(Review) The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy by Ann Rule


Publisher and Publication Date: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. Copyright 1980. My edition is 2018.
Genre: Nonfiction. True crime.
Pages: 592.
Source: Self purchase.
Rating: Excellent.
Audience: True crime readers.

54 black and white illustrations

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Ann Rule died in 2015-New York Times
Seattle Times
Bio from Wikipedia
The starting chapter of the book is titled, “The Final Chapter? – 2008.” Ann Rule wants to set the record straight about Ted Bundy. She wants to correct previously untrue information about Theodore Robert Bundy.
This book was first published in 1980. A preface is included from this year.
At the end of the book is an “Update: Twenty Years Later-2000.”
For me to say Ann Rule is a thorough writer is an understatement. No stone is left unturned. This is the first thing I love about her writing. A second reason, and it pertains to this particular book, Ann Rule personally knew Ted Bundy.
Rule has a keen eye, law enforcement experience, intelligence; and, the ability to examine and put together a graphic detailed account of Bundy’s personal life, personality, mental make-up, criminal behavior and activity.
I had a few reader friends ask me if I’d read this book. While shopping in a Barnes and Nobles this book was on an endcap.
It is a lengthy book at 592 pages.

Why should you read this book?
The main reason is it delves deep at a serial killers planning, stalking, and methods of killing. Ted Bundy is the serial killer studied. However, the reader will understand a great deal of what goes on in a serial killers planning and carrying out of a crime.
I did not read the book to know the person Ted Bundy. His birth and growing up years are only an interest in how they may have contributed to his killings.

At times in the book, I felt Ann Rule was torn. She was torn between wanting to believe Bundy was innocent, because she personally knew him. And in seeing what the evidence showed and that he was guilty. This point made the book personal, and not just an analytical viewpoint.

Further points in the book of interest:
•Ted Bundy’s IQ.
•A mental makeup of Bundy’s personality and mental health.
•Other murders he may have committed.
•His wife and daughter.
•The complicated relationship with his mother.
•The autopsies and the victims.
•Bundy’s behavior during the trial.
•His death at the electric chair in Florida.

Ann Rule died in 2015.


The film, The Stranger Beside Me from YouTube.

I recommend “Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” on Netflix.



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