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The Stranger Beside Me

(1980)
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Not long ago, true crime writer Ann Rule recalls lying on an operating table. The anesthesiologist leaned over before putting her to sleep. "Ann," the anesthesiologist said softly, "tell me, what was Ted Bundy really like?" Despite meeting Florida's electric chair in 1989, the subject of Rule's bestselling book continues to haunt her. Rule and Bundy were friends. They met in 1971 at a Seattle crisis clinic, where they shared the late shift answering a suicide hotline. Their subsequent conversations, meetings, and letters spanned the rest of Bundy's life as he evolved into one of the century's most notorious serial killers. It's been 20 years since Rule first penned this chilling account. But the story--and her 2000 update--will still have readers reaching for their Xanax. No gratuitous gore here; just the basic, bone-chilling evidence. In fact, like a protective mother shielding us from horrors too awful to mention, Rule seems to avoid delving too deeply into crime scene descriptions. She devotes one paragraph in her new afterword to her discovery that Bundy engaged in necrophilia and returned to the scenes of his crimes to "line dead lips and eyes with garish makeup and to put blush on pale cheeks." She tells readers that John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan, and David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam Killer, traded prison correspondences with Bundy. And she hints that Bundy's insatiable killer instincts may have started when he was a 14-year-old paperboy. (Ann Marie Burr, an 8-year-old girl on his route, mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night and has never been found.) The skimpy update is over too soon, leaving readers wanting more and offering further proof of the public's never-ending fascination with serial killers. --Jodi Mailander Farrell Ted Bundy was handsome, charming, a brilliant law student, and on the verge of a dazzling career. On January 24, 1989, he was executed for the murders of three young women, having confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more. This is the story of one of the most fascinating killers in American history--of his magnetic power, his bleak compulsion, his double life, his string of helpless victims. It is also the story of Ann Rule, a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal mass murderer. Little did she realize that the "Ted" the police were seeking was the same Ted who worked with her at a Seattle crisis clinic, a man who had become her close friend and confidant. As she began to put the evidence together, a terrifying picture emerged of the man she thought she knew. Twenty years after it was first published, The Stranger Beside Me remains a gripping, explosive true-crime classic. 8 pages of photographs.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

December 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me: Updated Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-7862-3002-9 / 978-0-7862-3002-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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September 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me: The Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-393-05029-7 / 978-0-393-05029-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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August 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-393-01399-5 / 978-0-393-01399-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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Paperback Editions

April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me: The Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy (New Edition)
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-7515-7809-6 / 978-0-7515-7809-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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November 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 1-5011-3914-2 / 978-1-5011-3914-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
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December 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 1-4165-5959-0 / 978-1-4165-5959-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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June 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me (Revised and Updated): 20th Anniversary
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-451-20326-7 / 978-0-451-20326-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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December 1998 : Paperback

Title: Stranger Beside ME
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 444440017X / 978-4444400176
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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July 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside me: The Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy (True Crime Files)
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-7515-0818-7 / 978-0-7515-0818-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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January 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me: Revised and Updated Edition
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-451-16493-8 / 978-0-451-16493-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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July 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-451-13711-6 / 978-0-451-13711-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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April 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Stranger Beside Me (Signet)
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-451-14635-2 / 978-0-451-14635-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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July 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-451-09888-9 / 978-0-451-09888-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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July 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me (Signet)
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-451-12169-4 / 978-0-451-12169-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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January 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-451-15872-5 / 978-0-451-15872-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Audio Editions

March 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Author(s): Ann Rule
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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March 2012 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Author(s): Ann Rule
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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March 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Author(s): Ann Rule
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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March 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Author(s): Ann Rule
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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April 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Stranger Beside Me
Author(s): Ann Rule
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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May 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Stranger beside ME
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-7927-2450-X / 978-0-7927-2450-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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April 1992 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me
Author(s): Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-671-74834-3 / 978-0-671-74834-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Stranger Beside Me
Author(s): Ann Rule
Publisher: Estate of Ann Rule in conjunction with Renaissance Literary & Talent
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