True crime books are about an actual crime and it's victims, suspects, law enforcement or other real people. They can be about about crimes like theft or murder, serial killers, police memoirs, and historic crimes such as unsolved cases, assassinations, or other high profile deaths.
Considered one of the founders of the True Crime genre, Ann Rule was raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment. She was also well educated in psychology and criminology. At the time of writing her first and most well known book, The Stranger Beside Me, she learned that the murders she was chronicling were committed by her one-time friend and colleague at a suicide hotline, Ted Bundy, giving her unique insight into the case.
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