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This searching analysis of the shooting of three children in Oregon by their mother devolves into a study of personality. In May of 1983, Diane Downs drove to a Williamette Valley hospital emergency room with her children, all gravely wounded; one did not survive the first hour, and the other two were disabled for life. Downs initially told of a "bushy-haired stranger" who had committed the crime, but frequently changed her story. Under police questioning she recalled her childhood with a cold, domineering father who abused her sexually, her weak mother, a rape by one of her bosses, her failed marriage and many men with whom she had sex. One of these men, whom she claimed to love, did not want children, and that may have prompted the crime, speculates the author. The greatest strength of this book is the exploration by ex-policewoman Rule (The Stranger Beside Me of the aberrant personality of Downs, who is now imprisoned and not eligible for parole until 2009.
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Superb... the most riveting true-crime account since IN COLD BLOOD KIRKUS REVIEWS Vivid... extraordinary... a page turner New York TIMES BOOK REVIEW --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Ann Rule has always been an author that I have enjoyed reading and I find myself drawn to her true crime novels. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Us Moore
This book is well worth reading. I have always been interested in reading true crime stories. I had seen the 20/20 episode about this case and decided to get the book.Published 13 days ago by Judy M Caraway
Awesome book. It has a sad story behind it. Ann Rule is a great writer.Published 18 days ago by Tina Whited
True stories of terrible crimes and the consequences to the people involved, always told with taste and facts , Ms. RULE comes through for me again and again! Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer: K. Watkins
I am just sad about Ann's passing. This book is one of my all time favorite. A few months ago, Ann sent me a new autographed copy of this book. A cherished treasure now.Published 26 days ago by Patricia Johnson
For some reason, this story speaks to me. I don't know why, but I've read this book more than once. Diane Downs is a scary woman. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Shirley
As always, Ann did not let me down. Great book. Great author. Could hardly put the book down. I love that she always has updates at the end.Published 1 month ago by Jerry S.
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule was the first true-crime book I ever read. I didn't sleep for days. Read morePublished 1 month ago by chelle my belle