Patton Oswalt Announces The Death Of His Wife Michelle McNamara


I’ll be gone in the dark is the latest real crime docuseries to hit HBO. Based on the book of the same name written by Michelle McNamara, the late wife of Patton Oswalt, the series details Michelle’s passionate obsession with finding the Golden State Killer and bringing justice to its more than 50 victims and survivors.

Divided into six episodes, each more striking than the last, the series uses voice recordings, home videos and photos of the deceased author, combined with comments from the remaining survivors, senior detectives and researchers with whom Michelle has worked during his investigation. Women’s health caught up with Patton on the show’s release date and four years after Michelle’s death to talk about his role as executive producer, ask for the shutdown and what he hopes everyone will get I’ll be gone in the dark.

“You can say you are done with the grief all you want, but the grief will let you know when it is finished,” said Patton during the series.

The comedian admitted that his grieving process is not over, but being on the production team and getting involved in this project certainly helped. “For me, this is just one more step on this long journey,” says Patton. WH. “But this is definitely a big problem. “

Michelle and Patton sailing together.

By posting tons of personal audio files, anecdotes, photos, and videos of Michelle and her investigative process to series director Liz Garbus, Patton hoped to focus the story on the people who mattered most . “I wanted to focus on her, the victims, the crime solvers – not the killer,” he said.

Unlike other real suspect-centric crime series, viewers won’t really see or hear about the Golden State Killer until the last episode. Almost every minute of filming is more spent unpacking Michelle’s thoughts, giving survivors time on the screen to share their experiences, or introducing key players and advocates for Michelle’s life and inquiry, including Patton. All of this adds a deeply personal angle to the sometimes cold nature of the real crime.

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Although Patton notes that he cannot say what his late wife would have thought of the docuseries, he hopes it will add something to his legacy. And, of course, “I hope it helps survivors and victims, but I don’t think I can decide what it is,” adds Patton.

The comedian fact let’s say there’s one person he’s going to decide how to interact with the show – and that’s his daughter, Alice. We see glimpses of her young person playing with Michelle in personal videos. But Patton says the 11-year-old is still too young to see her mother’s work and will not watch the series until she is much older. “I’ll just know when it’s ready,” he says. “I will know it when I know it.” Until then, they take it day-to-day, says Patton (who has remarried since Michelle’s death).

“You have to wake up every day and go to bed every night. I don’t know of any other way to do it, “he said. Women’s health. “You just have to get out of it somehow.” Being part of this series ultimately helped to make this path clearer.

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