Ann Rule, who went to work briefly at the Seattle Police Department when she was 21, began writing for magazines including True Detective in 1969. A biography on her author website says she has published more than 1,400 articles, mostly on criminal cases.
Rule said she was fascinated by killers’ lives, going back to their childhood to find clues about why they did what they did. But her books focused on victims, and she became an advocate for victims’ rights.
Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule’s daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure. She was 83.
“My mom died peacefully last night,” Leslie Rule wrote. “She got to see all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”