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A Rage to Kill and Other True Cases

(Crime Files #6)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,927 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Acclaimed for her "devastatingly accurate insight" (The New York Times Book Review) into the criminal mind, Ann Rule has chronicled the most fascinating cases of our time in her bestselling Crime Files series. For this sixth stunning collection, Rule has culled from her private files the most-asked-about homicide cases -- riveting accounts of seemingly normal men and women ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Pocket Books
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jv poore
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it, crime, non-fiction
"Murderous rage" has always made me think of a rare fury, when in actuality there are folks filled with frustration, who essentially idle at angry. And it's everyone's fault but their own. Once again, Ann Rule rocks my socks.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: what-true-crime
Ann Rule lives in the Seattle area and as such, most of her stories take place here. That's a huge point in her favor because she knows Seattle and you can tell. For the most part the cases are interesting and short ones like those in this collection have the right amount of information. The problem is that they aren't very well written and a lot of liberties are taken with how people "must have" felt or thought or saw. Most people she describes as handsome or beautiful, though I frequently disa ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Another excellent book by Ann Rule! This one had many new cases I had never heard about that were very interesting and some were not so much. I really thought the following cases were intruiging:

A Bus To Nowhere- I would have liked to have known more on Silas Cool. Who knows what madness was raging in this man's mind before he did what he did to that bus and its' passengers. I find it very odd that his parents didn't see anything weird about him growing up. The things the authorities found in h
aPriL does feral sometimes
Ann Rule is at the top of her game in telling the true stories of these particular, mostly female, victims who either through no fault of their own or because of blameless naïveté ended up murdered. Unlike most of the victims in Rule's other books, the murdered had no reason to suspect they would soon end up tortured, raped or killed. They were ordinary nice people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time - most of them tricked by psychopathic psychotics who nonetheless appeared completely ...more
Tracy Walters
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the first Ann Rule book I have read. She is very good at helping you to understand and look at each case as a whole. Some of the cases are just plain awful and I would shudder to think of the poor victims and how they died. It is intriguing to read about the killers and their backgrounds and possibly the causes that made them into killers. It was a very interesting book to read and I really like that there are pictures to go along with the cases. It helps to further know the people you a ...more
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think it's odd how much true crime fascinates me. But I am not alone. Just turn on the news or open the paper. The whole world is watching when a young mother murders her daughter or a maniac shoots up a McDonalds. We all watch the horrible images, so of course reading about them is awesome! Maybe it's a way to feel better about our own imperfect lives. At least we aren't victims of some deranged lunatic... Ann Rule puts together very intriguing collections and this one is no exception.
Suzie Flohr
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ann has done it again. Love the way you write .... please keep going.
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ann Rule is so good at bringing these stories to life. And death.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this collection didn't do a lot for me. Probably because "A Bus to Nowhere" left a lot of answers that would never be answered fully and it was not a great story to start off with. Most of the stories had no common theme among them besides murders. Usually Rule tries to stick to a theme in her stories and I guess she went with rage. But I didn't read rage in some of these stories.

A Bus to Nowhere (3 stars)- Rule looks at the bus crash that took place in Washington state in 1998. The man behi
Katherine Addison
*"A Bus to Nowhere": Seattle 1998: Silas Cool, who shot the driver of an articulated Seattle Metro bus just as it was starting over the Aurora Bridge (awesome and tangential sidebar: the Aurora Bridge may have my favorite public sculpture EVER: the Fremont Troll)
*"The Killer Who Planted His Own Clues": Tumwater WA 1976: the murder of Sharon Mason by Charles "Buddy" Longnecker, who is the perfect stereotype of the sociopathic sexual predator.
*"Born to Kill?": Seattle 1961, Walla Walla WA to McKee
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Another book I did 'review' on Bookcrossing but did forget to add.

On Sunday, May 09, 2004 I wrote (a letter geez) ;)

7 out of 10
Hi Kristy I am reading this book right now.
I had never read any of Ann Rules true crime volumes, allthough I do have nearly all of them.
I have to say that I think I do prefer her novels allthough normally i like short stories. I am for instance a collector of short horror stories.
But I can't say for sure cause I have only read one story so far. the one about the bus.
I wi
Mirjam Penning
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This book is part of Ann Rule's Crime files. A serie of ten shorter stories about True Crime cases.
1. A bus to nowhere
2. The killer who planted his own clues
3. Born to kill?
4. As close as a brother
5. Profile of a spree killer
6. The lost lady
7. To an athlete dying young
8. Ruby, don't take your love to town
9. That was no lady
10. The killer who talked too much

A rage to kill is her answer to requests of readers about which stories to write about, according to Ann. What all killers in this book had
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This is a collection of Ann Rule's version of short stories; short murder cases, if you will. I thought it seemed rather dull, frankly, though there were a couple of cases which were interesting. One of them was about a man who killed a bus driver while the bus was on an overpass, and the bus fell off of the overpass; surprisingly not very many people died from that. There was also a case where the accused was clearly a transgender person, but the crime was in the early 1970's when transgender p ...more
Melissa Banaszak
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: truecrime
Very good book if you like true-crime-and Ann Rule. Graphic pictures,and gruesome details-Rule believes in telling it like it is-probably because of her former career as a cop-AND her close relationship with Serial Killer Ted Bundy. What I like about Ann Rule is she makes you feel like you're right there at the time of each god-awful crime-which is both terrifying and the mark of a terrific writer. If you're faint of heart -stay away from Ann Rule-or any other true-crime writer-it is a compellin ...more
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 13 and over
Recommended to Makayla by: My friend Sophia
I thought this book was good but freaky at the same time! It is about true murder cases that have happened. It was freaky to read about what goes threw crazy peoples mind sometimes. It was an eye opener to be careful around people you do not know. They could harm you matter how nice they are. I would recommend this book to people 13 and over.
Rebecca Huston
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ten chilling tales about the effects of rage and the resulting deaths that occured. Not for the timid or squeamish.

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Tristan Poindexter
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the first true crime book I ever read, and it drew me into the genre. Ann Rule is one of the best true crime writers out there. She explains th case very clearly, making sure to give as much background information as possible. This is a must-read for anyone who loves true crime.
Lavone S.
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading the shorter stories - they were fairly well-written. However, I was a bit perturbed by how easily Ms. Rule threw around the label of "pedophile" in one of the stories. It felt very "amateur-writer" to call someone a name with no real evidence of them being that.
Eva Leger
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b-true-crime
Every book that Ann Rule has written is a great one. She is able to turn these stories and the lives of everyone in them into learning experiences every time. No doubt one of the top true crime writers of today.
Linda Cross
She does it again..

This time a set of 8 or 9 different cases..
She is a master at the true crime writing
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True crime stories. Very good. I must say I always enjoy these.
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
i love ann rule she rocks
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it
These cases are fascinating, but can only be absorbed in small doses. Too much murder and violence is depressing.
True crime may only appeal to a few, but I like it and Ann Rule is one of the best writers out there. That said, I only really like the short stories.
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ann's books are always a great read - she offers great insight into the most depraved minds.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ann Rule is an excellent reporter of crimes. In this book she tells the stories of 10 murders: 1) A bus driver who is killed while driving his bus over a bridge, 2) The murderer of a young woman who plants clues to mislead the police, 3) The murder of a young woman as she stopped for groceries, 4) The killing of a woman by a man she trusted and knew, 5) The murderous spree that spanned the entire country that killed at least eight women, 6) The disappearance of a well known spiritualist, 7) The ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read an Ann Rule book in years and forgot how interesting they are. This one has the 10 most asked about cases it seems. It's amazing how sometimes it's really a case of just being in the wrong place at the wrong time when someone goes off the deep end emotionally and becomes violent - often not even with a person he knows or has any problem with - it sure makes you think.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the first Crime Files book that I read by Ann Rule, and it contained 10 different murder cases! I loved the format, and I couldn't wait to read about each case. Ann Rule just has a way of sucking you right into her books! I definitely plan on reading more of her Crime File series!
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoy these books, but sometimes find Ann Rule's writing style to be a bit too sexist for me.
Andrew Noble
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this book but it isn't as great as Ann's others. I'd rate 4.5 instead of 4.
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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

Other books in the series

Crime Files (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #1)
  • You Belong to Me and Other True Crime Cases (Crime Files, # 2)
  • 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)
  • Empty Promises and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #7)
  • Last Dance, Last Chance and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #8)
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #9)
  • Worth More Dead and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #10)
  • No Regrets and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #11)