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The Stranger Beside Me Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 2008
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I was wrong. This story is so chilling, so frightening, it grips you in the gut. Ann Rule has simply stated the facts. No sensationalism, no gratuitous gore, no psychobabble. Just the facts. As they happend. And even though the reader might think of Ted Bundy as "old news," and even though he was executed in 1989, this book makes one check to see that the doors and windows are locked.
There are actually two stories here: one describes the gradual disintegration of a seemingly normal, affable, brilliant man into a sexual psychopath so evil, so methodical in his vicious killings, that one wonders if he was at all human. The other story is that of Ann Rule herself, a decent, hard-working, middle-aged mother of four who meets and befriends a nice young man working beside her in a crisis clinic. A man she regards as a younger brother; a man she views as a close and trusted friend. The slow but inexorable realization on Rule's part that this man is in fact an unspeakably violent serial killer is as painful to read as it was for her to experience.
Each victim is described in terms of such respect and such anguish that even a family member, I think, can feel that his or her daughter has been given a chance to shine, a chance to be more than a victim, more than a nameless number (8th girl killed, and so forth).Read more ›
When he became the suspect in the disappearance and murders of a number of very young, pretty women, the author was in total disbelief. As the evidence mounted against her friend, the author, who is a former police officer, could not shut her eyes to the reality that Ted Bundy was actually a very disturbed individual who was guilty of all of which he was accused and probably guilty of other such crimes for which he was not accused for evidentiary reasons. Consequently, the author would suffer some angst for many years, as she struggled to reconcile the Ted Bundy that she thought she knew with the fiend who was compelled to commit so many vicious abductions, assaults, and murders. It is believed that at least thirty-five young women, and probably a good number more, died at the hands of Ted Bundy.
The author details the abductions, assaults, and murders of his victims from coast to coast, which crimes were ultimately to make Ted Bundy a nationwide household name, and an entity to be feared. The investigative efforts of law enforcement officers in the states of Washington, Utah, Colorado, and Florida are revealed, as are Ted Bundy's arrests and his trials.Read more ›
Rule's book reads like a curious amalgam of true crime and romance fiction, and, in many ways, this is a love story of sorts. Rule's fascination with Bundy reminds us of the charismatic powers of the sociopathic personality, and its plaint, adaptable face in this competitive culture we find ourselves in.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. This was my first true crime novel and I was impressed. My favorite books are mysteries.Published 10 hours ago by Lighthouse Lady 4
It was a rollercoasters of emotions. I was angry at Ann for giving him the benefit of doubt in the start, and it even crossed my mind that she had feelings for him. Read morePublished 9 days ago
A super creepy and violent look into the mind of a deranged sociopath on the hunt for innocent, unsuspecting women. Read morePublished 12 days ago by eduardo bejarano
Didn't like it, would love my money back but not refundable.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this because I use the film of the same name in some of my seminars. This book is wilder than fiction, fabulously written and flows faster and faster with each page. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Julie Ridge
A chilling, terrifying, and baffling story of an incomprehensible "human" from this unique, well-written, well-organized perspective. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dr Sunny