The stranger beside me summary
The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy: The Shocking Inside Story by Ann RuleLike half the planet, my wife and I watched the Ted Bundy series on Netflix. For some reason, I decided I wanted more so I picked this up. Even though I scared the shit out of myself as a kid watching 20/20, Unsolved Mystery, and Dateline, true crime books arent normally my thing. This one was an easy, compelling read.
I find it fascinating that Ann Rule knew Ted Bundy and was writing a book about the Washington killings at the same time. Anyway, this book serves up a lot more information than the Netflix documentary series. It works a lot of gruesome details into the mix as well as eyewitness statements and elaborates on a lot of the points the documentary glosses over. It also mentions things that the documentary completely ignored, like some attacks Bundy perpetrated before the killing spree ever started, or the Idaho murders he confessed to.
The documentary is slanted a bit to make Ted Bundy look highly intelligent. In the book, its pretty apparent that while he was smart, luck and the negligence of people around him were big factors to his getting away with things for so long. You know, maybe keep your eye on the accused murderer who has already escaped once? Or keep an eye on the hacksaws in your jail?
Ann Rules perceptions of Ted Bundy effectively highlight his chameleon like abilities to snowball people and blend in anywhere. The details of the murders show what a cold blooded bastard he was. Hes not a folk hero or a heart throb, people! Ted Bundys trial is a damn circus. Yeah, we all know the mother fucker was guilty but it was a damn circus. It was like letting Charlie defend himself on an episode of Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
While I wont say I actually enjoyed it, The Stranger Beside Me was a gripping true crime book.
Four out of five stars.
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The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule is a nonfiction book about the author's long time friendship with convicted serial killer, Ted Bundy. Having first met as workers in a Crisis Clinic in Seattle, Washington, in , Ann and Ted's association continues until his execution in January of As might be expected, Ann's emotions wax and wane through their seventeen-year friendship as Ann rejects and finally accepts the fact that Ted Bundy her friend is also Ted Bundy the serial killer. Ann Rule was trained in police work, a background which lends itself well to her career as a crime writer for the Seattle police department. Ann's job is to document all the homicide cases for the department, a relatively low paying career but the recently divorced mother of four needs the income that the writing brings in to her family. As a means to extend her training and also to get her out of the house occasionally, Ann volunteers to work on the suicide hotline at a local Crisis Clinic.
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Rule died this past July, at the age of eighty-three, having become a best-selling author. But, in , Rule was a correspondent for True Detective magazine, writing lurid tabloid accounts of crime stories from Oregon to the Canadian border. In , Rule, still churning out articles, volunteered for a suicide hotline, and found herself working alongside a personable twenty-four-year-old college student named Ted Bundy. If Bundy or Rule felt that a caller was truly suicidal, they would signal the other to trace the call for emergency services. Rule describes spending hours alone with him—before the majority of his crimes, though likely not before his earliest attempts at kidnapping.
Some characters in this book are referred to using a pseudonym. On the twentieth anniversary of publication, interest in Ted Bundy remained high. The author, considered a go-to expert on the serial killer, still received many letters from young women enthralled with Bundy, and from older women who thought they had escaped his clutches decades ago. Some survivor stories were more believable than others. Rule also answers the most common questions she is asked about Bundy, such as "Did Ted Bundy really father a child in prison? Rule, who began writing the book that would become The Stranger Beside Me, could never have imagined the vicious killer could be someone she considered a friend. Bundy was aware, even when he was incarcerated, that she was writing this book, yet he continued to confide in her.
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