A meticulously researched account of the Golden State Killer’s decade-long killing spree in California, published just as the killer, Joseph DeAngelo, was linked to the crimes via DNA some 30 years after the killings mysteriously stopped. Michelle McNamara spent years following leads, interviewing victims and police officers, and writing an engaging and impressive book that will leave you shaken up and full of questions as to how he got away with it for so long. -Cathy, Atlanta
Between 1974 to 1986 a serial killer and rapist terrorizes the state of California, suspected in 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries, but seems to suddenly disappear. This unsolved case haunted Michelle McNamara until her sudden death in 2016, while writing and researching this story. Michelle knew that the Golden State Killer could not hide forever, and with the aid of DNA evidence, a suspect was arrested just 2 months after the posthumous publication of her compelling book. -Sandra, Seattle
Features new material on the Golden State Killer's case and an updated afterword by Patton Oswalt.
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Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Nonfiction | SCIBA Book Award Winner | Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence
The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.
Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt
“A brilliant genre-buster.... Propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.” —Stephen King
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.
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. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.
Michelle McNamara (1970–2016) was the author of the website True Crime Diary. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, and had sold television pilots to ABC and Fox and a screenplay to Paramount. She also worked as a consultant for Dateline NBC. She lived in Los Angeles and is survived by her husband, Patton Oswalt, and their daughter, Alice.