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Not long ago, true crime writer Ann Rule recalls lying on an operating table. The anesthesiologist leaned over before putting her to sleep. "Ann," the anesthesiologist said softly, "tell me, what was Ted Bundy really like?" Despite meeting Florida's electric chair in 1989, the subject of Rule's bestselling book continues to haunt her. Rule and Bundy were friends. They met in 1971 at a Seattle crisis clinic, where they shared the late shift answering a suicide hotline. Their subsequent conversations, meetings, and letters spanned the rest of Bundy's life as he evolved into one of the century's most notorious serial killers. It's been 20 years since Rule first penned this chilling account. But the story--and her 2000 update--will still have readers reaching for their Xanax. No gratuitous gore here; just the basic, bone-chilling evidence. In fact, like a protective mother shielding us from horrors too awful to mention, Rule seems to avoid delving too deeply into crime scene descriptions. She devotes one paragraph in her new afterword to her discovery that Bundy engaged in necrophilia and returned to the scenes of his crimes to "line dead lips and eyes with garish makeup and to put blush on pale cheeks." She tells readers that John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan, and David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam Killer, traded prison correspondences with Bundy. And she hints that Bundy's insatiable killer instincts may have started when he was a 14-year-old paperboy. (Ann Marie Burr, an 8-year-old girl on his route, mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night and has never been found.) The skimpy update is over too soon, leaving readers wanting more and offering further proof of the public's never-ending fascination with serial killers. --Jodi Mailander Farrell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Rule met Bundy at a local crisis counseling center. Sharing long nights helping those who felt that suicide was the only option, they developed a friendship. She believed that she knew the handsome psychology major about to attend law school; however, she only knew a part of the man. Bundy was also a cold-blooded serial killer. This story follows Rule as she at first denies that the Bundy she knew could have committed these murders, and then the realization that he was ruthless, dangerous, and evil. Lorelei King is a phenomenal reader; her vocal characterizations never seem forced and fit seamlessly into the narration. Listeners will be spellbound and anxiously awaiting the next twist, when they are not double-locking their windows and doors. A wonderful tape that will find a home in all true crime collections. One warning: some of the descriptions of the crime scenes and murder victims are a bit graphic and may want to be avoided by those with delicate constitutions. Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Ann Rule's account of her personal encounter with Ted Bundy reveals as much about her as it does about him. It moves as quickly as a well written murder/mystery. Read morePublished 2 days ago by C. E. Delage
Excellent book. Ann Rule puts so much research into her books that makes them that much more interesting! I could not put it down!Published 3 days ago by husrider2
This detailed account of the Bundy murders and his life is chilling and captivating. The fact that Rule knew him personally makes this,by far, the best Bundy book that I have read. Read morePublished 3 days ago by KJean
This is the book that got the author started on writing true crimes books. It has great insight on Ted Bundy and is very well written.Published 4 days ago by Gordonv
I had no idea that Ann Rule had actually worked with Ted Bundy. It is a very well written book, it must have been very hard for her to write it when she was so closely involved... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Ann Rule, one of the best writers of my time, sure could tell a story. I recommend everyone grab her books before the disappear and become collector items. Read morePublished 11 days ago by C. L. Swinney
The first book I ever read by Anne Rule was Stranger Beside Me in high school 20+ years ago. I found the updated information informative and remembered why that book stuck with me... Read morePublished 11 days ago by RebeccaL