Obits on True-Crime Writer Ann Rule Should Tell Whole Story

Noted true-crime writer Ann Rule has died. I cannot honestly say that I am not saddened by her passing. More of a sense of relief.

Even the New York Times ran an obit on her, as did the Seattle Times.

I empathize with the family’s sense of loss. At least Ann Rule died a natural death after living a full life, and her survivors don’t have to deal with the horror of homicide. But I have no sorrow for the woman herself. Not after the way she treated me and my family, and others that she wrote about.

Dare I Call It Murder? - A Memoir of Violent LossUltimately, she and her publisher became unrepentant opportunists, capitalizing on the misery of others, and, in the case of the deaths of my parents, Loren and Jody Edwards, with little regard for the facts.

I understand the unwritten rule of not speaking ill of the dead, but painting a rosy portrait of an author with documented factual errors in her so-called true-crime books does no service to the newspapers’ readers, or hers.

In my book, Dare I Call It Murder?, I documented many egregious errors and omissions in her account of my parents’ deaths.

Rick Swart documented errors in another of her books in his article, “Ann Rule’s Sloppy Storytelling,” published in the Seattle Weekly in 2011. Ann Rule sued Swart and the publication for defamation, but a Seattle court tossed out the lawsuit last year.


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 A Memoir of Violent Loss" won First Place in the San Diego Book Awards in 2012 (unpublished memoir) and 2014, Best Published Memoir.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 -- -- --
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2 Responses to Obits on True-Crime Writer Ann Rule Should Tell Whole Story

  1. robinskone says:

    Yes, when somebody capitalizes on others tragedy for their own aggrandizement, it is hard to feel sad at their passing.

  2. Anne Casey says:

    Said like the gentleman that you are, Larry.

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