I just recently learned that one of my favorite authors, Ann Rule, passed away. She set the bar very high for true crime authors. Ann Rule authored the true crime novel about one of the most notorious serial killers,Ted Bundy. The book is The Stranger Beside Me and detailed how they worked side by side for a suicide crisis hotline center and the dawning realization that a friend was a cold blooded killer. She was an amazing author and will be sorely missed. Fly high sweet lady… I know that not only the Angels met you when you crossed over, but those souls that you honored through your words in telling their stories… God Bless…
The following is an except from her bio from Wikipedia:
Rule’s career path included working as a law enforcement officer for the Seattle Police Department as well as writing for publications geared toward women. Beginning in 1969, she wrote for True Detective magazine under the nom de plume “Andy Stack.”
While working at a suicide crisis hotline center in Seattle, Rule met Ted Bundy in 1971. Both were volunteering their time. She didn’t realize until a few years later that Bundy was responsible for a series of murders and while working together, Rule noted nothing disturbing in Bundy’s personality at the time. To Rule, Bundy was “kind, solicitous, and empathetic”. Her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, is considered one of the definitive biographies of Bundy and was written under her own name rather than her previously used pen-name. (Wikipedia)
Here is a list of her books…
Lust Killer (1983)
The Want-Ad Killer (1983)
The I-5 Killer (1984)
The Stranger Beside Me (1986)
Small Sacrifices (1987)
If You Really Loved Me (1991)
Everything She Ever Wanted (1992)
A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 1(1993)
You Belong to Me and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 2 (1994)
Dead by Sunset (1995)
A Fever in the Heart and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 3 (1996)
Bitter Harvest (1997)
In the Name of Love and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 4 (1998)
The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up: Crime Files Vol. 5 (1998)
A Rage to Kill and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 6 (1999)
And Never Let Her Go (1999)
Empty Promises: Crime Files Vol. 7 (2001)
Every Breath You Take (2001)
Heart Full of Lies (2001)
Last Dance, Last Chance and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 8 (2003)
Without Pity: Ann Rule’s Most Dangerous Killers: Crime Files Updates (2003)
Green River, Running Red (2004)
Kiss Me, Kill Me and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 9 (2004)
Worth More Dead and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 10 (2005)
No Regrets and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 11 (2006)
Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 12 (2007)
Too Late to Say Goodbye (2007)
Mortal Danger and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 13 (2008)
But I Trusted You and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 14 (2009)
In the Still of the Night (2010)
Don’t Look Behind You and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 15 (2011)
Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors and Other True Cases: Crime Files Vol. 16 (2012)
Danger in the Dorm (re-released 2013)
Practice to Deceive (2013)
Lying in Wait (2014)
Something happened on an airplane you ask??? Why, yes it did!!
How many of you have heard your name called, turned to look, and no one was there? That has happened to me my whole life… My most memorable time was when I was a teenager in our very “active” house in Mississippi… But that’s for another blog… 😉
On Tuesday morning we left Albuquerque for Salt Lake City. I had not slept well the night before, thank you to the AC that when it was on it was freezing in the room and noisy… My choice in the matter was to be hot or cold… Sigh. I got about 4 hours sleep… Ugh!
OK, on to what happened… I was the lead position and my jumpseat is at the forward door near the cockpit and first class galley. I always check, double check and triple check all cart brakes, latches, etc. before every take off and landing. On this aircraft there are a lot of carriers that need to be latched and secured or they will fall out.
It was time for takeoff and I had given the “OK” to the Captain for takeoff. Loudly I hear my name called and the words “look again!” So I pop up and see that I DID NOT latch the top part of the galley!! Thank you to whoever was looking out for this very tired flight attendant!!! I love my Guides and Angels!! I know it was one of them or my Dad!
The trip I was on had a 31 hour layover in Albuquerque; we get there around 9 pm and spend two nights in the hotel. I left on Sunday and then did the same trip again on Wednesday. Look out for my next two blogs about this layover! Something weird happened when I first got to my room on Sunday night and then something else happened while I was sleeping on Wednesday night… Bwaahaahaaa….
Well, I do believe I experienced a ghostly turndown service during my Houston layover last week…
I like to sleep in a cold room with lots of covers and when I am tired I get very cold. If, for some reason, I get hot during the night I just shove the covers off of me. Trust me, I very seldom get hot during the night!! Last week I woke up during the night cold and shivering and realized that my covers had been turned down to where they formed a perfect triangle. Now I know that I have never done this myself during my sleep, so who did?? Now, getting in and out of bed during the night, I will flip them back, but never to this extent. I did take a moment to sit up and turn on the light to take a good look. Really strange… Was I channeling my inner Martha Stewart during my sleep? Or does this hotel have a secret turndown service for us mediums??
This is one of the many reasons I started this blog… I’m the Haunted Flight Attendant and I like to share my random ghostly moments… Come fly with me! I have some cool stories!!
Last weekend Lesia (The Haunted Librarian) and I attended the 7th annual Through the Veil. We had such an amazing time! We had a vendor table representing Archer Paranormal Investigations and True Ghost Stories… If you stopped by to chat or say hello, it was great meeting you!
I will always hold Michelle Griffin close in my heart for having this vision to bring us together… To help us grow… To help us explore our gifts… To break down barriers… To dismiss Ego… To learn to give and love… To nourish our souls and to face our fears…
In addition to hearing AMAZING speakers, seeing good friends and making new ones, four of us saw a full bodied apparition! Yes, you heard correctly… A FULL BODIED APPARITION during the dessert celebration!!! We, Tony Wolf Paw, Lesia, Olivia and myself were standing at one of the high top tables near conference room 6 chatting. Well, I notice someone to my left that was about to walk behind me. What made this person stand out was what I perceived to be a very loud tropical shirt. There was going to be a masquerade party later, so my first thought was, “Wow! That’s a busy outfit!” Well, I just had to get a better look at this outfit, so as he or she went behind me, I turned to get a good look, but no one was there! Tony said, “It walked right through the wall!” Olivia and Lesia also saw this person and noticed that they basically disappeared. So we all just looked at each other and agreed that we all just saw a ghost…
Cool things always happen to me at TTV… Every year I hear my name called a couple of times and feel different energies shift and expand. This was my first ghost though… Well, at TTV that is… 😉
Have you ever been comforted by a ghost? I have… On three separate occasions. Many of us have been touched by a spirit, whether a paranormal investigator or not. For myself, it is usually during a paranormal investigation.
My first “comforting” experience was in Ireland while on a layover. On most European trips, we arrive early in the morning and when we get to our hotel we usually go to sleep for a few hours and then makes plans to explore later. After arriving at the hotel and checking in, I immediately went to my room to sleep. I had been asleep a couple of hours when I was was awoken from a nightmare. I woke up face down in my pillow and was still struggling with my nightmare. I realized what finally woke me up was someone grabbing me and shaking me awake. It took me a few moments, but I realized that it was someone looking out for me…
My second experience was in Charleston, SC at the Mills House. Two of the more prominent ghosts are a young lady and little boy. It is believed that they died during the Civil War. The Mills House, I believe, was used as a hospital during the war. One of our flight attendants was really freaked out the week before because she woke up and the little boy was standing by her bed! Well, honestly, it would freak ME out if I woke up and saw a ghost standing by my bed! So, as I was getting into bed that night, I said out loud to the little boy, “I don’t mind you visiting, but it would really scare me if I woke up and saw you standing by the bed… It would really startle me…” Apparently he was ok with this because as I was watching TV he reached out to stroke my hair… I guess we are ok!
My third experience really touched me emotionally… I was in Amsterdam at the hotel. My first blog was about this hotel and it’s permanent residents. I was not feeling well and had felt that my psychic and mediumship abilities were fuzzy… When in this hotel, I usually get activity and like to communicate with the resident spirits. I was feeling like my mojo was way off, so when I got to my room, I started explaining how I was feeling. I told them that I didn’t know what was wrong with me… I wanted to communicate with them but didn’t know if I could. As I was telling them this, I started to get choked up and started crying. A female spirit walked up behind me and put her hand on my shoulder in a comforting manner and squeezed… I still get choked up when I think about it…
Always remember that ghosts are people too… They don’t just make our meters go off and whisper into recorders. They have feelings and show compassion… They have been good to me… In each of these experiences, I remembered to thank them…
This morning I found out that a friend and co-worker of mine passed away after fighting lung cancer for almost two years.
Delta L1011, retired fleet in 2001
Here is my post from FaceBook this morning:
My heart is broken… The last time I flew with Bill was Easter two years ago. Shortly after that he was diagnosed with cancer… Sweet Bill, may your journey into the light be beautiful… I loved flying with you and hope you keep soaring and continuing your adventures. You will be greatly missed…
PS… Don’t forget to latch the meal carts in the lower galley on the L1011 before takeoff… Oops… Chocolate cake was everywhere…
This was followed by a statement from our airline giving condolences and info on the funeral.
As I sat here, looking out into my sunroom (only gets the afternoon and evening sun… Sun does not shine into this room in the morning because its windows face west and northwest), I reflected on my sadness, cried some, and then started laughing as I relived the unlatched cart episode that happened about 16 years ago… I will never forget going down to the lower galley with him after takeoff and looking around at the mess. What does Bill do? He walks over and finds a dessert plate and starts to pretend to lick off the chocolate cake!!
As I started laughing and smiling I looked to my right, into the sunroom, and this beautiful spark of light formed out of nowhere, appeared to burst and throw light and then flew off… Bill! It was Bill!!
I literally laughed out loud as I yelled “Bill!!” I’ll miss you Bill!! Bye!! Look out for those L1011’s!!! After yelling out, I got confirmation… Those chills running up and down my spine from soul level knowing that I am correct. Hey, it’s a medium thing…
As I sit here, writing this, the tears are flowing, but I am smiling… Ladies and Gentlemen… Heaven just threw a big old party!!!