The late Michelle McNamara’s incredible true crime book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer charts her investigation into the crimes of a serial rapist and murderer that was active on America’s west coast thirty years ago. The book has been making waves since it’s publication, with a HBO documentary in the works, and in the wake of its popularity it seems that there may have been a breakthrough in the case: police have made an arrest.
McNamara sadly passed away before the book’s publication, but her widower, actor Patton Oswalt, tweeted today that if it is indeed the perpetrator his wife devoted so much time to finding, he would like to meet him. “If they’ve really caught the #GoldenStateKiller,” he says, “I hope I get to visit him. Not to gloat or gawk — to ask him the questions that @TrueCrimeDiary [McNamara’s handle] wanted answered in her “Letter To An Old Man” at the end of #IllBeGoneInTheDark.”
If they’ve really caught the #GoldenStateKiller I hope I get to visit him. Not to gloat or gawk — to ask him the questions that @TrueCrimeDiary wanted answered in her “Letter To An Old Man” at the end of #IllBeGoneInTheDark. pic.twitter.com/32EHSzBct5
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 25, 2018
The man in custody is Joseph James DeAngelo, a seventy-six-year-old ex-cop. According to CNN:
DeAngelo is a former Auburn, California, police officer who was fired in 1979 for shoplifting a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a drugstore, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. He worked as a police officer in Exeter and Auburn between 1973 and 1979.
Creepy AF. An officer stated that DeAngelo may very well have been a cop while committing some of these crimes, which makes the whole thing even harder to stomach, if you ask me.
They stated that while McNamara’s book had not directly impacted the case, it had helped to draw public attention to the horrifying crimes that for so long went unsolved.
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