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Fascinating Facts About Notorious True Crime Author Ann Rule

A peek inside the astonishing life of a true crime legend.

Fascinating facts about Ann Rule, true crime author and victim advocate

Ann Rule was born on October 22, 1931 in Michigan and passed away on July 26, 2015. 

Rule's first and most popular book published was The Stranger Beside Me in 1980. 

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The Stranger Beside Me

By Ann Rule

Originally, Ann Rule was published in the true crime magazine True Detective. 

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  • Ann Rule with The Stranger Beside Me

Ann Rule worked tirelessly advocating for victims. 

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In the Still of the Night

By Ann Rule

Ann Rule had a beloved Bernese Mountain dog, Willow. 

Rule aided the Green River Task Force in finding another Seattle area serial killer (who ended up being Gary Ridgway). 

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Green River, Running Red

By Ann Rule

In addition to Ann Rule's fabulous career, she was also a mother to four children and five grandchildren. 

A Tangled Web

By Leslie Rule

When asked how she got into true crime writing, Ann has said, “It might be genetically bred into me.” 

Initially, Ann Rule didn’t want to be a writer.