I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

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ISBN-13: 9780062871305
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 71,507
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Michelle McNamara (1970–2016) was the author of the website True Crime Diary. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, and had sold television pilots to ABC and Fox and a screenplay to Paramount. She also worked as a consultant for Dateline NBC. She lived in Los Angeles and is survived by her husband, Patton Oswalt, and their daughter, Alice.

Table of Contents

Time Line Map ix

Cast of Characters xi

Introduction Gillian Flynn xiii

Prologue 1

Part 1

Irvine, 1981 9

Dana Point, 1980 21

Hollywood, 2009 27

Oak Park 31

Sacramento, 1976-1977 51

Visalia 85

Orange County, 1996 99

Irvine, 1986 107

Ventura, 1980 117

Goleta, 1979 123

Goleta, 1981 129

Orange County, 2000 147

Contra Costa, 1997 155

Part 2

Sacramento, 2012 169

East Sacramento, 2012 177

The Cuff-Links Coda 187

Los Angeles, 2012 191

Contra Costa, 2013 197

Concord 197

San Ramon 209

Danville 218

Walnut Creek 234

Davis 241

Fred Ray 255

The One 261

Los Angeles, 2014 273

Sacramento, 2014 277

Sacramento, 1978 281

Part 3 By Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen 283

Afterword Patton Oswalt 317

Epilogue: Letter to an Old Man 323

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The subject is fascinating, most serial crimes are, but these mess with your head. I completely understand the author's obsession. The crimes are real but the book reads like a fast paced novel. Give yourself a treat, and buy this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of the GSK, and I would consider myself slightly obsessed, or at least deeply fascinated, with true crime stories. I am so glad I picked this up, I literally spent every free moment devouring it and now I just want to know more. I love Michelle's writing style, it really draws you in and keeps you hooked. My only complaint is how heartbreaking it is that there will never be a follow up from her. She was an amazing writer who made this story come to life and kept me wondering if she'd find him (even though I started the book knowing she passed before it was finished). The world is truly missing an incredible writer who brings so much humanity to such a depressing subject/genre. Entirely worth the read; going to go check the Cold Case Files message boards now, thanks for the new addiction, Michelle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well documented logical research that hopeful motivates the next crime mystery investigator to finish the job. Thanks to Michelle's family for sharing her insight and life with us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not buy this book until it was announced that this monster has been arrested. Rather than wait for the details of the ending i read thisbook. It is very well written. Now i cannot wait for the final chapter of this sad story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book; kept wanting to return to the reading every spare moment. Curious to know more details about this sinister person who hurt and killed so many and is still not found.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Left me wanting to know more! But I am not a researcher, so I guess I will have to wait till someone finds him, and adds on to the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any fan of true crime should read this fascinating and extremely well written book. Even without the recent arrest of a suspect, this book is spellbinding. With the recent arrest, it is background on all the investigations, investigators, procedures and technology available decades ago and now, and all the years of dedication all the people involved invested in getting this 'person' off the streets. The death of the author was so sudden and unexpected and I find I am pissed off that she will not be able to see the result of all her hard work. I am grateful that I found out about her and her exhaustive work on this case. I am saddened that there will be no more books from her. I hope her friends in the police community know and acknowledge how much she contributed to the arrest of a suspect in the Golden State Killer case. I also hope her fans will continue her journey and never give up hope that the next clue will be The One!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She really did an exceptional work, now that he is caught; we will know accuracy of her investigation. Genius
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michelle had the heart and mind of a true lawman with justice as her center
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara is a very highly recommended true crime account of the serial rapist and killer who was responsible for fifty sexual assaults and at least ten murders in California during the 1970s and '80s. Michelle McNamara was a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com. She started writing about the predator she called "The Golden State Killer" in 2011. At that time DNA testing had already linked the cases to one unknown man. The man began as a serial rapist in the 1970s before changing his M.O. and began murdering couples. McNamara was determined to sift through the thousands of pieces of evidence from over fifty-five crime scenes to try and unmask the identity of the violent psychopath. She poured over reports interviewed victims, and actively immersed herself in the online community of true crime enthusiasts. I'll Be Gone in the Dark offers insights into the assaults and the alarming steps the killer took in selecting his victims and raping them in their homes in Northern California. She also points out the trigger in 1979 that caused him to move his territory to the south where he escalated to attacking and killing couples. It is also a picture of the time in which the crimes were committed, which in some ways abetted his ability to elude capture by multiple police forces. With all the current ability to cross reference details, check DNA, and work simultaneously with multiple agencies and people, this psychopath may finally be caught. Alongside the discovery of new information (or connecting the dots of existing information) about the cold cases, McNamara includes personal autobiographical information about her life. It brings a humanity to the reporting and the facts of the cases. We can see how diligently she was working through the police reports, trying to puzzle-out the killer's identity. We know she often worked late at night, while her family slept. Tragically, Michelle McNamara passed away in her sleep at age forty-six before she could put the finishing details on the book, but the masterful work was brought to completion by her editor, a colleague, and her lead researcher. The sections that McNamara was working on are extremely well-written and highlight her daily life alongside her research and obsession with the details of the crimes and her empathy for the victims and their families. While the flow of her investigation isn't completely seamless, the sections McNamara wrote are full of compassion and a resolve to discover the truth. Hopefully the evidence she has gathered will help uncover the identity of the killer. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.
Sandy5 less than 1 minute ago
4.5 stars The determination and drive that Michelle had as she worked so diligently to find the Golden State Killer astonished me as I read this book. She tried to connect the dots where others left each of these murders hanging, a separate life taken by some unknown criminal. Michelle did have her work cut-out for her as she looked into this case. Piecing together her notes and the boxes of evidence that she has collected, Michelle tries to find a link between the current cases and the cold cases that she has found. Michelle started writing this book but was not able to finish it before she passes away. As her lead researcher finishes this book, we have to be thankful that they undertook this mission and for their passion for this case. If it weren’t for all their effort and determination, I have to wonder if this case would have had the results that it did. It surprised me how long this activity went on without any arrests. I was amazed how many individuals came close to the individual they thought was the killer, and he still walked away. I wasn’t too fond on how this book was laid out, as I felt some events jumped around too much for my liking. It was an interesting book though and it showed how determined and obsessed Michelle was at finding the man who thought he was invincible. I am relieved that they finally captured the man who committed these crimes this fall. If only Michelle had lived long enough to see his capture, I can only imagine her response.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Very scary! This gave me nightmares.
caitlinwhetten 9 months ago
I think this is one of my first true crime novels that I've ever read and I really loved it even though it pretty much scared the crap out of me. I listened to this on audiobook and I really enjoyed the narration. Michelle's writing is really easy to read and understand, especially if you're new to the genre. She has a great way of documenting the crimes, but also humanizing the victims and telling their story so that you relate to them. They're not just names and genders -- Michelle tells their stories and lives and who they were at the time they died or were victimized. My only criticism is that I wish it was in more of a chronological order. In the first half of the novel, it felt that the book was going back and forth between the 70's, 80's and today and it became a bit confusing. A clearer timeline would have helped, though there was probably one in the physical book. A really great, chilling true crime novel and it's a tragedy that we won't get any future books from Michelle. I would have read anything she'd written.
Anonymous 11 months ago
As a life-long Sacramento resident, this book hits close to home. The author's insights were so amazing, I wish I had known about her prior to her death. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone fascinated with the true crime genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fact that the probable GSK is now in custody make a great book in this genre even better. The suspect appears to be consistent with and yet defy the speculations and theories of who this guy could be. The author pulls you into her own obsession brilliantly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a decent read. It dragged a bit in some parts. It was also a little weird that McNamara basically ignored her family to feed this obsession.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the interesting style this book was written in. There were times I really could have freaked out from some of the details and I had to tell myself I'm OK. The fear these people must have felt. For the survivors of these awful attacks, how do you go on? I'm so happy they have a suspect in custody. I'm anxiously awaiting details of this guy and I will re-read this book and will compare notes. I would love to see a new edition come out with notes and comparisons of what really happened, if D'Angelo will talk. Bless you, Michelle, and your hard work. I have always been interested in true crime and you have renewed my interest in joining the forces of all the people trying to solve these mysteries. Bless you and your dear ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the story, the writing, and the fear she instilled in me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since the killer has been recently apprehended, the book has become riveting!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating narrative of the case
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not much of a reader but I couldn't put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish had lived to see just how close she was!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago