Recently, The Seattle Weekly ran a cover story concerning Ann Rule and one of her books. The author of the article was, shall we say, rough on Ann. (We should admit that Ann is a loooong time friend of the shop - full disclosure, which is at the heart of this mess.)
Here's a link to the original article, "Ann Rule's Sloppy Storytelling: How Seattle's Queen of True Crime turned a battered woman into a killer sociopath" (the article begins with the bold-faced "The Day After..."). When you read something like this, you assume that the writer is a serious journalist and you're getting the full 'poop', that you can trust that they've done their homework AS HAS THE EDITORS OF THE OUTFIT RUNNING THE ARTICLE.
Well, it seems that faith was not warranted in this case. According to an article in the Huffington Post, the author - Rick Swart - was not only not up-front with The Weekly about personal ties to the woman at the heart of the story, he was as well not clear about research.
The editor of the original article has done an extensive job of explaining all of this. Here's his first blog post about the mess on July 22. (just above it, there is a link to his post of July 28, which was a post of corrections and updates. Interesting and lurid.
We suppose this is a case akin to Buyer Beware.
Our Best to Ann and we hope she's enjoying her Vindication.