The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me

Book - 1980
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THE DEFINITIVE WORK OF AMERICAN TRUE CRIME FROM "AMERICA'S BEST TRUE-CRIME WRITER" (Kirkus Reviews)

Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy's death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer -- the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew -- Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.
Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton, 1980.
Edition: revised & updated
ISBN: 9781416559597
1416559590
Characteristics: 350 pages

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grouchykitty
Apr 09, 2016

I couldn't finish this book. It starts of really slow. I decided to abort mission after 100 pages.

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MaxRSW
Jun 01, 2015

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.

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kwehner1987
Jun 05, 2013

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.

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mrstlc
Feb 05, 2011

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.

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BrittanyR
Jul 20, 2010

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