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Sons of famed Seattle true-crime writer charged with theft

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SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors have filed theft charges against two sons of Seattle true-crime author Ann Rule, alleging they took thousands from her.

Seattlepi.com reports first-degree theft charges Michael and Andrew Rule on Friday in King County Superior Court. Michael Rule was also charged with forgery.

Prosecutors separately accuse the sons of raiding their mother’s accounts. Charging documents allege Andrew Rule continually harassed his 83-year-old mother for money above the income she provided him.

Investigators claim Michael Rule spent freely from his mother’s bank accounts, overdrawing them. According to charging papers, he forged his mother’s signature on numerous checks.

A message left with Michael Rule was not immediately returned Wednesday. A listed number for Andrew Rule could not be found. The prosecutor’s office said it had not been notified of the men’s attorneys.

Rule, who lives south of Seattle, has written dozens of best-selling books.

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2 comments

  • lynchmary

    So sad. She is one of my favorite authors. She did not morally owe anything to her sons, but gave generously from her heart out of love for her children. And they took and took and took. So sad. She deserves better.

  • s l

    Sad but I know its true. A long time ago I worked at this one place and one of the sons needed to come in, and basically he all but forced his mom to write a check for him to pay for him..like he was owed. I could tell she was stressed when I spoke to her. Very sweet lady to talk to tho, ha.