The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me

Book - 2009
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The #1 "New York Times"-bestselling true crime writer tells the chilling tale of how she came to learn that Ted Bundy, her close friend and colleague at a Seattle crisis hotline, was in fact a savage serial killer.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2009
Edition: First Pocket Books paperback edition
ISBN: 9781416559597
1416559590
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 BUNDY RULE
Characteristics: xlii, 625 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 17 cm
Notes: "Updated with a new chapter and new photos!"--Cover
Originally published: New York : Norton, c1980

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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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