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Ted and Ann

The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy
Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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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 Times, The Oregonian, People, Entertainment Weekly, New York Newsday, American Theatre, and many other publications. She lives in Seattle.

©2012 Rebecca Morris (P)2013 Rebecca Morris

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"This is the ONLY book to read to learn the full story of the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr in August 1961. Fascinating!" (Ann Rule, New York Times best-selling author)
"While Ted Bundy might be the greatest evil enigma ever, author Rebecca Morris strips away the layers of the greatest mystery of his life - what was his connection to the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr? This is an astonishing achievement, the missing piece that readers of crime have long sought. Bravo for Morris!" (Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • K
  • 01-10-2013

Two stories intertwined

Disclosure: I received this audiobook for free in return for providing an honest review.

I began listening to Ted and Ann thinking it would focus mainly on Ted Bundy. After all, I'd spent my teen years in the Pacific Northwest, where Ted Bundy was often cited as a cautionary tale for not accepting rides from strangers, no matter how attractive or clean-cut. As the book progressed, I became immersed in the story of Ann Marie Burr, an 8 year old Tacoma girl who went to bed one night, went missing, and was never found. Ann's disappearance haunted her parents throughout their lives, and suspecting but never knowing for sure whether she'd been a victim of Ted Bundy compounded their grief. While Ted and Ann offers insight into Ted Bundy's background and behavior, it shared a perspective I'd never considered before: Families who'd lost loved ones in areas where Ted Bundy had murdered others, but ultimately never found out what happened to their missing loved ones. I found Ted and Ann to be a profoundly touching book, and at times was moved to tears by the story about little Ann Marie Burr and her family's struggle to learn what had happened to her. Recommended.

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  • Matthew Tsien
  • 28-04-2018

Ted Bundy Started Early

At 14, Ted Bundy is believed to have chosen a young girl for his thrill of murder and hiding the body. He was never prosecuted.

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  • timj26
  • 02-08-2019

More insight on bundy

This was a interesting look into how ted bundy became a serial killr
I liked this deals with his childhood and provides a pretty convincing case for his first murder
Well narrated and informative highly recommended
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  • Natalie
  • 23-04-2016

Great book, interesting and well researched

Tragic yet interesting story about the connection between Ted and Ann. Well researched. Great break from "the usual" perspective of Ted Bundy. Objective and without preconception.

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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 23-10-2019

Unique Insight

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.

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  • Rayc
  • 19-08-2019

Was it Ted?

Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy. This book doesn't definitively anser that question.
But it is an intriquing story or rather 2 stories intertwined.
The subject matter of a missing child is written and narrated with empathy and respect.
If you have an interest in true crime then this a book for you.
Once started I couldn't put it down.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Troy Buffington
  • 16-08-2019

Fascinating

Terrifying page turner of a book. Definitely makes you think if Ted really was responsible for Ann’s disappearance or not.

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  • Savi
  • 12-08-2019

Get this if you're interested in True Crime

Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I am a big fan of true crime narrative in any format so I was very excited to listen to this audiobook. This book explores the possible connection between the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and a child named Ann Marie Burr who went missing in his neighbourhood. He never confessed to the crime nor was there ever any proof found that Ann was Ted Bundy's victim. The author, however, puts forward a convincing case for it through interviews, Ted's childhood and other interesting facts not often brought up in regards to Ted Bundy. It was by no means perfect and I thought the flow of the book lacked a definite strong hook, but for anyone interested in learning more about Ted Bundy this is definitely worth a pick up.

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  • Jeff & Sabrena
  • 11-08-2019

No answers but more speculation

A lot has been written about Ted Bundy and some of it has been repeated here. Unfortunately, there are still no answers to the question about what happened to Ann and probably will never be. However, Rebecca Morris provides information about this case and offers her speculation about what happened. Morris's style of writing is a bit jerky. She jumps to new topics without pauses or other indication of the switch.

Lee Ann Howlett delivers an expert performance.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Shawna
  • 06-08-2019

Very Engaging Book

As a fan of true crime books and podcasts, I usually try to avoid books on Ted Bundy. There are so many of them out there with wild theories. However, this was different. The story of little Ann's disappearance and the effect that it had on her family was heartbreaking. This book did not start from the beginning try to convince the reader that Ted killed Ann, but it went through timelines and events in both of their lives and then gave the evidence at the end that could have tied them together. I went back and forth throughout the book on what my opinion was, but by the end I had made up my mind what I thought. I'll leave it to the other readers to decide for themselves. Great book, I'll probably listen to it again sometime in the future. I was provided with a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. The review is completely my own opinion.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-05-2017

The human cost of a serial killer

This book highlights the human cost of a serial killer's actions on a particular victim's family. Where some books about Bundy seek to almost glamourise him, this book does not. Through the narrative, the author allows us a glimpse into the world of a child victim's family. It is very well researched and also provides a view of Bundy through the eyes of people who knew him. It is both heartbreaking and enlightening, ultimately revealing the strength of the human spirit even in the most appalling of circumstances.

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  • Elizabeth Frounks
  • 27-08-2019

A wonderful read for those interested in Bundy

I have been a little obsessed with Ted Bundy as of late and really jumped on the chance to read this one. It was really well written and the amount of research that went into this shows really well. Whilst I started to read for Bundy, I was quickly overwhelmed with the story of Ann Marie Burr and her disappearance. A must-read.

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