Remembering Seattle true crime author Ann Rule, who died at 83

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SEATTLE -- Ann Rule, a prolific author of true crime works, has died. She was 83.

The exact cause of Rule's death was not immediately known, but was likely related to heart failure, her daughter told Q13 FOX News. Rule was moved to hospice care the day before her death.

Rule is perhaps most known for her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, an account of her time with notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.

A former employee of the Seattle Police Department, Rule's latest book, Practice to Deceive, was about a murder on Whidbey Island.

Rule lived just south of Seattle. Her daughter, Leslie Rule, said her mother was surrounded by loved ones before she died.

Rule has been in the news again recently, as prosecutors filed theft charges against Rule's two sons, alleging they took thousands of dollars from her. Prosecutors separately accuse the sons of raiding their mother’s accounts.


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  • JohnESalisbury

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  • Jeanne J.

    Ann Rule was my favorite author!!! I met her a few years back, in Bellingham, Washington. I was able to get a picture of her, myself, and another friend. I am so very saddened by her passing!! God Bless you Ann!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Donna

    I am so sorry to hear that Ann Rule had passed away she was and is my favorite Arthur. My condolences go out to her family, she will be missed.

  • Tiffany Delahunt

    As a ‘news’ oganization you should be a little embarrassed that your headline contains the phrase “true crime novelist”. The word novel (in case you do not have a dictionary or know how to look words up online) means ‘a fictional work’, which is kind of the opposite of what ‘true’ means in this context. Examples of crime novels are the Sherlock Holmes series, or Agatha Christie’s works. Ann Rule put thousands of hours of work into her research and was often sued if she got any little fact wrong. Not really something Sir Conan Doyle had to put up with. Her books are true crime literature or nonfiction crime books.
    Journalists are paid to use precise words and language to convey thruth and accuracy; step it up.

    • Silver Chord

      The problem with your very-deserving and well-stated chastisement is calling anyone “writing” for this crackpot website is a “journalist.” Most middle school students could do better. But you are 100% correct. Brava!

    • Justin Thyme

      Your comments may have merit to you but Ann was writing long before you both! Ages please + or – 5 years for anonymity! I could be wrong but I’m sure you both had know clue who Ann Rule was in the 80’s. She not only captured the audience but also was sought after by law enforcement for her revolutionary insight into criminal minds decades ago. What’s your accomplishments? Thanks for the correction of the word “novel”.btw . .

      • Tiffany Delahunt

        I read The Stranger Beside Me and Helter Skelter both in the summer after sixth grade, which was 1984. (I’m now 42). I have spent my entire life since then researching the US criminal justice system and am currently doing research for a book about reasons for failure vs reasons for success within the system. I have read each of Ann’s books at least twice (with the exception of the last few, which I have only had time to read once) and have all of them in my personal library.
        Her research methods and writing style are only second to Vincent Bugliosi’s in terms of being my personal inspiration.

      • Kate

        justin Thyme, I think you meant “I’m sure you had no clue” rather than “I’m sure you had know clue” . Incorrect use of know/no

  • Suzanne Geer

    I never met Ann Rule, but for some reason I feel as if I knew her. I saw her often on ID, and she had a softness and honesty about her. I’m sorry to learn she’s gone. R.I.P., Ann Rule.

  • Kate

    My favorite book is Bitter Harvest. One of the best, yet rarely talked about. They never made a movie of this one, but they should. A Dr. in Kansas City driven by rage fueled jealousy burns her mansion with her children inside to hurt her ex-husband. I lived there when it happened. Ann did a fabulous job. A must read.

  • Deborah Gitschlag

    I am do sorry for your loss. She was an amazing author. I am sorry you have to go through the crap your brothers have done, but they now have to live with the pain that caused their mother♡♡♡

  • Anthony Darmanin

    I always looked for Anne’s latest true crime book, what a gifted author she was. You are going to be sadly missed dear Ms Rule. May you rest in peace.

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