Ann Rule, one of the best known American true crime writers, began her career in law enforcement. She is a former Seattle policewoman, former caseworker for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance, and former student intern at the Oregon State Training School for Girls. Rule was born in Lowell, Michigan in 1935 as Ann Stackhouse. Rule earned her B.A. from the University of Washington where she majored in creative writing and minored in criminology, penology, and psychology. She later took criminology classes, earning an associate's degree at Highline Community College. Rule also studied at Willamette University, earning a master's degree. She has been a full-time writer since 1969, and has published more than thirty books and hundreds of articles. Eight of her books have been made into television movies and she won the Peabody Award for her mini-series Small Sacrifices. She has also been honored with two Anthony Awards and three nominations for Edgar Awards. In addition to writing, Rule teaches seminars to law enforcement groups.