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Michelle McNamara

Biography

Michelle McNamara

Michelle McNamara (1970-2016) was the author of the website Truecrimediary.com. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, worked as a consultant for Dateline NBC, and had sold television pilots to ABC and Fox and a screenplay to Paramount. She lived in Los Angeles, and is survived by her husband, Patton Oswalt, and their daughter, Alice.

Michelle McNamara

Books by Michelle McNamara

Written by Michelle McNamara with an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by Patton Oswalt - Nonfiction, True Crime

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist, 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. I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK --- 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. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth.