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The I-5 Killer

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,976 Ratings  ·  97 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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Best True Crime
59th out of 576 books — 1,012 voters
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Marilyn
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
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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!
Sara
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
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Una
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
David
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
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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
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Jami
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
Allen
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
Stephanie
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
Melissa
Feb 27, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
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Karen
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
J.M.
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.
Drebbles
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
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
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Amanda
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
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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.
Sandralk
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.
Tamara
Jul 31, 2014 Tamara rated it really liked it
Typical Ann Rule. No frills. To the point. I often wonder why on earth I enjoy true crime, but I do. This was a welcome change of pace from recent reading materials. I have 3 other Ann Rule's on my shelf now - picked up from a Little Free Library - so will move onto those in coming months, for some 'brain-free' reading.
Cheryl A. Breidigan
Enjoy all of her books and this was again a good one

Always well written and this was no exception. Held my interest from start to finish. Would recommend to anyone that has an interest in reading true crime.
Teresa Schnotala
Can't stop reading her books.

Ann really pulls back the curtain and let's you have a good look at the killer. I love her writing style and how she keeps the story moving without getting boarding.
Fishface
Jan 24, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This was an OK one. Rule spent too much time on her usual theme of how brilliant and handsome the killer was and how he threw it all away for a life of crime. We KNOW, Ann, we know!
Pat Lampe
Apr 27, 2015 Pat Lampe rated it liked it
I didn't remember anything about the I 5 killer. This book was well researched and well written. Her books are always fascinating and disturbing and ultimately very sad.
Steven Lobejko
Jun 14, 2015 Steven Lobejko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can't go wrong with Ann Rule

If you like true crime, she's the master. And this book is no exception. Very chilling, it will stay with you.
Linda McMurtray
Apr 23, 2015 Linda McMurtray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this down!

Captivating from the first page. Ann Rule details the killer as well as the victims. Excellent true crime by Ann Rule.
Eric Macho
Mar 20, 2015 Eric Macho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

I dig it. It had a groovy beat and I could bug put to it. This book can not only move, it can remove....dig?
Kim Ledsome
Jan 06, 2015 Kim Ledsome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read!

This book kept me on the edge of my seat and was really informative on the killer's life, the police investigation and the victims that were affected.
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
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Michelle Silvestri-Oetinger
Apr 12, 2014 Michelle Silvestri-Oetinger rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Ann Rule is always a good true crime author. I have read numerous books from this author and will continue to do so.
Katie Meier
Jan 01, 2016 Katie Meier rated it really liked it
Quick, easy, gripping read. Much, much shorter than her book on Bundy but the length keeps the plot moving.
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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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