The Stranger Beside Me

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Tells the story of Ted Bundy, a brilliant law student executed for killing three women, who confessed to killing thirty-five others, from the perspective of the former policewoman, crime writer, and unwitting personal friend.

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La rivière rouge sang

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Ann Rule réalise un nouveau coup de maître En novembre 2001, Gary Ridgway, le tueur en série le plus meurtrier des États-Unis, est enfin arrêté. L'assassin de la " Green River ", le fleuve vaseux dans lequel il plongeait ses victimes après les avoir violées et étranglées, échappait à la police depuis vingt ans. Voilà justement vingt ans qu'Ann Rule suit pas à pas les avancées de l'enquête, qu'elle réunit des indices sur le tueur et son mode opératoire, qu'elle collecte des informations sur les quarante-huit victimes. Qu'avaient en commun ces jeunes filles au physique si différent ? Leur fragilité psychologique, leur existence marquée par des drames indélébiles ? La réponse se trouve-t-elle au fond de cette rivière rouge sang, sinistre sillage d'un serial killer qui se croyait insaisissable ?

On a tué mes enfants

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" On a tué mes enfants ! " hurle Diane Downs en se précipitant aux urgences. Un homme brun aux cheveux longs l'a menacée d'une arme, a tiré sur elle, ses deux filles et son fils. La petite Cheryl succombe peu après à ses blessures, les pronostics médicaux pour Christie et Danny ne sont guère optimistes : ils seront sans doute handicapés à vie. Devant ce crime révoltant, la police se lance à la poursuite du mystérieux suspect. Dans une Amérique transportée d'indignation, seul Fred Hugi, un procureur zélé, ose envisager un scénario improbable, de ceux qui soulèvent le cœur et suscitent l'incrédulité générale... La ravissante, l'adorable Diane Downs serait-elle une Médée des temps modernes, capable de reprendre la vie autant que de la donner ? Ann Rule, ancien inspecteur des forces de l'ordre de Seattle, forme des policiers et collabore à la traque des serial killers. Elle nous entraîne ici dans le gouffre terrifiant des noirceurs de l'âme humaine.

Quicklet on Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me (CliffNotes-like Book Summary & Analysis)

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Quicklet on Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me (CliffNotes-like Book Summary & Analysis) by Paul Kraly,Paula Kalamaras Summary

ABOUT THE BOOK I should be grateful that I had a ringside seat to the monstrous scenario Ted Bundy acted out as...the “glamour boy of homicide”... I am not grateful. I would rather I’d never had a book of my own, much less twenty-nine and that Ted’s victims had lived...If only I had the power to make none of it real.” (The Stranger Beside Me xii-xiii) The Stranger Beside Me is at once an autobiographical book and a true crime expose. Published originally in 1980, nine years before Ted Bundy’s execution, it has been revised and updated in 1986, 1989, 2000 and in 2008-9 to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of Bundy’s execution. The Stranger Beside Me was the book that began Ann Rule’s successful career as a true crime writer. What makes the 20th anniversary reissue of the book so intriguing is that Ann Rule has returned to this seminal book, adding chapters and insight into her odd relationship with one of the United States’ worst serial killers, Theodore Robert Bundy or “Ted” as she calls him. While sitting next to Ted as they worked the phones on the night shift of a crisis center, Ann never had a clue about his disturbing double-life. What also makes The Stranger Beside Me so intriguing is that while Ted is rampaging through his murders, Ann’s career is growing as well. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Meanwhile Bundy was getting references for law school from his Republican buddies and was about to leave Washington for Utah. Commentary These chapters are pivotal to the Bundy saga. Rule explains in exhausting detail, with names and dates, what was occurring in Washington at this time. From the task force to the witness statements, a clear picture of the killer and his victimology was beginning to emerge. In 1974, computers were not as accessible as they are now, so much of the comparison was done on hard copy and through manual labor. This delayed results and enabled Bundy to act with impunity throughout the state, despite his name being sent to the authorities by Rule and even his girlfriend. By all appearances, Bundy was a smart law student with a bright future ahead of him. Even after he was apprehended, there was a kind of cult of Bundy that claimed his innocence. Even People Magazine raised doubts about his culpability and bought into the feeding frenzy that his trials became. These chapters begin to consolidate the evidence and reveal Rule’s interactions with police, and yet continue her willful blindness to the problem that was Bundy. Chapter-by-Chapter Summary and Commentary Summary Chapter 12 begins with a recap of the four “Teds” considered suspects worthy of investigation. Since there were artist renderings of the suspect from Lake Sammamish, several respected persons seemed to recognize Bundy as matching the drawing. This included his girlfriend “Meg Anders” (real name: Elizabeth Koepfler) who not only recognized the drawing, but knew of plaster of paris in her medicine cabinet and that her VW was used by her fiance Ted Bundy. She confided her fears to a friend and was encouraged to report Ted to the authorities. She was wracked with guilt over doing this and not letting Ted know. While Meg was anguished over reporting her boyfriend (now a Utah law student) to the police, bodies were being found in the mountains throughout the late summer and early fall of 1974. Ted was settled in Utah, but traveled back to Seattle to finish some business and try to assure Meg of his affection, although not marriage. As he once told Ann Rule (much later after he was arrested): “Why should I want to attack women? I had all the female companionship I wanted. I must have slept with half a dozen women that first year in Utah and all of them went to bed with me willingly... ...buy the book to continue reading!

Summary and Analysis of The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy

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Summary and Analysis of The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy by Worth Books Summary

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Stranger Beside Me tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Ann Rule’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule includes: Historical context Section-by-section summaries Detailed timeline of important events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule: Among American serial killers, Ted Bundy is infamous not just for his crimes, but for the way he was able to charm his victims. Bundy’s friendly demeanor fooled many, including Ann Rule, bestselling true crime author and former law enforcement officer. Rule and Bundy met while working together at a suicide hotline. The two remained friends throughout the period of Bundy’s crimes, trials, and fight against execution. This friendship gives the reader an intimate window into a man countless psychiatrists struggle to explain. Get to know Ted Bundy, a true sociopath, and learn about his reign of terror in the Pacific Northwest, Florida, and perhaps beyond. Rule’s police background adds compelling perspective to one of the most popular, detailed, and personal books written about Ted Bundy. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

Mourir au crépuscule

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Quand le cadavre d'une avocate est retrouvé sur l'autoroute du Crépuscule, dans l'Oregon, les soupçons se portent tout naturellement sur son ex-mari, Brad Cunningham. Mais pour bâtir un dossier d'accusation solide, il faut des preuves matérielles, et la police n'en a pas. Les années passent, Brad Cunningham refait sa vie avec Sarah, une femme médecin qui adopte ses trois fils. La famille s'installe dans une propriété superbe, conçue pour un bonheur sans nuage. Brad dévoile alors à Sarah son vrai visage. De l'enfance troublée d'un meurtrier à un procès retentissant, Ann Rule révèle un parcours terrifiant, jalonné de violence, de manipulations et de harcèlement moral

Une petite fille trop gâtée

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Ann Rule a opéré une véritable révolution dans le thriller. Sur ses photos de mariage, la frêle Pat pose au côté de Tom telle une ravissante Scarlett. Elle rêve de plantations, de jardins de roses et de réceptions chics dans les résidences huppées d'Atlanta. Deux mois plus tard, tous ses espoirs sont réduits à néant : son bel époux est accusé d'avoir sauvagement assassiné ses propres parents. Ce roman d'Ann Rule est un véritable tour de force : un tourbillon d'amour insatisfait, de passions et de désirs incontrôlables, une série de crimes brillamment orchestrés, et au centre de cette spirale mortelle, une jeune femme habituée à ce qu'on lui passe tous ses caprices.

But I Trusted You

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Explores cases of people killed by trusted spouses, lovers, family members, or helpful strangers who turned on them, including the murder of Chuck Leonard, a middle school counselor who was an odd mix of family man and wild man.

Une vengeance au goût amer

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Une vengeance au goût amer by Ann Rule,Isabelle Saint-Martin Summary

Mike et Deborah ont tout pour être heureux. Ce jeune couple de médecins a trois enfants, habite dans une banlieue cossue. Mais leur bonheur s'effrite. Mike souffre de maux de tête dont nul ne connaît la cause. Leur maison est incendiée et deux des enfants meurent. La police cherche un début de piste.

Without Pity

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A collection of true-crime tales, selected from the author's "Crime Files" series, is accompanied by three new cases that chronicle the crimes of seemingly ordinary men possessing a twisted obsession with violence and death.

Don't Look Behind You

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I’LL BE WATCHING YOU Walking home on a dark night, you hear footsteps coming up behind you. As they get closer, your heart pounds harder. Who is closing in with dangerous intent—a total stranger? Or someone you know and trust? The answer is as simple as turning around, but don’t look behind you . . . run. Ann Rule, who shared her own nerve-jangling account of unknowingly befriending sadistic sociopath Ted Bundy in The Stranger Beside Me, chronicles other fateful encounters with the hidden predators among us in this riveting collection, fifteenth in the bestselling series drawn from her personal files. First in line is a stunning case that spanned thirty years and took a determined detective to four states—ending, finally, in Alaska—where he unraveled not one but two murders. A second case appears to begin and end with the hunt for the Green River Killer, focusing on a Washington State man who was once cleared as a suspect in that deadly chain of homicides. But the millionaire property owner believed he had successfully buried his own murderous past and the awful truth behind his young wife’s disappearance. She vanished soon after she left for a day at the Seattle World’s Fair, and her three small children grew up believing their mother had abandoned them. But one amazing witness remained—the missing woman’s best friend, who heard her last words in a frantic phone call—“He’s coming!”—before the line went dead. Only since Robert Hansen’s suicide has the monster within been revealed. In another true story, a petite woman went to a tavern, looking only for conversation and fun. Instead, she met violent death in the form of a seven-foot man who had seemed shy and harmless. You’ll feel a chill as you uncover these and numerous other cases of unfortunate victims who made one tragic mistake: trusting the wrong person—even someone they’d known intimately, or thought they knew.

A Rage To Kill And Other True Cases:

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Acclaimed for her "devastatingly accurate insight" (The New York Times Book Review) into the criminal mind, Ann Rule has chronicled the most fascinating cases of our time in her bestselling Crime Files series. For this sixth stunning collection, Rule has culled from her private files the most-asked-about homicide cases -- riveting accounts of seemingly normal men and women who are compelled d by a murderous rage to suddenly lash out at innocent victims. Torn from the headlines, here is the case that shocked a nation: the Seattle city bus ride that turned to mayhem and murder at the hands of a gunman. Ann Rule unmasks the forces that drove quiet, clean-cut Silas Cool to shoot the driver, causing the bus to plunge off the Aurora Bridge into an apartment building. The catastrophe left three dead -- including Cool -- and dozens injured. While the scene unfolds as in a terrifying movie, Rule finds very real answers to the haunting question "how could this happen?" -- and expertly constructs the unseen chain of events that resulted in an explosive and shattering tragedy. Included here are nine other sensational cases that illuminate Rule's unique and authoritative view of the human psyche gone temporarily berserk. No one can match Rule's meticulous research, or reveal the motives to murder in such explicit and chilling detail. You may think you know who is safe and who is dangerous; in A Rage to Kill, Ann Rule frighteningly shows that none of us are truly protected from the flashes of irrational violence that can erupt from the killers among us.

Dead by Sunset

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The author of eight New York Times bestsellers, Ann Rule first won nationwide acclaim with The Stranger Beside Me, about serial killer Ted Bundy. Her Crime Files volumes, based on fascinating case histories, have assured her reputation as our premier chronicler of crime. Now the former Seattle policewoman brings us the horrific account of a charismatic man adored by beautiful and brilliant women who always gave him what he wanted...sex, money, their very lives.... When attorney Cheryl Keeton's brutally bludgeoned body was found in her van in the fast lane of an Oregon freeway, her husband, Brad Cunningham, was the likely suspect. But there was no solid evidence linking him to the crime. He married again, for the fifth time, and his stunning new wife, a physician named Sara, adopted his three sons. They all settled down to family life on a luxurious estate. But gradually, their marriage became a nightmare.... In this gripping account of Cheryl's murder, Ann Rule takes us from Brad's troubled boyhood to one of the most bizarre trials in legal history, uncovering multiple marriages, financial manipulations, infidelities, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge along the way. Dead By Sunset is Ann Rule at her riveting best.