I'll Be Gone in the Dark

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

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"A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer-- the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade-- from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case. 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. At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic-- capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim-- he favored suburban couples-- he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062319784
0062319787
Call Number: 364.1532 MCNAMARA
Characteristics: xvi, 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Subjects: True crime stories.
Case studies.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) -- California -- Case studies.
Serial murders -- California -- Case studies.
Serial murder investigation -- California -- Case studies.
Serial rape investigation -- California -- Case studies.
Additional Contributors: Oswalt, Patton 1969-
Flynn, Gillian 1971-

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kobrien3 Mar 23, 2018

I chose this one because I loved Michelle McNamara's blog (True Crime Diary), and the ladies behind one of my favourite podcasts (My Favorite Murder) were raving about it. It is quite possibly the best true crime book I've ever read. The amount of time and energy Michelle spent on researching and chasing the Golden State Killer is truly staggering. The writing is beautifully done, and as she recounts the stories of the victims, survivors, and investigators who have worked on this case it often feels as though they are sitting across from you, telling you their stories themselves. Almost as much a memoir as a work of true crime, I enjoyed every moment of reading this. If you enjoy true crime this one is not to be missed!

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