Defending the Devil by Polly Nelson
My Story As Ted Bundy's Last Lawyer

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As a brand-new lawyer, Polly Nelson was offered serial-kiiler 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.

 

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Published July 1, 1994 by William Morrow & Co. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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She had to be able to answer the question posed by every reporter who thrust a microphone in her face: ``What about the victims?'' Nelson quotes liberally from the court record as she recreates the labyrinthine complexity of the death-row appeals process, but you don't have to be a lawyer to appr...

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Bundy, who admitted to at least 30 murders and was executed in Florida in 1989, was one of America's most publicized serial killers, which perhaps explains the publication of this rather tedious account of the legal maneuvering that preceded his death.

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