The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me

Book - 2000 | Updated twentieth anniversary edition
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Publisher: New York : Norton, 2000
Edition: Updated twentieth anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780393050295
0393050297
Characteristics: 456 pages : illustrations

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TutoredOdin
Jan 18, 2019

Looking for a quick read? This is a fast paced true crime novel!

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Derringer
Mar 18, 2018

To say that the savagely vicious rapist/necrophiliac/serial killer, Ted Bundy was a total monster on all counts would truly be an understatement like no other.

Of course, we will never, ever really know just how many sadistic rapes and brutal murders this despicable, sociopathic fiend had committed - But - Before his well-deserved "electric chair" execution took place (in 1989) he did finally confess to 30 killings.

Written by Anne Rule - This well-researched true-crime book examines the horrific Bundy murders in graphic, blood-chilling detail which (for some readers) makes it a very disturbing and harrowing read. Indeed.

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ManMachine
Oct 17, 2016

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 2000) 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.

(*Watch video of interview with intended "Ted Bundy" victim*)

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unexpressed
Jan 24, 2016

The fact that the author personally knew Ted Bundy made this book fascinating to me. She is a good story teller and I have read and enjoyed a number of her other true crime books. But this one, this is the first book I have never been able to finish because it was so gruesome. Not Anne Rule's fault, just the subject matter. I read this when it first came out, before he was even executed I think, but it has stayed with me all these years. That such a handsome and charming man could do such unspeakable acts.

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dionyzus
Aug 31, 2015

A must-read for true crime devotees. This book started a true crime career for the author, who actually knew Ted Bundy before anyone knew he was a mass murderer of young women across the nation in the 1970s. Chilling to read even today.

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ritarufus
Aug 24, 2015

I was too young to know all the details at the time, but it was great to get the full story.

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stewstealth
Aug 01, 2015

If you wrote this story as a movie script, you would be considered a hack. True crime writer Ann Rule is contracted to provide a book on a number of murdered women in the Pacific Northwest and when the first suspect is arrested in Utah it turns out to be someone she knows and worked with at a crisis center, Ted Bundy. Pretty crazy coincidence combined with Ms Rule's introspective writing and tenderness for the victims makes this a compelling read. The author shows the many faces of a killer. Definitely worth reading if you are interested.

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dstradling
Jan 11, 2021

dstradling thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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