The Stranger Beside Me / Edition 20

The Stranger Beside Me / Edition 20

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by Ann Rule

ISBN-10: 0393050297

ISBN-13: 9780393050295

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"As dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at midnight."—New York Times  See more details below


"As dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at midnight."—New York Times

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Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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The Twentieth Anniversary Edition
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6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)

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The Stranger Beside Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read from a classic true crime writer because she, Ann Rule, actually was friends w/ Ted Bundy. It is an interesting story about how she knew Bundy during the killing years and how their relationship changed as the truth about Bundy was exposed. Rule comes off as being somewhat sympathetic toward Bundy, but it is expected as she thought she knew him as a charming, good looking, normal guy. It got a little long winded during the trial and I think could have discussed the crimes a little more but overall this was a very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule is an excellent true-crime writer. She does a great job of covering the killer, his crimes, and talking with many of the people involved. This is an excellent and informative book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Ann Rule book I read, and it kept me coming back for more. I would stay up until 3am reading this book because I was afraid to turn out the lights! Her attention to detail is stunning, but she never loses compassion for the victims and their families.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one fantastic book. I have read only a few chapters so far but the intensity keeps building up. Ann Rule just does such a great job at her writing and what makes it even better is that she knew him personally. This is the first Ann Rule book I have read but probably won't be the last. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated by serial killers but this book just goes to show even though you think you know someone so well doesn't mean that they have a dark secret that they could be hiding the person you know might be evil.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book opened my eyes to the dangers of society and made me much more cautious of myself. I couldn't put this book down. It's very informative and answers all the questions that probe in the backs of our minds about the mysterious killer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Up close and personal with Ted Bundy. Shocking and suprising! Wonderfully written by Rule.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic and stands as one of Ann Rule's best works! This is a must have for any true crime reader and even has a few little extras in it that the original didn't have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Ann Rule has done a brilliant job in exploring the mind of Ted Bundy. She has perhaps done a more thorough job than any author in presenting a three-dimensional picture of Bundy. Since she has a background as a crime writer, as well as a background in criminology, and was personally acquainted with Ted Bundy as his loyal friend from the time they worked together on a rape hot-line, while he was attending college, not even realizing at the time that he was a fledgling killer, she is thus perhaps better qualified than any of the other writers who have attempted to explore the mind of Ted Bundy. There are, of course, many unanswered questions about the source of the deep-seated anger that 'drove' Ted Bundy to kill. But the troubled childhood beginnings he had in having been temporarily abandoned by his natural mother in a home for unwed mothers immediately following his birth, before she returned to take him back home with her may have had a significant psychobiogenic bearing on his brain development. An infant needs to be held and loved consistently, especially during those early days of his life. Who knows what happened to Ted during the days that transpired between the day he was born and the day his mother returned to the home to reclaim him. She had at first decided to give him up for adoption, then changed her mind. Ted, of course, was later taken from the only father he had come to know, his natural maternal grandfather, when he was only five years old, when his mother moved cross country to Washington and married Ted's stepfather. The humiliation he apparently suffered during his early adolescent years in junior high school may have had a profound effect on the psychodynamics of Ted's personality. According to Ann Rule, he was a victim of some sort of very humiliating sexual harassment by his male classmates in the school locker room, which may have been a very real cause of severe ego impoverishment for a male. He allegedly prefered to shower alone, but was mocked and spied on by voyeuristic male classmates. Perhaps he had some sort of physical developmental abnormality, such as an undescended testicle,that was never documented, which may very well have been the source of his ego-impoverishment (feelings of inadequacy) and anger. Ann Rule is able to show the very troubled, human side of an obviously troubled child born out of wedlock who developed into the handsome yet calculating serial killer that the world came to know as Ted Bundy.