Don't Look Behind You and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, Vol 15)
Don't Look Behind You and Other True Cases - Ann Rule's Crime Files, Vol 15 Author:Ann Rule Walking home on a dark night, you hear footsteps coming up behind you. As they get closer, your heart pounds harder. Who is closing in with dangerous intent -- a total stranger? Or someone you know and trust? The answer is as simple as turning around, but don’t look behind you . . . run. — Ann Rule, who shared her own nerve-jangling ... more »account of unknowingly befriending sadistic sociopath Ted Bundy in The Stranger Beside Me, chronicles other fateful encounters with the hidden predators among us in this riveting collection, fifteenth in the bestselling series drawn from her personal files. First in line is a stunning case that spanned thirty years and took a determined detective to four states -- ending, finally, in Alaska -- where he unraveled not one but two murders. A second case appears to begin and end with the hunt for the Green River Killer, focusing on a Washington State man who was once cleared as a suspect in that deadly chain of homicides. But the millionaire property owner believed he had successfully buried his own murderous past and the awful truth behind his young wife’s disappearance. She vanished soon after she left for a day at the Seattle World’s Fair, and her three small children grew up believing their mother had abandoned them. But one amazing witness remained -- the missing woman’s best friend, who heard her last words in a frantic phone call -- “He’s coming!” -- before the line went dead. Only since Robert Hansen’s suicide has the monster within been revealed. In another true story, a petite woman went to a tavern, looking only for conversation and fun. Instead, she met violent death in the form of a seven-foot man who had seemed shy and harmless. You’ll feel a chill as you uncover these and numerous other cases of unfortunate victims who made one tragic mistake: trusting the wrong person -- even someone they’d known intimately, or thought they knew. « less
Rule's true-crime stories are always interesting. She loses points here for writing scenes between killer and victim as though she was an eye-witness, and for not specifying "according to so-and-so", or "based on the forensic evidence".
Ann Rule is back with another collection of shorter length stories of murder and mayhem. In this outing, she details the murder of a father, which in turn uncovers another murder when the investigators take up the cause. There is also the sad story of an unresolved murder of a young mother that is detailed herein. Enjoyable as always for true crime or Ann Rule fans, or both.