You may have heard that The Golden State Killer has been caught! After 40 years of terror including over 50 sexual assaults and 12 murders, it is a relief to his victims and to anyone who has been living in fear for so long that this dangerous man is now behind bars.
A look at the crimes entitled I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, was just published in February of 2018. The author, Michelle McNamara, was a true crime blogger who became obsessed with the case when she realized that the mystery seemed quite solvable.
The reasons for this include:
- The accused left behind personal items at the crime scenes.
- He committed all of his crimes in California within 10 counties.
- There were many witnesses to the sexual assaults, meaning they have sketches of his face.
- (Here’s the kicker) the police have his DNA.
The evidence was overwhelming that if investigators could find the right person, they could easily prove his guilt and take this dangerous man off the street.
So here began McNamara’s obsession with finding the killer. This book documents the many crimes and the red flag clues that helped McNamara and investigators produce suspects, and then, eventually, eliminate them as a suspect because the DNA was not a match. The icing on the cake is that McNamara’s writing style is lovely, even if the subject matter is not. It is unclear whether McNamara’s investigations had any bearing on ultimately finding the killer but we know that she did work closely with many investigators on the case.
Tragically, McNamara died in the Spring of 2016 when her book was not quite finished. She’s missing out on our celebrations this week but the reader can imagine her extreme relief at these latest developments.
If you’ve been following the news and are intrigued about this case or even if you’re just a true-crime fan, I hope you’ll check this one out. It’s well worth your time.