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The Army Of Darkness attacks the Windham family
[January 12th, 1985]

Florida wrestling was plagued in the mid-80s by The Army Of Darkness, a group of miscreants led by who many considered to be the devil himself, Kevin Sullivan. During this segment in which Kendall Windham was set to receive an award for being Wrestler Of The Month by Sports Review Magazine’s Trudy Herd. Instead, The Army Of Darkness attacked, and in a shocking moment, Trudy was slapped across the face by Sullivan. The incident sparked a lot of controversy, especially when Herd was “kidnapped” by The Army Of Darkness and was driven mad, having her head shaved by Fallen Angel as Sullivan spoke.

To watch this taking place in the mid-80s while at home must have been pretty striking and uncomfortable. Mark Lewin, seated next to Sullivan, sat with his eyes rolled back and a knife in hand. Abudadein was crawling around the room with a snake while Fallen Angel (later known simply as Woman, the late wife of Chris Benoit) stood in BDSM gear, shaving Trudy’s head. At the time, this group couldn’t have been more evil, as punk rock and kids being torn from their families by cults were two major concerns due to news media spreading panic.

This was Trudy Herd’s transition to become Luna Vachon, a heavily made-up, BDSM-outfit clad madwoman who spread fear throughout Florida and the WWF for over a decade to come.

my final statement on Kevin’s adaptation

Look I’ve gone my arguments about the inevitability of adaptational impossibility in shifting a narrative from an immersive and intensely imaginative reading experience to a cohesive audio-visual presentation of certain filmmakers’ visions–it’s never gonna get things Exactly Right to Please Everyone

and also Sullivan fucked a fair few things up from the books we can all admit that because it’s on view for all to see and has been for literally decades

but my final argument is this

if X-Men had a TV series in the 90s and yet VERY FEW PEOPLE ARE BITCHING ABOUT HOW THEY KEEP BRINGING OUT NEW FILMS EVERY 1.5 YEARS

HEY LET’S DO THE SAME FOR ANNE OF GODDAMN GREEN GABLES

GIVE ME ALL THE ADAPTATIONS

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY

THE UTTERLY LACKING PHIL’S GLORIOUS PRESENCE

BRING ME THE BLOCK BUSTERS

THE ACTION FIGURES

THE WEIRD SPIN OFFS NOBODY ASKED FOR BUT WE ALL WATCH ANYWAY

I WATCHED TEN MINUTES OF THE YTV ANNE MOVIES AND WAS TOO DISDAINFUL TO CONTINUE

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I DIDN’T DO

WRITE OP EDS ABOUT HOW IT SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN DONE AT ALL BECAUSE KEVIN HAS COMPLETELY SATISFIED EVERYBODY’S BONER FOR STARCHED WHITE PINAFORES AND ‘NOSTALGIA’

NOSTALGIA FOR WHAT BITCH YOU WEREN’T ALIVE IN THE 19TH CENTURY

IF YOUR EXPERIENCE OF SULLIVAN’S WORK SOMEHOW EXACTLY MATCHED HOW YOU ENVISIONED EVERYTHING WHEN YOU READ THE BOOK CONGRATULATIONS YOU’RE A LITTLE FUCKIN DELUSIONAL BUT GOD BLESS ENJOY

BUT QUIT TRYING TO SHOVEL THAT PERSPECTIVE DOWN MY THROAT LIKE IT’S IPECAC AND I’M MINNIE GODDAMN MAY

look I own the first two Sullivan Anne movies on DVD

I watch them I enjoy them I love them for a lot of reasons

but much like my relationship dynamic with my tunnel-visioned conservative-voting father whatever love I feel does not mean I’m gonna DEFEND IT AGAINST ALL COMERS AND IGNORE ITS FLAWS like there’s moments you just gotta go “oh my god, dad, I love you but shut up,” and “Kevin who the fuck told you it was alright to write in a dodgy as fuck aging love interest with smoker’s teeth?”

I’m not going to insist that Anne the Series be everybody’s cup of tea

but I am going to ask all the affronted purists to return the favour

one fan’s grimdark shitshow is another fan’s moving and refreshing new take

one fan’s Definitive Classic is another fan’s “ehh it could have been a lot better”

True Crime Books List

I’ve seen quite a lot of posts recently asking for tips about true crime books, so I decided to do a list with some of the books I’ve read lately. I didnt like all of these books, but most of them. I added a few books about 9/11 too, bc i found them interesting. So, in no particular order:

If I did it: confessions of the killer by O.J Simpson
How I helped O.J get away with murder by Mike Gilbert
A death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger (Boston strangler)
Restless Souls by Alisa Statman (Manson family)
The Bundy Murders by Kevin M. Sullivan
Chasing the devil by David Reichert (Green River Killer)
Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss (Jeffrey MacDonald)
Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
The stranger beside me by Ann Rule (Ted Bundy)
The zebra murders by Prentice Earl Sanders
The serial killer files by Harold Schechter
Boston Strong by Casey Sherman (Boston Bombings)
The Devil’s Defender: My Odyssey Through American Criminal Justice from Ted Bundy to the Kandahar Massacre by John Henry Browne
No easy answers by Brooks Brown (Columbine)
The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth by Stephen Singular 
A mothers reckoning by Sue Klebold (Columbine)
The general by Ahmed Errachidi (Guantanamo)
Oklahoma City by Andrew Gumbel
102 minutes by Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn
Parkland by Vincent Bugliosi (JFK)
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi (Charles Manson)
One of us by Åsne Seierstad (Breivik)

These are basically fiction, but I think most of them are worth reading:

Dear Charlie by N.D Gomes  (School shooting, just read it, its awesome.)
Give a boy a gun by Todd Strasser
Nineteen minutes by Jodi Picoult (School shooting, and its so fkn good)
House rules by Jodi Picoult
Finding jake by Bryan Reardon  (School shooting, also fkn awesome)

Night of Days 

This is no way to be
Man ought to be free
That man should be me
Talk to the walls
Echoes down the halls
Dream of dreams
An allusion freedom seems
Write thoughts on paper by reams

Toilet flushes
Water gushes
Makes such a noise
Lack of privacy annoys
Nightime [sic] sounds
Jailer makes rounds
No freedom abounds
Prisoners are clowns

So the night slowly passes
No wine of wine glasses
No girls to make passes
Just us caged asses
Cards are alright
I play them all night

Sleep comes on slowly
Read the words of the wholly
The scriptures bring peace
They talk of release
They bring you to god
I’m here that seems odd
But His gift is so clear
I find that He’s near
Mercy and redemption
Without an exception
He puts me at ease
Jailer, do what you please
No harm can befall me
When the Savior does call me

I look back on this day
And what can I say
More of my life wasted
No freedom I’ve tasted
7:30 it’s chow time
At that hour who feels fine
Milk, mush, and toast
Not much of to boast

Sweep the floors
Talk of whores
Hear the thunder of prison doors
Do your chores
Listen to bores
How guys made scores
Or escaped distant shores

I wrote a letter
That made me feel better
Words to the outside
That’s how I keep my pride
I write words of hope
It’s really no soap
I mean what I say
Where there’s hope there’s a way
I’ll be free someday

I sleep quite a lot
Escape though it’s not
In sleep I don’t care
I forget the night mare
The bars and the screams
Are not in my dreams
I don’t smoke cigarettes
Or have sad regrets
This sleep liberation
Is tranquil salvation

- A poem by Ted Bundy sent to his friend and true crime writer Ann Rule.

Books on Ted Bundy

I already had a few asks about it so I decided to put together a list of the ultimate books on Ted Bundy. It’s a work in progress, and I might add more in the future!

The Only Living Witness : The true story of serial sex killer Ted Bundy by Stephen G. Michaud & Hugh Aynesworth 

Michaud and Aynesworth are a reporter and an investigator team who interviewed serial killer Ted Bundy while he was on death row in Florida. This volume chronicles his activities throughout several states but is at its best in a long section of transcripts from the interview in which, while he never admits his quilt, Bundy offers vivid details of the crimes and commentary on the mindset of a serial killer.

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule 

The Stranger Beside Me is a 1980 autobiographical and biographical true crime book written by Ann Rule about the serial killer Ted Bundy, whom she knew personally before and after his arrest for a series of murders.

Note : It’s a good book but her perception of Ted is often off base. It’s better to be read with some distance as she perpetuated some fake myths like the long parted hair in the middle, but it’s overall a good read with an interesting point of view from someone who worked with him and hanged out socially a few times with him.

Ted Bundy : Conversations with a Killer, The Death Row Interviews by Stephen G. Michaud & Hugh Aynesworth 

Drawn from more than 150 hours of exclusive tape-recorded interviews with Bundy, this collection provides shocking insights into the killer’s 11th-hour confessions before his death in a Florida electric chair. A unique, horrifying self portrait of one of the most savage sex killers in history.

The Riverman by Robert D. Keppel 

After a search of over twenty years, one of America’s most elusive serial killers was finally apprehended. Now, read the true story of one man’s attempt to get inside the mind of the Green River Killer July 15, 1982: 3 woman’s strangled body was filed, caught on the pilings of Washington state’s Green River. Before long, the “Green River Killer” would be suspected in at least forty-nine more homicides, with no end in sight. Then the authorities received an unbelievable letter from the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy – then on Florida’s death row – offering to help catch the Green River Killer. But he would only talk to one man: Robert Keppel, the former homicide detective who had helped track Bundy’s cross-county killing spree. Now these conversations are revealed, in which Bundy speculates about the motive and methods of the Green River Killer – and reveals his own twisted secrets as well. Now, as never before, we look into the face of evil … and into the heart of a killer.

The Phantom Prince : My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall 

One of my personal favorite, it’s a kind of autobiography written by Elizabeth Kloepfer about her 7 years relationship with Ted. It gives the best insight on how he acted around someone close to him and on his every day life. It’s a must read! 

Defending the Devil : My story as Ted Bundy’s last lawyer by Polly Nelson 

As a brand-new lawyer, Polly Nelson was offered serial-killer Ted Bundy’s case as a pro bono project for her prestigious Washington, DC law firm just weeks before he was scheduled to be executed. Defending the Devil is a unique and candid look at the Bundy case and at Nelson’s three-year personal battle to balance her duties as a lawyer, her compassion for human life, and the inhuman crimes her client had committed.

Through the obstacles and setbacks faced by Nelson there was Ted Bundy himself. While his crimes show the extremely violent side of his personality, there were many other sides –many other extreme sides–that the public never saw. Ranging from shy and defensive to a narcissistic performer, Bundy professed his innocence by day while offering confessions to the police and helping the FBI at night. His own worst enemy, Bundy seemed never to understand the severity of his crimes, the punishment, or the public’s reaction to them. Through it all stood Nelson, defending him from both the system and himself.

I’m Not Guilty : The Case of Ted Bundy by Al Carlisle Ph.D. 

Dr. Al Carlisle evaluated Bundy for the Utah court when he was first arrested in 1975 and conducted extensive interviews with him after that. Carlisle has painstakingly reconstructed the life of Ted Bundy through conversations with his friends, family, neighbors, lovers, investigators, and surviving victims—and with the killer himself. I’M NOT GUILTY finally answers the questions about Bundy’s own crimes through a fictional dialogue between Carlisle and Bundy on the day before his execution, and sheds light on the development of the violent mind.

The Bundy Murders : A Comprehensive History by Kevin Sullivan 

Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy’s life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled. The biography follows Bundy from his broken family background to his execution in the electric chair.

The Trail of Ted Bundy : Digging up the untold stories by Kevin Sullivan 

Within the pages of The Trail of Ted Bundy : Digging Up the Untold Stories, you’ll hear the voices - many for the first time - of some of Ted Bundy’s friends, as they bring to light the secrets of what is was like to know him while he was actively involved in murder. The stories of his victims are here as well, as told by their friends, including the information and anecdotes that didn’t make it into the investigative files and are being published here for the first time. Two of the former detectives who worked with author Kevin Sullivan during the writing of his widely-acclaimed book, The Bundy Murders, return to aid readers in fully understanding Bundy’s murderous career; it’s ripple-effect impact on those who came into contact with him in one way or another, and dispelling commonly held myths.

The Trail of Ted Bundy is a journey back in time, to when Ted Bundy was killing young woman and girls in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. It’s told by those who knew him, and you’ll hear their revealing stories, many being voiced and put to print for the very first time. The friends of the victims are here as well, and they too share their insights about the victims, and some of what they tell here had been held back from the investigators, such was their commitment to their deceased friends. It’s also the story of those who hunted Bundy; those who guarded him, and those who otherwise were a part of this strange case one way or another.

The Bundy Secrets : Hidden Files on America’s Worst Serial Killer by Kevin Sullivan 

Within the pages of The Bundy Secrets : Hidden Files Of America’s Worst Serial Killer is a unique, never-before-published look at the investigations undertaken to stop the depredations of America’s most infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy. Presented here in an easy-to-follow chronology are the raw, unedited and most fascinating official case files as they appeared to the detectives from the Pacific Northwest to the Rocky Mountains to Florida. 

Ted Bundy : A Visual Timeline by Rob Dielenberg 

Ted Bundy was, and still is, an enigma. This book goes part way towards dismantling some of the mythos that has been built up around him over the 40 years since he first came to light. It does this by presenting – in chronological order – all the important available information on Ted gleaned from books, archives, TV, film, newspaper articles, essays, police reports, court transcripts, and original sources, so that readers can make up their own minds. If you are a student of abnormal psychology and/or criminology you will find this book an invaluable resource in answering most, if not all, the questions you ever wanted to ask about Ted. This book may not be the last word on him, but it is without doubt the most exhaustively researched to date.

In Defense of Denial: Ted Bundy’s Final Prison Interview 1989 

In 1989, shortly before his execution, Ted Bundy met with Robert Keppel in what would be his final confession to the events that had occurred some years prior in Washington State. Although much of this confession has been published in other forms and through various media outlets, this is the original version of that confession as provided by an FOIA request made in June of 2015. It contains more of the interview than has been discussed over the years.  It was released in transcribed form by the King County Sheriff Office.

Reflections on Green River : The letters of, and conversations with Ted Bundy, edited and compiled by Sara 

“Reflections on Green River” contains a collection of original letters written by Ted Bundy to the Green River Task Force in 1984.  It also contains the original transcriptions of the recorded interview with Ted in 1984 and in 1988.  In 1984 the interview centered on Ted Bundy’s evaluation of the Green River killings but it also discussed a suspect in the case as well and went into detail about the dump sites and Ted’s intuition that the Green River killer was moving up and down I-5 corridor possibly more than police were aware of.  Bundy also analyzed the disappearances of the women associated to the Green River Killer and those that he felt could be associated.  The 1988 interview centers around Ted’s evaluation of questionnaires related to crime being developed in Washington State as well as discussions related to serial killing.  These interviews and letters were talked of in some measure in other books but this collection is more complete than most other sources.  It is a very important text for those researching the Bundy era.

Woman
[1995]

In the mid-1980s, Nancy Toffoloni made her wrestling debut in Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF), eventually aligning herself with Kevin Sullivan while using the name Fallen Angel. When Sullivan came to WCW, Toffoloni wasn’t far behind, changing her name to Woman and support Sullivan throughout his tenure in the company while also managing Doom. In 1993, Sullivan and Nancy joined the ECW roster, where Nancy continued to use the name Woman. As the manager of Sullivan and The Tazmaniac (later known as Taz), Woman managed the duo to win the ECW World Tag Team Championships.

When Kevin Sullivan left ECW, Woman began a working relationship with The Sandman that had some personal issues involved. The Sandman had split from his wife and valet, Peaches, so Woman found a way to keep the two apart and keep herself useful. Woman would aid The Sandman in any way possible, from opening beers to caning his opponents during matches. In mid-1994, The Sandman was feuding with Tommy Dreamer when Dreamer used a lit cigarette to blind The Sandman, after which he caned him in the face. Woman claimed she was leaving The Sandman as he was now useless to her, which led to Peaches trying to come back into the picture. Woman got involved, caning Peaches which led to Dreamer emerging to stop her. Meanwhile, The Sandman removed his blindfold and attacked Dreamer, proving the entire thing to be a rouse as The Sandman and Woman reconciled.

After Woman left The Sandman to begin managing Shane Douglas, Douglas let his guard down which led to her aiding The Sandman in defeating Douglas for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. As the champion, Woman would often fool his opponents into showing sympathy for her when she would get knocked down or fear for The Sandman’s health, which led to the opponents’ downfall. In a controversial moment, The Sandman began using a Singapore cane to attack Mikey Whipwreck, which visually aroused Woman. In October of 1995, 2 Cold Scorpio defeated Public Enemy’s Rocco Rock for the ECW World Tag Team Champions, with a stipulation that allowed him to choose a partner in which to reign with. Scorpio chose The Sandman, which finished the year off with the three on top of the company.

As a manager, Woman had the grace and attitude of making you believe in whoever she backed with just a look. Rarely one to show emotion aside from utter disgust, when you saw Woman walking The Sandman to the ring, you had the utmost faith in the fact that whoever The Sandman was facing wasn’t going to have a great night. Despite The Sandman’s drinking habits, Woman always had her man’s back, and proved that by being at his side throughout a successful reign as ECW World Heavyweight Champion, and ECW World Tag Team Champion. In January of 1996, Woman informed 2 Cold Scorpio and The Sandman that she’d be leaving ECW, and their working relationship ended forever.