“I’ll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” By Michelle McNamara. HarperCollins, 2018. 328 pages. $27.99
The true crime book, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer,” was published just before police surprised everyone by identifying the infamous killer known to have terrorized California neighborhoods from Sacramento in the north to Santa Barbara to the south. Police have linked him to 46 brazen sexual assaults and 12 murders in a 10-year span. His behavior was bizarre and his methods sadistic. His crime spree stopped in 1986 and he remained dormant and unknown for 32 years.
Already a bestseller, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” is a testament to author Michelle McNamara’s obsession with the madman we now know is ex-police officer James DeAngelo Jr. She was up front
Hulu has given a series order to The Act, a character-based seasonal true-crime anthology series from writers Nick Antosca (Channel Zero) and Michelle Dean and Universal Cable Productions, Deadline has learned.
Written by Dean and Antosca, The Act, which has been in development at Hulu since last year, is a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. The first season is based on Dean’s 2016 Buzzfeed article “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered.” It follows Gypsy Blanchard, a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother. Her quest for independence opens a Pandora’s box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder.
Antosca and Dean will executive produce and serve as co-showrunners. Greg Shephard and
Which was the first crime story that peaked your interest?
The first one I started working on is the last one in the book, called Patsy Hylan Dorothy Cameron. It takes place in 1957. I was trying to figure out where this bar called the Melody Room used to be, because it was a favorite hangout of some old Bay Ridge writers; I was just curious.
Eventually I stumbled onto this trial transcript for a crime I’d never heard of, because the killer had been drinking beforehand at the Melody Room. I became engrossed, and ended up reading more than 1,000 pages of it, slowly putting that story together. It just started by accident.
How did one story become eleven?
I didn’t set out to write this book. I’ve actually been working on a more traditional history of Bay Ridge: about the subway and the parks, the old resorts
Pamela Everett, a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Reno, will soon have her first true crime book published May 29.
Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family’s Secret chronicles a California triple murder and criminal case that involved Everett’s two aunts. The crime story had been kept secret from her by her family for years and that may have resulted in the execution of the wrong man. After a curious message from her father at an early age about losing two of his sisters, Everett began a decades-long research into what happened one mysterious summer in 1937, and the consequences for those involved.
“At the time, I didn’t probe because I knew I couldn’t,” Everett said. “But years later, after he died, I began digging around with family and found the story of one of the most notorious criminal cases in
Tragically, the 2012 killing of Grosse Pointe resident Jane Bashara had everything a great true-crime book needs — and more.
The murder-for-hire engineered by husband Bob Bashara was lurid enough. But add in details of Bob’s secret life, replete with tales of SM bondage and discipline, and the case summons up a tableau of moral corruption in one of America’s fabled suburbs.
Detroit News crime reporter George Hunter and wife Lynn Rosenthal explore this local tragedy in depth in their new book, “The Sadist, The Hitman and the Murder of Jane Bashara”
True-crime writer Michelle McNamara didn’t live to see April 25, 2018, the day police arrested a suspect in the decades-old investigation into the Golden State Killer, a serial murder-rape case she obsessed over in her book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.
But her husband and greatest cheerleader, Emmy-winning actor-comedian Patton Oswalt, who saw her book through to completion and publication in February, did.
Though he was too “neck deep in grief” and dealing with the realities of suddenly becoming a single father to be actively involved, Oswalt says he leaned on her publisher and other collaborators to get the book done.
You binged your way through Serial before moving onto Making A Murderer and The Keepers. You’re the one who always brings up Amanda Knox at the watercooler, and you’re pretty sure you know who really killed Hae Min Lee.
You probably also know that you’re a little bit ridiculous. It’s OK, we all are.
To help enable your weird little addiction, we’ve rounded up some of the best true crime books to read in 2018:
1.I’ll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer, Michelle McNamara
At the time of her death in April 2016 author Michelle McNamara was obsessed with finding the man she had dubbed ‘The Golden State Killer’.
McNamara had spent years researching and profiling The Golden State Killer,
All true crime fans know there is nothing more intoxicating than a mystery, and nothing more satisfying than solving one. That is why we obsessively read about cold cases that are sometimes centuries old, watch documentaries about serial killers who have yet to be caught, and listen to podcasts about the search of a missing person in action. It’s also why,
Police in California say “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” by Michelle McNamara, helped build public interest in the decades-old case of the so-called Golden State Killer. McNamara died in her sleep in 2016 before the book was finished. Her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, made sure it was published.
Here Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Billy Jensen (@Billyjensen), an investigative journalist and researcher who worked with Oswalt, about McNamara’s work and news that authorities arrested a suspect in the case, 72-year-old James Joseph DeAngelo, on Tuesday.
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