The thing I liked best about this class was the fact that there were no tests or quizzes. So I could enjoy learning about the subject and not have to worry about cramming everything in in order to pass. I didn’t really mind that blogging made up most of the work, the most difficult thing about that was actually remembering to blog. What I didn’t like however was how unclear some of the guidelines were so I never felt like I was doing the right thing. When I did feel like I was doing the right thing, it turned out to not be what was wanted. Another thing that slightly annoyed me was that I did not know how I was doing in the class grade wise but that I could live with because if I was doing really poorly I would have been told. Although the video projects could be a lot of work and some of the readings were a bit too long, I really enjoyed the work. I didn’t enjoy having to lead the class at all though. I’m really not good in front of an audience so I had a hard time trying to say what I wanted too and usually ended up rushing through everything so I didn’t have to talk anymore. Class time itself was usually a lot of fun and I enjoyed joking and talking with everyone. Despite the work I’m really going to miss all of the True Crimers.
I thought Goodfellas was an awesome movie. I loved the Godfather so I figured I would like this move too and I was right. One of my favorite parts was when Henry had to run around and get rid of the guns and deal with the coke but he was still so concerned with not letting the sauce burn.
The organization of the gang and the members are the main difference between this and some of the other crimes we have read. Also money is a big motivator for them but it isn’t always the reason crimes were committed. Like when Tommy killed the waiter Spider because he was rude to him. Although I never really thought about the mob being part of True crime it does fit into it. The murders they committed were just as brutal as some of the other ones we’ve read about and the motive doesn’t change the crime.
I thought it was kind of funny how all of the different gangsters acted like family to each other and were so close but in the next instant they could kill you and they wouldn’t care. They got used to being untouchable so they thought it was normal and that it would last forever.
I really liked the voice overs too. It made the movie seem more real and less like a story. The dinner in the prison was one of my favorite scenes too! It reminded me of my family, except with out the prison, murder, and drugs of course.
I thought Ann had feelings for Ted too and she probably knew that so she tries a little too hard to prove that she doesn’t in the book. His calmness stood out to me too and actually creeped me out a little.
Even though I like Ann Rule’s writing style I got very sick of hearing about her in the second half of the book and there a lot of details that were not needed. Like on page 349 she mentions that her apartment was the only one that wasn’t a “hooker’s pad.” It really wasn’t relevant to the story and just kind of bugged me.
A few quotes really stuck out to me. The first was ” The world owed Ted Bundy. It had taken everything he had away from him…” on page 318. When I read the quote it made me wonder, is that how Ann thought Ted felt or is that how Ann felt about Ted. Also I don’t believe that for a second. Even though Ted had a difficult child hood he was very smart and could have gone anywhere in life he wanted, he had made the choices he did to end up where he was at that moment.
Another quote that stood out to me was on page 323 when Mary Ann Piccano said “I think I’m about to dance with an ex-con…” It stood out to me not only because of how accurate it was but also because its strange to me how so many of the girls felt that there was something wrong with Ted and there were also a lot of girls that didn’t see that. Including Ann. Were some of the girls able to see there was something wrong with him because his real self was peeking through his mask?
I was actually shocked how quickly I got into the story of Ted Bundy and how fast I was able to read half of the book. I really enjoyed Ann Rule’s writing style and it made it easy for me to continue reading because I wanted to know more. I barely knew anything about Ted Bundy when I started reading the book. I knew he had killed a lot of women but that’s really all I knew. After reading all about his life I still feel like I don’t know who Ted Bundy really is. He was able to manipulate people so easy and only show them what he wanted to show them. It
The story of Carol DaRonch stuck out to me a lot because I felt I could easily be in that position. It wouldn’t occur to me in the situation how the person knew what car I owned. I would be apprehensive but I probably would have followed him into the parking lot. After reading this book though Ill probably be suspicious of everyone I meet for a while though.
Another one of the things that really struck me was when Ted said he “detested [Gary Gilmore] for his manipulation of Nicole”(268) and yet he never realized he did the same thing not only to Sharon and Meg but to the women he would kidnap and kill.
I find it so weird that it was the same person also. Its so odd that Ted could save lives with the clinic center and then turn around and kill so many innocent girls. If I was in the same position as Ann Rule I probably would not have been able to handle as well as she did.
The actor playing Manson played him very well and even looked a lot like him it creeped me out! The maid definitely over acted her scene but it must have been horrible for the actual housekeeper that found the bodies.
I really liked the where are they now video because I was wondering about the people from the film. They are are the first murderers that we have learned about that are still alive!