Ann Rule, butt out and leave us survivors of violent loss alone

Sorry to bring up a depressing subject during this otherwise festive season, but I have to respond to this story in the San Diego U-T . . .

Coronado mansion death gets ‘true crime’ treatment

IMHO, Ann Rule is the last person who should be writing about this or any other criminal investigation. I have first-hand experience with true-crime writer Ann Rule, who three years ago wrote an inaccurate account of the deaths of my parents, Loren and Joanne Edwards. Based on my reading of her error-riddled story, I could only conclude that she is an opportunistic hack — her “journalism” is a joke.

She never bothered to contact anyone in our family to the get the facts right, nor did she or her publisher forewarn us about the book, which compounded the anguish. We learned about it from a family friend, right before Christmas. Yeah … merry freaking Xmas.

I tried to get Ann Rule and her publisher to do the right thing and remove the story from the book, or at the very least correct the errors. Instead, they, in essence, told me to shove it.

In my forthcoming book, Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss [http://www.dareicallitmurder.com/] I set the record straight — using information gleaned from the FBI files as well as my first-hand participation in the investigation — rather than relying on 30-year-old, inaccurate news reports like Ann Rule did.

Ann Rule also came under fire for her coverage of an Oregon case last year. Ann Rule’s Sloppy Storytelling [http://www.seattleweekly.com/2011-07-20/news/ann-rule-s-sloppy-storytelling/]

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About Polishing Your Prose

Larry M Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, editor and publishing consultant. He is the author of three books, and has edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction book manuscripts. Under Wigeon Publishing, he has produced six books. As author, "Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss" won First Place in the San Diego Book Awards in 2012 (unpublished memoir) and 2014, Best Published Memoir. The book has also been nominated for a number of awards, including: Pulitzer Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, Washington State Book Award, and One Book, One San Diego. As Editor, "Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources" won the Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Self-Help. For a sample edit and cost estimate, contact Larry: larry [at] larryedwards [dot] com -- www.larryedwards.com -- www.dareicallitmurder.com -- www.wigeonpublishing.com
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One Response to Ann Rule, butt out and leave us survivors of violent loss alone

  1. Liysa Swart says:

    Good for you! There are a few of us who recognize Ann Rule for the puss-oozing predator that she is. She goes beyond being opportunistic and crosses the line into malicious, fabrication– she is consciously evil for profit. It is unconscionable that she preys on tragedy, like a vulture, and profits from deliberately hurting many victims. Thanks for calling her on her crap!

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