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Ann Rule is a Seattle, Washington based true crime writer. She began writing under the pen name Andy Stack in 1969, writing for "True Detective" magazine. She catapulted to fame with her first book, "The Stranger Besides Me." about serial killer Ted Bundy. She had originally begun researching a then-unsolved series of disappearances and killings, only to find that she knew and worked with the prime suspect. The unique perspective captivated readers, and turned Rule into a household name. She has since published almost three dozen books, mostly true crime novels and anthologies.