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‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ Honors Michelle McNamara’s Memory and Work

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Michelle McNamara stunned readers and transformed true crime forever with her book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, which was published posthumously in 2018. Now that its subject has been identified and arrested, filmmaker Liz Garbus tells McNamara’s story in a six-part documentary series for HBO that goes beyond just the groundbreaking investigation of a serial killer.

The late author spent much of her adult life researching a slew of unsolved rapes and murders she believed had the same perpetrator, a man she dubbed the Golden State Killer. Her True Crime Diary blog and 2013 article in Los Angeles Magazine brought attention to a cold case that most people outside of central California in the ’70s and ’80s had never heard of. Garbus’ series documents how she came to her obsession with this mystery and how she was able to lead investigators in the right direction.

Since the book’s publication and the subsequent solving of the case, the Golden State Killer story is now one that every true crime fan knows about. However, the crimes and investigation make up only half of why I’ll Be Gone in the Dark became a bestseller. McNamara is the key to what makes the story so innovative for the genre, and now the documentary gives her the attention and........

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