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For all that Ann Rule invokes her friendship with Bundy both before and after Bundy s arrest the truth is this book could have been written solely off of newspaper research and trial records There s no real emotional depth or analysis And Rule s interjections of what was happening with her personal life are annoying they don t connect to any of the other events she s writing about, and since her entire description of her feelings towards and interactions with bundy are about as dry as when she s describing third parties, there s no need to know about who she is I do wonder if Rule has ever written a straightforward memoir about how she felt, and how she feels, about her dealings with Ted She was both his friend and someone who could profit a great deal from his friendship, and it leads to some morally ambiguous territory A book that explored that as a kind confessional memoir like Bob Woodward s The Secret Man, only darker, could have been really interesting Instead, Rule just writes passages to the effect that I couldn t abandon Ted, no matter what he d done, while eliding the stake she had in maintaining that relationship If she was going to make herself central to the story, she needed to explore that territory beyond two dimensional plattitudes. I was one of many, all of us intelligent, compassionate people who had no real comprehension of what possessed him, what drove him obsessively Ann Rule had signed a contract to write a book on a series of brutal and heinous murders of beautiful young women, not knowing she was going to be writing about the man she had worked alongside at a suicide hotline A man she had found to be kind and understanding, someone she had began to see as a friend The Stranger Beside Me is a biographical and autobiographical crime book offering insight into one of America s most prolific serial killers, Ted Bundy.Straight up, one of the most enjoyable books I read this year I m not saying it should have won awards or anything, it ain t groundbreaking, but as someone who is obsessed with true crime I found it hard to put down Ted Bundy has to be one of the most fascinating serial killers in history To be so charming and attractive, presenting this false fa ade, when underneath the thoughts and fantasies he has the absolutely brutal and heinous crimes and murders he committed, it s INSANE Mix in the fact that he managed to escape from prison officials, not once but TWICE This is also the guy who represented himself in court And let s not forget the hundreds of women all over the country, termed Ted s groupies who professed their love for him, and thought he just needed someone to be kind to him rolls eyes so far back into head I go blind Honestly, the I read about Ted Bundy, the fascinating he becomes.Just as fascinating is his complicated relationship with Ann Rule Before I read this book, I thought they just kinda knew each other, I did not realise they were actually friends Rule admits herself that she never quite believed that someone like her friend Ted could be capable of such horrific acts, and it s not until his capture and trials in Florida that Rule fully accepts that he is a serial killer Yet she continues to write to him in prison and send money for cigarettes or stamps etc I believe Rule has gotten some flack for how she perhaps handled her friendship with Bundy, but the conflict she underwent is very apparent in this book She says a few times that she finds it almost impossible to merge the two Teds the Ted who was her friend during a particularly tough time in her life and the Ted who brutally murdered a ridiculous number of women.Rule also attempts to find reasoning behind Ted s incomprehensible acts pretty much placing blame on his first love Stephanie humiliated him so Ted took that rage and revenge out on women who resembled her every time he murdered them, he was murdering Stephanie I think Bundy s psychopathy is complicated than us, and Rule actually acknowledges this in one of her number of revisions there s about 4 revisions added on, I think, with updated information.I really could talk about this book until my fingers become little stubs with my incessant typing, so I ll wrap up Although this book does cover the crimes that Bundy committed, it s about who Bundy really was and his complicated friendship with Rule I ve seen a number of reviews unhappy with this aspect of the book, but I really enjoyed it Not the best book I ve read this year, but definitely one of the most enjoyable It s also hands down my fave true crime book I m still thinking about it days after finishing. 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Wow Ann Rule takes us on a thrilling journey of the life and death of serial killer Ted Bundy Being friends with a serial killer isn t the easiest thing in the world But Ann didn t find that out until much laterOh, Ted Bundy what can I possibly say about this American icon that hasn t already been said in this book I had several problems with this book but it had absolutely nothing to do with the author Problems such as the diagnosis that they gave Ted Bundy which I felt was completely bogus and only used so that he could not use the insanity plea in his trials I feel very conflicted however about the relationship between Ann and Ted She doesn t explain until The Last Chapter that she held hopes for him to still help the world in the way that she first knew him to help people She explains how she doesn t understand and cannot comprehend how someone can hurt an innocent victim and not feel remorse for it Perhaps this is why she continued to send him money even in prison and why she continued to correspond with him even after his conviction She wanted to use him to do good in the only way that she knew how Whereas in the beginning I believe she was simply in denial that someone she called her friend could possibly be such a monster.As for Ted Bundy himself oh, I feel that he ultimately got what he wanted Control He was able to convince everyone that he was the baddest son of a bitch around and that he was the most monstrous of serial killers By manipulating the public the way that he did he was able to victimize people that he hadn t even touched yet When we as a populist think of Ted Bundy we think of fear That is his legacy and in my opinion the legacy that he wanted for himself.But anyways enough about my thoughts on the book Let s talk about the nitty gritty The book was masterfully written as with most of Ann Rule s works Her profession has allowed her to write these true crime novels in such a way that the layman can understand and follow but she still uses the police and detective crime jargon She makes it easy for her readers to follow along and even makes her books exciting by turning the facts and evidence into a storyline She is without doubt America s number one true crime novelist.I enjoyed this book immensely although I already knew a lot about Ted Bundy there is still so much in this book that I did not know and was eager to learn My self studies in the field of psychology made this book than fascinating for me I don t think we realized when Ted was convicted how rare a jewel he actually was And when I say that here s what I mean it is so positively rare that we get a serial killer the likes of Ted Bundy It is even rarer to get a serial killer the likes of Ted Bundy caught alive and held in captivity where we could possibly study him and learn from him I truly wish we would have kept him alive and not giving him the death penalty I understand that this statement may piss a few people off but it is my personal opinion.I could honestly go on and on about this book but I will refrain from doing so LOL Please read this book if you have not already I think this is one of those books that everyone should read no matter who you are, no matter where you come from Ted Bundy is a study in not only American history but human history itself Because you never know when you might meet a Ted Bundy yourself. 3.5 starsI ve read at least 10 of Ann Rule s true crime books over the years, but until now I hadn t read what is arguably her most famous one She was already a published writer of true crime articles, but her book about serial killer Ted Bundy is really what put her on the map What makes this book fascinating is Ann actually knew Ted before he became known to the rest of the world The book is full of facts about Ted and his crimes, trials, and finally execution, but also Ann goes into details of her feelings about him and how difficult it was to come to the realization he was a killer Ann was a volunteer at a suicide crisis line in the early 70s and that s where she met co worker, Ted Bundy After they both stopped working there they lost touch for awhile, until he started contacting her after the police started suspecting him of horrific crimes I haven t read any other books about Ted Bundy but my guess is this is probably one of the thorough books written about him for a few reasons One, Ann was just a good true crime writer And two, she had a personal connection to him which just took the book to this bizarre but fascinating level I can t even imagine what it would feel like to find out someone you interacted with is a serial killer While this is a book I would recommend reading if you are looking for info on Ted Bundy, it is not my favorite of Ann Rule s books I just prefer her books where there is of a focus on the victims while this one was on the killer One of her strengths as a writer is providing a voice for the victims and unfortunately most of that was missing in this book However, I understand why given there were just so many victims that it would be difficult to go into much detail about each person This book was first published in 1980 but my newer edition included numerous updates as recent as the year 2000. Wow This was an exhausting read Between the epilogue, the afterword 1986, the last chapter 1989, the update twenty years later 2000, and a postscript penned by Rule s daughter, I thought I might never finish this.That said, it is considered by many to be the definitive work not only on Bundy the serial killer, but also on Bundy the charismatic, attractive, and promising law student.And really What are the chances You re a struggling single mom of four, eking out a living writing true crime articles for detective magazines and suddenly not only have you received a contract to write a book detailing a string of grizzly murders, but once the murderer is caught you find out he is a friend and previous coworker Seriously You can t make this stuff up.At times, I found Rule s narrative to be repetitive and overly introspective, but I guess given the circumstances, it was hard to avoid And what the hell She deserves to get it off her chest Plus, eventually, she makes some valid observations, particularly with respect to Bundy s final interview in which he tries to blame his actions on violent pornography and detective magazines ie true crime stories I had actually watched the interview earlier on in the reading process and admit that he almost had me biting hook, line, and sinker However, after reading Rule s analysis, I think she was spot on Which, I think is the point A sociopath, Bundy was a master manipulator, incapable of empathy and lacking a conscience He certainly wasn t able to fully appreciate his culpability Pointing the finger at society seems consistent with his character.I personally found some of the add ons to be of little value, with the exception of the afterword and the last chapter, which both document the remainder of Bundy s ordeal.All in all, a fascinating story told with competence, at least for the most part If you happen to pick up a later printing like I did, consider skipping the epilogue, the update 2000 and the postscript.As an aside, though unintentional or not on the part of Rule, I think there is an interesting discussion of the death penalty It took millions of dollars to put Bundy to death, far than it would have cost to keep him alive Further, seeing that he represents a diseased brain, I wonder if we society missed an opportunity to better understand exactly what contributes to the making of a Bundy.I also wonder if as a society we need to redefine what constitutes sanity and insanity and the legal implications I m not sure men like Bundy have the power to stop themselves, just like I don t think most of us with normal functioning brains can understand how a Bundy couldn t stop himself Anyone who does what he did has to be playing by a different set of rules, and it seems to me they are suffering from something that may be no their fault than a man who is stricken with cancer What does that mean legally I m not sure But while putting men like Bundy to death feels right on some visceral level, it doesn t even begin to address the underlying problem Of course, on the other hand, this is a man who escaped twice, murdering and or brutally attacking a half dozen victims before being recaptured Had he the opportunity, he would have killed again.Anyway, lots of food for thought. Ted Bundy was convicted of horrific crimes against young women and girls I think it takes a special strength to tell his story as objectively as possible, but I cannot imagine the resolve and commitment required to write this book about a companion Brilliantly balanced, the author somehow separates the young man that worked in the crisis center and went on to become her friend, with the wanted Ted As if I needed another reason to admire Ann Rule. Oh, I was just in the right place at the right time NOT something that many of the women in Ted Bundy s life would come to say about meeting America s Grade A machismo pin up boy In fact, as far as I can tell, Ann Rule was the only person to actually benefit from knowing him And boy, did she ever.To state it quite plainly, Rule is not what one would call a great writer Or even really a good writer She repeats herself to accentuate her point like she s me writing like I talk when I m wasted, which I m fairly sure she s not She says things like and I m paraphrasing here I couldn t have testified in Ted s defense That was just something I could not do Really Could you do it, Ann Could you Wait, I m confusedso you re saying you could do it or you couldn t do it You see what I mean.Additionally, she frolics in a minefield of cliches I suppose when you are discussing something as sensitive as a serial killer s dump site for a battered, raped, strangled 12 year old girl s body, you sorta need to bust out a little bit of the old flowery sympathies and oh, the humanities And when you find out that you were close, personal friends with a psychopathic killer, people expect a pretty heavy handed amount of woe is me, I never really knew him, will I ever really know anyone, why was I so stupid, who am I, God Debra Morgan ballyhoo Whatever Regardless of her lack of authorial prowess, Rule was fortunate enough to work with a nice young man at a suicide hot line in Seattle who was willing to help her out Good ole handsome Ted Friend Student Son Eldest brother Fiance Volunteer Outdoorsman Future politician Saver of drowning children Chaser of purse snatchers Purse snatcher Kleptomaniac Psychopath Chauvinist Power monger Rapist Sadist Serial murderer Necrophiliac Con artist Liar One thing that you can definitely say about the guy is that his interests were diverse And his interests would lead him to commit some pretty shittastically evil crimes And LOTS of em, with ever increasing voracity and viciousness And now, Ann Rule had her big break book idea YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY I won t dwell on this point for too long, as Rule has been getting shit about this for decades I will simply say that she was, in fact, in a unique position to write a fantastic book, and she kinda botched it Maybe it was supposed to have been Truman Capote working at that crisis hot line back in 1974.All the same, I enjoyed the book for the sheer fact that I am so fascinated by Ted Bundy This dude was a smooth operator, which makes him to my mind one of the most terrifying serial killers of all time I mean, just watch the man at workhttp www.youtube.com watch v nZ9jqFThat video also contains my favorite accidental black comedy quote of all time I have been impolite Ted BundyAll the same, he was one of the most high functioning psychopaths ever to have been caught Which makes him someone worth knowing, and knowing well I won t get too preachy on you here, but I would think that his unique manifestation of psychopathologythe viciousness of his crimes combined with his ability to function somewhat in the spotlight simultaneouslyto schmooze his captors so successfully that he was able to escape from jail TWICE and avoid recapture despite his existence on the FBI s Most Wanted listto stand as his own attorney, and make thousands of women fall in love with him and fight for his cause and truly believe his innocence despite all of the evidence to the contrary.that he was able to live for 9 years after his initial death sentence on his own legal prowess alonethe simple fact that he was JUST SO GOOD AT BEING A SOCIOPATH would make him a worthwhile specimen He had all of the skills of such an individual maxed out to as extreme a degree as his dark side was In my opinion, this fact alone would have been good enough reason to keep the asshole alive, especially considering the massive advances we have had in genetics and neuroscience since he was executed in 1989 Findings which suggest not only potential methods of early detection of psychopathology, but also argue for the unfortunate inevitability of much of the violent crimes committed by antisocial personalities when early physical abuse and brain damage are added to the fire Which makes a whole other argument as to their sanity at the time of their crimes Which would make an even further argument concerning their eligibility for execution ALSO, it would just fucking make sense to study these people so we can catch them early Understand them I m going to go out on a limb and suggest that we could eventually maybe even HELP THEM I knowhow dare I Regardless of all that, I believe that I know at least one little lady who might like to know a bit about genetics and their influence on antisocial behaviorwhether she knows she should or not Anyway, I ve been reading this under the radar and off and on for some time, and I m glad to finally be done with it I didn t want my goodreads friends to know me as you know, Kristi That chick who needs an entire YEAR to read a book by fuckin Ann Rule Anyway, it was ok Read it for its subject matter rather than its literary merit.Or just watch this Like half the planet, my wife and I watched the Ted Bundy series on Netflix For some reason, I decided I wanted so I picked this up Even though I scared the shit out of myself as a kid watching 20 20, Unsolved Mystery, and Dateline, true crime books aren t normally my thing This one was an easy, compelling read.I find it fascinating that Ann Rule knew Ted Bundy and was writing a book about the Washington killings at the same time Anyway, this book serves up a lot information than the Netflix documentary series It works a lot of gruesome details into the mix as well as eyewitness statements and elaborates on a lot of the points the documentary glosses over It also mentions things that the documentary completely ignored, like some attacks Bundy perpetrated before the killing spree ever started, or the Idaho murders he confessed to.The documentary is slanted a bit to make Ted Bundy look highly intelligent In the book, it s pretty apparent that while he was smart, luck and the negligence of people around him were big factors to his getting away with things for so long You know, maybe keep your eye on the accused murderer who has already escaped once Or keep an eye on the hacksaws in your jail Ann Rule s perceptions of Ted Bundy effectively highlight his chameleon like abilities to snowball people and blend in anywhere The details of the murders show what a cold blooded bastard he was He s not a folk hero or a heart throb, people Ted Bundy s trial is a damn circus Yeah, we all know the mother fucker was guilty but it was a damn circus It was like letting Charlie defend himself on an episode of It s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.While I won t say I actually enjoyed it, The Stranger Beside Me was a gripping true crime book Four out of five stars.