This class was interesting. I learned a lot about serial killers and murders of all shapes and sizes, much more than I expected. Reading about each killer or thief was fun and entertaining but making videos about them was not entertaining. It was interesting to read the blogs and see what my fellow classmates were thinking or how they viewed a certain topic. I liked the idea of the videos, but I think we should have been assigned less because this is a freshman seminar and I did not expect to have more work in this class than I did in Honors Accounting. Teaching the class wasn’t too painful so that could stay. I liked the energy during the classes it was fun even though I didn’t really contribute to that aspect. Overall it was a fun class and I do not regret taking it.
This class was fun and the material was all interesting for the most part. Although, the workload was a little too much I think one less video would be enough or taking out the part where the students teach.
I never liked movies made before 1995 but I found this one very entertaining. I have never really sat down and watched a full movie about the life of a gangster and I’m really glad I did. As the movie went along I was amazed by how drawn into the movie I was and I realized there was no real problem in the first half of the movie which was surprising. I was also shocked at how corrupt the cops were in the movie and how powerful Jimmy was. The cops respected him and I almost think it was the right choice for Henry to become a gangster because he lived a much more enjoyable life then people around him such as his father. And when he said people only ended up in jail because they wanted to I became somewhat confused because unless someone is trying to kill you why would you want to be in jail? Honestly after watching this movie I wouldn’t mind having an uncle or someone close to me in a gang, not a street gang, but a real italian gang. I know my great grandpa who I am named after was in a gang based in Chicago and I never really thought about that until watching this movie.
I have no idea why Ann Rule gave Bundy the benefit of the doubt, I understand that they worked together and he didnt come off as a killer, but he even talked to her about simply leaving Meg after 4 years of being together. Doesnt that show how good of a liar he was? Or killer? He could simply walk out of a relationship that easy, that wreaks sociopath and how she didnt piece that together was shocking because that alone was enough to convince me that he was a killer. I was surprised that ted wasnt hostile towards Ann in his final letter to her, i would have expected him to be infuriated and instead he was thanking her and calling her a good person and I didnt think he had that in him but then again hes a compulsive liar.
Ted Bundy was a genius and I remember learning about him in my high school psychology class and I find it interesting that a lot of the historical serial killers were normal looking people. Ted Bundy was just a normal looking guy, he didn’t look creepy I mean he pulled off being one of us when he was 31 years old. A lot of serial killers are sociopaths but Ted Bundy was terrible. Not only in his killing but his way of life. The way he was able to date Meg for 4 years and just want to walk out and to say “thanks and goodbye” was terrible. And the worst part was that he didn’t even run away with Stephanie, he just made her love him and then he pulled the plug which in my view was his first murder because that must have hurt Stephanie so much. He brought her to the sky and let her fall and I did not see that coming at all. Chapter 7 was brutal especially with the one girl who was beaten in her sleep I don’t understand how someone could do such a thing to someone so innocent.
I thought the first two paragraphs about Beausoleil were very descriptive and I could just imagine him sitting on the cot with no shirt on and dragon tattoos. When Capote was describing the third room with all the “leftovers” I was kind of chilled by it because it seems so unreal to me that they would keep the belongings of the people killed on death row and store it all in a room next to where they spent their last night. It was shocking. I did not take Manson as a follower and it was surprising that Manson looked up to Beausoleil. Towards the end I couldnt help to think that Beausoleil was an ignorant jackass because he said “If it happens, it’s got to be good.” And he said the people he killed werent innocent and I lost all interest in the interview because I know this is a reach and maybe a bad comparison but with his view on things he would believe that 9/11 was meant to happen and it was good. And clearly he doesnt live by his own law because he is in jail for breaking the law.
This movie had some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen. However, if it was remade with a new cast and newer technology I think it would be a big hit. Also the first crime scene was very bloody and I was wondering if they based this off the actual crime scene or they made it up? Manson looked really creepy in the ranch scene and I was confused as to why he was called jesus christ. And I wonder if his children ever get to visit him in prison or if they just don’t even consider him as a father. The girl with the black hair scared me when she started talking about killing the pregnant lady and then she said it was like killing a piece of me. Manson’s ability to manipulate or control people. Which always makes me wonder if I could survive his manipulation. Manson sort of reminded me of Al Capone at one point in this movie where the detectives were talking about how they couldnt pin him for anything which was similar to Al Capone.
I found it interesting that they just burned all of the sheets covered in blood, I wouldve thought that they wouldve kept anything covered in blood as evidence rather than destroying it. And when the two killers were in the diner buffet I was confused by whether Perry was talking about Deja Vu or something different because it sounded just like deja vu. When they went around the town paying by check I was amazed that it was so easy for them to make hundreds of dollars which would add up to thousands in our time. All they had to do was tell white lies. I was also kind of shocked by Bobby’s theory as to not caring about who committed the murders. Obviously knowing who did it wouldnt bring back the victims but still wouldnt you want to know who killed your best friend?