For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.
Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.
This was my first introduction to a true crime book. I am glad that I chose this as my first taste into this genre. Michelle was thorough with her knowledge but she always remained humane to the victims and survivors. This killer made his mark from the 70’s to the 80’s. It was as if he had a reign of terror over California. The opening of the story with Gillian Flynn and Patton Oswald’s closing was a nice touch since Michelle unfortunately passed away before the book was published. This book sparked an interest in true crime that I didn’t know that I had and I am very excited about that. if you are already a fan of true crime or need an introduction this is the perfect book and story. I never realized how difficult an investigation was prior to DNA and forensic testing. Hopefully with the advancement of those items, this horrible killer will be caught one day. Michelle not only presents her facts but she also provides her own opinion without seeming overbearing. You respect her point of view that she has about this case. I admire her dedication and would have loved to see what else she may have brought to the world of true crime with her talent.
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