- Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Updated ed. edition (December 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416559590
- ISBN-13: 978-1416559597
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,127 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"As dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at midnight." -- The New York Times
About the Author
Ann Rule wrote thirty-five New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship with infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she used her firsthand expertise in all her books. For more than three decades, she was a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lived near Seattle and passed away in 2015.
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The book reveals rich detail about serial killer, Ted Bundy's, creepy activities and horrific crimes.
In addition, Rule and Bundy had a platonic friendship, which started in 1971 as they worked a rape crisis hotline together. Three years after the friendship starts, young women begin to disappear in the area. Their contact, though infrequent, continues until Bundy's execution.
Additionally, through her true crime writing, Rule also has access to the law enforcement agencies involved in solving the disappearances and ultimate hunt for a yet unknown killer. So this narrative gives an up close and personal look at the killer, as well as the investigation. It spans all of Bundy's known victims in Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Florida.
Rule appears to make every attempt to be unbiased and self examining as she presents the details. Her personal experience certainly gives a another layer to this tale's narrative.
THE STRANGER BESIDE ME proves to be quite insightful into the baffling seemingly innocent and disarming facade of this serial killing psychopath.
In addition, this storyline is fascinating in and of itself, and no one tells Ted Bundy's story better and more completely than Ann Rule.
Ann Rule walks you through these crimes in an "and you were there" sort of way. She was there for part of it. In a bizarre twist of circumstance, she actually knew Ted Bundy as a co-worker when they sat side by side, taking calls at a crisis hotline.
This book is partially an examination of the author's own feelings about how someone she grew to be fairly good friends with, someone she came to believe was a caring, sensitive, intelligent individual with a world of potential before him, could act with such cold, calculating cruelty.
One of the court appointed psychiatrists that examines Bundy pinpoints the problem, diagnosing him as having antisocial disorder, which used to be known as being psychopathic. According to this expert, people with this disorder are masters at hiding the problem in their day to day lives, making it hard to catch, and impossible to cure.
Many more things are revealed in this book, and if you have the kind of morbid curiosity that I have, you'll find this book well worth your time.