Monthly Archives: July 2015

C.J.: True-crime virtuoso Ann Rule: An angel beside me

Fans know true crime doyen Ann Rule would have written a hell of a book about Darren Sharper.

We’d know everything there was to know about his pathology, his childhood. Last time I talked to Rule, I tried to sell her on writing a book about Sharper, the former NFLer who since has been convicted of raping and drugging women in multiple states.

In that phone chat a few months ago, Rule admitted that she was not feeling well and had been using a wheelchair for a time. She had not mentioned the wheelchair during a conversation earlier this year, when I called to tell her I was going to do a better job of staying in touch in 2015. I’d feel a little better today if I’d followed through when I thought about calling her a few weeks ago.

The author of more than 30 books,

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American True Crime Writer Ann Rule Dies Aged 83

Ann Rule, an iconic American true crime author who wrote more than 30 books, has died. She was 83.

The author, who was best known for her biography on co-worker and serial killer Ted Bundy, died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to KING 5 News.

Rule’s daughter Leslie Rule, mentioned on her Facebook page that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure.

Rule’s passion for true crime quickly grew at a young age. At the age of 21, the mother of five worked at the Seattle Police Department then eventually began writing for True Detective Magazine.

According to Rule’s website, the author had a BA from the University of Washington in Creative Writing with minors in psychology, criminology and penology. In addidion, Rule has an Associate Degree from Highline Community

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True-crime author Ann Rule dies at age 83

True-crime writer Ann Rule, whose catalog of more than 30 books included a profile of a former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83.

Ms. Rule died Sunday night (July 26). Her daughter, author Leslie Rule, wrote on her Facebook page that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure. She died a few days after being hospitalized.

“My mom died peacefully last night,” Leslie Rule posted on Monday. “She got to see all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

Ms. Rule broke out with her first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” published in 1980. In it she profiled Bundy, whom she got to know while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline. Bundy, who was executed in 1989 in Florida, confessed to 30

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Best-selling true crime writer Ann Rule, author of 33 books, dies at age 83

The true crime writer Ann Rule has died at the age of 83. The author of 33 books, Rule shot to fame with her debut, The Stranger Beside Me, which detailed her time working on the late shift at a suicide hotline service in her adopted hometown, Seattle, with a colleague, Ted Bundy.

Bundy would turn out to be one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, a necrophile who confessed to 30 murders committed between 1974 and 1978 and may have been responsible for many more.

In her book, Rule described Bundy as “a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after”.

Rule’s grandfather was a sheriff in Stanton, Michigan. She spent summer vacations with her grandparents, where she would help prepare food for prisoners in the jail. According

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Ann Rule dies; co-worker Ted Bundy launched her string of true crime books

SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83.

Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule’s daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure.

“My mom died peacefully last night,” Leslie Rule wrote. “She got to see all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

Ann Rule’s first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” profiled Bundy, whom she got to know while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline. She has said she had a contract to write about an unknown serial killer before her co-worker was charged with the crimes.

Rule, who went to work briefly at the Seattle Police Department when she was 21,

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‘Monster in My Family’: DC Sniper’s Ex-Wife and Teen Accomplice Talk

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Mildred Muhammad, image: Marny Malin

On the LMN series Monster in My Family, Mildred Muhammad, the ex-wife of convicted D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad, talks about her life with her abusive husband. After going on a three-week shooting spree around the D.C area, shooting 27 people, 17 of them fatally, John Muhammad was executed by lethal injection in 2009. Mildred told The Associated Press that she and her three children (John, 19, Salena, 17, and Taalibah, 16) watched news coverage of his execution at their Maryland home. When his death was announced, Mildred said the children went into different rooms and cried. That year, Mildred published a memoir titled Scared Silent.

Muhammad’s teen accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, is serving a life sentence without parole. He too will be

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Susan Sarandon on Death Row Stories, Ariana Grande, and Doing TV for the First Time

While the promos for CNN’s compelling documentary series Death Row Stories sometimes make it look like just another cheesy true-crime TV show, it’s actually a bit deeper than that. Produced by Robert Redford and Going Clear director Alex Gibney, the show actually has a mission beyond getting ratings: It regularly exposes the deep flaws in a legal system that sometimes seems determined to put suspects to death even when evidence suggests they might be innocent. The greater purpose may be why actor/activist Susan Sarandon will be back as narrator when Death Row Stories begins its second six-episode season Sunday at 10 p.m. Vulture caught up with her Thursday to talk about the the show, as well as the possibility that the death penalty might soon be reversed. We also squeezed in a few questions about

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ABC ’20/20’: Melissa Moore, Daughter Of Serial Killer, Opens Up Tonight About Life With ‘Happy Face Killer’ Keith Jesperson

ABC 20/20 presents the heartbreaking story of Michelle Moore, the daughter of the “Happy Face Killer.”

ABC 20/20 brings you current news segments each week that highlight a human interest story. In tonight’s episode, viewers will listen to Michelle Moore describe what life was like growing up with her father Keith Jesperson, the Canadian rapist and serial killer who was arrested for killing eight people in the 1990s. Known for leaving smiley faces on his letters, this serial killer’s victims were spread out all over the U.S., from Nebraska, Washington, and California to Florida, Wyoming, and Oregon. He was sentenced to life in prison. Since that time, “Happy Face Killer” Keith Jesperson not only left a trail of dead bodies, he also left his own daughter to somehow come to terms and live with the stigma of what he has done. This latest ABC 20/20 episode will show how Michelle

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Serial Killer Robert Lee Yates’ Daughters Meet Victim’s Family

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Daughters of Robert Lee Yates (Monster in My Family/LMN)

Robert Lee Yates is a serial killer. From 1996 to 1998, he is known to have murdered at least 13 prostitutes in Spokane, Washington. All of his victims worked on the city’s E. Sprague Avenue, aka “Skid Row.” All of them died of gunshot wounds to the head. Yates is currently on death row at the Washington State Penitentiary.

Yates, an Army veteran, was married and the father of four daughters and a son. Two of his adult daughters talk about what it was like being raised by Yates. And in an attempt to find healing, they meet with a sister of one of their father’s victims. Monster in My Family will premiere on LMN on July 8, 9pm.

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