For anyone looking to read a fantastic book or those who enjoy true crime or psychological books, do yourself a favor and read The Stranger Beside Me.
If I had to pick one book I became so enthralled with to the point where I could not put it down, it would have to be Ann Rule’s “The Stranger Beside Me”. It was over 10-years-ago when I read it for the first time, and in the midst of reading it again.
One of the most unnerving parts of this book – second to the murders, obviously – is that the author, Anne Rule, was a close friend and co-worker of Ted Bundy. Anne was a correspondent for a magazine called True Detective, which accounted for some of the crime stories in and around Oregon, when, in 1974, she was asked to begin writing about the murders which were currently going on.
At that time, they did not have any suspects until the first girl escaped from a bronze Volkswagen Beetle and ran to the local authorities, where she gave a description of the male who abducted her who used the name “Ted”.
When Anne was informed of these details, she notices how the description and name matches her co-worker and good friend, Ted Bundy. She reluctantly calls the police to inform them of someone who matches the description, but says it couldn’t be him because he doesn’t have a car. Much to her shock, the policeman on the other line informs her that Ted does in fact have a car, and he drives a bronze Volkswagen Beetle.
As the book progresses, Anne teeters on the brink of interviewing a current friend who has been wrongly accused and unwillingly accepting that she is interviewing someone who she thought was a close friend but realizing is one of America’s most prolific sociopathic serial killers.
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