The I-5 Killer: Revised Edition Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1984
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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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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.
I highly recommend this book for all adults with a strong stomach, but keep it away from the fragile ones.
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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Well written and easy to read. The author is able to maintain the readers interest
while outlining the events of the case.
Have read this before, many years ago, but wanted it to complete my collection. Ann Rule is always a good read.Published on Dec 27 2013 by sissyl
As always, Ms Rules are succintly put forward, as well... the story enthralls such as no fiction ever could, Never a disappointed readPublished on Dec 30 2012 by pixiedust
'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 morePublished on March 4 2004 by lazza
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2003
This being an early Ann Rule book it lacks in some areas, including the meticulous detail that she is known for. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002 by Lysa Burleson
I understand this book has been around a while and that Rule has gotten considerably better since it first came out years ago. Read morePublished on June 26 2002