True-crime author Ann Rule dies at 83

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SEATTLE — Ann Rule, prolific author of true- crime stories has died, her family confirmed to FOX 13 in Seattle where Rule lived.

Her daughter, Leslie Rule, said her mother was surrounded by loved ones before she died. The cause is not immediately known, but was likely related to heart failure.

Rule is known for many books, but perhaps her best-known book is ‘The Stranger Beside Me,’ an account of her time with serial killer Ted Bundy. She also wrote a book with Kansas City-ties, called Bitter Harvest. In it she outlined the life of Deborah  Green, from Prairie Village, Kansas, convicted of the 1995 fire that trapped and killed her son Tim, 12, and his sister Kelly, 6.  Another daughter, Lissa, survived. Green was also convicted of poisoning her husband Dr. Michael Farrar. 

According to FOX 13, prosecutors recently filed theft charges against Rule’s two sons, accusing them of taking thousands of dollars from their mother’s account.