“You’ll be gone forever and I’ll be gone in the dark.”
These are the words that are said to have been spoken to one of the victims of the serial killer who was to become known as the Golden State Killer. These are also the words that inspired the 2018 title of true crime writer Michelle McNamara’s book about the rapist who became the murderer and his subsequent television adaptation, which is currently airing on HBO.
1. The Golden State Killer had several names.
The Golden State Killer has been listed under many other names, including the East Area Rapist and the East Bay Rapist, based on the areas in California where he committed his crimes in the 1
2. It wasn’t until 2001 that DNA evidence linked the East Area Rapist to the Original Night Stalker.
In 2001, DNA evidence linked the East Area Rapist’s crimes to those of a perpetrator known at the time as the Original Night Stalker (who was preceded by Richard Ramirez, who was also nicknamed The Night Stalker). When the authorities found that the criminals were the same person, they called him EARONS, a merger of acronyms.
3. Michelle McNamara coined the nickname “The Golden State Killer”.
In 2006, TV writer Michelle McNamara launched her True Crime Diary blog, in which she began investigating cold cases using amateur investigations. One of these cases was that of the Golden State Killer, a name to which McNamara is ascribed the coinage. Her early work on the blog formed the basis for her 2018 book, I will be gone in the dark.
4. Michelle McNamara’s interest in true crime developed when a woman was murdered in her hometown.
The subtitle of I will be gone in the dark is “A woman’s obsessive quest for the Golden State Killer,” which McNamara focuses on in history. She writes about how she was fascinated by real crime as a teenager after the unsolved murder of Kathleen Lombardo in her hometown of Oak Park, Illinois.
McNamara’s personal connection to homicide crime cemented the book in a recent series of true crime media created by women with their own experiences. Ann Rules The stranger next to me, in which the author’s relationship with Ted Bundy, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark is recorded My favorite murder Podcasts belong to the same subgenre of true crime.
5. I will be gone in the dark is the latest example in a long line of citizens helping to solve crimes.
I will be gone in the dark also belongs to the somewhat more recent tradition of private individuals and true crime enthusiasts who investigate crimes and contribute to the investigation instead of leaving them to the authorities. On April 24, 2018, two months after the publication of McNamara’s book, Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested. He was initially charged with eight first-degree murders, another four in May this year. He was also charged with 13 kidnapping cases. DeAngelo cannot be charged with the rape and burglary he has reportedly committed due to the statute of limitations for these crimes.
6. Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested the day after filming I will be gone in the dark started.
Two-time Oscar nominee Liz Garbus, executive producer and co-director of HBO’s I will be gone in the dark Documentaries described the “crazy timing” that started shooting the series. “Our first shoot was in Chicago … We had just finished our first night of shooting and I had just met all of Michelle’s siblings, nieces and nephews,” she said. “And when I got up for my flight at 6 a.m. the next morning, I saw all these texts on my phone that a suspect was being detained overnight … and this whole trip came to a turning point. It was very interesting be there with [Michelle’s husband] Patton [Oswalt]. It was an emotionally intense day. “
7. Joseph James DeAngelo was a police officer, which is why he might have been able to evade capture for so long.
DeAngelo was a former Navy veteran and a police officer. Many believe that his position in law enforcement has allowed him to get away with his crimes for as long as he has.
8. Michelle McNamara has not seen the Golden State Killer arrested.
Unfortunately, the woman who helped bring justice to the victims of the Golden State Killer has not witnessed it. Michelle McNamara died suddenly on April 21, 2016 in her sleep from an accidental overdose of prescription medication combined with heart disease. She was 46 years old.
9. Patton Oswalt, Michelle McNamara’s husband, helped graduate I will be gone in the dark.
McNamara had completed two thirds of the manuscript for I will be gone in the dark before her death. Her husband, actor / comedian Patton Oswalt; Co-criminal Paul Haynes; and investigative journalist Billy Jensen helped complete the book, which includes an introduction to Ex girlfriend Author Gillian Flynn and an afterword by Oswalt.
Garbus also credits Oswalt for helping to hear McNamara’s voice so clearly throughout the series. “Thanks to the archives that Patton Oswalt shared with us, we had a wealth of materials, including all the podcasts and interviews she had done during her lifetime, her personal research and family videos, and her iPhone that included notes and recordings of her conversations law enforcement, “Garbus said. “We were able to make Michelle feel very present by putting everything she left behind. And this balance between Michelle, her story and the investigation was the key to storytelling.”
10. Joseph James DeAngelo pleaded guilty the following day I will be gone in the dark Premiered.
On June 29, 2020, one day after the HBO series premiered on his crimes, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to all charges to avoid the death penalty. 74-year-old DeAngelo will spend the rest of his life in prison.
I will be broadcast on HBO on Sundays at 10 p.m.