True-crime author, Ann Rule has died at the age of 83. Her daughter confirmed to the press that her mother’s health had been declining in recent years.
Many of your know Rule from her chilling 1980 book The Stranger Beside Me, which chronicles her friendship with serial killer Ted Bundy. Rule went on to write dozens of best-selling true-crime novels and offered her expert insights for several Investigation Discovery documentary series.
In honor of Rule’s amazing contributions to the true-crime genre, we share 5 of her works that all true-crime loves should read:
Rule expertly weaves together a chilling tale about drama, greed, sex, scandal and murder. All set on an eerie island off of coast of the Pacific Northwest, Practice to Deceive is one of Rule’s best-selling works.
Another fan favorite, Dead by Sunset follows the twisted and deadly ways of a seemingly charismatic man. Could the perfect husband actually be the perfect killer? Rule’s gripping account creates a remarkable tale of multiple marriages, fanatical manipulation and monstrous acts.
Once again Rule displays her keen ability to draw readers into a story of obsession, murder and betrayal. Rule keeps us guessing with Everything She Ever Wanted. Is Pat Taylor a sweet southern charmer or a cold-blooded killer? Or both…
Rule continues to challenge our view of the perfect woman with Small Sacrifices. Dian Downs did the unthinkable when she shot her three young children in cold blood. What destructive and powerful forces could drive a gorgeous young mother to commit such dark deeds?
The work the launched Rule’s career marks our top pick. The Stranger Beside Me gives unparalleled insight into one of the most twisted and notorious serial killers of all time. We all know Bundy was a charmer, but Rule’s account reveals just how manipulative the “Angel of Decay” could be to even his closest friends.
Be sure to watch Investigation Discovery on Saturday, August 1 from 6AM EST to 11AM EST as they honor the late scribe with a marathon of programming highlighting her work and contribution to the true-crime genre.
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