Ill Be Gone in the Dark: One Womans Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamaraA masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.
You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.
Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called the Golden State Killer. Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.
At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.
The ‘Bittersweet’ Story Behind Michelle McNamara’s Golden State Killer Book That Sold Out Overnight
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The book was released posthumously on February 27, , nearly two years after McNamara's death, by HarperCollins ' HarperLuxe imprint. After becoming interested in the Golden State Killer cases, McNamara wrote a Los Angeles magazine article about the serial killer, and ultimately signed a book deal with HarperCollins to write about the case. McNamara, with her book two-thirds completed,  died in her sleep of an accidental prescription drug overdose on April 21, , at age DeAngelo, a former police officer in Auburn and Exeter, California ,  was arrested and charged with six counts of first-degree murder. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Books portal California portal Criminal justice portal.
Today, in a string of truth-is-stranger-than-fiction. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested on two counts of murder; police say they are preparing more charges. In one twist, McNamara, a true-crime writer and late wife of actor Patton Oswalt, who died in her sleep at age 46, passed away two years ago this week and would have celebrated her 48th birthday two weeks ago. McNamara no doubt would have been pleased and perhaps vindicated by the arrest of year-old former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo on two counts of murder; Sacramento police, who made the arrest, said they are preparing more charges. The Golden State Killer was linked to 12 murders, 45 rapes and more than home burglaries that spanned from Northern California to Ventura and Orange counties. Ended with me saying.
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It was a bittersweet week for people following the case of the Golden State Killer , who was captured this week. True crime writer and reporter Michelle McNamara, who died in her sleep in due to an undiagnosed heart condition, spent her life tracking him and her book about her quest was published posthumously in February The story of the Golden State Killer is pretty scary, even for a true crime buff. He was a former police officer and many of his crimes took place while he was in law enforcement. Ugh, so now that this case is finally closed, here are some other good ones to get into.