychology, serial killers or investigating tactics of grand-scale cases would find a lot of interesting details in this book.

    15. Great Read Very well told from a factual point of view. A very academic viewpoint of the mental work behind the investigation and capture of real modern day monsters at work even now in our society. It took a monster to catch a monster.

    16. Good readFirst book I read with Bundy somewhat confessions coward to the end. Worth reading after you've read stranger beside me

    17. All about Bundy he just could not get enough of himself. Very interesting read. Not at all what I expected this book to be about.

    18. It was a fascinating read, but difficult based on the writing style. It could be very dry and clinical but the writing was convoluted and non-linear at times.

    19. Ted Bundy has been a personal obsession since I first read The Stranger Beside Me in 1981. The Deliberate Stranger, The Only Living Witness, The Killer Next Door followed Rule’s book. All were written before his execution in 1989. Bob Keppel was the lead investigator from 1974 in Washington State. He begins with Bundy’s death row confession in graphic detail with the killer carrying Georgann Hawkin’s severed head after cutting it off like a butcher at a deli. Keppel then rehashes the initi [...]

    20. Should really be called "400 pages of chats with Ted Bundy, oh and I'm a pretty big deal in the serial killer catching business".But seriously, a decent book though very dry in places. Especially when it finally gets stuck into the Green River Killer investigation, it loses all its narrative flourishes and is essentially just a stodgy summary of various police reports and court transcripts.

    21. This is a strange book. Keppel, one of the team searching for the Green River Killer, gets a letter offering to help from Ted Bundy. This book is about the whole process, start to finish: the search for the Green River Killer, the decision to say yes to Bundy's offer, Bundy's execution, and then through to the arrest of Gary Ridgway as the Green River Killer and the plea bargain that saved his life.It is not the best written book in the world - Keppel has a tendency to repeat himself. His approa [...]

    22. Make no mistake: this book is much more about Ted Bundy than "the Riverman." But that's okay, if you are fascinated by how Ted Bundy turned out to be who he was. Ann Rule's book on Ted Bundy, "The Stranger Beside Me," is still the best written on him, in my opinion, because she was friends with him and had no idea that he was, in fact, the "Ted" the police were searching for. She mentions Keppel in her book as one of the lead detectives on the Ted case. But this book is an essential companion to [...]

    23. This book provides an interesting overview of several serial murderers. The author was the primary investigator of Ted Bundy's Washington murder series and served as a consultant in the investigation into the Green River killings. The scope of this book is pretty broad which creates some problems. The book is ostensibly about the assistance Bundy attempted to provide in profiling "The Riverman." However, it ends up describing all of Bundy's crimes in detail, all of Ridgway's crimes in detail, an [...]

    24. If you are thinking about reading this book, I will tell you now that you will learn more about Ted Bundy than Gary Ridgeway. This book is an interview and correspondence between Detective Robert D. Keppel who helped catch Bundy and was, at the time of this communication, searching for Ridgeway, The Riverman, as Bundy called him. Both of these killers hunted in Washington State; Seattle and the surrounding area. Much of this book is learning more about a killer's psychology and behavior in close [...]

    25. Pretty good "bundy book" I like Dr.Keppel's common sense approach w/o the braggadocio tone of other profiler books. Just a memoir of Keppel's involement with the bundy murders and the subsequent green river murderr. this was written before gary ridgeway was finally caught and convicted. bundy interjected himself into the investigation to offer his two cents (which really didn't amount to too much of any useful advice). the first half of the book is about the bundy hunt followed by bundy's contac [...]

    26. First and foremost this book is about the Ted Bundy murders and Robert Keppel's role investigating those missing young women near Seattle in the mid-1970's. The title is catchy but don't expect any payoff in the "Hunt" department as Bundy was executed years before the key suspect materialized in the Green River killings. Spoiler alert: Bundy did nail a few aspects of the Green River Killer's personality and habits but the majority of his output on the subject amounted to inane, repetitive rambli [...]

    27. Great reading for those who somewhat enjoy reading about crime. (I also recommend listening to the last segment of Radiolab episode 'The bad show', featuring some of the interrogation of Ridgeway) Assets:Story of the relationship between a serial killer and the detectives who pursue them. This, at times, is truly mind bending - reading on public transport not advised. Only as much gory details as necessary (still some of the descriptions of crime scenes and crimes were hard to handle). Interesti [...]

    28. A fascinating look at the horrific world of serial killers and the people tasked to hunt them down. Keppel had a unique career that made him one of the most qualified experts on serial murders. The reader is rapidly shown that homicide investigations are rarely the easily solved cases that we see on CSI or the Mentalist. The first half of this book where we get to see the searches for Bundy, The Riverman and the Atlanta child killer are the most interesting.The second half of the book has pacing [...]

    29. This was a very interesting read and gave an insight not only into the investigation of the Green River Killer but also an insight into the mind of Ted Bundy and Keppel himself.Bundy cam across mildly arrogant and self righteous to start with but by the end the finality of his situation makes him appear rather pathetic and weak. Keppel comes across rather angry and certaintly at odds with the FBI as a whole as everything that went wrong seems to be blamed on them and nothing else.Some of the inf [...]

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