xvi, 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
9780062319784 (hardcover) 0062319787 (hardcover)
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 in 1986 he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, true crime journalist Michelle McNamara 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. This book--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.
"Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle's lead researcher and a close colleague [Paul Haynes]."--Amazon.com.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction / by Gillian Flynn Part One. Irvine, 1981 Dana Point, 1980 Hollywood, 2009 Oak Park Sacramento, 1976-1977 Visalia Orange County, 1996 Irvine, 1986 Ventura, 1980 Goleta, 1979 Goleta, 1981 Orange County, 2000 Contra Costa, 1997 Part Two. Sacramento, 2012 East Sacramento, 2012 The Cuff-links coda Los Angeles, 2012 Contra Costa, 2013 Fred Ray The one Los Angeles, 2014 Sacramento, 2014 Sacramento, 1978 Part Three / by Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen Afterword / by Patton Oswalt Epilogue: Letter to an old man.
Available in Other Form
Online version: McNamara, Michelle, 1970-2016. I'll be gone in the dark. [New York] : HarperCollins 2018
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