The Stranger Beside Me (Paperback)
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A new edition of the iconic, best-selling account of America’s most fascinating serial killer, “perhaps the most unnerving true-crime book ever published” (Victoria Beale, The New Yorker), with a foreword by Georgia Hardstark.
In 1971, while working the late-shift at a Seattle crisis clinic, true-crime writer Ann Rule struck up a friendship with a sensitive, charismatic young coworker: Ted Bundy. Three years later, eight young women disappeared in seven months, and Rule began tracking a brutal mass murderer. But she had no idea that the “Ted” the police were seeking was the same Ted who had become her close friend and confidant. As she put the evidence together, a terrifying picture emerged of the man she thought she knew—his magnetic power, his bleak compulsion, his double life, and, most of all, his string of helpless victims. Bundy eventually confessed to killing at least thirty-six women across the country.
Forty years after its initial publication, The Stranger Beside Me remains a gripping, intimate, and unforgettable true-crime classic, “as dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at midnight” (New York Times).
About the Author
Ann Rule (1931—2015) wrote thirty-five New York Times best-selling books of true crime, including Small Sacrifices and Too Late to Say Goodbye. A former Seattle police officer, she was a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime.
Ann Rule has an extraordinary angle...[on] the most fascinating killer in modern American history.
— New York Times
Perhaps the most unnerving true-crime book ever published.
— The New Yorker
So riveting that I missed my train stop... [Rule] does an amazing job shining a light on the lives of the victims and works hard to demystify the myth of Ted.
— Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell - New York Times Book Review
A shattering story...carefully investigated, written with compassion but also with professional objectivity.
— Seattle Times