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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451165594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451165596
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann Rule has drawn on her experience as a former policewoman to become one of America’s top true-crime writers. The author of over 1,000 articles and numerous books, she has lectured widely to law-enforcement schools and agencies. She has also serves as a consultant to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VI-CAP), which is used to track and apprehend violent criminals. Her bestselling books, Lust Killer, The Want-Ad Killer, The I-5 Killer, and Small Sacrifices, are available in Signet editions.

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One of her first books she wrote.
true crime reader
I am now an Ann Rule fan, this is my second book I read of her true crime stories.
E. Dettrey
When I finaly got to this one, I actually had to put it down and set it aside!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Paul Cerra on January 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although I have read a considerable number of true crime novels, this is the first Ann Rule book I've ever read. I generally avoid books that have covers where the author's name is in bigger print than anything else, but as the saying goes, "don't judge a book by its cover." Sure enough, Rule has crafted a very suspenseful story about serial rapist and murderer Randall B. Woodfield.
I've seen a number of ...reviewers bemoan the absence of a rigid chronological approach in this book, but I feel that this book would not have been nearly as successful in conveying the horror of Woodfield's crimes if they had simply been discussed one after another. By first introducing us to various women who had the misfortune to become involved with Woodfield, we are even more shocked when some of them turn up dead. Also, this book is generally oriented around the investigators who were hunting an unknown serial rapist and murderer; these detectives were not able to piece together a complete catalog and timeline of Woodfield's crimes until late in the investigation.
There seems to be no consensus about Rule's body of work -- whether or not she's getting better as time goes on, or whether or not she's "lost it." Regardless of what you think about her writing career as a whole, "The I-5 Killer" is a gripping true crime story. Woodfield's life and crimes are introduced and explored from a variety of perspectives. This certainly isn't the best true crime story I've ever read -- at times it feels like the story wanders a bit, and sometimes there seems to be extraneous detail -- but this is still an above-average book.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2000
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Wow! What a page turner! I just bought this book yesterday and I haven't been able to put it down but just long enough to sleep and write this review! I have recently moved to a part of town with only one book store. I have been searching like mad for an Ann Rule book. Before I could find one that I hadn't read yet, I had to settle for some other true crime books. I didn't like them at all. Finally, I have another Ann Rule book in my hands and it is just what I wanted. Although I am only half way through this book, this is some kind of story. After reading a couple of other true crime books, I now know for sure why I look so forward to an Ann Rule book. The difference is obvious. This story in particular, is horrific. How can anyone be so cruel, so heartless? It boggles the mind. Ann Rule gives you insight on the killers home life and social life as a child and teenager. You keep asking yourself where it all went wrong. He could have had the world. True crime such as this is more than just reading. It gives the reader knowledge and teaches that you must always be cautious of your surroundings and the people that you meet. You can never be too careful. No one tells a story of true crime as well as Ann Rule. No one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JulieC40 on July 4, 2006
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The title of my review is kind of taken from the back of the book which I think is understandable. Again, Ms Rule has written with knowledge & with an edge that keeps one hooked from page to page. This book was the most terrifying I've read so far just because the killer, Randall Woodfield, spent a great amount of time in the area where I grew up (SW Portland) and at the same time when I was 16 years old (the age of girls he was attracted to). The bar where he worked is less than a mile from where I lived at the time. I probably saw him at some point but did not know it. I think that's pretty scary!

Randall Woodfield was a sick, disgusting pervert that received exactly what he deserved...LIFE in prison. Ms. Rule's research states that he is not eligible for parole until he is the age of 81 years old. God help us all if he is still alive! This book just goes to show that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Even though someone may look like an Adonis, it does not mean that they are the same way on the inside. Randall Woodfield still is every young woman's nightmare. Ann Rule writes with such detail and really brought this story to life for me.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
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I have read two previous books by Ann Rule when she wrote underthe pen name of Andy Stack: Lust Killer and the Want-Ad Killer. Thisbook, The I-5 Killer, I think, is the worst in the Andy Stack Trilogy. The crimes of Randall Woodfield are so horrific and sickening that I felt my stomach churn with disbelief and anger. His crimes were not just relegated to women, but to children as well...Any woman or women who looked as though they would be free targets for his sexually warped, frenzied, psychotic mind would be the target of Randall Brent Woodfield -- the I-5 Killer. My summation does not do the horror in this book justice -- as it gets extremely worse and bizarre....Ann Rule is a tremendously talented writer and deserves every honor and Edgar Allen Poe Award for this difficult genre.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By One Fancy Angel on June 12, 2000
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Though Randall Woodfield committed incredibly frightening and really unspeakable crimes, Ann Rule, when she wrote this, was apparently just beginning her writing career, and it shows. Her usual well-researched detail is not as much in evidence here, though she does better here than with Lust Killer and Want-Ad Killer. The courtroom scene was so boring that I found myself skimming paragraphs, something I only do when I've lost interest and want to get DONE.
Anyone who's interested in Ann Rule would be better served by reading her later works, which are superb.
When Ann Rule is at her best, she carries me along to the point that I'm up locking doors. In this case, though Woodfield's crimes were utterly terrifying, Rule seems so distanced as an author that the crimes' true impact is lost.
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