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Programmed to Kill

a book by David McGovern


Takes the reader on a dark and troubling journey over some rough, and likely unfamiliar, terrain. Just as Understanding the F-Word was an alternative look at twentieth-century American political history, Programmed to Kill is an alternative look at violent crime in twentieth-century America. This may seem, at first glance, like a radical departure from my previous books -- until one realizes that in this modern world that we inhabit, there is no discernible difference between crime and politics. If you aren't yet convinced of that, you might be after you finish reading this book.

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"Not only could Bundy’s personality change at a moment’s notice, but his physical appearance could as well. Bundy had a chameleon-like ability to alter his appearance, an ability that is clearly displayed in the numerous photos of him that grace the pages of the various books he has inspired.

A neighbor of his in Florida once offered this observation: “He always looked different...I don’t know, sometimes he just didn’t even look like the same person at all.” Diana Smith, a therapist and Bundy family friend, wondered how Ted could “be so many different things to so many different people.”

An investigator on the Bundy case, Joe Aloi, claimed that he once observed Bundy react to a particularly stressful situation by spontaneously, and quite radically, altering his physical appearance; Ted’s body and muscle tone changed markedly, and he suddenly became sweaty and began emitting a noticeable odor.

The judge who presided over Ted’s Colorado trial referred to him as a “changeling,” noting the unsettling way in which his appearance could change dramatically with his mood. The judge drew a comparison to Vincent Bugliosi’s description of Charles Manson’s similar ability. Bugliosi was not the only one to make that observation about Manson; disciple Susan Atkins once said: “Charlie changes from second to second. He can be anybody he wants to be. He can put on any face he wants to put on at any given moment.”