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The I-5 Killer

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  4,306 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Award-winning student Randall Woodfield was every college girl's dream - and nightmare. This "boy-next-door" type cruised an 800-mile-long northwestern highway, the I-5 in search of his prey - woman of all ages. He subjected them to horrifying abuse and notched up at least 44 victims before he was caught and convicted. This is his story.
Paperback, Revised, 296 pages
Published March 1st 1984 by Signet (first published 1984)
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May 27, 2012 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I had to get this book...the first one of Ann Rule's I read...because I knew Randall Woodfield - the infamous "I-5 Killer" which is what the news media dubbed him.

Randall was handsome, nice, accommodating and a good dancer. He was the bouncer at a tavern near my home where I wasted a few brain cells and diminished my quarter reservois on the pool table. Randall and I started to become friends...but not in a romantic way, necessarily. He didn't give me the impression of wanting to have a girlfri
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I use to love true crime books but books like this freaked me the hell out!
Eva Leger
Jul 23, 2008 Eva Leger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b-true-crime
I recommend this and every other book by Ann Rule for any true crime reader who hasn't read her. You will not be disappointed!
Jul 08, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
I finally got around to reading this one. WOW, what a psycho Randy Woodfield is. I've read a lot of true crime in my life, but I can say this book skeeved me out bigtime. This sick, twisted waste of space orally sodomized women as young as 10 year old girls. Yes. My stomach turned when I read the descriptions of his crimes.

He's an interesting case study to read - very handsome, very insecure, yet acts macho and needy concurrently. It would be obvious to an adult woman that something was "off" wi
Apr 27, 2012 Una rated it liked it
Rule may not be the most skilled writer but she surely knows how to pull you into her nonfiction murder accounts. I'd not ever heard of Randy Woodfield, probably b/c I was busy following the rampant stories about Ted Bundy's trails throughout the country around the same time. I picked up this book at a library's 'used' sale, and having read a few of her other books, figured it would be worthwhile. Part of me wishes I'd have passed it by! However, I was hooked immediately and couldn't put it down ...more
Oct 04, 2016 Phil rated it really liked it
What can I say? For true crime Ann Rule is the best. A quick and cannot put down read.
Jim Thomsen
Jul 11, 2010 Jim Thomsen rated it really liked it
Good lean but tasty tale from the days when Ann Rule, now the unrivaled Queen Of True Crime, had to make her bones in the business by publishing under the name non de plume Andy Stack (as she's explained, publishers of the late 1970s just didn't think that readers would accept hard-boiled true-crime writing from a woman, a mindset that seems beyond bizarre today).

Randy Woodfield was tailor-made for a true-crime book: He was a handsome ladies' man, a star athlete who was drafted into the NFL, an
Mar 17, 2016 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
Ann Rule does another great job of describing the hunt for a killer. This book is a powerful book as it describes the killer, the investigators, the horrific crimes, the victims, the aftermath, the capture, the trials, and even the prison life of the monster.

One of the most interesting things about this book was that Dick Van Dyke's son, Chris, was the District Attorney involved in prosecuting this case. I often wonder about the children of celebrities and what they do with their lives and it w
Jul 18, 2016 Amber rated it really liked it
Like many other people, I have a fascination with true crime and serial killers. My favorite TV shows are those that involve mystery and murder. I moved to Eugene, OR a few years ago and was told by a coworker that there was a serial killer who was caught in Eugene in the early 80's. So of course I had to read more about this local serial killer!

What a disgusting human being Randall Woodfield is. His crimes frightened me to the core. After I finished this the other night, I couldn't fall asleep
Jul 28, 2014 Jami rated it really liked it
I found it to be a good book. I have read a few of Ann's books, but can tell that this came from an earlier time. It was a good look into how the technology of forensics has changed in the last thirty years. From going to compare hair fibers and blood type to now being able to DNA. It was somewhat foreign to see the change. It was a good look into the criminals mind and in depth about the crimes. I will be picking up more of her books. I couldn't put the I-5 Killer down. Now that it is finished ...more
Apr 01, 2010 Allen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: True Crime Readers
I don't think that Ann is a very good writer but when she sticks to just giving you the facts of the case then the story gets interesting. I'm always horrified about how long it takes to find and stop these repeat killers/offenders. Seems they get away with anything for years before they are finally found. The I-5 Killer wasn't even all that bright, but by just being so unpredictable he was able to stay way ahead of the detectives. Hopefully there are more modern ways to catch these guys now. Th ...more
Oct 24, 2013 J.M. rated it liked it
Not a bad book. I like the way Rule writes, very immediate. I hadn't heard of this criminal before (I was like 6 when the crimes occurred, and on the east coast), but I enjoyed the story.
Katherine Addison
This is another get in, get it done, get out account of a serial killer, this one Randall Woodfield, the I-5 Killer, who committed robbery, kidnapping, rape, sodomy (which by its legal definition seems to be an umbrella term for any kind of sex that isn't human-penis-in-human-vagina: Woodfield was fond of fellatio), and murder. He was convicted of the murder of Shari Hull and charged but never prosecuted for the murders of Donna Eckard and Jannell Jarvis (after Woodfield was sentenced to life pl ...more
Jun 03, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it
An award winning student and star athlete, drafted by the Green Bay Packers, Randall Woodfield had it all. He was chosen as a centerfold candidate for playgirl and worked in the lively bars of the west coast. Charming, handsome and physically fit, Randy could have had his pick of sexual conquests, but his soft-spoken, well mannered demenour, hid a much darker persona, one which would wreak havoc in several states, and leave the officers of numerous police forces in a frenzy.

I am a self-confessed
Mare Kinley
Aug 25, 2013 Mare Kinley rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
So, I have compulsively read Ann Rule ever since "Small Sacrifices." Whenever I visit my favorite used-book emporium, I always check on my way out to see if there is an Ann Rule I haven't read; this was my latest find.

I-5 Killer was a perfectly acceptable read for those who enjoy true crime, but I have really started to wonder about the people who write the blurbs for the covers. I was expecting to meet someone as bizarre and twisted as, say, Charlie Manson, and I met a serial killer/rapist who
Feb 23, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
This is one of Ann Rule’s earlier books, and it kind of shows. Don’t get me wrong--it’s still a great read. But the timeline is hard to keep track of in places, and I think there could have been a better flow between the actual murders and the investigation.

Randy Woodfield is the freakiest serial killer you’ve never heard about. (I suspect that has a lot to do with Ted Bundy killing in the same time frame and area, though.) The frequency and speed at which he caused so much violence is terrifyi
Dec 17, 2009 Drebbles rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006
Randall Woodfield seemed to have it all. Growing up he had a stable home life, did well in school, and was an exceptional athlete, excelling in every sport he tried. He was such a good athlete, in fact, that the Green Bay Packers drafted him. But Woodfield didn't make the team and he never finished college, instead drifting from job to job, from city to city. He also went from woman to woman, pursuing all of them intensely. Still, he seemed like a nice enough guy and people who knew him were sho ...more
Good lord. I haven't read an Anne Rule book as gripping as The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story, but this one is still interesting. Despite my true crime obsession, I really knew nothing about the I-5 killer except as a name. Woodfield ultimately ended up reminding me of an Elliot Rodgers who turned to serial killing instead of mass murder. As such, his modus operandi creeped me out. I think a lot of women have encountered That Guy in a bar who's cheesy as hell, and is nic ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
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Mar 23, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
I had to skim over the crime descriptions as they were so gross, the things this guy made women, and even little girls, do to him. Still, it was a satisfying read because he got what he deserved, at least as much as we can do as a civilized nation. The big question never answered, however, is WHY. This guy had it all-- looks, a loving and supportive family, sports ability and more--yet he threw it all away because he couldn't control his sexual urges. He had plenty of time to get help, too, yet ...more
Ashlee Reynolds
Sep 28, 2007 Ashlee Reynolds rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults
When I first started reading this book, I was unsure of whether it would be good. As I read this book I came to realize that it was going to be good. It is based on a true story of a man that did these murders right here in Oregon. As i read on, I became more intrigued by the story of this man and the female victims he preyed on.
Ann Rule can suck you into the story and make you feel like you are there watching every move of the characters. She really brings out the history of these murders and
Nov 03, 2013 Clay rated it it was amazing
I've been an Ann Rule fan since the first book I ever picked up, "Small Sacrifices". She is a very detailed author and has been my favorite author in the true-crime genre for a long time.

As she has done in the past, this book is very well researched as she took the time to talk to not only the detectives and D. A.'s involved in the case, but also every possible witness including the victims. She details not only the crime itself, but also the lives and background of the victims, criminal, and ev
Oct 02, 2016 Michaela rated it liked it
The I-5 Killer tells the story of Randy Woodfield who travelled the I-5 Freeway in Oregon, raping, assaulting and murdering women and children. It's a dark story that highlights a fear I'm sure most women have to some degree.
It's a very dark story for obvious reasons but as far as the writing goes, I don't think this is Ann Rule's best book. The facts are all there but there's nothing dynamic about her writing. It's the writing equivalent of a monotone voice. It was as if she wasn't as invested
Jul 29, 2012 Christy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Randall Woodfield had everything going for him - he was a star athlete, student, and was even drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He could have had anything he wanted in the world, but he threw it all away when he became a serial killer. Ann Rule chronicles this massive hunt to find the I-5 killer. True crime books always interest me because I think it is fascinating to delve into the darkest corners of the human mind. This book reminds us that it is important to be aware of what is going on aroun ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Jaclyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know anything about these cases going in, so it was an interesting read. My only complaint is that the author discussed the cases out of order and due to the amount of crimes committed, it got very confusing for me. I think it would have been easier to follow if she had discussed them in chronological order instead of going back and forth in the timeline. But she delivered a thorough profile of the killer and I felt it was insightful.
vicki j. segers
Nov 04, 2015 vicki j. segers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely chilling!

From the very start, you felt like you personally knew every character. Every scene was so vividly described it was like you were there. Every emotion they felt, you felt. Ann has captured the art of seeing the killer through his own eyes. This is one book you just don't want to put down. It made me realize there truly such a thing as pure evil.
Dec 01, 2011 Priscilla rated it liked it
Not as compelling a case as some of Rule's book (I thought), but still an easy and interesting read. Rule is a decent enough writer (I would say that, while she's not an amazing writer, she's extremely good for her genre - very much better than many others who write these kinds of books) and her true crime stories are trashy, lurid escapes. If you're morbidly interested in the seedy and okay with the disturbing, Rule is definitely worth reading.
Dec 22, 2009 Rob is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The depths of darkness that some humans delve into never ceases to amaze me. This side of human behavior is a reality, as evidenced in many of Ann Rule's true crime novels. While I like positive and motivational stories, I feel it is important to be cognizant of all types of behavior, as this is a reality in our world (unfortunately). Like most of her novels, this one is an eye-opener and reminder of the importance of being aware (without hopefully also being paranoid).
Oct 20, 2010 Ashleigh rated it liked it
I had a hard time concentrating in a lot of parts of this book. I found the court proceedings to be too quick and not as in dept as I would have liked. I found the 1988 update really interesting especially about his writings with Diane Downs which I would like to now read Ann Rule's book on her "Small Sacrifices"
Jan 10, 2015 Sandralk rated it really liked it
People can learn from Ann's books.

Really think about her books, and spot where someone may have made a bad decision, or worse a deadly one.

Be cognizant of things or people around you, and if you get a that feeling that something is "off" or "doesn't feel" then listen to it -don't talk yourself out of a "oh, I'm just not thinking straight, everything's okay..,

Use that intuition.
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Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.

She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching th
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