Watching those dark stories is a desperate bid for control, but also a way to better grasp our world.
Ann Rule left us yesterday.The legendary chronicler of American crime passed away at 84 and we lost the very best. For those of us that make movies-for-television and mini-series, Ann was the True Crime Gold Standard. Everything else; everyone else would always be compared to her.
With the news that true crime writer Ann Rule has just passed away, I couldn't help reflecting on my own late conversion to the author and wishing that I had somehow discovered her earlier.
"By deciding to focus her books on the victim, Ann Rule reinvented the true crime genre and earned the trust of millions of readers."
Those most deadly to us are those we cannot easily identity as masterminds. Normal people can become evil, and evil people can look normal.
The alternative Seattle Weekly ran a lengthy cover story last week about local bestselling true crime author Ann Rule. Specifically