The Stranger Beside Me
Ted Bundy was handsome, charming, a brilliant law student, and on the verge of a dazzling career. On January 24, 1989, he was executed for the murders of three young women, having confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more.
This is the story of one of the most fascinating killers in American history—of his magnetic power, his bleak compulsion, his double lif...more
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And yes, it talks about how he was caught. Rule talks about Bundy and how he was perceived at the time, as well as her personal friendship with him. (less)
...NOT something that many of the women in Ted Bundy's life would come to say about meeting America's Grade-A machismo pin-up boy. In fact, as far as I can tell, Ann Rule was the only person to actually benefit from knowing him. And boy, did she ever.
To state it quite plainly, Rule is not what one would call a "great" writer. Or even really a good "writer." She repeats herself to accentuate her point like she's me writing like I talk when I...more
Ann Rule is one of the premiere true crime writers, but what made this one special was that she had been friends with Ted Bundy (and had worked with him at a Crisis Hotline!) before he was a suspect in the myriad heinous crimes he eventually confessed to a few days before he was executed.
That said, it is considered by many to be the definitive work not only on Bundy the serial killer, but also on Bundy the charismatic, attractive, and promising law student.
And really. What are the chances? You're a struggling single mom of four, eking out a living writing true crime...more
Truly riveting read, never dry, not journalistic, and admirably thorough. One star docked, however, for an underlying sympathy toward Bundy that is very hard to understand much less accept; Rule, who had been a good friend of Bundy's, spoke of sending him money (totalling several hundred dollars over the years) and stamps while he was imprisoned and continuing her communications with him for years and years. It seems unlikely that Rule intended her account to communicate such sy...more
This was really excellent. I think Rule had great insights, and I think she might be right when she said Bundy probably fooled James Dobson in the famous interview. She showed her slow realization that he was a sociopath.
I think the interesting thing is that there are...more
"The Stranger Beside Me" by Ann Rule is a brilliantly constructed book. It's amazing how she transitions from not knowing anything about the murders to not believing the murders to accepting that her fri...more
Una de las grandes habilidades de Ann Rule (primer libro suyo que leo) es la de poder organizar una gran cantidad de información técnica, entrevistas, evidencias y criminalistica puntual de una manera que se hace deliciosamente digerible.
La historia de Bundy es si...more
In writing this book, it became clearer...more
I'm not a supporter of the death penalty, even in extre...more
The narrative hinges on Rule’s ten-year friendship with Bundy and her initial refusal to believe he was capable of mass murder. Although this friendship clearly deeply affected Rule, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that… um… they weren’t really friends.
They met as occasional work colleagues at a crisis hotline, at...more
Ann Rule cannot write. There are far too many repetitions, poorly phrased sentences, typos, and missing words in the book. I can understand that the 'writer' might have created many chapters from her notes, but that is no excuse for poor editing. The length of the book is too much for my liking. (Did Ann Rule get paid by the number o...more
I was very shocked to know that Ann Rule knew him personally before he began his serial killing spree. What really horrified me is how she keot in contact with him even after he was arrested. She would even send him money or stamps. That is just crazy to me. I would have thought that she would...more
There was no additional information here that you couldn't pull from the internet. So although not bad, just disappointing.
I get where Ann is coming from though, if I once caught a bus with a woman who knew a gu...more
November 17 2008
The book is called RULES
By: Cynthia Lord
Ms. Lord wrote Rules to show that even though, every teenager wants a normal life, and they all want to be accepted, that it’s okay to be different and have issues. The viewers to this book should be teenagers, simply because the book is all about them and the situations they may face in life. For instance this book also fits the teenagers because the story is being told by a teenager n...more
He was the handsome, intelligent boy next door, working for the Crisis Clinic as work study during his undergraduate studies. She was a promising true crime writer volunteering some of her time as a way to possibly atone for the guilt she felt over her brother's suicide.
During their late night shifts manning the phone bank, Ann...more
At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved. In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and her colleague as a trained volunteer on the suicide hotline at the Seattle, Washington Crisis...more