Without Pity: Ann Rule's Most Dangerous Killers

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - True Crime - 433 pages
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In eight stunning Case Files volumes, from A Rose for Her Grave to the #1 blockbuster Last Dance, Last Chance, Ann Rule reigns as "America's best true-crime writer" (Kirkus Reviews). Now, she updates the most astonishing cases from that acclaimed series -- and presents shocking, all-new true-crime accounts -- in one riveting anthology. In every explosive chapter of Without Pity, Ann Rule deepens her unrelenting exploration of the evil that lies behind the perfect facades of heartless killers...and the deadly compulsions of greed and power that shatter their outward trappings of material success.
They are the admired, trusted neighbor; the affable family man; the sexy, charismatic lover; the high-achieving professional. Perhaps most frightening of all is that they are heroes in their own minds. But when someone gets in the way of their deluded dreams, they are capable of deadly acts of violence with no remorse. Analyzing the true nature of the sociopathic mind in chilling detail, Ann Rule traces the murderous crimes of seemingly ordinary men -- killers who drew their unsuspecting victims into their twisted worlds with devastating consequences.

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User Review  - kivarson - LibraryThing

In addition to describing these crimes in detail, Rule provides an abundance of historical and geographic context. What struck me the most was the statistic from the 1980s regarding the average length ... Read full review

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User Review  - MerryMary - LibraryThing

Examination of several of Ann's cases. Culled from other books and other writings, these chapters introduce us to chilling murderers and baffling crime scenes. Most have been solved, but not all of them. Read full review


Authors Note
The Tumbledown Shack
Dead and on Tape
Fatal Obsession
Campbells Revenge from A Rose for Her Grave
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One Trick Pony from You Belong to Me
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The Lost Lady from A Rage to Kill
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The Stockholm Syndrome from Empty Promises
The Tumbledown Shack
Dead and on Tape
Fatal Obsession

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The Last Letter from You Belong to Me
Ill Love You Forever from A Fever in the Heart
Murder and the Proper Housewife from In the Name of Love
The Most Dangerous Game from In the Name of Love
The Killer Who Never Forgotor Forgave from In the Name of Love
Campbells Revenge
One Trick Pony
The Last Letter
Ill Love You Forever

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Ann Rule is a former Seattle policewoman and the author of twenty New York Times bestsellers, including eight Crime Files volumes: Last Dance, Last Chance; Empty Promises; A Rage to Kill; The End of the Dream; In the Name of Love; A Fever in the Heart; You Belong to Me; and A Rose for Her Grave. She is also the author of Every Breath You Take, the only true-crime book written at the request of the murder victim -- a woman ensnared by the violent obsessions of her millionaire ex-husband; ...And Never Let Her Go, the nationally renowned case of deadly seducer Thomas Capano, which was made into a CBS miniseries; and Bitter Harvest, which unravels the shattering case of Debora Green, a doctor and loving mother driven to lethal acts of vengeance. Her other titles include the bestsellers If You Really Loved Me, Everything She Ever Wanted, Small Sacrifices, Dead by Sunset, The Want-Ad Killer, The I-5 Killer, Lust Killer, and her classic The Stranger Beside Me, the unnerving chronicle of Rule's dawning horror as she realized her friend and coworker, Ted Bundy, was a serial killer. She has also written a #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Possession.

Ann Rule has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee and regularly presents seminars to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI Academy, as well as district attorneys and victim support groups. She served on the U.S. Justice Department task force that set up VI-CAP (the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program now in place at FBI headquarters) to track and trap serial killers. She lives near Seattle. For more information, visit her website at www.annrules.com.

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