The I-5 Killer

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As a young man, Randall Woodfield had it all--a star athlete, good looks, and an award-winning student. Working in the swinging West Coast bar scene, he had more than his share of women. But he wanted more than just sex. An appetite for unspeakable violent acts led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California to Washington, leaving a trail of victims along the way. As the...
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Overview

As a young man, Randall Woodfield had it all--a star athlete, good looks, and an award-winning student. Working in the swinging West Coast bar scene, he had more than his share of women. But he wanted more than just sex. An appetite for unspeakable violent acts led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California to Washington, leaving a trail of victims along the way. As the list of the dead grew, the police mobilized to stop a twisted killer who had 44 known deaths to his name.

Praise for Ann Rule:

"Vivid...Extraordinary...A page-turner!"-- New York Times Book Review, for Small Sacrifices

"Rule has an instinct for suspense, knowing just what information to leak to the reader and when."-- Washington Post Book World, for Small Sacrifices

"A shattering story...carefully investigated, written with compassion but also with professional objectivity."-- Seattle Times, for The Stranger Beside Me
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451165596
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1984
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 234,058
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 4.12 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann  Rule

Ann Rule has drawn on her experience as a former policewoman to become one of America’s top true-crime writers. The author of over 1,000 articles and numerous books, she has lectured widely to law-enforcement schools and agencies. She has also serves as a consultant to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VI-CAP), which is used to track and apprehend violent criminals. Her bestselling books, Lust Killer, The Want-Ad Killer, The I-5 Killer, and Small Sacrifices, are available in Signet editions.

Biography

Ann Rule has always had an insatiable interest in why people do the things they do. From devouring true crime books when she was a girl to pursuing a career in law enforcement as a Seattle policewoman, to achieving blockbuster success as a true crime author, Rule has dedicated her life to uncovering the dark motivations inside the minds of the criminals who live among us.

The majority of Rule's books have hit the New York Times bestseller list, including six Crime Files series volumes: A Rage to Kill, In the Name of Love, the #1 bestseller A Fever in the Heart, You Belong to Me, A Rose for Her Grave, and The End of the Dream.

...And Never Let Her Go is her chilling account of the nationally renowned case of wife killer Thomas Capano; Bitter Harvest covers the case of Debora Green, a physician and mother driven to murder; the #1 bestseller If You Really Loved Me tells the true story of a millionaire's murderous alter ego; Everything She Ever Wanted is the story of a sociopathic Georgia socialite and her fatal attractions; Small Sacrifices is Rule's heartbreaking account of a woman who slaughtered her three young children. Perhaps her best-known and most compelling work, The Stranger Beside Me, is the fascinating tale of Rule's growing terror as she realized her friend and coworker, Ted Bundy, was a serial killer. Finally, the #1 New York Times bestseller Dead by Sunset tells the story of a charismatic killer and the women who loved him.

Generous and civic-minded when it comes to sharing her expertise and insights, Rule has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee and often speaks to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI Academy. She also served on the U.S. Justice Department task force that set up VI-CAP -- the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program now in use at the FBI to trace and apprehend serial killers.

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Rule's early jobs included being a caseworker for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance and a police officer.

Rule's interest in criminology seems to run in the family: Her grandfather and an uncle were sheriffs, another uncle was a medical examiner, and her cousin was a district attorney.

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    1. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lowell, Michigan
    1. Education:
      Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

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    Do you enjoy true crime thrillers that will keep you on the edge of you seat? If you do then The I-5 Killer, written by Ann Rule as Andy Stack, is the perfect book for you. This true story is full of suspense, excitement, and action. This installment of Rule¿s trilogy of writing as Andy Stack helps establish her as one of the greatest true crime authors of all time. Unlike many serial killers, Randall Brent Woodfield had a fairly normal childhood. But as it turned out, he was not who everyone thought he was. Woodfield had a history of non-violent sex crimes but they were not taken seriously, most likely because he was a football star and the hometown hero and the local police didn¿t want to damage his reputation. After serving some time in prison, Woodfield was released and for no apparent reason went on a crime spree along the west coast, traveling on the I-5 Freeway. His crimes included rape, robbery, and murder. Rule is very detailed when describing the various incidents and does a good job of recreating the crime scenes. She is able to add suspense as well by using irony and flashbacks throughout the story. Woodfield is the typical former high-school football star turned ladies man. Rule does a fairly good job of describing his past and his previous offenses. She also does a fine job of describing the lead detective, Dave Kominek, and gives some useful information about him as well. Unlike the other true crime books that I have read, this is the first one that really spends a lot of time describing the detectives past and personality. This helped because it made him seem more human and less like a man without a heart. Going so deep into the history of Woodfield and Kominek did take up a substantial amount of the beginning of the book, but once the story gets going, it really is hard to put down. Even though I did enjoy the overall book, there were some things that I did not like. For example, I felt that the constant flashbacks and skipping back and forth from story to story got very confusing at times. Another element of the book that I was not very fond of was the court case. It takes up about a fourth of the book and seems to drag along. One more thing that I did not particularly enjoy was the graphic nature of the book. I was expecting a couple of graphic scenes but I did not know that they went into so much detail. I would have liked for there to have been some kind of warning and I do not suggest this book to anyone who has a weak stomach. But other than that, the book was great. If you enjoy suspenseful stories with plenty of twists and turns, do not hesitate to read The I-5 Killer by Ann Rule. For the most part, it will keep you entertained and interested. Don¿t forget that you may not know your friends and neighbors as well as you think.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    Ann rule details the chilling account of the I-5 killer in this

    Ann rule details the chilling account of the I-5 killer in this novel. She seems to have all of her facts straight, and she details the case well. One can only imagine how horrific the attacks were on the victims of Randy Woodfield. In this book, Ann Rule proves again how well she can write about true crime cases; making the readers feel like they are watching the events as they happen. She is a fantastic writer, and I highly recommend this novel, and all the others she has written as well. A

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Chilling true crime, but a little rough around the edges

    The I-5 Killer was originally published under the pen name of ''Andy Stack'' but is now clearly noted that its author is Ann Rule. The book describes in great detail the crimes of Randall Woodfield who stalked women in Oregon and 2 other states in the 1970s/early '80s. Overall Rule does a very good job of covering the crimes and Woodfield's background. However, the book has uneven coverage of the victims and not as much insight from the police detectives as I had hoped to read. She also leaves readers dangling with hints that Woodfield killed up to 18 people (He was convicted on only a handful of violent crimes). I recommend I-5 Killer, but it is gory and left me somewhat unfulfilled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    Will make you look over your shoulder from now on

    Whoa, I read this book as I traveled from San Jose, Ca up I-5 to Oregon. I ended up staying at a family members house who is directly across the street from where he is being held for the murderers. Along the trip I was able to look for the areas that the ladies were killed. Its a sad story, but if your into the true-story murder books. I would defiantly recommend this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    One of the best books-

    If you like crime and police books you will LOVE this one- R-

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