The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me

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Ann Rule was a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal mass-murderer. Little did she know that the young man who was her close friend was the savage slayer she was hunting.Ted Bundy was everyone's picture of a natural "winner"-handsome, charming, brilliant in law school, successful with women, on the verge of a dazzling career. On January 24, 1989, Ted Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women; he had also confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more young women from coast to coast. This is his story written by a woman who thought she knew Ted Bundy-until she began to pull all the evidence together, and the whole terrifying picture emerged from the dark depths."Ted Bundy was to me like the younger brother I had lost…There can be no happy ending, but I have tried to explain what made Ted run, his good side, and the bleak compulsion that destroyed him."-Ann Rule, author of The Stranger Beside Me
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c1980.
ISBN: 9780451203267
Branch Call Number: LPLC890523111935
Characteristics: xv, 442 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports.


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Apr 09, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

Jul 20, 2010

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