I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a new HBO documentary series that delves into the dark world of the Golden State Killer and the writer who became obsessed with tracking him down.
Michelle McNamara never got to see Joseph DeAngelo arrested for committing at least 13 murders and over 50 rapes in California in the 1970s and 80s, but her years-long investigation played a crucial part in bringing him down. McNamara, a successful journalist and the wife of actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, began piecing together DeAngelo’s crimes back in the early 2000s (she would be the one to give him the moniker the Golden State Killer) on her crime blog TrueCrimeDiary.
As retold in the above trailer from HBO, her obsession with finding the unknown serial killer and bringing his crimes to public consciousness completely took over. In a tragic end to Michelle’s work, she died of an accidental overdose at her home in 2016, two years before DeAngelo was arrested for his crimes, and before she was able to complete her book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.
But thanks to the dedicated work of a small team put together by Oswalt, the book was completed from the notes that she left behind, and published posthumously. ‘This book had to be finished,’ Oswalt said in an interview with the New York Times. ‘Knowing how horrible this guy was, there was this feeling of, you’re not going to silence another victim. Michelle died, but her testimony is going to get out there.’
If HBO’s new series is anything like the book itself, it’s going to be one mind-blowing release you should definitely keep an eye out for when it drops on June 28.