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Ann Rule
Born Ann Stackhouse
22 October 1935 (1935-10-22) (age 80)
Lowell, Michigan, Unitit States
Occupation Writer
Subjects True creeme
Notable wirk(s) The Stranger Beside Me
Small Sacrifices

Ann Rule (born 22 October 1935, in Lowell, Michigan) is an American true creeme writer whose notable wirks include A Stranger Beside Me, aboot serial killer an umwhile Samaritans co-wirker Ted Bundy, an Small Sacrifices, aboot bairn murtherer Diane Downs.[1]

Early life and education[eedit | eedit soorce]

Rule was one of two children born to Chester R. Stackhouse and Sophie Hansen. Her mother was a teacher, specializing in developmentally disabled children, and her father was a sports coach.[2] Members of Rule's family had careers in law enforcement. Her grandfather and uncle were sheriffs in Michigan, another uncle was a medical examiner, and a cousin was a prosecutor. Rule spent her summers with her grandparents doing volunteer work in the local jail.[2]

Rule graduated from Coatesville High School and then attended the University of Washington. She majored in creative writing, with minors in criminology, penology and psychology. She extended her education for two more years at Highline Community College by taking criminology courses.[2]

Career[eedit | eedit soorce]

Early in her career, Rule wrote for several publications geared for weemen. Beginnin in 1969, she wrote for the magazine True Detective unner the nom de plume "Andy Stack" when she first stairtit writin for the magazine.[2][3]

Her first beuk wis The Stranger Beside Me, which she wrote unner her awn name. Her next three beuks (The Lust Killer, Jerry Brudos; The Want-Ad Killer, Harvey Carignan; an The I-5 Killer aboot Randall Woodfield) wur written as Andy Stack.

In 2003, Rule's publisher released Heart Full of Lies, a beuk narratin the events o the Liysa Northon murther trial. A defamation lawsuit filed bi Northon against Rule an her publishers wis ultimately dismissed in Januar 2011 by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.[4] Northon wis released frae preeson in October 2012 twal years efter killin her husband.[5]

In 2008, the Library of America selectit Rule’s story "Young Love" from the book Empty Promises for inclusion in its twa-century retrospective o American true creeme writin, True Crime: An American Anthology.[6]

In Aprile 2012, "48 Hours Mystery" covered Rule's successful effort tae help a mither pruive her dochter's 1998 daith wis murther. The resulting book was In the Still of the Night.[7]

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Rule is a mither o five. Her dochter, Leslie Rule, is a author an aw.[8]

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