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The Stranger Beside Me – Ann Rule

Blurb:
The Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy Ann Rule was a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal mass-murderer. Little did she know that the young man who was her close friend was the savage slayer she was hunting . . . TED BUNDY was everyone’s picture of a natural ‘winner’ – handsome, charming, brilliant in law school, successful with women, on the verge of a dazzling career. Fast-forward to 24 January 1989, Ted Bundy is executed. He had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five young women, coast to coast. This is his story: the story of his magnetic power, his unholy compulsion, his demonic double life and his string of helpless victims. It was written by a woman who thought she knew Ted Bundy, until she began to put all the evidence together and the whole terrifying picture emerged.

My Thoughts:
Most people who know me know that I really enjoy true crime so when I got this book I was so excited.

This book is incredibly hard to read, because of the graphic nature of the crimes, no detail was held back in the writing of this book, and that made it truly difficult to get through. I would recommend not reading this book if this will trigger you.

I found this book interesting because it was written by Ted Bundy’s friend, who thought he was innocent even after putting his name forward to the police. I liked finding out what he was like before and during his crimes. He thought that he could just get away with everything.

I’m also really glad that Ann Rule named the victims, at the end of the day it is more important to remember the victims than to remember the killer.

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