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Update 8 11 2019 I just finished the new season of Veronica Mars on Hulu In it, Patton Oswalt plays a character who is obsessed with solving cold cases and other crimes the police are struggling with As soon as I realized that is what his character was and how much it reminded me of his wife as described in this book, I began to wonder if he was offered the role as a tribute to her .4.25 starsI guarantee you will not be able to read this book without many stops to do Wikipedia and Google maps searches Just do yourself a favor and don t read too much on line before you finish the book it is muchsuspenseful that way.I ll Be Gone In The Dark is a posthumous collection of narratives, notes, dialogue, and other evidence collected by McNamara that she was working into a book that she never got to see come to fruition Because of this, some of the parts are polished, while other parts are raw, and some may even feel disjointed I think if she had lived to see it through, it would have come across as much cleaner However, I don t think this is a bad thing It is kind of fascinating to see a snapshot of an investigation before it is ready and complete Not only is who the Golden State Killer is a mystery, but where McNamara was going with her notes is a mystery as well.One interesting aspect of this book is that it has a lot of autobiography of McNamera as well Often, true crime is just a compilation of the details with the author s involvement being of little or no importance Another true crime mainstay, Ann Rule, became involved with the story in her book The Stranger Beside Me, as well as in her book about the Green River Killer Green River, Running Red I definitely think it is interesting to see an involvement in the investigation beyond just researching, compiling, and regurgitating information The personal touch and commitment is felt very strongly With that in mind, I feel like the key takeaway from this book is how obsession works on both sides The killer rapist had his meticulous modus operandi that allowed many crimes covering a wide area to be connected by certain evidence The author had her daily routine of web searches, library visits, travels to 30 year old crime scenes, etc which frequently led to frustration and tears Without the criminal, there would have been no need for the investigation Without the author, many unsolved mysteries could have been relegated to cold case status forever Unfortunately, she didn t live to see if her obsessive dedication led to any success.I think this is a true crime book worth the time of any fan of the genre As is often the case, some of the content matter may be difficult for some, so proceed with caution if you are sensitive.Click on this next part only if you have finished the book and done some follow up research view spoiler Shortly after finishing and discovering at the time of publication the killer still hadn t been caught, I had to jump online and do some searching I thought I had heard that the killer had been caught, but was wondering if I remembered something else Sure enough, earlier this year, DNA evidence led to the capture of the killer I will leave you to your own web search if you are interested in the details What I hope they do is either some follow up chapters or a whole new book that takes the evidence that McNamara tracked down over the years and compares it against the person found to be the killer One of the keys to her investigation is trying to figure out where his home base might have been and correlating the events to the actual life, occupation, etc of the killer It would be interesting to see how that all matches up and if it shows any other patterns that they missed hide spoiler 3.5 An interesting topic, an impressive woman and research but not my jam.I would recommend the audiobook as I don t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had read it myself [Ebook] ♍ I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer ♠ A 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 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 AreaThree Decades Later, Michelle McNamara, A True Crime Journalist Who Created The Popular Website TrueCrimeDiary, 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 WasAt 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 ThreateningI 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 ETA 4 25 18 in the most holy crap, hopeful, bawling kind of way I hope you got him, Michelle I hope THEY got him IllBeGoneInTheDark MichelleMcNamara stepintothelight Patton Oswalt pattonoswalt April 25, 2018 I m not crying You re crying.Original Review, 11 16 17 Confession I m what you would call a murderino I listen to My Favorite Murder religiously, I watch the hell out of Investigation Discovery City Confidential is amazing , and I listen to a few other podcasts Sadly, I never read Michelle McNamara s work until after her death After reading a few articles, I saved reading the rest until after I read this book I m going to try not to fangirl all over the place, but this was stunningly amazing It was such a personal story McNamara shared so much of herself in this book without overwhelming it, and you really feel her dedication in the text Her personal touch helps distract from the dehumanizing brutality of the crime very effectively In a weird way, I almost felt like I had gained a friend during the book, like I was in the car driving with her or scanning through text filled databases in the middle of the night, too, and that s a difficult feeling to evoke, especially in this genre Likewise, the story focuses on the many of detectives both law enforcement and less official sleuths who worked the case and the victims as much as it does the killer While you get to know McNamara and her story, you also get to know the generations of detectives and their tenacity, frustration, heartbreak, and courage The suspense builds and falls as the investigators chase leads, then stall, and all the while, you hope for the big break in a way they ve learned to not bet on so earnestly.The ending, however, is a little bittersweet You know going in that the GSK remains uncaught and about McNamara s death, but both still hit me hard Yet, throughout both McNamara s text and the ending by follow up authors, there s an unwavering conviction that they ll catch the responsible one day, and when I finished the final page, that sense of resolve was the strongest emotion I felt.A few random things I loved worth mentioning 1 McNamara s unmistakable empathy for the victims, the detectives and LEOs, and the communities 2 She was never gratuitous describing the rapes or murders, yet she didn t sacrifice attention to detail or suspense 3 Likewise, she acknowledged the complexity of the crime and how difficult it s been to catch the GSK because of it, but never festishized him, either 4 This might sound weird, but I ve heard and read some accounts where they make rape sound like erotica or it s uncomfortably detailed and you want to throw the book across the room and clean it in bleach 5 She had such truly excellent, beautiful, and suspenseful writing.tl dr Seriously, I ll Be Gone in the Dark shows such exceptional, suspenseful writing and beautiful dedication I cried at the end in the best of ways.pre read Of course, when I have four freaking books with a holds list that I have obligations to read, you, my beautiful love, come into my life, after I ve been pining after you for months You re only the book I ve been most looking forward to ALL YEAR. Incredible It was a pleasure to listen to this following the capture of Joseph Deangelo, and it s excruciating to think that Michelle was so close to unveiling one of the most notorious serial rapists and murderers in US history If you haven t managed to snag this one yet, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook if that s your thing all the narrators were beyond excellent and audible has all the pdf downloads available to view alongside while listening Highly recommended for fans of true crime and those looking to get a glimpse not only into the EAR, but also Michelle s personal life and struggles as well All of the stars 3 A very enjoyable read TW graphic depictions of rape assault murderThough true crime is a great field of interest to me, I haven t read many books of this variety I was pleasantly satisfied with my time reading I ll Be Gone In The Dark The narration was vivid and engaging I appreciated the feeling of it being almost like a memoir from McNamara s perspective rather than just stating facts about the case My only struggle with the book was that it was hard to keep track of EACH victim and EACH detail of their individual cases The order of them became muddled as I delved deeper into the book, but it s possibly not due to the writing itself but factors of my personal experience, such as choosing to listen to the audiobook version or my lack of knowledge of true crime novels in general Though, I did see another review claim the events are not revealed chronologically throughout the book, so that s also a potential factor Overall, a great read and a great listen Would definitely recommend to my fellow true crime fans This books is full of detail and great value towards closing this case. I ll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara is a 2018 Harper publication No butler, no second maid, no blood upon the stair No eccentric aunt, no gardener, no family friend smiling among the bric a brac and murder Only a suburban house with the front door open and a dog barking at a squirrel, and the cars passing The corpse quite dead The wife in Florida Consider the clues the potato masher in a vase, the torn photograph of a Wesleyan basketball team, scattered with the check stubs in the hall the unsent fan letter to Shirley Temple, the Hoover button on the lapel of the deceased, the note To be killed this way is quite all right with me Small wonder the case remains unsolved, or that the sleuth Le Roux is now incurably insane, and sits alone in a white room in a white gown, screaming that the world is mad, that clues lead nowhere, or to walls so high their tops cannot be seen Screaming all day of war, screaming that nothing can be solved Weldon Kees, Crime Club What a fitting epigraph This book sincerely scared the crap out of me I grew up in the seventies, one of the creepiest decades, filled with terrifying serial killers and rapists, but I was not familiar with this case This book reminded me of how taut the atmosphere was in those days, as the author details her hunt for a prolific serial rapist, which eventually escalated to murder, who went on a virtually unchecked rape and murder spree in California in the seventies The author dubbed the killer The Golden State Killer , as she slowly pieced together the evidence and the many victims, working tirelessly to put a face and a name to the moniker she d give him Michelle was a true crime journalist, who started the website, TrueCrimeDiary.com, as this case became an obsession with her The crime wave and the horrifying details sent chills down my spine and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck onthan one occasion The rapist was smart, and planned his attack down to the smallest detail, having stalked the unsuspecting victims for a good while, knowing them intimately before making his move Eventually, the crimes ceased, but no one knows exactly why The author has her theories, and I would have to agree with her assessment The disheartening thing here is the feeling that McNamara was closing in, making progress, despite the roadblocks, setbacks, and dead ends that comes with this type of investigation As everyone knows, Michelle died before this book was completed, which adds yet another haunting layer to this book Her passion seeps through the pages, along with her single minded determination, that did border on obsession I can see how that could happen, as this case was never solved and there is a sense of urgency about the book The clock is ticking, and the feeling is one of being so close, yet so far , with time is running out for justice Michelle s private life musings, added apersonal touch, something that might not always come off so well in the true crime arena, but I think the author was attempting to share with readers how her obsession and desire to see the case solved influenced and bled over into her personal life, taking up her every waking thought It lends a poignancy, and occasionally a little humor, to the book that does offset the gruesome revelations unearthed about the crimes and the victims One quick note about how the book was written, since it was published posthumously, and Michelle had not completed the book before her death It is my understanding that her lead researchers pieced the book together using what Michelle had already written, along with her extensive notes Unfortunately, the organization, and presentation, is not great In true crime, disorganization is a huge pet peeve of mine and I would, under ordinary circumstances, have beenthan a little exasperated and disappointed In this case, I was a lotforgiving, but I still think someone should have polished it up a little better I would not let that deter you from reading this book, however, as, despite the bumpy ride, it is still quite an effective read Unless you have nerves of steel, I don t recommend reading this book alone at night, because it will certainly give you the heebie jeebies But, I do hope the book generates enough attention that someone might come forward with new information or will pick up the torch and continue the search for the elusive Golden State Killer.4 stars oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best nonfiction 2018 what will happen fulfilling book riot s 2018 read harder challenge task 2 A book of true crimeno extry points this time.there s almost no point in my writing a content based review of this book i m late to the party and better folks than me have already admirably and exhaustively covered both what the book is about and the unusual circumstances occurring beyond its covers michelle mcnamara s sudden death two years before the book s publication, and the arrest of the golden state killer two months after it hit shelves i m not going to say muchthan that this man was a monster duh and i m glad he s finally been caught and i hope he lives long enough to suffer profoundly for what he s done and, seemingly at odds with this unsavory part of me wishing bad things upon a bad person, that mcnamara s writing is vivid and empathetic and even though i am not well read in the true crime genre, she seems to bring something extra to the table, which is better articulated in gillian flynn s introduction I love reading true crime, but I ve always been aware of the fact that, as a reader, I am actively choosing to be a consumer of someone else s tragedy So like any responsible consumer, I try to be careful in the choices I make I read only the best writers who are dogged, insightful, and humane It was inevitable that I would find Michelle.I ve always thought the least appreciated aspect of a great true crime writer is humanity Michelle McNamara had an uncanny ability to get into the minds of not just the killers but the cops who hunted them, the victims they destroyed, and the trail of grieving relatives left behind.she s empathetic and observant throughout, and it s so unfortunate that parts of this book had to be compiled and cobbled together from articles she published elsewhere or assorted notes, and double, triple, quadruple duh evenunfortunate that she never got to see it published, or to see the overwhelmingly positive response to it, or to see this man finally behind bars.i m just going to share a few passages that struck me while i was reading this, and you can go out and read the book for yourself and find your own striking passages, because there will probably bethan a few this one gave me chills and anger He was brazen Twice he entered homes, pressing on undeterred when he knew victims had spotted him and were frantically dialing the police Children didn t bother him He never hurt them physically, but he would tie up the older ones and put them in another room He put Jane s toddler son on the bedroom floor during the attack The boy fell asleep When he awoke, he peered over the bed The EAR had left His mother lay bound in strips of torn towels and was gagged with a washcloth He mistook the ligatures for bandages Is the doctor gone he whispered.this one made me feel awe and admiration It was a little after four a.m when the first officer entered the opened rear patio door, hesitantly making his way toward the woman calling out to him She lay face down on her living room floor, naked, her wrists and ankles tied behind her with shoelaces A ski masked stranger had just spent an hour and a half terrorizing Fiona and her husband He brutally raped her Fiona was five two, 110 pounds a wisp of a woman She was also a native Sacramentan, in possession of a dry, matter of fact manner, a clear eyed resilience that belied her petite size Well, I guess the East Area Rapist is the South Area Rapist now, she said.and this long one made me really appreciate that empathetic, observant part of the author people like her should really be consultants for writers and actors and employed as perspective coaches, if that is such a thing it should be a thing After spending enough hours with them, I ve noticed a few things about detectives They all smell vaguely of soap I ve never met a detective with greasy hair They excel at eye contact and have enviable posture Irony is never their go to tone Wordplay makes them uneasy The good ones create long conversational vacuums that you reflexively fill, an interrogation strategy that proved to me through my own regrettable prattle how easily confessions can be elicited They lack facial elasticity or rather, they contain it I ve never met a detective who pulled a face They don t recoil or go wide eyed I m a face maker I married a comedian Many of my friends are in show business I m constantly surrounded by big expressions, which is why I immediately noticed the lack of them in detectives They maintain a pleasant but vigorous blankness that I admire I ve tried to imitate it, but I can t I came to recognize subtle but discernible shifts in the blankness a narrowing of the eyes, a jaw squeeze, usually in response to hearing a theory they ve long since eliminated A veil comes down But they ll never tip their hand They ll never tell you, We already looked into that angle ages ago Instead they ll just absorb it and leave you with a polite Huh In their reserve and in virtually every other way, detectives differ from show biz folks Detectives listen They re getting a read Entertainers get a read only to gauge their influence on a room Detectives deal in concrete tasks I once spent an hour listening to an actress friend analyze a three line text that hurt her feelings Eventually I ll see the cracks in a detective s veneer, but in the beginning their company is an unexpected relief, like fleeing a moodily lit cast party loud with competitive chatter and joining a meeting of determined Eagle Scouts awaiting their next challenge I wasn t a native in the land of the literal minded, but I enjoyed my time there.so, although you don t need onereview from a stranger telling you that this book is worth reading, i have written one anyway come to my blog Update 4 26 2018 When this book was published it was an unsolved mystery It got a happy ending yesterday I d heard about Michelle McNamara before I even knew her name or that she was a true crime writer She was married to comedian actor Patton Oswalt, who I m a big fan of, and several of his bits over the years have involved his wife Per Patton s descriptions in his routines she was a brilliant woman, far smarter than him, who was always operating at a whole other level Now I know what he was talking about after reading this book It s about a pure monster that should be one of the best known unsolved crime cases in American history, but many people have probably never heard of the Golden State Killer It began in 1976 with a serial rapist terrorizing the suburbs of Sacramento His MO was to break into homes in the middle of the night and surprise sleeping victims who he d threaten with knives or guns He often targeted couples or families and would rape a woman while her husband or boyfriend was tied up helpless in the next room He s also believed to have shot and killed a couple who had the misfortune to encounter him while out walking their dog.His attacks spread to communities outside of San Francisco, but seemed to stop in mid 1979 Unfortunately, GSK had just moved south to the LA area where he started up again, but his first known attempt was thwarted when the couple fought back, and he narrowly escaped capture Instead of scaring him off this triggered an escalation after which GSK would kill those he attacked until stopping in 1986, ten years after he began.The full extent of the damage he d done wasn t known until DNA typing of cold cases was done in 2001 This confirmed what several detectives in various jurisdictions had suspected for years The man called the East Area Rapist EAR during his crime spree in northern California was the same man who d become known as the Original Night Stalker ONS in the southern part of the state The statistics of his victims alone are staggering with over 50 women sexually assaulted and 12 murders He may have also been responsible for a series of break ins in Visalia a few years earlier, and if so there s another murder to hang on him there for shooting a man who stopped an intruder from abducting his daughter in the middle of the night from their home.It was Michelle McNamara who branded him the Golden State Killer after she began writing about the case on her blog and in magazine articles She had became interested in true crime as a teenager after an unsolved murder of a young girl happened near her home A big part of this story is about how this case came to obsess her, and she does not make an attempt to gloss over how much it took over her life She has one story of asking her husband to leave a movie premiere party because of a new lead she was given that she couldn t wait to get back to her laptop to start working on it There s another heartbreaking moment when she describes an anniversary dinner with Patton where she realized that not only had he given her gifts two years in a row based on her on going work on GSK, but that she had been so consumed that she d forgotten to get him anything at all Unfortunately, Michelle died unexpectedly in 2016 while in the middle of writing this book Two of her fellow researchers finished it at Patton s urging, and I m very glad that happened because it would have been a shame if the work she did on this hadn t been revealed so fully She was an incredibly gifted writer who can provide detail about GSK s crime in such a way that we feel the full weight of what he did, and how incredibly scary this story is It s there as she details the evidence the police found that showed that GSK was a relentless night prowler who crept over fences, through backyards, across rooftops, and peeped windows from the shadows It s in the way she tells us the stories from the victims who were very often sound asleep in their beds and were awoken by a man wearing a ski mask shining a light in their eyes, showing them a knife, and telling them that he d kill them if they didn t do exactly what he said While it never feels exploitive she conveys all the ways that the surviving victim s lives were changed by the attacks on them When she describes a detective s years of chasing dead ends you can feel the frustration, and when she tells the story of a new lead you also start tapping into the hope that this might be the one to break the case.In addition to being a great writer Michelle was a relentless researcher I sometimes have issues with books or documentaries about true crime cases because I think it too often it shows confirmation bias or prefers wild conspiracy theories tolikely mundane facts and scenarios She avoids those by imposing clear and logical standards to this which depended on fact checking and interviews rather than indulging in hunches or pet theories It s very clear from what she wrote here that Michelle believed that this case could be solved with technology The cops have the DNA of the Golden State Killer to use as the ultimate determination of guilt or innocence Geo Mapping his crime scenes should give an approximate location of where he lived Scanning old case files and using key word recognition and data sorting can bring previously hidden connections to life DNA databases are growing all the time, and all it takes is one hit from a relative to narrow it down to the family Michelle was convinced that GSK s identity was in the existing evidence somewhere, and it s just a matter of sifting through all the clues to find it.Because of her death there several parts that rely on her early drafts, notes, old magazine articles, and even a tape she made of the conversation between her and a police detective while showing her some of the GSK s crime scenes That gives the book a bit of a disjointed feeling and makes you wish eventhat she d been able to finish it herself, but considering the circumstances it s unavoidable and doesn t prevent the full story from being told.This will be going on my Best of True Crime shelf, right next to In Cold Blood. And if they do ever catch the Golden State Killer I ll bet it s going to be due in no small part to the work of Michelle McNamaraThis is exactly how the police eventually tracked him down. That summer I hunted the serial killer at night from my daughter s playroom For the most part I mimicked the bedtime routine of a normal person Teeth brushed Pajamas on But after my husband and daughter fell asleep, I d retreat to my makeshift workspace and boot up my laptop, that fifteen inch wide hatch of endless possibilities I rarely moved but I leaped decades with a few keystrokes Yearbooks Marriage certificates Mug shots I scoured thousands of pages of 1970s era police files I pored over autopsy reports That I should do this surrounded by a half dozen stuffed animals and a set of miniature pink bongos didn t strike me as unusual I d found my searching place, as private as a rat s maze Every obsession needs a room of its own Mine was strewn with coloring paper on which I d scribbled down California penal codes in crayon from the prologue I ll Be Gone in the Dark is not just a tale of a decade long crime spree, of a maddeningly elusive peeper, burglar, rapist, and murderer It is not only a tale of obsession, as the author, and others with her particular inclination, bury themselves in the forensic, statistical, genetic, and geographical trail left by this relentless offender It is a story as well of how some dedicated active and retired police, and private citizens worked hand in hand to try to track down a homicidal monster It is also a story of the impact that monster had on the communities he terrorized and on how advances in technology over several decades shortened the distance between suspicion and apprehension Michelle McNamara hard at work image from The Times provided to them by Patton OswaltMcNamara had always wanted to be a writer, but she gained some focus on what to write as a teen Her fascination with the grisly began when she was just 14, when a young woman named Kathleen Lombardo, whom McNamara knew from church, was murdered while jogging a block and a half away from McNamara s home in Oak Park, Illinois The man who slit Lombardo s throat was never found McNamara would be forever haunted by what she d later describe as the specter of that question mark where the killer s face should be From Vulture articleShe takes us along with her, introducing readers to three general groups of people, the victims, the professional investigators, and her small band of amateur sleuths These are not deep profiles, but we are given enough about each to understand their roles in the ongoing drama, and their motivation Contra Costa County Sheriff s Office sketches of a masked man who had fled a crime scene in 1979 and an artist s impression of the killer image from The TimesThe first crimes took place in the 1970s, the last known GSK crime was committed in 1986 He began with simple burglaries, dozens of them, enough to earn a tabloid name, The Ransacker, then moved on to rape One of his victims was thirteen The tabloids called him the East Area Rapist EAR and the Original Night Stalker ONS , often merging the two to EAR ONS He was nearly caught after one couple resisted, so, to ensure not only compliance, but that there would be no witnesses, he moved on to homicide His home invasions were well planned, professionally executed, and particularly cruel It was not enough to rape women He made many of the women tie up their husbands or boyfriends, and forced them to watch him commit the rape He had a signature technique for monitoring whether the male victims moved Movement, they were told, would get their partner killed And sometimes he killed them anyway, both of them During her research, McNamara coined the GSK tag for him, the Golden State Killer.Attacks attributed to the GSK image from the Sacramento County DA s office by way of the NY TimesMcNamara takes us through not just the clues that accumulated over the years, but methodologies for looking into them There is some very surprising information here on what happens to old police files We follow along as new methods are added to tried and true shoe leather investigation There were two major technological breakthroughs over the four decades of the investigation DNA fingerprinting was the first And even once it was put into widespread use there were still problems with local police departments coordinating with other PDs She walks us through how that changed The other major item is what you are using right now, the internet All the information in the world is useless without the ability to connect a fact here to a crime there The internet, McNamara predicted, was what would eventually allow for the apprehension of the GSK It is quite cheering when McNamara begins to connect with other cold crime obsessives across the country, and they begin sharing theories, and sometimes actual evidence It was an incredibly long investigation, and such projects come with some built in risk falling for a suspect is a lot like the first surge of blind love in a relationship Focus narrows to a single face The world and its practical sounds are a wan soundtrack to the powerful silent biopic you re editing in your mind at all times No amount of information on the object of your obsession is enough You craveAlwaysYou note his taste in shoes and even drive by his house, courtesy of Google Maps You engage in wild confirmation bias You project A middle aged white man smiling and cutting a cake decorated with candles in a picture posted on Facebook isn t celebrating his birthday, but holding a knife As with the infamous Kitty Genovese incident in 1964, how people react not just to crime but to neighborhood security in general comes in for some scrutiny here That s what we all do All of us We make well intentioned promises of protection we can t always keep.I ll look out for you.But then you hear a scream and you decide it s some teenagers playing around A young man jumping a fence is taking a shortcut The gunshot at three a.m is a firecracker or a car backfiring You sit up in bed for a startled moment Awaiting you is the cold, hard floor and a conversation that may lead nowhere you collapse onto your warm pillow, and turn back to sleep.Sirens wake you later People did react in some ways Sacramento saw a spate of residents trimming trees and uprooting bushes to deny cover to the GSK, installing floodlighting, reinforcing doors, sleeping with hammers under pillows, and buying thousands of guns Victim support groups formed, some of the victimized men joining neighborhood patrols Community safety meetings were packed There were some positive impacts from GSK s dark deeds, though The case had a profound impact not just on fear and public safety in California, but also on the way that rapes were investigated and how rape victims were treated, said Carol Daly, a detective in the Sacramento County Sheriff s Office at the time Rape victims were seen and cared for faster, and pubic hair, scratches and other evidence were examined and preserved, she said Rape kits were standardized Every victim went through the process, she said From 4 25 18 NY TIMES articleWhen my wife was reading this book, some time ago, she became a bit paranoid safety conscious, jumping at small unexpected sounds, then wanting to investigate in a house with as many cats as we have, unexpected noises are abundant making extra certain that our windows and doors were locked, watching a tick or two longer than usual at people passing by living next door to a pizzeria, they are legion , keeping the lights on a bit longer than usual when going to bed Point being that the book, while hardly a horror novel, can indeed induce a serious case of jitters And why not The nutter of which McNamara writes was not caught during the decades investigators private and professional worked the case He was still on the loose when McNamara passed away, McNamara s writing skills are considerable She keeps the narrative moving, slickly evading the potential peril of death by excessive detail She reports on some of the gore the GSK generated, but not too much, not nearly as much as she might have She has an ability to clarify the forensics, while keeping us in touch with the terrors experienced by the victims, and the hopes and frustrations of the diverse posse on the GSK s trail Occasionally a particular passage or turn of phrase will make you sit back and sigh in appreciation, but the narrative chugs on and each particular gem is allowed to please, then recede into the rearview The pair who took on the task of completing the book when McNamara died retrieved some fine samples from her notes For example, He was a compulsive prowler and searcher We, who hunt him, suffer from the same affliction He peered through windows I tap return Return Return Click Mouse click, mouse click The hunt is the adrenaline rush, not the catch He s the fake shark in Jaws, barely seen so doubly feared McNamara died in her sleep, in April, 2016, at age 46, from a combination of drugs interacting with an undiagnosed medical condition that caused a blockage in her arteries She had been stressed out from working on this book, putting in long hours and suffering anxiety and nightmares that kept her from sleeping Her husband engaged researcher Paul Haynes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen to complete the book McNamara had worked on for so long, and with such dedication A week after Michelle s death, we gained access to her hard drive and began exploring her files on the Golden State Killer All 3,500 of them That was on top of dozens of notebooks, the legal pads, the scraps of paper, and thousands of digitized pages of police reports And the thirty seven boxes of files she had received from the Orange County prosecutor, which Michelle lovingly dubbed the Mother Lode The GSK burglarizedthan 120 homes, raped dozens of women, killed at least ten people, and at least one dog during the 1970s and 1980s We do not know how many people he drove mad in their decades long inability to find him, or how many lives were ruined as a result of his crimes The good news is that in April 2018, only a few months after the publication of Michelle McNamara s book, a 72 year old man, Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested, based on DNA evidence The Golden State Killer is finally in jail He had not killed anyone in thirty years, as far as we know, but it is in the nature of such sprees to have a strong impact long after the events themselves Meg Gardiner, who grew up in Santa Barbara, in one of DeAngelos target neighborhoods, tells of the experience of terror during the period of the killer s mayhem Yesterday my brother texted I have a different feeling driving around the neighborhood today It was always in the back of my mind that he could still be living around here In a weird way it feels safer It does The fear is gone But the shadows remain So does Michelle McNamara s work, her legacy, a major contribution to finally locking up a long sought monster.HBO has bought the rights and plans to develop I ll Be Gone in the Dark into a documentary mini series.Joseph James DeAngelo, 72 believed to be the Golden State Killer image from Sacramento County Sheriff s OfficeReview posted June 15, 2018Publication date February 27, 2018December 2018 I ll Be Gone in the Dark wins the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award for non fiction EXTRA STUFFAn excerpt of the book, from The Times How to catch a serial killer from your bedroom DIY detective Michelle McNamara pursued a notorious murderer without leaving the houseMcNamara includes as an epigraph the poem Crime Club, by Weldon Kees, a paean to amateur sleuthsBefore she took on this book project, McNamara s ran a true crime blog, True Crime DiaryPaul Haynes at TwitterArticles you will want to read October 26, 2016 NY Times Patton Oswalt I ll Never Be at 100 Percent Again an interview on how he is coping with the loss of his wife by Jason Zinoman February 28, 2018 Vulture My Friend Michelle McNamara, the Crime Writer Gone in the Dark by Kera Bolonik a beautiful remembrance by a long time friend April 25, 2018 NY Times Michelle McNamara Died Pursuing the Golden State Killer Her Husband, Patton Oswalt, Has Questions for Him by Alexandra Alter hours after the GSK is arrested Oswalt, the two people he d hired to complete her book, along with members of Ms McNamara s family were together at an event for the book in Chicago April 25, 2018 NY Times Search for Golden State Killer Leads to Arrest of Ex Cop April 25, 2018 Slate How Did Police Find the Golden State Killer Suspect Michelle McNamara s Researcher Has a Hunch by Laura Miller April 26, 2018 Sacramento Bee Relative s DNA from genealogy websites cracked East Area Rapist case, DA s office says by Sam Stanton and Ryan Lillis May 3, 2016 Time Magazine Patton Oswalt Remembers His Wife, Michelle McNamara She Steered Her Life With Joyous, Wicked Curiosity By Patton Oswalt May 4, 2018 Signature Reads by novelist Meg Gardiner Growing Up in Santa Barbara While the Golden State Killer Was at Large June 27, 2018 NY Times Genealogists Turn to Cousins DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases by Heather Murphy August 29, 2018 NY Times She Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case Here s What She s Going to Do Next by Heather Murphy on Barbara Rae Venter, a lawyer with expertise in genetic sleuthing, whose work was crucial to the work that identified the killerHarper has a series of podcasts for this book on Soundcloud that are very worth checking out Preview Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3