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Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Assessment of Ted Bundy

Development of the Violent Mind, Book 3
Narrated by: Stephen Harmon
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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In March 1976, Ted Bundy was convicted of the aggravated kidnapping of a young woman near Salt Lake City, Utah. Bundy had not been accused or convicted of any violent crime except this one. No one knew then how many women Bundy had murdered, and many thought him incapable of doing so.

Dr. Al Carlisle was part of a 90-day diagnostic team at the Utah State Prison, where Bundy was sent to after the trial. Dr. Carlisle's assignment was specific: Determine to the best of his ability, without being biased by any of the reports previously done, whether Ted Bundy had a violent personality. The judge would use this information in deciding whether Bundy should serve time or be released on probation. 

In Violent Mind: The 1976 Psychological Evaluation of Ted Bundy, Dr. Carlisle takes the listener step by step through this previously unpublished evaluation process and describes how he concluded that Bundy had the capacity to commit aggravated kidnapping and perhaps much worse. 

Violent Mind contains one-of-a-kind interviews with Ted Bundy and those who knew him, including a letter Bundy wrote to Dr. Carlisle which had been locked away for more than 40 years.

©2017 Al Carlisle (P)2019 Genius Book Publishing

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Only reason not 5☆s: too short!

Very good but you realize how much you still don't know. it would have to be an entire doubling in length.

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Needs a New Narrator

I could barely get through the first few chapters. I have the book and it's great. Wonderful content and I couldn't wait to listen to this. I would STILL love to listen to this actually. There's something 'off' about the narrators voice and I can't put my finger on it. Is he 400 lbs. and trying to read the story while walking a flight of stairs? Is it a lisp? I'm not a speech therapist so I have no clue what it is, only that it's hard to listen to. I wish my phone had a radio antenna and I could move it to adjust the static in his voice but I can't. It's not smooth at all. Lots of strong SSSS, Shhhh, Schhhh and Zzzzz sounds that are just grating on the ears!! Again, great content, great book, just hard to listen to...

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  • DebbieM
  • Pennsylvania, USA
  • 08-04-19

Extremely Well Done. It holds Your Attention!

A must read for anyone who is interested in Psychology or simply put the study of the human mind. I listened to this audiobook 2xs, it was so interesting to me because it was done on Ted Bundy. I often wonder in today’s day and age could he have been/received help from a child. You don’t hear about serial killers today, that’s why I wonder this answer. Well done Al Carlisle and narrator!

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  • me
  • 07-10-19

Very well written!

One of my favorite Ted Bundy reads so far! I recommend this book to anyone who has a desire to learn more about him.

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Got a lot out of it.

I think it’s beneficial for people to try to understand the psyches of criminals like Ted Bundy. I’m appreciative of the information, very much so.

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Informative

This book is informative to the point of it is the Dr.’s opinion of Bundy. It does give facts, and statements from & about Bundy. The narrator is kind of monotoned. But never the less, it’s not bad book to listen to.

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Answers a lot of questions about serial killers

Haven’t read them all, but the best Book on Bundy I’ve found. Only a personality psychologist such as the author could comment with this much depth on how Ted Bundy the boy became the monster.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-19

Brilliant

As long as I can remember ive been fascinated with Serial Killers, especially Ted Bundy. As a Criminology and Psychology Student and trying to understand the Criminal Mind this Book was a fantastic read, very informative and thorough. There was a lot of information which surprised me, shocked me and overall different ways of looking at what a person might say or do. Even though I've studied Ted Bundy for years (10 years), there was still that sense of information given to me which I didn't know. so thank you for adding this to Audible, I will however be buying this book and keeping it as a studying book.. x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-19

Shame

Shame really, could of been a good audiobook with fascinating insight however the narrator renders it unbearable with his stupid attempt at different voices of females and Ted.

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  • Britt
  • 05-23-19

Great book on Bundy!

I binged this book and didn't even notice how much time had passed. I've read extensively on the case but I still feel like I got some new insight. It's a fascinating analysis of Bundy and I was particularly interested in the interviews.

I like the narrator. He does different voices to distinguish characters, which initially took some getting used to, but as I zoned out and let the book play, I came to appreciate the voices as they made it clear who were talking.