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Born in Lowell, Michigan, USA
Died in Burien, Washington, USA
Birth NameAnn Rae Stackhouse

Mini Bio (1)

Ann Rule was born on October 22, 1931 in Lowell, Michigan, USA as Ann Rae Stackhouse. She was a writer and producer, known for Small Sacrifices (1989), Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me (2003) and And Never Let Her Go (2001). She was married to William John Rule. She died on July 26, 2015 in Burien, Washington, USA.

Spouse (1)

William John Rule (1 September 1954 - 14 December 1972) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (12)

Ann comes from a family loaded with crime fighters. Her grandfather and uncle were Michigan sheriffs. Her cousin was a prosecuting attorney, and another uncle was a medical examiner.
Ann's grandmother used to prepare meals for prisoners. One prisoner was a 'sweet' lady who taught Ann to crochet. Ann wondered why this woman could possibly be going on trial for murder. Ann says this is what lead her to the 'whys' of criminal behavior.
Her first book contract was to write about a serial killer known only as 'Ted'. She later found that her very good friend, whose name was Ted Bundy, was in fact the 'Ted' she was contracted to write about.
Obtained her BA from the University of Washington in Creative Writing, with minors in psychology, criminology and penology.
She graduated from Coatesville High School.
She is a certified instructor in 'many states' on subjects such as: Serial Murder, Sadistic Sociopaths, Women Who Kill, and High Profile Offenders.
She is active in support groups for victims of violent crimes and their families, in the Y.W.C.A.'s program to help battered and abused women, and in Childhelp and Childhaven, support groups for children.
She is the daughter of Chester R. and Sophie Hansen Stackhouse. Her father was a football/basketball/track coach and her mother was a teacher of the developmentally disabled.
She took courses in crime scene investigation, police administration, crime scene photography and arrest, as well as search and seizure while studying for two years at Highline Community College.
She wrote her first book under the name Andy Stack for fear that a woman writing about crime would not be a success.
Was a Seattle Policewoman until her supervisors found out about her extreme nearsightedness.
Was an intern student of the Oregon State Training School for Girls.

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