Based on a true story, The Origins of Infamy tells of Ted Bundy's alleged involvement in the murder of two coeds at the Jersey Shore on Memorial Day 1969. Speaking to his biographer on the eve of his execution, Bundy is offered the chance of clemency in exchange for a confession to his involvement in the unsolved deaths. Before learning what transpired that weekend two decades earlier, journalist Richard Larsen, author of The Deliberate Stranger, is led on a psychological journey through the condemned murderer's past. From Bundy's own voice, Larsen learns the root causes motivating him to become America's most notorious serial killer. Beginning on Death Row at Florida State Penitentiary, then traveling back in time to Seattle, Philadelphia, New York City, and Ocean City, New Jersey, The Origins of Infamy vividly recreates a historical account of New Jersey's most famous cold case.
"Barth's novel is a spellbinding reimagination of one of the more disturbing unsolved cold cases in local history. With hope, perhaps his work shall bring closure to this troubling mystery."
-Fred Miller, Author of Ocean City: 1950-1980 (Images of America)
"In this exciting true-crime thriller, Christian Barth puts you in the shoes of Ted Bundy and walks you through the 1969 New Jersey Parkway murders, which remain officially unsolved. Drawing on details of the crime, Barth develops a plausible scenario as to what really happened. Did Bundy do it? You be the judge."br> -Bill Kelly, author of 300 Years at the Point - A History of Somers Point, New Jersey