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I'll Be Gone in the Dark : One Woman's…

I'll Be Gone in the Dark : One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden… (original 2018; edition 2018)

by Michelle McNamara

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Title:I'll Be Gone in the Dark : One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Authors:Michelle McNamara
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (2018)



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For ten years the Golden State Killer terrorized California with his violent attacks and murder sprees. The author McNamara spent many years obsessively trying to track down the killer. She gathered notes and evidence to identify him, but she died tragically before the killer could be arrested.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jun 25, 2019 |
On a micro level, McNamara is a good writer, and there are very many elegant and aptly descriptive turns of phrase in this book. On a macro level, however, the book is extremely disorganized and difficult to follow. This may be because it was completed after the death of the author.

Under various names (East Bay Rapist, Golden State Killer) and over more than 10 years, a rapist/murderer terrorized several California communities, seemingly striking at will, more than 60 times in all. Then the attacks stopped, and the case went cold. The author continued to investigate and follow up on leads. After her death, this book was published, and only a few months later, a suspect was apprehended.

Clearly large portions of the book were written as blog posts or individual articles. It feels as if in publishing this book there was no attempt to remove resulting repetitions and discrepancies--no attempt to unify the separate parts into a cohesive unit with a narrative arc. Instead, the story was all over the place, with no time-line, or organized sequence of events, making it disorganized and difficult to follow. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Jun 12, 2019 |
Fascinating book, although ( )
  joliek | Jun 9, 2019 |
A good, encompassing book detailing one women's efforts to catch a predator who eluded police. The killer is depicted as a type of Jack the Ripper who was, after the great efforts, apprehended. The study is detailed, but the specifics sometimes went over my head. Nevertheless, this was an entertaining and informative read that spanned much of a timeline and was satisfying- as you root for McNamara, despite the odds, throughout the entire process. Due diligence is taken as well as a high degree of respect and consideration for the victims of these awful, horrendous incidents.

3.75- worth reading. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Jun 4, 2019 |
I'll be gone in the dark is a good but disturbing read. I thought Michelle McNamara did a great job of showing how horrible the crimes committed really were. I enjoyed learning about her journey leading to her obession with catching this person. Unfortunately, she passed away without completely finishing this book, however it was completed with the help of people who had worked with her. I thought overall it was a very good and informative book ( )
  kellerdean | May 7, 2019 |
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No butler, no second maid, no blood upon the stair.
No eccentric aunt, no gardener, no family friend
Smiling among the bric-a-brac and murder.
Only a suburban house with the front door open
And a dog barking at a squirrel, and the cars
Passing. The corpse quite dead. The wife in Florida.

Consider the clues: the potato masher in a vase,
The torn photograph of a Wesleyan basketball
Scattered with check stubs in the hall;
The unsent fan letter to Shirley Temple,
The Hoover button on the lapel of the deceased,
The note: "To be killed this way is quite all right
with me."

Small wonder that the case remains unsolved,
Or that the sleuth, Le Roux, is now incurably in-
And sits alone in a white room in a white gown,
Screaming that all the world is mad, that clues
Lead nowhere, or to walls so high their tops cannot
be seen;
Screaming all day of war, screaming that nothing
can be solved.

- Weldon Kees, "Crime Club"
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That summer I hunted the serial killer at night from my daughter's playroom.
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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.… (more)

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