Golden State’s killer hunt


Michele McNamara with her husband, Patton Oswalt. McNamara’s real book on the Golden State Killer case inspired the HBO documentary I will go in the dark.
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New HBO documentary in six parts I will go in the dark tells the still intertwined stories of the late author Michelle McNamara and Joseph James DeAngelo, the man she nicknamed the Golden State Killer. D’Angelo, 74, is expected to plead guilty June 29-13 to murder and kidnapping each, an agreement that will see him serve his life without parole and avoid the death penalty. He should also admit guilt for more than 50 rapes committed throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s.

It’s a strange timing seen I will go in the dark preview the day before DeAngelo’s guilty plea. The documentary, directed by Liz Garbus, focuses on the work of McNamara as a true crime writer who became obsessed with the case and died in 2016 of a fatal mix of prescription drugs while working on a book on this subject. This book, also titled I will go in the dark, was completed posthumously by her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, and two of McNamara’s colleagues. It became a bestseller in 2018, published just two months before the police finally caught DeAngelo using an online family DNA database, a tactic that McNamara had suggested to detectives working on the case after have tried the popular 23andMe service.


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