The Stranger Beside Me

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2000 - True Crime - 456 pages
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Ted Bundy was handsome, charming, a brilliant law student, and on the verge of a dazzling career. On January 24, 1989, he was executed for the murders of three young women, having confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more.

This is the story of one of the most fascinating killers in American history of his magnetic power, his bleak compulsion, his double life, his string of helpless victims. It is also the story of Ann Rule, a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal mass murderer. Little did she realize that the "Ted" the police were seeking was the same Ted who worked with her at a Seattle crisis clinic, a man who had become her close friend and confidant. As she began to put the evidence together, a terrifying picture emerged of the man she thought she knew.

Thirty-five years after it was first published, The Stranger Beside Me remains a gripping, explosive true-crime classic.


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User Review  - mb48 - Borders

I read this when it was first published 30 years ago. This book is absolutely the very best True Crime book ever written. This is the book I use to judge/gauge all true crime books. If you're a True Crime afficianado be prepared for an uninterupted reading session. Read full review

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

This book is fantastic, Ann Rule is brilliant. I always heard of Ted Bundy and the crimes he committed. I had already read a book by Ann Rule and I liked her style of writing. I was surprised to read ... Read full review

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Ann Rule (1931—2015), a former policewoman, was the author of fifteen New York Times bestsellers, including Small Sacrifices and Lust Killer.

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