The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me

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"When Anne Rule and Ted Bundy developed a friendship at a Seattle crisis clinic in 1971, she had no idea that her caring, sensitive coworker would go on to become one of America's most notorious serial killers. In [this book], she dives into not only her personal relationship with Bundy, but his life; covering everything from his complicated childhood to the media circus revolving around his trials. Bundy eventually confessed to killing at least thirty-six women across the country and was sentenced to death. Rule draws from correspondence to create an intense, heart-pounding account of the brilliant and charismatic Bundy"--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2018
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9781501139147
1501139142
Branch Call Number: History 364.152 Rul

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ManMachine
Jul 03, 2019

When it comes to Anne Rule's true-account book "The Stranger Beside Me" - Fact is, most definitely, stranger, and, yes, more terrifying, than fiction.

"The Stranger Beside Me" is a very compelling and well-written autobiographical and biographical true-crime book (updated in 2009) about the sadistic serial killer Ted Bundy, whom Rule had actually met personally before and after his arrest for a series of truly hideous and brutal murders.

Ted Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. Shortly before his execution in 1989 (at age 42), after more than a decade of denials, Bundy confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true victim count remains unknown, and could be much higher

*Note* - On July 26, 2015 - Author, Anne Rule (83 at the time) died as a result of congestive heart failure.

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grouchykitty
Apr 09, 2016

I couldn't finish this book. It starts of really slow. I decided to abort mission after 100 pages.

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MaxRSW
Jun 01, 2015

This book earns all of the kudos but I greatly discount the rating because of Ann Rule's refusal to print the Truth, The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth as she - as much as TV or any other writer - helped create the Myth Of Handsome, Genius, Urbane Ted Bundy.

And THEN she whines about groupies at his trials! HUH?!! Why, Ann? YOU helped them believe how special he was! Why didn't you write about the beheadings, the sex acts with corpses and body parts, the body part collection, etc. You knew about them. Why didn't you include THOSE?

And since you didn't, Ann, why complain about people who take YOUR version of The Truth and become Ted's groupies?

I give Ann very low marks for refusing to write the Whole Truth as she learned it. Yes, it is amazingly gruesome, shockingly awful - but Ann had access to those police reports and the findings. She chose to exclude those and help the Bundy Myth so folks wouldn't think SHE was the weirdo for not discovering a co-worker's prediliction.

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kwehner1987
Jun 05, 2013

A must read for true crime fans. Anne Rule's personal relationship with Ted Bundy, as well as the insight offered by letters to Rule from Bundy, provide a unique perspective of the case and the crimes.

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mrstlc
Feb 05, 2011

Gripping. One of the few books that have ever kept me up at night. Women can easily relate to the victims. They were smart, beautiful and tragically vulnerable. Ann Rule's realization & struggle to accept that her friend was a monster makes this a fascinating read.

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BrittanyR
Jul 20, 2010

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celiacpf
Feb 28, 2019

This book is a detailed account of Ted Bundy's life. It was written by one of his best friends when he was working at a Crisis Hotline in Seattle. There are almost two stories going on at once, the one about Bundy, and the mystery of the attacked, missing, and murdered women In Washington, Colorado, and Utah. The two don't seem to have any linkage between them, until one woman comes forward. From there on out, Bundy is suspected. It gives details from his trial and how he came to be one of the most notorious serial killers in America.

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