If I Could Be Ann Rule for a Week
True Crime Writer, Ann Rule -- Can I Fill Her Shoes?
My assignment, should I chose to accept it: Step into the shoes of popular true crime writer Ann Rule for one week.
Yes, I was recently challenged by a Squid Giant to be Ann Rule for a week. I have pondered the challenge and chosen to accept it. Will I self destruct or do the Queen of True Crime proud?
We shall see.
I am not all that surprised that I was tasked with this assignment. You see, I have made Ms. Rule's acquaintance. There's a photo of us at one of her book signings a little farther down the page.
I meet with Ann Rule. I ask what I can do
to help her out for a week.
She tells me she has a sink full of dishes that aren't going to wash themselves.
I get to work.
Ann Rule, Bestselling Writer
Will Book Sales Fall During My Week as Ann Rule?
First, let me tell the uninitiated of you reading this a little about the famous Ann Rule.
She writes true crime books and sells them like there's no tomorrow. Another way of putting it is they sell like hotcakes.
Call it blood lust, call it a sick fascination with the macabre, call it what you will. As a reader of these books, I call it living vicariously through the eyes of a criminal.
Ms. Rule digs into the background of the major players involved (the murderer, often a serial killer, and victim, often victims) and makes them human. Even the bad guy. She gets into their family, their upbringing, their habits to let us know perhaps why they murder.
To be able to handle such indelicacies, Ms. Rule has to be tough as nails. And she is. She's a former Seattle cop and no mamby pamby. She is an expert on blood splatter and has, according to the Ann Rule Amazon page "lectured in seminars all across America to detectives, prosecutors, and even at the FBI Academy. My subjects have been serial murder, high profile offenders, and women who kill."
Photo Credit: from the collection of Peggy Hazelwood
That was a lot of dishes. No wonder she can crank out two books a year. She lets those dishes stack right up.
Today I am shown where she keeps
the vacuum and mop.
I'm on it.
Don't Look Behind You - Ann Rule Crime Files #15
Ann Rule writes two books every year! One book is a standalone full-length true crime book that covers one case. The other book is a compilation of true crime cases, usually at least 10 different cases per book. The books listed here are some of her Crime Files books.
Ann Rule's latest compilation of true crimes, Don't Look Behind You is just one of the cold case files in this book full of short true crime mysteries.
More of Ann Rule's Crime Files Books
I did a dandy job cleaning the floors, and Ms. Rule has decided to see how well my brain works.
My next assignment:
Alphabetize the books she's written on her bookshelves.
Bitter Harvest - A Woman's Fury, A Mother's Sacrifice
In this true crime book, Ann Rule wrote about a female killer, a doctor who seemingly had it all. Read why castor beans are not friendly plants.
Green River, Running Red - The Real Story of the Green River Killer
This was one of Ann Rule's more disturbing books. The killer murdered nearly 50 women in the Seattle area over several decades.
I love alphabetizing so I finished that job lickety split
and I still had time to sort
her Crime Files books from her standalone books.
Pleased, Ms. Rule asks me to call around for some more nicotinia seeds. She's not sure if she planted the tiny seeds or if they blew away.
(Check Ann Rule's Web site Guestbook and Web log at the link below for her conversation.)
This 2003 movie follows the book by the same name. Ted Bundy and Ann Rule volunteered side by side at a crisis call center. Ted Bundy turned out to be one of the country's deadliest serial killers.
Ann Rule's True Crime Movies - Books into Movies
Ann Rule Presents: Movies have been made of several Ann Rule true crime books including these films:
- Too Late to Say Goodbye, starring Lauren Holly, Rob Lowe
- And Never Let Her Go, starring Mark Harmon, Gene Dinovi
- Dead by Sunset, which stars Ken Olin, Annette O'Toole, Lindsay Frost
- Everything She Ever Wanted, starring Gina Gershon, Victor Garber
- Small Sacrifices, starring Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, John Shea
- The Stranger Beside Me, which stars Billy Campbell, Barbara Hershey
This 2001 movie stars Mark Harmon, Rachel Ward, and Kathryn Morris in the story of Thomas Capano and Anne Marie Fahey saga.
Small Sacrifices was a book about the 1983 events where a mother does the unspeakable. This book was made into a TV miniseries in 1997 starring Farrah Fawcett as Diane Downs, and Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp and John Shea.
Are you a fan of true crime writer Ann Rule?
With seeds in hand (I have to drive all over the Seattle metro area to track them down), I report back for duty.
Finally, Ms. Rule feels confident enough to let me
help with some research. My job?
To contact the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office to see if there are any leads on the Jane Doe found by blackberry pickers in 1977.
(See the link on the annrules.com home page
for more on this case.)
Dead by Sunset
Unfortunately, I have no good news to report regarding "1977 Snohomish County Jane Doe."
My next task:
Open the stacks of books that fans have mailed to her to sign. Present the books to her with a pen,
watch her sign them then mail them back.
In the Still of the Night - The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth
Ann Rule's latest true crime book about a single case published in 2010.
Without Pity - Ann Rule's Most Dangerous Killers
Eight case files are covered by Ann Rule in this compilation of true crime cases. Published in 2003.
After arriving back from the post office, Ms. Rule gives me my final assignment.
Write a book jacket description for her in-progress crime files book. She lets me have access to her computer files so I can read them!
I choose three of the grossest cases and write up a 500-word description that I'm sure she won't use. But I get to see these stories first! That's something!
And it beats cleaning.
Too Late to Say Goodbye - A True Story of Murder and Betrayal
Every Breath You Take - A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder
Read More About Ann Rule - True Crime Writer
- Ann Rule's Home Page
Ann Rule's Official Web Site -- Ann Rule, Author Ann's house and writing cottage on Puget Sound are for sale; see them here! Ann's next books: Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors will be out as an original paperback on November 27th. Practice to Deceive,
- A Good Book is Awaiting: Ann Rule Rules!
Let me just say it and get it outta the way. I love Ann Rule! In case you've been living under a rock or just don't read true crime books, Ann Rule is the leading true crime writer.
True Story... Not!
Note: I did not really spend a week as Ann Rule,
in case you were wondering.
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