Sunday, February 27, 2011

Q&A With Thomas Amo - author...

This is my first Q&A with author Thomas Amo, and this week we're chatting about Theodore Bundy, famous serial killer.

Thomas and I regularly chat about serial killers (a strange thing to do, but some of you might relate) and we decided to do a little Q&A on some of our favourite subjects, starting with the “father” of serial killers, Theodore Bundy…

Niecole: How do you feel about the murders he committed? What do you think his motive was?

Thomas: Hi Niecole, thanks for having me be a part of your blog. It's exciting to interact with others who are as interested in the subject as we are.
To answer your question, Ted Bundy was obviously not the world's first serial killer, but he is noted as the first to be given that moniker. He is essentially the anchor  point the FBI began with when they started learning that this type of murder wasn't really as random as it appeared to be. Bundy told Christian radio personality Dr. James Dobson one of the things that began in leading him down the path he took was, pornography. In a way the pornography he viewed, objectified women, perhaps it was bondage, torture or rape scenarios that turned him on in the beginning. So it starts out as a fantasy in adolescence, most likely in the form of magazine masturbation and over time before he actually begins interacting with girls, this seems now to be the only thing that truly arouses him. But it's not something you just bring to the table with a sex partner. One has to wonder as well during intercourse with a partner when did he begin to separate himself emotionally. Or was there no association from the beginning. To sum it up, I think normal sexual encounters simply were not satisfying to him. They weren't like he imagined they would be, or were not like the stories he was reading about in magazines. So the next step is get your partner to agree to some "role-playing" and again it can only go so far. At first it most likely gave him a taste of what it's like. But he has a small personal connection to the girl he's with...he can't let go....go all the way...he needs a stranger with he has no emotional connection with, no history. As to how I feel about his murders, I think there is much to be learned about the pathology of serial killers. Bundy himself wanted his brain to be used to see if doctors could ascertain if there was obvious differences between his brain and that of brains of non killers.

Niecole: Why do you think he eluded the police for so long?

Thomas: He was for lack of a better term, lucky to kill in the time that he did. There was no Internet. Police are notorious for not wanting to share information with other departments. Part of that is a competition issue, the other is they don't want someone else to steal their thunder and get all the glory for their hard work.  There was no central data base during that time, no DNA. It was ultimately his teeth that gave him away, as his bite marks left on victims were traced back to him and used in court. Our teeth are like our fingerprints. And as we later learned with DNA, everything about us is SO very different from the person next to us.  The other thing is Bundy was able to blend in. He wasn't a Charles Manson who you could see a mile away. One look at Charles Manson and you can tell something sinister is going on behind those eyes. But Bundy is the guy who holds the door open for you, lets you cut in front of him in a grocery story check out. He's very disarming. He was able to throw on a sweater and polo shirt and walk on a college campus and for all anyone knows he's simply a student. He taught us, serial killers truly are, "the strangers beside us."

Niecole: What do you make of the theory that he murdered these girls because they looked like his ex?

Thomas:  I think he was attracted to a particular type of girl. All of us have things we are for one reason or another naturally attracted to. We can't explain why we like long hair, certain color skin tones, height, breast size or eye color. Bundy I believe targeted girls who he found attracted to, and at the same time in killing them he was exacting revenge on his ex. In a way, they were surrogates for perhaps doing what he truly wanted to do to her. Bundy claimed that it was nonsense about the victims looking like his ex, he said they were all very different.

Thomas: The question I always ask myself is why the rage? The night he brutally beat four girls, two survived. What was the trigger that caused that explosion. To calmly slip in a place undetected and to suddenly let loose. This particular crime doesn't seem to be sexually motivated at all. You hate to think, that the M.O. was simply the challenge of killing so many and getting away undetected.

One thing is for certain, I believe we haven't even scratched the surface of Ted Bundy

I want to thank Thomas for his answers and giving us some insight.
I agree Tom, we haven't scratched the surface, and it's scary to even think at what lies ahead!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Quotes with a criminal feeling...

I thought it would be fun to search for some quotes containint something about crime...

So here we go for the first one, hope you enjoy it.

"I came from a real tough neighborhood. Once a guy pulled a knife on me. I knew he wasn't a professional, the knife had butter on it."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

So this is my first Waiting on Wednesday that I'm doing on this blog, but the book fits in here, so I thought it as appropriate...

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine  and it spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My book for the week is...

An Apple for Zoë

"The City of San Francisco is locked in a grip of fear. A series of occult murders has led, Inspector Thomas James, to a crime scene similar to a murder committed 90 years ago in the once grand Aleris Hotel. A place where power barons of the early 20th Century engaged in witchcraft. And silent film stars indulged in the most wicked of sins.

A place where no one questions the black smoke the rises from the hotel's incinerators in the middle of the night"

I've been chatting to the Author, Thomas Amo, and what a great guy! The book sounds amazing and I cant wait to get my hands on a copy. If your into mistory and crime and all such things then I think you should read it.

Also check out some of the reviews and comments here:

Or come and join the Author, Thomas Amo, here:
Goodreads Author - Thomas Amo

Whats your waiting on Wednesday?
An Apple for Zoë

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Murder of Shanda Sharer

The murder of Shanda Renee Sharer (June 6, 1979 – January 11, 1992) involved a 12-year-old girl who was tortured and burned to death in Madison, Indiana by four teenage girls. The incident attracted nationwide attention.

The murder is said to have happend because an older girl (Melinda Loveless) was jelous of young Shanda.

Read more here.

Tell me, do you think because the older girls who did this to Shanda was abused as young girls that it justifies what they did? I'd love to get your opinion on it...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

This week in History #2

Patty Hearst Kidnapped

On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by two black men and a white woman, all three of whom are armed. Her fiance, Stephen Weed, was beaten and tied up along with a neighbor who tried to help. Witnesses reported seeing a struggling Hearst being carried away blindfolded, and she was put in the trunk of a car. Neighbors who came out into the street were forced to take cover after the kidnappers fired their guns to cover their escape.

Three days later, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), announced in a letter to a Berkeley radio station that it was holding Hearst as a "prisoner of war." Four days later, the SLA demanded that the Hearst family give $70 in foodstuffs to every needy person from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles. This done, said the SLA, negotiation would begin for the return of Patricia Hearst. Randolph Hearst hesitantly gave away some $2 million worth of food. The SLA then called this inadequate and asked for $6 million more. The Hearst Corporation said it would donate the additional sum if the girl was released unharmed.

In April, however, the situation changed when a surveillance camera took a photo of Hearst participating in an armed robbery of a San Francisco bank, and she was also spotted during a robbery of a Los Angeles store. She later declared, in a tape sent to the authorities, that she had joined the SLA of her own free will.

On May 17, Los Angeles police raided the SLA's secret headquarters, killing six of the group's nine known members. Among the dead was the SLA's leader, Donald DeFreeze, an African American ex-convict who called himself General Field Marshal Cinque. Patty Hearst and two other SLA members wanted for the April bank robbery were not on the premises.

Finally, on September 18, 1975, after crisscrossing the country with her captors--or conspirators--for more than a year, Hearst, or "Tania" as she called herself, was captured in a San Francisco apartment and arrested for armed robbery. Despite her claim that she had been brainwashed by the SLA, she was convicted on March 20, 1976, and sentenced to seven years in prison. She served 21 months before her sentence was commuted by President Carter. After leaving prison, she returned to a more routine existence and later married her bodyguard. She was pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001.

What do you think about this? Do you have any news for the week? I'd love for you to share it with me :)