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But I Trusted You: Ann Rule's Crime Files #14 (Crime Files #14)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,563 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews

Trust. It's the foundation of any enduring relationship between friends, lovers, spouses, and families. But when trust is placed in those who are not what they seem, the results can be deadly. Ann Rule, who famously chronicled her own shocking experience of unknowingly befriending a sociopath in The Stranger Beside Me, offers a riveting, all-new
ebook, 464 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published November 2nd 2009)
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Jim Thomsen
The blood is beginning to run thin in the Ann Rule's Crime Files series, in which annually she trots out one new case at novella length along with four or five short pieces from the 1960s and 1970s when she wrote prolifically for true-crime magazines.

The centerpiece story is about Chuck Leonard and Teresa Gaethe-Leonard, a Snohomish County, Wash. couple whose marriage hit the rocks in the mid-'90s and ended in the shooting murder of Chuck, a much-loved school counselor. Teresa was fingered for
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This is the 1st Ann Rule book I am reading since her untimely passing. I was saddened to hear about her death being that she is one of my favorite authors. The title of the book does not suit every case chronicled within the pages but they each had some interesting aspects for the reader. I have summarized my thoughts on some of the cases detailed in this volume of crime files.

But I Trusted You- I personally believe Teresa was lying about Chuck molesting their daughter Morgan. As Rule stated th
I enjoyed the "stories" of Ann Rule's #14, but I have to say - it's badly written even by Rule's standards. It's not just how Rule's inability to understand when to use a comma or semicolon creates nonsensical phrases and goofy lists, or that she's an enthusiastic misuer of the word "literally" (traits that are present in all of her books, though perhaps more so in this volume than in others). This book feels like a mediocre-to-poorly written college undergraduate attempt at writing nonfiction: ...more
Tanya W
Nov 03, 2013 Tanya W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some crazy reason, I like reading real life crime stories... but at the same time I find them horrific. It's hard to believe how totally depraved and evil these criminals are. I also like 48 Hours Mystery.

I will say that I didn't particularly appreciate the unsolved crime stories (I think there were two) that were part of this book. I want the mystery solved and the criminal to pay!
Linda K
Jun 18, 2011 Linda K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hard to really give a book on true crime stars at all. It is sometimes good to read about real crimes to remind ourselves that it truly is a scary place out there and you can never be too careful. The evil in mankind never ceases to amaze.
Ruth Turner
Jan 25, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime

I'm not a great fan of Ann Rule at the best of times, but this book was appalling.

Rambling, disjointed and scattered with repetitive and insignificant detail.

One star because the stories were true, but other than that not worth reading.
Jan 20, 2010 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have heard a few compaints about this book, but I found nothing to complain about. I enjoyed the book as I have most of Ann's books.
This has a nearly-novel length story, *But I Trusted You*, and then several short stories.
Dec 18, 2009 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Ms. Rule's true crime books!
But I Trusted You is the fourteenth volume in author Ann Rule's "Crime Files" series, where she takes a novel length case, makes it the main focus of the book and throws in several "smaller" type cases as well. As much as I have enjoyed Ms. Rule's previous efforts, But I Trusted You left me wanting and a bit disappointed.

Let's start with the feature length case, which concerns the murder of teacher Chuck Leonard by his estranged wife Teresa. I personally did not find anything noteworthy with th
Mar 30, 2010 Rosario rated it it was ok
I used to like Ann Rule very much. I liked the way her books were not "just" true crime books. She used to do an excellent job at describing real people, the good and the bad, and her writing used to be good. Unfortunately, little by little she seems to be getting somewhat prudish and judgmental. It might be age, it might be having seen too much ugliness, it might be that she used to have a better editor. I have not checked whether she used a new editor for this book, but the overall quality has ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Jeannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ann Rule never disappoints me, her cases always horrify and fascinate me. I think the best thing about her cases is they are ones not in the national spotlight, most happened many years ago and without her books we usually wouldn't be aware of them unless we were personally touched in some way by them. A few of the stories near the end were only touched on lightly. The very last one Dark Forest: Deep Danger should of been a whole book unto itself, very frightening and cries out to be explored on ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 5 stars! The reason is beside Ann Rule knows what she writes about . The stories are all about true crime and though the subject isn't pleasant it is good to know that you cannot be too careful in life . I really dislike the fact that some of the cases Ann Rule writes about are still unsolved. I haven't read a book that Ann Rule has written that I haven't liked (once again I don't like the fact that there are evil people in the world and that some families will never never have ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I love true crime stories, and I have found that Ann Rule's writing is certainly my style. She gives all the facts as well as some theories where necessary, but doesn't reach too far. I hate that whenever you hear a crime story on the news, you only hear one part of it. Crimes take time to solve and by the time they get all the information it is usually old news and not put back out for the public to see. I hate getting interested in something and never finding out how it ended, so these stories ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a true crime junkie.
I love watching TV shows about true crime, and reading true crime books is right up there.

In this book, Ann Rule covers several true crime cases, most of which happened in Oregon in the 1960s-1970s. She does a great job of covering the crimes and the outcomes without using too much jargon or getting bogged down in the details.

It make for such an interesting read, and I will definitely be reading more of her books!
This was a good book full of tragedy and murder. This is my first book I've read by Ann Rule, and it didn't disappoint. I was drawn in by the stories and their horror. The victims of these crimes didn't even know they were in the presence of a killer until it was too late. A great read for fans of true crime.
Aug 25, 2014 Essy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was good. I could not put the book down. Everytime I got a chance to pick up the book. I did not want to put it down. The stories were true and she has a way of drawing you in wanting to know more. I am ready for another Ann Rule true crime book.
Aug 28, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can you possible say about true crime. This book is filled with stories of murder and suspected murder. An interesting read.
Suzie Flohr
Apr 21, 2013 Suzie Flohr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great one by Ann Rule . Love your work Anne.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The shorter stories are easy to read and you don't have to wait so long for a conclusion, but there were a few things that bothered me and caused me to give this book four not five stars. But first the good parts. I found the book easy reading, each story drew me in and I was eager to find out what happened to the people involved. The case of the Spellbound was the main reason I decided to read this book, as it takes place at sea. Though unsolved it is a haunt ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Katrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of different stories. Interesting. I love her short stories.
I’ve always enjoyed Ann Rule’s true crime, but this one left me wanting. I feel bad saying that, too, because she recently passed away.

I don’t recall her other books taking the preachy note this one seems to, somehow implying that victims are irresponsible for putting themselves in harm’s way or trusting the wrong people or having lifestyles Rule doesn’t approve of. At one point I was disturbed when Rule seemed to imply a female victim may have inspired lust in her unknown attacker by being attr
Maryann MJS1228
Among true crime fans there are those who love Ann Rule and those who don't. I'm proud to let my Ann-Rule-fan-flag fly. She's written some truly great books (Small Sacrifices and Bitter Harvest, to name two) and some that are merely better than most in the genre. Rule does have a tendency to over praise the dead - the "beautiful wife and mother", etc - but I'm willing to overlook that. I see it as part of Rule's determination to keep the victim front and center, to avoid lavishing undeserved att ...more
By Bookworm (St. George Utah) - See all my reviews

Most of Ann Rule's books could be utilized by any theological group as a hand-book for "The Seven Deadly Sins". With "BUT I TRUSTED YOU" most of the crimes committed in the seven stories covered seem to focus on the evils of GREED and LUST coupled with too much trust.

If this book is any indication, it would appear that Washington state is not a good place to reside if you hope to live a long and fruitful life si
Beach Vacation Read #7: Found in small cache of books hidden in shadows of floor shelf of low cabinet on Day 13 of sixteen-day vacation. What is with this beach house? Do the owners never read?

Sensational and overwrought and, despite the recent publication date, has a strong feeling of being terribly dated. DNF.

Beach Vacation Reading List (November 2010)
#1 | Shutter Island
#2 | Someplace to Be Flying
#3 | Bones
#4 | Into the Arms of Strangers
#5 | Little Heathens
#6 | Bridge of Birds
#7 | But I Truste
Jan 12, 2016 Leena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes true crime books are works of high sociological importance, bringing about change and awareness into the society. Sometimes they are just a payday. This book falls into the latter category. The stories included in this book are only semi-interesting because the culprit is obvious from the start and Ann Rule doesn't say anything new and insightful about what lead to their crimes. Writing is rather lackluster, coming across as lists of what happened, instead of well-thought out prose. My ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, non-fiction
I enjoy reading books about peoples lives and the things they do. Ann Rule has a way of getting into the minds and emotions of the very people she is writing about. This book is separated by four different stories of four different lives, the only thing that disappointed me a little about this book was one of the stories was not resolved as in the killer was never found. Even in reading reality I still was hoping for an ending that would make me feel justice was served.
Other than that it was a w
Jan 06, 2010 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A typical Ann Rule book. She is a great true crime writer. This book has several cases that I had not heard about. I downloaded this to my computer so there were no pictures but... I will get the book from the library to put faces to the names. This book does cover the deceit by the people you trust. Be careful... you never know what lies in the mind of another. Strangers are just as deadly and one moment can change your life forever. If it had taken a moment longer to get ready for work, eat br ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ann Rule lives and writes in Washington state, where the vast majority of the crimes she describes have taken place. Her gruesome body of work chronicles the most savage crimes that have occurred in that part of the country over more than four decades. Nevertheless, each of her "Crime Files" series leaves me wondering just how common murder may be. How many other monsters reside in other states, and how many bodies still lie in the deep forests of the Cascade Mountains and Pacific coastline.

Dec 05, 2011 Jolene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, an OK book. I usually enjoy true crime novels, but this just seemed to lack a lot of depth and I noticed numerous spelling and grammatical errors! I felt like it was dashed off in in an attempt to fulfill some deadline. I also felt that Anne Rule kept repeating herself in order to fill up space instead of really giving us new and different insight into the criminals as the stories progressed. I was just hoping for something a bit more... It is an easy read but one that I might save for ...more
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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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Crime Files (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • A Fever in the Heart and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #3)
  • In the Name of Love and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #4)
  • The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up (Crime Files, #5)
  • A Rage to Kill and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #6)
  • Empty Promises and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #7)
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