Saturday, August 8, 2015

Ann Rule, The Queen of True Crime October 22, 1935 - July 26, 2015

Ann Rule may be best known for her masterpiece The Stranger Beside Me which detailed her friendship with infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. Rule was a crime writer who got her start with True Detective magazine under the pen name Andy Stack.

Born Ann Rae Stackhouse, Ann Rule grew up among family members involved in law enforcement and even joined the Seattle Police Department, but left after failing an eye exam. She studied creative writing, abnormal psychology, and criminal justice, an education that made her true crime books exceptionally substantial and riveting. At the height of her career, Rule produced up to two books a year.

True crime aficionados will miss her contributions, but can be consoled by re-reading her books.
Practice To Deceive
Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors: And Other True Cases
But I Trusted You: And Other True Cases  
Mortal Danger
Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder: And Other True Cases 

ABC Library also has the following true crime books to give you chills: 
Law and Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler's Relentless Pursuit of Justice by John Douglas 
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
While They Slept: An Inquiry Into the Murder Of a Family by Kathryn Harrison 
The Innocent Man by John Grisham
The Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt 
Every Contact Leaves a Trace: Crime Scene Experts Talk About Their Work From Discovery Through Verdict by Connie Fletcher 
For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago by Simon Baatz

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