I think there is a genetic predisposition for violence in some cases, and I think there may well be some brain malfunction that cuts off the connection between conscience and action.Question: Have you ever done any research in the San Juan Islands?Ann Rule: The Kansas community was unbelievably warm and helpful. Question: Did Cheryl Keeton's estate ever collect on the huge civil judgment against Brad Cunningham?Ann Rule: I don't know about the finances of Cheryl's kids. Ann Rule: When I heard about Susan Smith, I thought of Diane - only Diane Downs killed her children to get a lover back 10 years before Susan did.They get insulated to it, and don't realize, perhaps, that killing is forever, and it's not like in the movies where actors get up to play in other movies.
Question: Have you ever gotten an answer to your quest for "Why" that ever made sense to you?
Ann Rule: I write about murder because I too cannot imagine how people could be so cruel - and I want to find out WHY? Question: Ann: Some commentators say that Aileen Wuornos was the first female serial killer. Ann Rule: I think Aileen Wuornos is the ONLY female I've ever researched who may well be a true serial killer.
Question: Ann..to hear it...mom's killing their kids to impress a boyfriend is beyond belief Ann Rule: I agree. The others have all killed for money - or for "love" as they define it. Question: Ann I always tried to meet you when you did your book signings in the Seattle area, in fact before I moved away I saw you at a book store in Tukwila. Question: Do you ever do book signing tours in Canada?
The next is the James Garner case in Colorado - where he is accused of shooting his wife and in-laws, and the last is a Washington case of another murderous husband. Question: Ann, you have been gifted with a clear mind and an ability to see the facts as they unfold. I care a great deal about the people I write about. I hope you do write about one of these kids some day, Ann. Ann Rule: I am for the death penalty when it involves sadistic sociopaths who will surely get out one day and kill again!
The other titles are "Bad Together" and "Empty Promises." Question: Do you have an update on Sara Gordon and her children, from "Dead by Sunset? But I feel that you have compassion for the victims and that motivates you greatly. Question: The boy that killed his entire family in Michigan recently, went before the judge for his bail hearing and pleaded with the judge to let him out before trial so he could "see a bit of the world" before he did his time!!! Ann Rule: I hestitate to write about murderous teens. Question: Ann, will you ever investigate the Homolka-Bernardos spree in Canada? Question: How do you keep cynicism away from the front door? Ann Rule: I am not a cynic because I find at least three dozen heroes for every bad guy or gal I have to write about.