Book Review: Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy

Title: Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy

Author: Rebecca Morris

Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett



At age three he was using knives to frighten his teenage aunt. By 14 he was a thief, animal abuser, and peeping tom who liked to pull little girls into the woods to scare them.

Ted Bundy killed at least 35 girls and women, and possibly hundreds. Was his first victim eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr who disappeared from their Tacoma, Washington neighborhood in 1961? Her body was never found and there were no clues, just two tenacious detectives who spent the rest of their lives trying to solve the case. Was Bundy telling the truth when he told a hypothetical story about killing Ann and dumping her into a muddy pit?

With new information about Ted Bundy’s childhood, interviews with those who knew him best, and the memories of the Burr family, Ted and Ann is the story of one the 20th century’s most fascinating cold cases.

Rebecca Morris is an award-winning journalist who has worked in radio and television news in New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. A native Oregonian, her reporting has appeared in The Seattle TimesThe OregonianPeopleEntertainment WeeklyNew York NewsdayAmerican Theatre, and many other publications. She lives in Seattle.

My Review

5/5 Stars

When reading about anything related to Ted Bundy, it’s easy to get swept up in his story and background and about his known victims. Before this book, I never took the time to really think about what an impact he had had on Seattle Washington. There were other people who went missing during the time of Bundy’s life, and the thought that the families will never know if their loved ones were part of his spree or not is haunting.

This audiobook covers one such victim. 8-year-old Ann Marie Burr went to bed one night and simply vanished. This book covers the possible reasons why Ted Bundy is a suspect but even at the end admits that there is no way to prove for sure exactly what happened. Decades have gone by, many of the people who remember Ann have died, and they are no closer to solving her disappearance then they day it happened. Truly sad story. Interesting insight though for fans of true crime.

Narration was perfect for the material.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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