The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me

The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy

By Ann Rule

Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781416559597, 625pp.

Publication Date: December 2008

Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's "The Stranger Beside Me" defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy's death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer -- the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew -- Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.

About the Author
Ann Rule is the author of thirty-four previous New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. She is a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectures to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic organizations, including the FBI and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. For more than three decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She has testified before US Senate Judiciary subcommittees on serial murder and victims rights, and was a civilian adviser to ViCAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program). A graduate of the University of Washington, she holds a PhD in Humane Letters from Willamette University. She lives near Seattle and can be contacted through her Web page at, on Facebook, and by email at

Praise For The Stranger Beside Me

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