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The I-5 Killer: Revised Edition [Mass Market Paperback]

Ann Rule
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Feb. 22 1989 Signet True Crime
As a young man, Randall Woodfield had it all--a star athlete, good looks, and an award-winning student. Working in the swinging West Coast bar scene, he had more than his share of women. But he wanted more than just sex. An appetite for unspeakable violent acts led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California to Washington, leaving a trail of victims along the way. As the list of the dead grew, the police mobilized to stop a twisted killer who had 44 known deaths to his name.

Praise for Ann Rule:

"Vivid...Extraordinary...A page-turner!"-- New York Times Book Review, for Small Sacrifices

"Rule has an instinct for suspense, knowing just what information to leak to the reader and when."-- Washington Post Book World, for Small Sacrifices

"A shattering story...carefully investigated, written with compassion but also with professional objectivity."-- Seattle Times, for The Stranger Beside Me

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About the Author

Ann Rule has drawn on her experience as a former policewoman to become one of America’s top true-crime writers. The author of over 1,000 articles and numerous books, she has lectured widely to law-enforcement schools and agencies. She has also serves as a consultant to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VI-CAP), which is used to track and apprehend violent criminals. Her bestselling books, Lust Killer, The Want-Ad Killer, The I-5 Killer, and Small Sacrifices, are available in Signet editions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book by Ann Rule Nov. 22 2001
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Another book by Ann Rule that couldn't be put down until it was finished. All the victims were introduced first, so we knew who was who when they were murdered. At times I found some of the writing to be disturbing, but most of it had to be said to try and understand the problems Randy Woodfield had with his sex life.
I highly recommend this book for all adults with a strong stomach, but keep it away from the fragile ones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unthinkable Crimes Feb. 22 2003
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Randy Woodfield had it all. He was the boy next door, a star athlete and he had good looks. He also had an appetite for horribly violent acts which led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California to Washington. Randy Woodfield raped and killed women through many states. It's horrible to think that someone could be so awful to do those kinds of things to another person. This was another great book by Ann Rule.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale Jan. 28 2001
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Although I have read a considerable number of true crime novels, this is the first Ann Rule book I've ever read. I generally avoid books that have covers where the author's name is in bigger print than anything else, but as the saying goes, "don't judge a book by its cover." Sure enough, Rule has crafted a very suspenseful story about serial rapist and murderer Randall B. Woodfield.
I've seen a number of ...reviewers bemoan the absence of a rigid chronological approach in this book, but I feel that this book would not have been nearly as successful in conveying the horror of Woodfield's crimes if they had simply been discussed one after another. By first introducing us to various women who had the misfortune to become involved with Woodfield, we are even more shocked when some of them turn up dead. Also, this book is generally oriented around the investigators who were hunting an unknown serial rapist and murderer; these detectives were not able to piece together a complete catalog and timeline of Woodfield's crimes until late in the investigation.
There seems to be no consensus about Rule's body of work -- whether or not she's getting better as time goes on, or whether or not she's "lost it." Regardless of what you think about her writing career as a whole, "The I-5 Killer" is a gripping true crime story. Woodfield's life and crimes are introduced and explored from a variety of perspectives. This certainly isn't the best true crime story I've ever read -- at times it feels like the story wanders a bit, and sometimes there seems to be extraneous detail -- but this is still an above-average book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am only half way through this book but..... May 23 2000
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Wow! What a page turner! I just bought this book yesterday and I haven't been able to put it down but just long enough to sleep and write this review! I have recently moved to a part of town with only one book store. I have been searching like mad for an Ann Rule book. Before I could find one that I hadn't read yet, I had to settle for some other true crime books. I didn't like them at all. Finally, I have another Ann Rule book in my hands and it is just what I wanted. Although I am only half way through this book, this is some kind of story. After reading a couple of other true crime books, I now know for sure why I look so forward to an Ann Rule book. The difference is obvious. This story in particular, is horrific. How can anyone be so cruel, so heartless? It boggles the mind. Ann Rule gives you insight on the killers home life and social life as a child and teenager. You keep asking yourself where it all went wrong. He could have had the world. True crime such as this is more than just reading. It gives the reader knowledge and teaches that you must always be cautious of your surroundings and the people that you meet. You can never be too careful. No one tells a story of true crime as well as Ann Rule. No one.
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This book is a real gripper! 1 to 2 nites regardless of the time. My wife read the book and then told me about it and that Woodfield was the guy that was caught here in our area and that he was the guy that the State police used to stake out the West 11th ave. Taco Time for while she and my sister worked until midnite. They thought that because it was so secluded that he would possibly try to case the place. Well they caught him somewhere else shortly after that and then I had the story told to me. I wasn't very happy having my girlfriend and sister used as bait but they were probably safer on those nights. When ever we drive by the State Pen on I-5 in Salem I always say "there is Randall Woodfields house! " and my wife just shakes her head and I say honey tell the kids how you and Aunt Mary were part of the stake out to catch Randy Woodfield when you worked at TacoTime in 1981. Our kids just cant believe it when I told them how many people he had killed. It has been a long time since the book first came out but I read it twice and so this review is quite overdue. Enjoy- Skip
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I would recommend this book to anyone who i training; and dozens of other treats.
Advance Praise:
ONCE UPON A NUMBER can be read on many levels: each of its insights and one-liners is great and together they offer a profound, new view of the relation between math and stories." --Doron Zeilberger winner, 1998 Steele prize in mathematics
"Paulos has woven a rich tapestry of jokes, paradoxes, logic, probability, statistics, semantics, philosophy and other wonders. One never knows what delightful surprise is coming next. You will learn a lot from this entertaining yet far from superficial book." --Martin Gardner
JOHN ALLEN PAULOS is presidential scholar at Temple University. He is the author of both scholarly papers and books for general audiences on topics such as mathematical logic, probability, and the philosophy of science. Paulos and his work have been profiled in magazines and newspapers such as People, Omni, Worth, and USA Today and he has appeared on numerous television and radio program and "Science Friday." s including the TODAY SHOW, the MACNEIL-LEHRER NEWS HOUR, the DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW, the CBS MORNING NEWS and CBS EVENING NEWS, the LARRY KING SHOW, and NPRs thinking about hitchhiking on an interstate. It is on the surface a book about the psychology of a serial killer/rapist, but it is also in my opinion a book about the problems of living in a modern culture, and how helpless we are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read
Have read this before, many years ago, but wanted it to complete my collection. Ann Rule is always a good read.
Published 9 months ago by sissyl
5.0 out of 5 stars I-5 Killer
As always, Ms Rules are succintly put forward, as well... the story enthralls such as no fiction ever could, Never a disappointed read
Published 21 months ago by pixiedust
4.0 out of 5 stars early Ann Rule work is competent but somewhat hollow...
'The I-5 Killer' is a decent but unremarkable effort by Ann Rule, the queen of true crime novels. While it does give accounts of horrible sexual crimes and murders by a completely... Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by lazza
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann Rule is a Fabulous Writer!
This book, like many other Ann Rule books that I have read, was incredible. Through her descriptions you almost feel as though you are playing a part in the book. She is GREAT!
Published on Dec 12 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
While I find in some of Ann Rule's book she tends too drag, I found this one to be too the point without going over board with gorey details. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars One of her firsts.....
This being an early Ann Rule book it lacks in some areas, including the meticulous detail that she is known for. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2002 by Lysa Burleson
1.0 out of 5 stars Dung
I understand this book has been around a while and that Rule has gotten considerably better since it first came out years ago. Read more
Published on June 26 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A real reminder!
This is the first Ann Rule book that I have read. I found many of the descriptive areas of the book disturbing, however, it is a good reminder that there are people who commit... Read more
Published on March 7 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
This book was OK, but not one of Rule's best works. I am a true Ann Rule fan, but I had trouble following this book. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Rule's best work
Though Randall Woodfield committed incredibly frightening and really unspeakable crimes, Ann Rule, when she wrote this, was apparently just beginning her writing career, and it... Read more
Published on June 12 2000 by One Fancy Angel
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