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A real classic, this book is super engaging and well-written. Ann Rule is a legend, and this work doesn't disappoint! I feel like this book has been a gateway book to a lot of true crime fans, because Ann is simultaneously empathetic with the victims and great at writing engaging stories. A definite page-turner!
While far from the only book about Ted bundy; this one is defiantly a must for true crime fans. As a player in the hunt for what would turn out to be a close collegue, Ann gives us a first hand witness account of Teds reign of terror with a personal edge that makes you feel like you're right there witnessing criminal history. It also helps that she gives a face to all of the victims and let's you know who they were in life and not just statistics and objects for ted's perversions. While my only complaint would be a bit of dragging within the middle, this is A gem of true crime
I’m not a true crime fan but I know it has been gaining popularity, especially due to podcasts. A very interesting narrative with Rule’s insider details of knowing Bundy, her perspective on his innocence/guilt, and interactions with him. I appreciate that Rule added new endings to tell the whole story.
I couldn’t put it down! The level of detail about not only the case but also Ted Bundy as an individual is astounding. Rule had unparalleled access to Bundy through her personal connection as well as her professional one. This is the first Ann Rule book I read and have picked up many of her others to tackle next
I NEVER COULD OF BELIEVED THAT TED BUNDY COULD OF BEEN A KILLER AS I READ ABOUT HIS STORY..SMART FELLOW IN SCHOOL STRAIGHT A STUDENT AND A CARING PERSON GROWING UP ..COULD DO THIS VIOLENT CRIMES..SO SAD...
GLAD JUSTICE WAS DONE FOR ALL HIS CRIMES..SAD HE HAD THE DEATH PENALTY..BUT JUSTICE PREVAILED..
When it comes to Anne Rule's true-account book "The Stranger Beside Me" - Fact is, most definitely, stranger, and, yes, more terrifying, than fiction.
"The Stranger Beside Me" is a very compelling and well-written autobiographical and biographical true-crime book (updated in 2009) about the sadistic serial killer Ted Bundy, whom Rule had actually met personally before and after his arrest for a series of truly hideous and brutal murders.
Ted Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. Shortly before his execution in 1989 (at age 42), after more than a decade of denials, Bundy confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true victim count remains unknown, and could be much higher
*Note* - On July 26, 2015 - Author, Anne Rule (83 at the time) died as a result of congestive heart failure.
I couldn't finish this book. It starts of really slow. I decided to abort mission after 100 pages.
This book earns all of the kudos but I greatly discount the rating because of Ann Rule's refusal to print the Truth, The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth as she - as much as TV or any other writer - helped create the Myth Of Handsome, Genius, Urbane Ted Bundy.
And THEN she whines about groupies at his trials! HUH?!! Why, Ann? YOU helped them believe how special he was! Why didn't you write about the beheadings, the sex acts with corpses and body parts, the body part collection, etc. You knew about them. Why didn't you include THOSE?
And since you didn't, Ann, why complain about people who take YOUR version of The Truth and become Ted's groupies?
I give Ann very low marks for refusing to write the Whole Truth as she learned it. Yes, it is amazingly gruesome, shockingly awful - but Ann had access to those police reports and the findings. She chose to exclude those and help the Bundy Myth so folks wouldn't think SHE was the weirdo for not discovering a co-worker's prediliction.
A must read for true crime fans. Anne Rule's personal relationship with Ted Bundy, as well as the insight offered by letters to Rule from Bundy, provide a unique perspective of the case and the crimes.
Gripping. One of the few books that have ever kept me up at night. Women can easily relate to the victims. They were smart, beautiful and tragically vulnerable. Ann Rule's realization & struggle to accept that her friend was a monster makes this a fascinating read.