Ann Rule


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in Lowell, Michigan, The United States
October 22, 1931

Died
July 26, 2015

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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 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 Clinic, giving her a unique distinction among true crime writers.

Rule won two Anthony Awards from Bouchercon, the mystery fans' organ
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The Stranger Beside Me: Ted...

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Small Sacrifices

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Green River, Running Red: T...

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If You Really Loved Me

4.05 avg rating — 8,226 ratings — published 1991 — 18 editions
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And Never Let Her Go: Thoma...

4.12 avg rating — 7,378 ratings — published 1999 — 21 editions
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Bitter Harvest

4.06 avg rating — 7,220 ratings — published 1997 — 30 editions
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Every Breath You Take: A Tr...

4.02 avg rating — 6,564 ratings — published 2000 — 25 editions
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The I-5 Killer

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Dead By Sunset: Perfect Hus...

4.08 avg rating — 6,492 ratings — published 1995 — 22 editions
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Everything She Ever Wanted

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A Rose for Her Grave and Ot... You Belong to Me and Other ... A Fever in the Heart and Ot... In the Name of Love and Oth... The End of the Dream: The G... A Rage to Kill and Other Tr... Empty Promises and Other Tr...
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“There is an odd synchronicity in the way parallel lives veer to touch one another, change direction, and then come close again and again until they connect and hold for whatever it was that fate intended to happen.”
Ann Rule

“. . .three percent of all males are deemed to be antisocial and without conscience, while only one percent of females seem to lack compassion for others. But the icy manipulations of that one percent are utterly fascinating. No one can be crueler than a woman without a conscience.”
Ann Rule, Empty Promises and Other True Cases

“Yet, in reality, Ted loved things more than he loved people. He could find life in an abandoned bicycle or an old car, and feel a kind of compassion for these inanimate objects, more compassion than he could ever feel for another human being.”
Ann Rule, The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy: The Shocking Inside Story

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