Ann Rule was born on October 22, 1935, in Lowell, Michigan. She was born Ann Stackhouse. Ann Rule’s introduction to writing true crime stories reads like a very interesting story in its own right.
She developed a love for true crime stories by reading True Detective and after this she decided to start writing. In 1969, an editor decided to test it out on a story when a job in the Northwest became available. Her first story was accepted, but she was told to take a male pseudonym because it was believed that readers would not believe that a woman would know anything about police investigations despite having had a brief stint as a police officer in the Seattle Police Department. . Then he started writing for True Detective as Andy Stack and the name was chosen from his maiden name which is Stackhouse, people used to call his father Stack and Andy is from his son’s name which is Andy Stack Rule.
After proving herself writing articles for a few magazines, including Master Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Office Detective, she was invited to start writing under her own name, which she declined because she was concerned for her safety and the safety of his family. by then she was a single mother raising four children. During that time, he also decided to expand his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington by earning a two-year degree in police science. Right now, she was just writing articles and then she found the topic that would ease her transition from article writing to books.
It was in 1974 that several attractive young women began disappearing in the Pacific Northwest. He decided to start investigating this story and at the time the case was still unsolved. As time passed, it became clear that the killer was Ted Bundy, a friend of Ann Rule and a former colleague on a suicide hotline at the King County Crisis Clinic. That’s where the book, The Stranger Beside me, was born, which is about Ted Bundy, the serial killer. This book began her career as a true crime book writer.
One of her later books, which she described as the only book that paid all the bills, was titled Small Sacrifices, which is about the mother Diane Downs who tried to kill her three children because the man she was chasing did not want children. She only managed to kill her only son, Cheryl, but left one paralyzed from the waist down and the other paralyzed on one side of the body.
Ann Rule was also part of the task force that created Vi-Cap, which is a computerized tracking system designed to identify serial killers. Since then, he has written many books on real crimes and now also gives seminars to police groups. He prefers to write about cases that are not very prominently reported in the media, which he refers to as dormant cases.