The most famous movie adaptations of Ann Rule's books are "Small Sacrifices," "And Never Let Her Go" and "The Stranger Beside Me." "Hunt for the I-5 Killer," "Too Late to Say Goodbye" and "Every Breath You Take" are a few others. Rule, who died in 2015, was a popular writer and producer of real-life crime stories that depicted criminal cases from the viewpoints of victims, investigators and the perpetrators.
The book and movie "The Stranger Beside Me" offer a personal view of the case of famous serial killer Ted Bundy, whom Rule met while working at Seattle clinic for women.
"Small Sacrifices," released in 1989, is a movie about mother Diane Downs, who in 1983 claimed an unknown attacker shot her and her three children. Investigation revealed that she was the true perpetrator and tried to kill her children to be free to run away with her lover. Farrah Fawcett portrayed Downs in the movie.
The 2001 made for television movie "And Never Let Her Go" tells the story of prominent attorney Thomas Capano and his mistress Anne Marie Fahey. Fahey disappeared in 1996 and was never seen again; in 1999, Capano was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison.