If you know who the Golden State Killer is, it’s probably because you also know that his crimes as a serial rapist and murderer were the subject of Michelle McNamara’s true crime book, “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark”, which she was working on completing at the time of her death in April of 2016. That’s Mrs. Patton Oswalt, and the comedian managed to pull her manuscript and notes together to get her book finished and published, where it immediately rocketed up the bestseller lists.
I haven’t read it yet (I own it, I just haven’t been able to get around to it.) People I trust who have read the book describe it as one of the darkest and most unsettling true crime books since Helter Skelter or Stranger Beside Me, a book that can sit next to In Cold Blood on a bookshelf and not be awkward.
And one of the chilling things about the book – and the obsession that led to McNamara all but working herself to death on it – was the belief that the information she was collecting and putting together was making it increasingly likely that these cold cases would be solved and the perpetrator identified.
And late last night, California police arrested someone they describe as a suspect in the case. And apparently, the evidence here is pretty strong --DNA, opportunity, location, etc.
News conference later this afternoon.