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Book Title: The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story|
The author of the book: Ann Rule
ISBN 13: 9780451203267
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.60 MB
Date of issue: June 1st 2001
Read full description of the books The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story:"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 wasted, which I'm fairly sure she's not. She says things like (and I'm paraphrasing here) "I couldn't have testified in Ted's defense. That was just something I could not do." Really? Could you do it, Ann? Could you?!? Wait, I'm confused...so you're saying you could do it or you couldn't do it? You see what I mean.
Additionally, she frolics in a minefield of cliches. I suppose when you are discussing something as sensitive as a serial killer's dump-site for a battered, raped, & strangled 12 year old girl's body, you sorta need to bust out a little bit of the old flowery sympathies and "oh, the humanities." And when you find out that you were close, personal friends with a psychopathic killer, people expect a pretty heavy-handed amount of "woe is me, I never really knew him, will I ever really know anyone, why was I so stupid, who am I, God?" Debra Morgan ballyhoo. Whatever.
Regardless of her lack of authorial prowess, Rule was fortunate enough to work with a nice young man at a suicide hot-line in Seattle who was willing to help her out. Good ole' handsome Ted. Friend. Student. Son. Eldest brother. Fiance. Volunteer. Outdoorsman. Future politician. Saver of drowning children. Chaser of purse-snatchers. Purse-snatcher. Kleptomaniac. Psychopath. Chauvinist. Power-monger. Rapist. Sadist. Serial murderer. Necrophiliac. Con-artist. Liar...
...One thing that you can definitely say about the guy is that his interests were diverse. And his "interests" would lead him to commit some pretty shittastically evil crimes. And LOTS of 'em, with ever-increasing voracity and viciousness. And now, Ann Rule had her big break book idea! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I won't dwell on this point for too long, as Rule has been getting shit about this for decades. I will simply say that she was, in fact, in a unique position to write a fantastic book, and she kinda botched it. Maybe it was supposed to have been Truman Capote working at that crisis hot-line back in 1974.
All the same, I enjoyed the book for the sheer fact that I am so fascinated by Ted Bundy. This dude was a smooth operator, which makes him (to my mind) one of the most terrifying serial killers of all time. I mean, just watch the man at work...
That video also contains my favorite "accidental black comedy" quote of all time:
"I have been impolite."
All the same, he was one of the most high-functioning psychopaths ever to have been caught. Which makes him someone worth knowing, and knowing well. I won't get too preachy on you here, but I would think that his unique manifestation of psychopathology...the viciousness of his crimes combined with his ability to function somewhat in the spotlight simultaneously...to schmooze his captors so successfully that he was able to escape from jail TWICE and avoid recapture despite his existence on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list...to stand as his own attorney, and make thousands of women fall in love with him and fight for his cause and truly believe his innocence despite all of the evidence to the contrary....that he was able to live for 9 years after his initial death sentence on his own legal prowess alone...the simple fact that he was JUST SO GOOD AT BEING A SOCIOPATH would make him a worthwhile specimen. He had all of the "skills" of such an individual maxed-out to as extreme a degree as his dark side was. In my opinion, this fact alone would have been good enough reason to keep the asshole alive, especially considering the massive advances we have had in genetics and neuroscience since he was executed in 1989. Findings which suggest not only potential methods of early detection of psychopathology, but also argue for the unfortunate inevitability of much of the violent crimes committed by antisocial personalities when early physical abuse and brain damage are added to the fire. Which makes a whole other argument as to their sanity at the time of their crimes. Which would make an even further argument concerning their eligibility for execution. ALSO, it would just fucking make sense to study these people so we can catch them early. Understand them. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that we could eventually maybe even HELP THEM. I know...how dare I?
Regardless of all that, I believe that I know at least one little lady who might like to know a bit more about genetics and their influence on antisocial behavior...whether she knows she should or not...
Anyway, I've been reading this under the radar and off and on for some time, and I'm glad to finally be done with it. I didn't want my goodreads friends to know me as "you know, Kristi. That chick who needs an entire YEAR to read a book by fuckin' Ann Rule." Anyway, it was ok. Read it for its subject matter rather than its literary merit.
Or just watch this:
Read information about the authorAnn 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 Goodreads author Leslie Rule.
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