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    Everyone’s probably seen this but I just finished watching this brilliant HBO series and I’m now 170 pages in on the book. I’d recommend both to anyone that hasn’t come across either. So sad that Michelle McNamara passed away before DeAngelo was arrested. Her search for him obviously took its toll.
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    Herlock



    Chairman of the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To The Old Established Theories.

  • #2
    I think it was mostly the fentanyl. I was an interesting series.
    "Humour is seriously wasted on this site."

    -- Soothy

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post
      Everyone’s probably seen this but I just finished watching this brilliant HBO series and I’m now 170 pages in on the book. I’d recommend both to anyone that hasn’t come across either. So sad that Michelle McNamara passed away before DeAngelo was arrested. Her search for him obviously took its toll.
      yes it is. but at least she put the correct and final moniker on him. i literally just finished reading her book and the next day it was all over the news they caught him. crazy
      Last edited by Abby Normal; 09-17-2020, 06:34 PM.
      "Is all that we see or seem
      but a dream within a dream?"

      -Edgar Allan Poe


      "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
      quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

      -Frederick G. Abberline

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post
        Everyone’s probably seen this but I just finished watching this brilliant HBO series and I’m now 170 pages in on the book. I’d recommend both to anyone that hasn’t come across either. So sad that Michelle McNamara passed away before DeAngelo was arrested. Her search for him obviously took its toll.
        Thanks Herlock - I'll look to see if I can find it. Always interested in good documentaries.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post

          yes it is. but at least she put the correct and final moniker on him. i literally just finished reading her book and the next day it was all over the news they caught him. crazy
          I’ll finish the book within the next hour Abby. It’s amazing that the crimes weren’t more widely known unless they just passed me by?
          Regards

          Herlock



          Chairman of the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To The Old Established Theories.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by etenguy View Post

            Thanks Herlock - I'll look to see if I can find it. Always interested in good documentaries.
            No problem Eten. The books worth getting too.
            Regards

            Herlock



            Chairman of the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To The Old Established Theories.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Philzilla View Post
              I think it was mostly the fentanyl. I was an interesting series.
              And no one knew she was using those drugs. Tragic.
              Regards

              Herlock



              Chairman of the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To The Old Established Theories.

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              • #8
                My book review from the April 2018 issue of Ripperologist Magazine.


                I’ll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
                Michelle McNamara
                Harper, 2018
                Hardcover, paperback & ebook
                352pp; illus

                Before the arrest last April of Joseph James DeAngelo for the crimes attributed to the ‘Golden State Killer’ (also and formerly known as the ‘Original Night Stalker’ and the ‘East Area Rapist’), I had read two books on the case- Case Files of the East Area Rapist / Golden State Killer by Kat Winters and Keith Komos and Hunting a Psychopath by Richard Shelby. Case Files, written by the founders of a website dedicated to the case, does exactly what is described on the cover, chronicling in minute and increasingly violent detail each and every incident of prank phone calls, prowling, burglary, rape and murder believed to have been committed by the then unknown serial killer for over a decade across the state of California. A grim read, indeed. Hunting a Psychopath was self-published by the retired Sacramento County Sheriff’s detective who had been investigating the case since 1976 and was one of the first to link a series of rapes in the East county cities of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Carmichael to the same perpetrator, thereafter dubbed the ‘East Area Rapist’. I had yet to get around to reading Michelle McNamara’s book on the man she was the first to call the Golden State Killer when, suddenly and with much media attention, he was captured. It was over.

                So to now go back and read a book about an unsolved series of crimes published two months prior to those crimes being solved is an unusual experience to say the least. The mysterious serial killer McNamara chronicles that commits the most heinous of crimes and then vanishes into the night is a mystery no longer. The sick and terrifying individualcan now be seen as a rather pathetic bald old man, staring helplessly out as us from his mug shot, and, a few days later, pushed into his arraignment in a wheelchair looking bewildered and confused.

                Michelle McNamara was a true crime writer who published articles about the Golden State Killer and other unsolved murders in both magazines and via her website blog‘TrueCrimeDiary’. She was nearly finished writing I’ll be Gone in the Dark when she died suddenly in her sleep in 2016 at the age of 42. Her widowed husband, Patton Oswalt, enlisted the help of her friend and fellow crime writer Paul Haynes to help complete the project and bring it to publication.

                The book is written in the first person and is as much about Michelle McNamara’s own journey to catch the killer as it is about the crimes themselves. She travels to many locations where the rapes and murders were committed meeting with investigators, crime technicians and web sleuths, each time picking their brains as to how the killer operated, why, and who he might be. She takes the reader back to California of the 1970s where a population boom led to a massive growth in new suburban developments where many of the neighborhoods, still partially under construction, became the hunting ground for the murderer. And we’re with her in more recent years as she tries to balance her family life along with Hollywood society (her husband is a famous actor and comedian) all the while, almost in secret, being fixated on the crimes of the Golden State Killer.

                After DeAngelo’s arrest, many cited this book asreinvigorating the case and even went so far as to say that Michelle McNamara should receive some credit for solving it. But reading the book gives you the clear sense that during her investigation in the last decade of her life the momentum was going their way and many of the investigators she interviewed believed it was only a matter of time. Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, had been arrested and convicted in 2001 not by dogged police work but rather in spite of bad police work. It was, as he himself said, technology that captured him. The same is true for the Golden State Killer. McNamara shows us repeatedly that in the last years of the investigation the primary focus was on matching the killer’s DNA with hundreds upon hundreds of suspects until they hit on a match. When they finally did, sadly, she was no longer alive to see the day.

                There will be many more books to come about the crimes of Joseph James DeAngelo but each and every one will undoubtedly be judged against I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, and Michelle McNamara has set the bar exceedingly high. I thoroughly recommend it.

                JM


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                • #9
                  Thanks for posting that Jon. I don’t recall reading it at the time so it might have been just before I started getting Ripperologist again since the old hard copy days.
                  Regards

                  Herlock



                  Chairman of the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To The Old Established Theories.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post
                    Everyone’s probably seen this but I just finished watching this brilliant HBO series and I’m now 170 pages in on the book. I’d recommend both to anyone that hasn’t come across either. So sad that Michelle McNamara passed away before DeAngelo was arrested. Her search for him obviously took its toll.
                    I have not read the book, but I binged the documentary early one morning after a terrible bout of insomina. The cable channel was running it for free. I was blown away by its quality, and the intensity of Michelle's devotion as an amateur sleuth.

                    It was also a bit unnerving to realize I was living in California during the Golden State Killer's reign, though not in the exact same regions.
                    Pat D. https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...rt/reading.gif
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                    Von Konigswald: Jack the Ripper plays shuffleboard. -- Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, c.1970.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pcdunn View Post

                      I have not read the book, but I binged the documentary early one morning after a terrible bout of insomina. The cable channel was running it for free. I was blown away by its quality, and the intensity of Michelle's devotion as an amateur sleuth.

                      It was also a bit unnerving to realize I was living in California during the Golden State Killer's reign, though not in the exact same regions.
                      Hi Pat,

                      I hope you’re well? It’s been a while.
                      Regards

                      Herlock



                      Chairman of the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To The Old Established Theories.

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                      • #12
                        as i mentioned before-i had just finished her book, and the next day they announced they nailed deangelo-how freaken crazy is that?!? the series of documentaries are also excellent-some of the best ive seen on SKs. Mcnamara was amazing and she definitely helped keep the case going, none the least giving him his final and appropriate moniker of the Golden State killer. this guy was one of the most prolific serial offenders of all time-garnishing THREE seperate nicknames as his crime spree escalated:
                        hundreds of burglaries/ hot prowl breakins (Visalia ransacker), 50 rapes (east area rapist) and the murders (original nightstalker).
                        IMHO she helped catch this monster.

                        Also-whats so wierd about deAngelo is that not only was he was acop investigating his own crimes at the time, but that he upped his antics seemingly specifically targeting couples (men). it very rare for this type of serial killer (rape/torture) to also target men, or even to attack women who are with men.they are usually total cowards when it comes to this sort of thing. and for the life of me once he was caught and they released photos of what he looked like then, eventhough he did look like some of the composite drawing, I just had such a hard time putting that face with those crimes!! its the first and only time ive seen what a proven serial killer looks like, and not thought-yup he looks like a serial killer. talk about someone apearing normal, but having such an evil double life!

                        "Is all that we see or seem
                        but a dream within a dream?"

                        -Edgar Allan Poe


                        "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
                        quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

                        -Frederick G. Abberline

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

                          Hi Pat,

                          I hope you’re well? It’s been a while.
                          It has been awhile, indeed! Real life hit me hard in 2019 and 2020 with personal losses. But I am well enough and vaccinated from the "plague." Good to see you and so many other familiar names still around and posting here. Stay safe everyone and keep investigating!
                          Pat D. https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...rt/reading.gif
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                          Von Konigswald: Jack the Ripper plays shuffleboard. -- Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, c.1970.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pcdunn View Post

                            It has been awhile, indeed! Real life hit me hard in 2019 and 2020 with personal losses. But I am well enough and vaccinated from the "plague." Good to see you and so many other familiar names still around and posting here. Stay safe everyone and keep investigating!
                            Thanks Pat. Im sorry to hear that you’ve had such a tough time time but I hope things are looking better now?

                            All the best.
                            Regards

                            Herlock



                            Chairman of the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To The Old Established Theories.

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