The Stranger Beside Me
This book is a true story; about a writer named Ann Rule and her respectable friend Theodore Robert Bundy. Ann is a hard working 40 year old woman; she has two girls and is in the middle of a divorce. She works as a writer for a Police Department. Ted is a young man, in his late twenties. Ted had an incredible personality, it was hard not to like him, and he was also attractive. He is a law student at Seattle University of Washington and works part time as a grocery bagger. They met at a suicide crisis clinic, they listened to people’s problems and helped the overcome their stress or any difficulties. Ted and Ann became very good friends, he wasn’t interested in her sexually, neither was she, and therefore their relationship was more like siblings. They went to dinners, parties, and reunions together. They listened to each other.
Ted was an American serial killer. After more than a decade of denials, he eventually confessed to over 30 murders, although the actual total of victims remains unknown. Estimates range from 26 to over 100, the general estimate being 35. He would approach a potential victim in a public place. He would gain the victims trust by wearing his arm in a sling or wearing a fake cast, or impersonate an authority figure. All of Bundy's victims were white females and almost all were between the ages of 15 and 25. Many were college students. Rule notes that most of the victims had long straight hair parted in the middle. He would hit victim’s head with a crowbar he had placed hidden inside his Volkswagen. Nearly all recovered skull showed signs of blunt force trauma, and signs of strangulation. Bundy often would drink alcohol prior to finding a victim. Bundy also confessed to visiting his victims' bodies over and over again at the body dump site. He stated that he would lie with them for hours, applying makeup to their corpses and for necrophilia purposes, until rotting forced him to...