The wife of Claude Rasmussen, who takes care of John Wade after Kathy’s disappearance. Ruth Rasmussen is in her fifties, and married to the much older Claude. She insists that John is a good man, and innocent of any role in Kathy’s disappearance. She frequently compares the strength of John and Kathy’s marriage to the strength of her marriage to Claude—a comparison that readers can take sincerely or ironically.
The timeline below shows where the character Ruth Rasmussen appears in In the Lake of the Woods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Evidence
Chapter 11: What He Did Next
Chapter 12: Evidence
Chapter 15: What the Questions Were
Chapter 19: What Was Found
Chapter 20: Evidence
Chapter 23: Where They Looked
Chapter 25: Evidence
Chapter 30: Evidence
...he wants to go to the Pacific ports, precisely because they are unfamiliar to him. Ruth Rasmussen argues that John’s sudden departure need not mean anything bad—sometimes people leave. (full context)