[Summary I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer] Epub BY Michelle McNamara


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  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • Michelle McNamara
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  • 15 April 2017
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Summary I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer 108 THE BASIS FOR THE MAJOR 6 PART HBO® DOCUMENTARY SERIES#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR Washington Post  | Maureen Corrigan NPR | Paste | Seattle Times | Entertainment Weekly | Esuire | Slate | Buzzfeed | Jezebel | Philadelphia Inuirer | Publishers Weekly | Kirkus Reviews | Library Journal | Bustle Winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Nonfiction | Anthony Award Winner | SCIBA Book Award Winner | Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime | Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for ExcellenceThe haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s and of?. That summer I hunted the serial killer at night from my daughter s playroom For the most part I mimicked the bedtime routine of a normal person Teeth brushed Pajamas on But after my husband and daughter fell asleep I d retreat to my makeshift workspace and boot up my laptop that fifteen inch wide hatch of endless possibilitiesI rarely moved but I leaped decades with a few keystrokes Yearbooks Marriage certificates Mug shots I scoured thousands of pages of 1970s era police files I pored over autopsy reports That I should do this surrounded by a half dozen stuffed animals and a set of miniature pink bongos didn t strike me as unusual I d found my searching place as private as a rat s maze Every obsession needs a room of its own Mine was strewn with coloring paper on which I d scribbled down California penal codes in crayon from the prologue I ll Be Gone in the Dark is not just a tale of a decade long crime spree of a maddeningly elusive peeper burglar rapist and murderer It is not only a tale of obsession as the author and others with her particular inclination bury themselves in the forensic statistical genetic and geographical trail left by this relentless offender It is a story as well of how some dedicated active and retired police and private citizens worked hand in hand to try to track down a homicidal monster It is also a story of the impact that monster had on the communities he terrorized and on how advances in technology over several decades shortened the distance between suspicion and apprehensionMichelle McNamara hard at work image from The Times provided to them by Patton OswaltMcNamara had always wanted to be a writer but she gained some focus on what to write as a teen Her fascination with the grisly began when she was just 14 when a young woman named Kathleen Lombardo whom McNamara knew from church was murdered while jogging a block and a half away from McNamara s home in Oak Park Illinois The man who slit Lombardo s throat was never found McNamara would be forever haunted by what she d later describe as the specter of that uestion mark where the killer s face should be From Vulture articleShe takes us along with her introducing readers to three general groups of people the victims the professional investigators and her small band of amateur sleuths These are not deep profiles but we are given enough about each to understand their roles in the ongoing drama and their motivation Contra Costa County Sheriff s Office sketches of a masked man who had fled a crime scene in 1979 and an artist s impression of the killer image from The TimesThe first crimes took place in the 1970s the last known GSK crime was committed in 1986 He began with simple burglaries dozens of them enough to earn a tabloid name The Ransacker then moved on to rape One of his victims was thirteen The tabloids called him the East Area Rapist EAR and the Original Night Stalker ONS often merging the two to EAR ONS He was nearly caught after one couple resisted so to ensure not only compliance but that there would be no witnesses he moved on to homicide His home invasions were well planned professionally executed and particularly cruel It was not enough to rape women He made many of the women tie up their husbands or boyfriends and forced them to watch him commit the rape He had a signature techniue for monitoring whether the male victims moved Movement they were told would get their partner killed And sometimes he killed them anyway both of them During her research McNamara coined the GSK tag for him the Golden State KillerAttacks attributed to the GSK image from the Sacramento County DA s office by way of the NY TimesMcNamara takes us through not just the clues that accumulated over the years but methodologies for looking into them There is some very surprising information here on what happens to old police files We follow along as new methods are added to tried and true shoe leather investigation There were two major technological breakthroughs over the four decades of the investigation DNA fingerprinting was the first And even once it was put into widespread use there were still problems with local police departments coordinating with other PDs She walks us through how that changed The other major item is what you are using right now the internet All the information in the world is useless without the ability to connect a fact here to a crime there The internet McNamara predicted was what would eventually allow for the apprehension of the GSK It is uite cheering when McNamara begins to connect with other cold crime obsessives across the country and they begin sharing theories and sometimes actual evidence It was an incredibly long investigation and such projects come with some built in risk falling for a suspect is a lot like the first surge of blind love in a relationship Focus narrows to a single face The world and its practical sounds are a wan soundtrack to the powerful silent biopic you re editing in your mind at all times No amount of information on the object of your obsession is enough You crave Always You note his taste in shoes and even drive by his house courtesy of Google Maps You engage in wild confirmation bias You project A middle aged white man smiling and cutting a cake decorated with candles in a picture posted on Facebook isn t celebrating his birthday but holding a knife As with the infamous Kitty Genovese incident in 1964 how people react not just to crime but to neighborhood security in general comes in for some scrutiny here That s what we all do All of us We make well intentioned promises of protection we can t always keepI ll look out for youBut then you hear a scream and you decide it s some teenagers playing around A young man jumping a fence is taking a shortcut The gunshot at three am is a firecracker or a car backfiring You sit up in bed for a startled moment Awaiting you is the cold hard floor and a conversation that may lead nowhere you collapse onto your warm pillow and turn back to sleepSirens wake you later People did react in some ways Sacramento saw a spate of residents trimming trees and uprooting bushes to deny cover to the GSK installing floodlighting reinforcing doors sleeping with hammers under pillows and buying thousands of guns Victim support groups formed some of the victimized men joining neighborhood patrols Community safety meetings were packed There were some positive impacts from GSK s dark deeds though The case had a profound impact not just on fear and public safety in California but also on the way that rapes were investigated and how rape victims were treated said Carol Daly a detective in the Sacramento County Sheriff s Office at the timeRape victims were seen and cared for faster and pubic hair scratches and other evidence were examined and preserved she said Rape kits were standardized Every victim went through the process she said From 42518 NY TIMES articleWhen my wife was reading this book some time ago she became a bit paranoid safety conscious jumping at small unexpected sounds then wanting to investigate in a house with as many cats as we have unexpected noises are abundant making extra certain that our windows and doors were locked watching a tick or two longer than usual at people passing by living next door to a pizzeria they are legion keeping the lights on a bit longer than usual when going to bed Point being that the book while hardly a horror novel can indeed induce a serious case of jitters And why not The nutter of which McNamara writes was not caught during the decades investigators private and professional worked the case He was still on the loose when McNamara passed away McNamara s writing skills are considerable She keeps the narrative moving slickly evading the potential peril of death by excessive detail She reports on some of the gore the GSK generated but not too much not nearly as much as she might have She has an ability to clarify the forensics while keeping us in touch with the terrors experienced by the victims and the hopes and frustrations of the diverse posse on the GSK s trail Occasionally a particular passage or turn of phrase will make you sit back and sigh in appreciation but the narrative chugs on and each particular gem is allowed to please then recede into the rearview The pair who took on the task of completing the book when McNamara died retrieved some fine samples from her notes For example He was a compulsive prowler and searcher We who hunt him suffer from the same affliction He peered through windows I tap return Return Return Click Mouse click mouse clickThe hunt is the adrenaline rush not the catch He s the fake shark in Jaws barely seen so doubly feared McNamara died in her sleep in April 2016 at age 46 from a combination of drugs interacting with an undiagnosed medical condition that caused a blockage in her arteries She had been stressed out from working on this book putting in long hours and suffering anxiety and nightmares that kept her from sleeping Her husband engaged researcher Paul Haynes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen to complete the book McNamara had worked on for so long and with such dedication A week after Michelle s death we gained access to her hard drive and began exploring her files on the Golden State Killer All 3500 of them That was on top of dozens of notebooks the legal pads the scraps of paper and thousands of digitized pages of police reports And the thirty seven boxes of files she had received from the Orange County prosecutor which Michelle lovingly dubbed the Mother Lode The GSK burglarized than 120 homes raped dozens of women killed at least ten people and at least one dog during the 1970s and 1980s We do not know how many people he drove mad in their decades long inability to find him or how many lives were ruined as a result of his crimes The good news is that in April 2018 only a few months after the publication of Michelle McNamara s book a 72 year old man Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested based on DNA evidence The Golden State Killer is finally in jail He had not killed anyone in thirty years as far as we know but it is in the nature of such sprees to have a strong impact long after the events themselves Meg Gardiner who grew up in Santa Barbara in one of DeAngelos target neighborhoods tells of the experience of terror during the period of the killer s mayhem Yesterday my brother texted I have a different feeling driving around the neighborhood today It was always in the back of my mind that he could still be living around here In a weird way it feels safer It does The fear is gone But the shadows remain So does Michelle McNamara s work her legacy a major contribution to finally locking up a long sought monsterHBO has bought the rights and plans to develop I ll Be Gone in the Dark into a documentary mini seriesJoseph James DeAngelo 72 believed to be the Golden State Killer image from Sacramento County Sheriff s OfficeReview posted June 15 2018Publication date February 27 2018December 2018 I ll Be Gone in the Dark wins the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award for non fictionThe HBO series of I ll Be Gone in the Dark begins June 28 2020In the summer of 2019 GR reduced the allowable review size by 25% from 20000 to 15000 characters In order to accommodate the text beyond that I have moved it to the comments section directly below

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Summary I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer 108 ?the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case which was solved in April 2018Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt“A brilliant genre buster Propulsive can’t stop now reading”   Stephen KingFor 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 areaThree decades later Michelle McNamara a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiarycom was determined to find the violent psyc. 35 An interesting topic an impressive woman and research but not my jamI would recommend the audiobook as I don t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had read it myself

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Summary I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer 108 Hopath 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 has been hailed as a modern true crime classic one which fulfilled Michelle's dream helping unmask the Golden State Kille. Update 8112019 I just finished the new season of Veronica Mars on Hulu In it Patton Oswalt plays a character who is obsessed with solving cold cases and other crimes the police are struggling with As soon as I realized that is what his character was and how much it reminded me of his wife as described in this book I began to wonder if he was offered the role as a tribute to her 425 starsI guarantee you will not be able to read this book without many stops to do Wikipedia and Google maps searches Just do yourself a favor and don t read too much on line before you finish the book it is much suspenseful that wayI ll Be Gone In The Dark is a posthumous collection of narratives notes dialogue and other evidence collected by McNamara that she was working into a book that she never got to see come to fruition Because of this some of the parts are polished while other parts are raw and some may even feel disjointed I think if she had lived to see it through it would have come across as much cleaner However I don t think this is a bad thing It is kind of fascinating to see a snapshot of an investigation before it is ready and complete Not only is who the Golden State Killer is a mystery but where McNamara was going with her notes is a mystery as wellOne interesting aspect of this book is that it has a lot of autobiography of McNamera as well Often true crime is just a compilation of the details with the author s involvement being of little or no importance Another true crime mainstay Ann Rule became involved with the story in her book The Stranger Beside Me as well as in her book about the Green River Killer Green River Running Red I definitely think it is interesting to see an involvement in the investigation beyond just researching compiling and regurgitating information The personal touch and commitment is felt very stronglyWith that in mind I feel like the key takeaway from this book is how obsession works on both sides The killer rapist had his meticulous modus operandi that allowed many crimes covering a wide area to be connected by certain evidence The author had her daily routine of web searches library visits travels to 30 year old crime scenes etc which freuently led to frustration and tears Without the criminal there would have been no need for the investigation Without the author many unsolved mysteries could have been relegated to cold case status forever Unfortunately she didn t live to see if her obsessive dedication led to any successI think this is a true crime book worth the time of any fan of the genre As is often the case some of the content matter may be difficult for some so proceed with caution if you are sensitiveClick on this next part only if you have finished the book and done some follow up researchview spoilerShortly after finishing and discovering at the time of publication the killer still hadn t been caught I had to jump online and do some searching I thought I had heard that the killer had been caught but was wondering if I remembered something else Sure enough earlier this year DNA evidence led to the capture of the killer I will leave you to your own web search if you are interested in the details What I hope they do is either some follow up chapters or a whole new book that takes the evidence that McNamara tracked down over the years and compares it against the person found to be the killer One of the keys to her investigation is trying to figure out where his home base might have been and correlating the events to the actual life occupation etc of the killer It would be interesting to see how that all matches up and if it shows any other patterns that they missed hide spoiler