Farewell to Ann Rule

Captain’s Log   6,053

My sister just emailed me to let me know that Ann Rule passed away.  She was one of the finest true crime writers of all time.  Her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, profiled the history and story of Ted Bundy.  They became friends while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline.  And then she found out what he was really all about.  Holy shit.  Very ironic that Bundy worked a suicide line.  Then again, it was perfect for him.  He seemed to thrive on the idea of death and its potential.

stranger beside

The first true crime book I ever read.  Very insightful.

She was a humble woman who loved doing her research and writing her books.  She will be missed.


She always focused on the whole story.  A true professional.

I always admire people who can write with a passion.  I wish I had the discipline to write books.  I have the discipline to write other things, but the thought of writing a book absolutely paralyzes me.


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13 responses to “Farewell to Ann Rule

  1. Joanie Benson

    One of my all-time favorite writers. Have read almost everything written by her at least until several years ago, and have a book signed by her. She did such extensive research on every character involved that by end I felt like I knew them all personally. But also, some of the gruesomeness of the stories started staying in my head for far too long, mainly because they had actually happened, so I had to quit some time ago because it was starting to bother me! But the woman was incomparable when it came to describing the psychological trappings of a serial killer and when she found out she was working with and was a close friend and lunch buddy of one of them (Ted Bundy) it was shocking! Didn’t know she had passed. Thanks.

  2. I haven’t read her book, but think I might have to check it out. Ted Bundy was one creepy beast.

  3. I can’t believe you would be paralyzed about writing a book. It’s just a really long blog or a play or a musical show.

    • poolagirl

      Well, I am. It’s all in my head. I don’t think I am good enough. But a good editor will make me sound brilliant, right?

  4. Yup, missed. Yup too, did you remember to give Mia her book bag. Yes, three, are you celebrating all your years of blogging here on your blog?

  5. Patty O"

    Paralyses you? I am stunned. As creative as you are I would think you have volumes inside your head. Perhaps that is all the more reason to try it; blow that plug! Hammer that bung into the barrel and watch the fine wine pour forth!

  6. She was such a good writer.

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