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Murder: No Apparent Motive (1984)

Documentary about serial killers and FBI Behavioral Sciences Profilers. Interviews with Ed Kemper and Ted Bundy as well as crime victims and law enforcement officials. Includes some Dramatic Recreations.

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Imre Horvath
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robb Webb Robb Webb ... Himself - Narrator
Imre Horvath Imre Horvath ... Himself - Interviewer
John Brotherton John Brotherton ... Ted Bundy
Joan Ranquet Joan Ranquet ... Actress
Diane Petrie Diane Petrie ... Actress
Bonnie Carpenter Bonnie Carpenter ... Actress
Karen Levine Karen Levine ... Actress
Alisa Kuper Alisa Kuper ... Actress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Bundy ... Himself (archive footage)
Ed Kemper Ed Kemper ... Himself
Richard A. Ratner Richard A. Ratner ... Himself
Robert K. Ressler Robert K. Ressler ... Himself
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Documentary about serial killers and FBI Behavioral Sciences Profilers. Interviews with Ed Kemper and Ted Bundy as well as crime victims and law enforcement officials. Includes some Dramatic Recreations.

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USA

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English

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1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkeley, California, USA See more »

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Rainbow Broadcasting Co. See more »
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Color
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Murder: No Apparent Motive
14 April 2014 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

This 1984 documentary explores the rise of recreational murder in the United States focusing primarily on the cases of Ed Kemper and Ted Bundy. There is a lengthy interview with Kemper, and bits and pieces of Bundy. Sicko Bundy was of course the man who gave rise to the term serial killer, and the man who is said to have coined the term, Robert Ressler, also appears.

There is also an interview with the parents of one of Bundy's many victims. At this time, Bundy was under sentence of death, but would not be executed for a further five years.

The case of Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole is also covered. At the time, Lucas especially was considered to be arguably the most prolific serial killer in American history, but although he was undoubtedly a murderer, there is a big difference between claiming to have murdered hundreds of people and a finding of fact to that effect.

Some of the problems involved in tracking down serial killers and other criminals who operate across state lines are discussed here. At that time there was said to be no central database for the USA. Now of course, since the Snowden revelations, we know they have been spying on us all. If you find that fact less than reassuring, then take the advice of both Ed Kemper and Robert Ressler: Don't hitchhike, or offer lifts to strangers.


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