The Stranger Beside Me (2003)

The Stranger Beside Me is based on Ann Rule’s New York Times bestseller. Before she became a true crime writer, amazingly enough Ann became close friends with one of the most notorious serial killers — Ted Bundy.

Ann Rule (Barbara Hershey, The Entity) is an ex-cop and single mother who volunteers on the suicide hotlines in Seattle. That’s where she meets Ted Bundy (Billy Campbell, The Rocketeer), who comes off as the nicest man she’s ever met.

Of course, that changes. She’s already been called in to help with the murders of women that have stretched from Utah to Seattle and may have provided a criticial piece of insight on the fact that Ted fits a sketch and drives the same car as the suspect.

As their lives go in separate directions, Ted stays in touch with Ann, always convinced of his own innocence. While she may have stood up for him in the past, by the end, she only knows him as a monster.

It’s directed by Paul Shapiro, who also directed the new VC Andrews adaption Heaven which airs later this month, as well as an upcoming remake of one of my favorite Lifetime films, Death of a Cheerleader.

While the film jumps all over the place way too much, Campbell is great as Bundy, proving why so many could find him so attractive and above such crimes. It’s well worth a watch if you’re interested in this case.

The Stranger Beside Me is available for free on Tubi and from Mill Creek Entertainment.

DISCLAIMER: This movie was sent to us by Mill Creek Entertainment, but that has no bearing on our review.

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