The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story

The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story

Ann Rule Lorelei King / Feb 18, 2020

The Stranger Beside Me Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer Little did this future best selling author know that the savage slayer she was hun

  • Title: The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story
  • Author: Ann Rule Lorelei King
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  • Page: 237
  • Format: Audible Audio
  • Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer Little did this future best selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends Everyone s picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising futuAnn Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer Little did this future best selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends Everyone s picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty five women from coast to coast Ann Rule, who kept in constant contact with Bundy throughout the investigation, tells his story as no other person can, capturing the essence of his magnetic power, unholy compulsion, and demonic double life Available for the first time on audio, this shocking true story is an unforgettable listening experience In an emotional reading, Rule tells us about Ted Bundy the man she thought she really knewe stranger beside her.

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        Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and her colleague as a trained volunteer on the suicide hotline at the Seattle, Washington Crisis Clinic, giving her a unique distinction among true crime writers Rule won two Anthony Awards from Bouchercon, the mystery fans organization She was nominated three times for the Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America She is highly regarded for creating the true crime genre as it exists today.Ann Rule also wrote under the name Andy Stack Her daughter is author Leslie Rule.


    1. "Oh, I was just in the right place at the right time"NOT something that many of the women in Ted Bundy's life would come to say about meeting America's Grade-A machismo pin-up boy. In fact, as far as I can tell, Ann Rule was the only person to actually benefit from knowing him. And boy, did she ever.To state it quite plainly, Rule is not what one would call a "great" writer. Or even really a good "writer." She repeats herself to accentuate her point like she's me writing like I talk when I'm was [...]

    2. What’s one less person on the face of the earth, anyway?Ted has been described as the perfect son, the perfect student, the Boy Scout grown to adulthood, a genius, as handsome as a movie idol, a bright light in the future of the Republican Party, a sensitive psychiatric social worker, a budding lawyer, a trusted friend, a young man for whom the future could surely hold only success. He is all of these things, and none of them. Ted Bundy fits no pattern at all; you could not look at his record [...]

    3. This was an interesting read, and for the most part it was written adequately. Due to the geography of the murders (I am from Aspen), I had a particular interest in some of the events. My problem with the book is the self-important place which the author places herself when her own words make me feel as though she was nothing more than a "Ted groupie" who sent him money in jail and gave him information. At times, she claims Ted calls her only to talk, and then it is clearly evident by what their [...]

    4. Wow. This was an exhausting read. Between the epilogue, the afterword 1986, the last chapter 1989, the update: twenty years later 2000, and a postscript penned by Rule's daughter, I thought I might never finish this.That said, it is considered by many to be the definitive work not only on Bundy the serial killer, but also on Bundy the charismatic, attractive, and promising law student.And really. What are the chances? You're a struggling single mom of four, eking out a living writing true crime [...]

    5. از بین همه ی قاتل های سریالی که مدت هاست پرونده هاشون رو می خونم، بدون شک "تد باندی" موجود کاملاً متفاوتیه. درسته که باندی به متهم به کشتن و تجاوز به حداقل سی زن بود (آمار اصلی به احتمال زیاد خیلی بیشتر هست) ولی کسانی بودند که خیلی بیشتر از باندی کشتند و خیلی فجیع تراما باندی یک مو [...]

    6. “I was one of many, all of us intelligent, compassionate people who had no real comprehension of what possessed him, what drove him obsessively.”Ann Rule had signed a contract to write a book on a series of brutal and heinous murders of beautiful young women, not knowing she was going to be writing about the man she had worked alongside at a suicide hotline. A man she had found to be kind and understanding, someone she had began to see as a friend. The Stranger Beside Me is a biographical an [...]

    7. This was the first book I ever read by Ann Rule and it was the perfect true crime book. I found a battered copy at a used bookshop.I inhaled this book during a Christmas break and was so intrigued how close Ann came to know Ted Bundy when she was volunteering at the suicide help line.Yes he is a charismatic serial killer who targeted young women and when he got caught he denied nothing This book is a modern classic.

    8. Generally I do not read much of non-fiction but I do make an exception for True crime stories. I have read another book by Ann Rule and the thing I like about her books is that even though they are non-fiction they read like a fiction story.This book is about the famous serial killer Ted Bundy who terrorized U.S in the 70's. The story is told from perspective of his close friend (Ann Rule) who had known him before he was ever suspected in any of the killings.The story takes us back to Ted's chil [...]

    9. For all that Ann Rule invokes her friendship with Bundy -both before and after Bundy's arrest - the truth is this book could have been written solely off of newspaper research and trial records. There's no real emotional-depth or analysis. And Rule's interjections of what was happening with her personal life are annoying; they don't connect to any of the other events she's writing about, and since her entire description of her feelings towards and interactions with bundy are about as dry as when [...]

    10. This book was absolutely riveting. I had started reading it a while ago, but was reading another book as well and had set it aside for a while. When I picked it up again, I simply could not put it down.Ann Rule is one of the premiere true crime writers, but what made this one special was that she had been friends with Ted Bundy (and had worked with him at a Crisis Hotline!) before he was a suspect in the myriad heinous crimes he eventually confessed to a few days before he was executed.The most [...]

    11. This month I’ve been binge listening to the podcast My Favorite Murder. I’m obsessed. There were a couple of episodes where Karen (one of the hosts) mentioned that she was reading The Stranger Beside Me. I was intrigued. When I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Ann Rule was a prolific true crime writer, and this is the work that really put her on the map. Back in the ‘70s, in some weird twist of fate, the serial killer she was writing about turned out to be her friend, Ted. The Stran [...]

    12. An uneven read. Sometimes griping and fascinating, other times tedious and dragging. Even tho Ann Rule's relationship with Ted Bundy and her unique perspective on the whole case made the book interesting, I almost wished I read something written by a different person. Someone with better writing skills.I'd still recommend "The Stranger Beside Me" to anyone who wants a very detailed account of Bundy's life, but be prepared This is a long and tiresome book.

    13. 4.5/5, rounded down.This book scared the ever-living crap outta me, guys. (Which, admittedly, really isn't very hard to do but still.)Call me uncultured if you must, but the only thing I knew about Ted Bundy before reading this was that he was a serial killer. That's literally the only bit of information I knew, so it goes without saying that this book taught me a whole heck of a lot. I don't know that I am happy to now be haunted by the idea of this mans evil, sadistic behavior, but it was real [...]

    14. I was a freshman at FSU in the fall of 1979 and had a work study job at the multimedia laboratory on campus. I worked with professionals learning about campus TV productions, photography, and journalism. Several of the people that I worked with had to go to Bundy's trial to testify for the defense. After he killed the girls at FSU's Chi Omega sorority house, it was a multi media laboratory van that he stole and drove to Lakeland where he killed his final victim and was captured.

Basically, [...]

    15. The Stranger Beside Me is an outstanding true-crime classic that delves into and tackles the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy in the 1970s.Ted Bundy is one of the most prolific serial-killers in the US history. He killed only women, young and beautiful. He stalked them in the most predatory way, and then killed them in the most horrific ways. (view spoiler)[ Not only is Ted Bundy a sadistic serial killer, he was also a rapist and necrophiliac. He even killed as young as 12 years old.(hide spoil [...]

    16. We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.What are the chances of a ex-policewoman turned journalist working on a story about random murders taking place in the country actually having worked at close quarters with the same serial killer in a crisis centre? That's a pretty unique position to be in and Ann Rule was unfortunate enough to be on the spot. She had bonded with Ted over months of saving people's lives [...]

    17. In person book club read #12.I can't wait to talk about this one with the gals in the bookclub. I've always been fascinated by Ted Bundy, and actually think I read this before right after it was first published. Now I'm again a little obsessed, watching his interviews on youtube, and on Hoopla watched the made-for-TV movie based on this book. Very good!I clearly remember when Bundy was electrocuted for 36 murders, all young attractive women, many killed in their college rooms as they slept. I wa [...]

    18. Ann Rule's "The Stranger Beside Me" is probably the most frightening of all the accounts of Ted Bundy's murderous career. Why? Because Rule was a former policewoman, she considered Ted Bundy a co-worker and friend and never saw the sociopathic personality lurking behind his charming facade. As a society, I think we want to believe that we can easily spot those Bundys, Dahmers, Gacys . . . and Rule's book emphasizes the fact that we cannot. Those monsters blend in sometimes seamlessly with the re [...]

    19. ***NO SPOILERS***This, Ann Rule's most famous book, is a truly riveting read, never dry, not journalistic, and admirably thorough. One star docked, however, for an underlying sympathy toward Bundy that's very hard to understand much less accept. Rule, who'd been a close friend of Bundy's, spoke of sending him money (totaling several hundred dollars over the years) and stamps while he was imprisoned and continuing her friendly communications with him for many years. It seems unlikely that Rule in [...]

    20. I was hooked from the first page. What an opportunity Rule had. I know that is ghoulish, but wow. This definitely made her career, and it also shows that Bundy, like many others, is more than a cardboard cut out figure of a killer.This was really excellent. I think Rule had great insights, and I think she might be right when she said Bundy probably fooled James Dobson in the famous interview. She showed her slow realization that he was a sociopath.I think the interesting thing is that there are [...]

    21. Redundant, boring, and a massive drag. There is just so much wrong with this book that if I list all of it, my review might get to about half the length of the book.Ann Rule cannot write. There are far too many repetitions, poorly phrased sentences, typos, and missing words in the book. I can understand that the 'writer' might have created many chapters from her notes, but that is no excuse for poor editing. The length of the book is too much for my liking. (Did Ann Rule get paid by the number o [...]

    22. I've worked in prisons most of my adult life. I have looked many killers in the eyesme who committed crimes as disturbing as Bundy's. You can see it in most of them. The most disturbing thing about Bundy is the fact that most people couldn't see it. Even his friend, Ann Rule, didn't see it. "The Stranger Beside Me" by Ann Rule is a brilliantly constructed book. It's amazing how she transitions from not knowing anything about the murders to not believing the murders to accepting that her friend, [...]

    23. Ann Rule was in a position any crime writer would be jealous of: she starts writing a book about a series of incredibly awful crimes and finds out the central suspect is a person she knows. Yet as the book went on, it seemed more like she was just another Ted Bundy "groupie," fascinated with him and unable to believe such a "nice" person would do such awful things. She doesn't go into much detail on the crimes, obviously wanting to believe, and for us the readers to also believe, he's not such a [...]

    24. Many true crime stories are easily predictable and sensationalist pieces, but The Stranger Beside Me is not the case. This book tells the story of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, but instead of focusing on him, it focuses on the opinions of one of his close friends, who finds herself trying to come to terms with his twisted actions.

    25. Hello. My name is Alissa and I am a True Crime addict & a serial killer enthusiast. ::waves::I don't know what the fascination is with this awful people, but any type of True Crime story comes my way and I eat it up. I have a coworker that feels the same and we are constantly discussing which ones are our "favorite" serial killers. Morbid I know. You can judge me, it's okay!For me, it has always been Ted Bundy. Ted Bundy was the first one I can clearly remember. As sick as it sounds, he was [...]

    26. TED BUNDY WAS, to Ann Rule, the sort of low-maintenance manner of friend with whom one conversed once in a great while, just to exchange news or perhaps share the occasional lunch. There were times, late at night, when the two worked together at a Washington state crisis hotline - and this bothered the then small-time crime column writer not at all. Ted Bundy made her feel safe, in fact, when local women were turning up missing - and, eventually, murdered.In writing this book, it became clearer [...]

    27. This book was really good. I loved how she wrote about her friendship with Bundy honestly, and about his crimes. She does not make excuses for him. She wrote about the many sides of Bundy- the manipulative charming side, the narcissistic side, and the monster that he is deep down. In the end, he really was a stranger, instead of one of her good friends.I can see how she got her reputation of writing excellent true crime, and I plan on reading more of her writing.

    28. My feelings about this book are mixed. On the one hand, I didn’t know much about Ted Bundy, so I learned a lot about that. On the other hand, I just don’t like the author, who happened to be one of Bundy’s close friends. I really didn’t care for her confusion, misplaced compassion, and sympathy for him. That sort of mentality simply infuriates and frustrates me to no end. She even sent him money while he was in prison. He was a cold-blooded evil monster and she continued her friendship w [...]

    29. Ann really had nothing here. She hung out with him for maybe a couple of months and nearly smoked pot with him (obviously this was her, 'I was nearly a victim of Bundy' bit; but Ann he was killing young attractive brunette co-eds, not 50-something grandmas.but hey, it was a close call.There was no additional information here that you couldn't pull from the internet. So although not bad, just disappointing.I get where Ann is coming from though, if I once caught a bus with a woman who knew a guy t [...]

    30. This was a haunting book, I simply could not put it down. Ann Rule narratives are honest, straightforward accounts of events as she knows them, no sensational embellishments. An incredible true crime book.------------------------------Una de las grandes habilidades de Ann Rule (primer libro suyo que leo) es la de poder organizar una gran cantidad de información técnica, entrevistas, evidencias y criminalistica puntual de una manera que se hace deliciosamente digerible. La historia de Bundy es [...]

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