Kahuna Books

Kahuna Books Publishing Company Kahuna Books is committed to producing and disseminating literary works of fiction which feature Hawai’i as their geographical setting.
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We additionally publish works of non-fiction that concern mountaineering, hiking, or general non-motorized means of exploration.

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Just had a great recorded telephone interview with former Deputy Carol Kempfert of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Departmen...
12/30/2020

Just had a great recorded telephone interview with former Deputy Carol Kempfert of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department. She shared with me her memories of her involvement with the manhunt for Ted Bundy in June 1977.

Today’s telephone interview with Chet Zajac, formerly of the Aspen PD, was educational and hilarious. In his early twent...
12/14/2020

Today’s telephone interview with Chet Zajac, formerly of the Aspen PD, was educational and hilarious. In his early twenties, he had only been on the job a few weeks when Ted Bundy jumped from the courthouse in June ’77. His superiors handed him a shotgun, a box of shells, a radio, a flashlight, his standard service revolver, and told him to inspect the Red Mountain district north of town. With his cowboy hat, duster, mustache, and shotgun, he looked like Doc Holliday, inspecting vacant homes, looking for the fugitive.

David Stapleton, Sr. (1934-2020) died of COVID-19 in Grand Junction, CO. I had a recorded telephone interview with him i...
12/12/2020

David Stapleton, Sr. (1934-2020) died of COVID-19 in Grand Junction, CO. I had a recorded telephone interview with him in July. As a civilian who had built some remote cabins for mountaineers and skiers, Dave was tapped by Sheriff Kienast to go out and inspect those cabins, to look for the fugitive Ted Bundy (June '77). The sheriff assigned a deputy to be Dave's bodyguard. The mild-mannered insurance salesman was extremely nervous, but wanted to protect his family and his community. RIP Dave.

Enjoyed an hour-long recorded telephone interview this evening with Officer Terry Quirk, formerly of the Aspen Police De...
12/09/2020

Enjoyed an hour-long recorded telephone interview this evening with Officer Terry Quirk, formerly of the Aspen Police Department. He provided me with his memories of his contributions to the manhunt for Ted Bundy in June 1977. The manuscript continues to grow.

Enjoying correspondence concerning Ted Bundy's FBI  20-Digit Fingerprint code with former Deputy Leon Murray of the Pitk...
12/01/2020

Enjoying correspondence concerning Ted Bundy's FBI 20-Digit Fingerprint code with former Deputy Leon Murray of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department [1977].

Sheri and I are moving forward with pre-production work on our 4-5-episode docuseries concerning the 1986 Mount Hood Tra...
11/02/2020

Sheri and I are moving forward with pre-production work on our 4-5-episode docuseries concerning the 1986 Mount Hood Tragedy. Updates will be made on our Code 1244 page. We thank everyone for their patience as we’ve been busy this last year renovating, selling our townhouse, and moving to Springfield. We’re settled in our new home and eager to pursue this project.

I've had the privilege of interviewing 1977-era Deputies Gary White (left), Leon Murray (center), and am now hoping to t...
10/11/2020

I've had the privilege of interviewing 1977-era Deputies Gary White (left), Leon Murray (center), and am now hoping to track down Ernie Hamblin (right). Would appreciate any assistance the public could render. This is for my upcoming book concerning Ted Bundy's first escape (Photo: Aspen Historical Society).

I wanted to thank Deputy Leon Murray, formerly of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, for providing me with this hand dr...
10/09/2020

I wanted to thank Deputy Leon Murray, formerly of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, for providing me with this hand drawn diagram. It depicts the basement level of the courthouse (June 1977). It makes it easier for me to visualize what other officers and deputies are telling me in various interviews for the book.

Enjoyed a highly entertaining recorded telephone interview this evening with filmmaker, Marty Stouffer. He spent 24 hour...
09/24/2020

Enjoyed a highly entertaining recorded telephone interview this evening with filmmaker, Marty Stouffer. He spent 24 hours in a cell with Ted Bundy in the Pitkin County Jail in February 1977. Marty was able to explain to me cell layout, jail conditions, and his personal observations of Bundy (L to R: Marty Stouffer and John Denver).

There is a picture depicting a newspaper on the bench seat of the Caddy Ted Bundy stole in Aspen. The picture was taken ...
09/18/2020

There is a picture depicting a newspaper on the bench seat of the Caddy Ted Bundy stole in Aspen. The picture was taken during daylight hours and it shows a copy of The Aspen Times, Bundy’s picture plastered alongside the headlines on the front page. In December, I corresponded with Deputy Higgins [who recaptured Bundy, alongside Deputy Gene Flatt]. Higgins stated that this newspaper was not present in the vehicle when she searched it. She surmises that it might have been placed there for a “photo opportunity,” once the car was impounded (SOURCE: Higgins, Maureen, Correspondence with author, The Caddy Stop, December 23, 2019).

Wanted to thank Deputy Gary White, formerly of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department. Gary was actively involved in the...
08/31/2020

Wanted to thank Deputy Gary White, formerly of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department. Gary was actively involved in the June '77 manhunt for Ted Bundy. He was with the search dogs Tuesday and Wednesday, over the skies of Aspen in a helicopter, and manning a roadblock near Ruedi Reservoir. He rarely grants interviews, so I appreciate his trust in me and support of this project.

INTERVIEW WITH DEPUTY LARRY SPIERS
08/10/2020

INTERVIEW WITH DEPUTY LARRY SPIERS

Very informative recorded telephone interview with Jill Sheeley this evening. She shared with me her memories of what it...
07/23/2020

Very informative recorded telephone interview with Jill Sheeley this evening. She shared with me her memories of what it was like to be hiding under a bed in Aspen, armed with a fireplace poker, believing Bundy was trying to get inside. It's been 43 years since Bundy's first escape yet the citizens will never forget (Photo: The Aspen Times).

Conducting research on the Alfred Braun Huts, which were inspected by an as of yet unidentified Pitkin County Sheriff's ...
07/21/2020

Conducting research on the Alfred Braun Huts, which were inspected by an as of yet unidentified Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy and David Stapleton of Aspen Mountain Rescue in June 1977.

Wanted to thank Deputy Keith Ikeda, Deputy Leon Murray, Detective Michael Chandler, and Nancy Baxter for sharing their m...
07/19/2020

Wanted to thank Deputy Keith Ikeda, Deputy Leon Murray, Detective Michael Chandler, and Nancy Baxter for sharing their memories with me concerning the old Pitkin County Jail, where Ted Bundy spent a lot of time (Photo: Aspen Historical Society).

RECORDED TELEPHONE INTERVIEW WITH DAVE STAPLETON
07/18/2020

RECORDED TELEPHONE INTERVIEW WITH DAVE STAPLETON

It took me a year, but I have finally identified the man in this historic photo. It's none other than Deputy Gary White ...
07/17/2020

It took me a year, but I have finally identified the man in this historic photo. It's none other than Deputy Gary White of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department. It was taken Wednesday morning, June 8, 1977, the day after Ted Bundy jumped from the courthouse window. The Sheriff's posse is forming and Gary has his bandolier and shotgun ready to contribute to the manhunt.

I wanted to thank Deputy Leon Murray for his time and for sharing his memories concerning the Pitkin County Sheriff's De...
07/16/2020

I wanted to thank Deputy Leon Murray for his time and for sharing his memories concerning the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department in June 1977. A lot of information received during our telephone interview (photo: Aspen Historical Society).

Kahuna Books wants to take a moment out of our day to remember the victims of the Lake Sammamish event, forty-six years ...
07/14/2020

Kahuna Books wants to take a moment out of our day to remember the victims of the Lake Sammamish event, forty-six years ago.

I enclose a pic that Mark Lewy took at the Kaeser cabin near Aspen on Saturday afternoon, June 11, 1977. (L to R): Dep. ...
07/11/2020

I enclose a pic that Mark Lewy took at the Kaeser cabin near Aspen on Saturday afternoon, June 11, 1977. (L to R): Dep. Gary White in uniform, unidentified man, Sheriff Kienast in sweater vest. I’m trying to identify the man in the center. I thought it was CBI Agent Leo Konkel, but I recently interviewed Konkel and he says it’s not him. Anyone recognize him?

Why is "Zac" wearing the sweater during and after the jump from the courthouse window? In real life, Bundy left it behin...
07/07/2020

Why is "Zac" wearing the sweater during and after the jump from the courthouse window? In real life, Bundy left it behind on the attorney's table. It was torn up that afternoon for the search dogs to catch the fugitive's scent.

Wonderful to hear from “Dr. Slats Cabbage” of the historic Aspen State Teacher’s College. He stats that he and his estee...
07/06/2020

Wonderful to hear from “Dr. Slats Cabbage” of the historic Aspen State Teacher’s College. He stats that he and his esteemed colleagues were not responsible for creating the now famous t-shirts that appeared on the streets of Aspen in June 1977. Thank you, for contacting me, Slats! (Photo: ASTC Facebook).

Attempting to determine who created the famous “Bundy T-Shirts” during the week Bundy was on the run in Aspen, June 1977...
07/05/2020

Attempting to determine who created the famous “Bundy T-Shirts” during the week Bundy was on the run in Aspen, June 1977. Wondering if it was Slats Cabbage and the boys from the Aspen State Teachers College. Can anyone assist?

Enjoyed a secondary recorded telephone interview with retired CBI Agent Leo Konkel. Wonderful man. Very humble. Provided...
07/04/2020

Enjoyed a secondary recorded telephone interview with retired CBI Agent Leo Konkel. Wonderful man. Very humble. Provided me with new information concerning Ted Bundy breaking into the Kaeser cabin and the resulting latent fingerprint analysis.

Kahuna Books is saddened to learn that Lorrie Francis White passed away last year. She was a deputy during the manhunt f...
07/02/2020

Kahuna Books is saddened to learn that Lorrie Francis White passed away last year. She was a deputy during the manhunt following Ted Bundy's first escape. For six days she helped Sheriff Kienast and her colleagues, following every available lead (Photo: White Collection).

Special thanks are extended to Kathy Earl Silver for our entertaining recorded telephone interview last night. Kathy was...
07/01/2020

Special thanks are extended to Kathy Earl Silver for our entertaining recorded telephone interview last night. Kathy was one of only two female officers in the Aspen Police Department during Ted Bundy's first escape. She had only been on the force for three weeks when the fugitive jumped from the second story courthouse window (Photo: Silver Collection).

As of today, I’ve been working on the “Six Days in Aspen” book for a year. Thirteen interviews and 150 pages into the ma...
06/29/2020

As of today, I’ve been working on the “Six Days in Aspen” book for a year. Thirteen interviews and 150 pages into the manuscript, I believe I’m at the halfway point. A year to go. I wanted to thank Vince Lahey, Kevin Sullivan, Erin Banks, and all the former Aspen and Pitkin County law enforcement officers for their time, memories, and their ongoing support of this project (Photo: AP).

Reading portions of John Hicks' "Microscopy of Hairs," and how it plays into the Caryn Campbell homicide case. Hicks' gr...
06/26/2020

Reading portions of John Hicks' "Microscopy of Hairs," and how it plays into the Caryn Campbell homicide case. Hicks' groundbreaking work was published by the FBI Lab in Washington DC, only five months before Ted Bundy's first escape. Photo credit: Kateryna Kon.

I wanted to thank retired Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Leo Konkel for the first of two recorded telephone inte...
06/22/2020

I wanted to thank retired Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Leo Konkel for the first of two recorded telephone interviews this morning. Konkel was called in by Sheriff Kienast to not only assist in the manhunt for Ted Bundy, but to conduct an independent investigation into how the fugitive managed to escape in the first place.

Learning more about the various vehicles Ted Bundy tried to steal along Bonita Drive in Aspen, Colorado, Monday, June 13...
06/15/2020

Learning more about the various vehicles Ted Bundy tried to steal along Bonita Drive in Aspen, Colorado, Monday, June 13, 1977 (Photo: Mark Lewy, The Aspen Times, 06-16-77).

BUNDY'S JUMP FROM THE COURTHOUSE!
06/13/2020

BUNDY'S JUMP FROM THE COURTHOUSE!

Searching for Deputy Ernie Hamlin, who worked for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department during Ted Bundy's first escape...
06/07/2020

Searching for Deputy Ernie Hamlin, who worked for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department during Ted Bundy's first escape in Aspen. I have seen articles where his name is Hamblin or Hamlin.

Wanted to thank Michael Chandler for a great recorded interview. He was in the Aspen Police Department in 1977 and share...
06/03/2020

Wanted to thank Michael Chandler for a great recorded interview. He was in the Aspen Police Department in 1977 and shared with me his memories of the manhunt for Ted Bundy (Photo: Chandler Collection).

Had a very informative recorded telephone interview with Sgt. Darrel Horan of the Aspen Police Department (1977). Horan ...
06/01/2020

Had a very informative recorded telephone interview with Sgt. Darrel Horan of the Aspen Police Department (1977). Horan shared his memories of the manhunt for Ted Bundy.

Special thanks are extended to Bill Grikis for our recently completed telephone interview concerning the manhunt for Ted...
05/31/2020

Special thanks are extended to Bill Grikis for our recently completed telephone interview concerning the manhunt for Ted Bundy in June 1977. Grikis ran the Animal Control department for Aspen and Pitkin County. The self-described "Dogcatcher to the Stars" manned a roadblock in Woody Creek, keeping his eyes peeled for the resourceful fugitive.

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