For years, the Golden State Killer雷电竞娱乐 had been a cold case long abandoned by California police, but journalist Michelle McNamara, along with a few fellow sleuths and internet friends, turned the heat back on an investigation that would eventually become a national news story.

McNamara’s long chase would become an exhausting and all-consuming one, its grip on her so tight that it led to a homebrewed cocktail of pharmaceuticals that were meant to alleviate the stress but instead aggravated an undiagnosed heart condition and killed her. In a way, that made the 46-year-old McNamara the long-dormant killer’s final victim, but she ultimately achieved the justice for which she was searching: Two years after her passing, around the same time that her book about the chase, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, was posthumously released, the killer was finally caught.

and grisly crimes since she was in high school, when a woman was murdered just a few blocks from her childhood home. She later moved to Hollywood to become a writer and married comedian/actor , who encouraged her to start that blog and pursue her twin passions, researching cold cases and writing about her findings with literary flair. And so in 2006, McNamara started a blog called , providing her an outlet for her nascent career as a crime writer.

, where McNamara found a community also obsessed with the odd saga.

It was originally two cases, later fused together with the help of new DNA testing technology. Between 1976 and 1979, a serial rapist assaulted around 50 women in Northern California, earning the nickname the East Area Rapist before seemingly going dormant. In reality, he really moved down to Southern California, where he killed around a dozen people and became known as the Original Night Stalker before murdering for the last time in 1986.

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Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt

that the rapist and murderer were one in the same, creating the acronym mashup, EAR/ONS. It was McNamara who gave the mysterious monster the moniker of the Golden State Killer, a nickname meant to reflect his reign of terror across all of California.

The rebranding helped put the killer back in the spotlight, and McNamara made sure to fill her blog and articles for Los Angeles Magazine with identifying details. In , she wrote that he was tall, caucasian, with eyes that were either blue or hazel and a high-pitched voice in which he ranted about his poor finances.

雷电竞娱乐, she describes a close message board friend giving her tours of the neighborhoods and crime scenes in Northern California where the Golden State Killer’s decade of serial assault began. That friend was nearly a victim herself; the assailant would stalk his prey, learning all about them and calling their homes repeatedly. She received the calls, but never the visits.

雷电竞娱乐The obsession and drive to catch the killer wasn’t an illness or vanity project. McNamara had bigger, more selfless motives.

“For digital sleuths, a killer who remains a question mark holds more menace than a Charles Manson or a Richard Ramirez,” she wrote in 雷电竞娱乐. “However twisted the grins of those killers, however wild the eyes, we can at least stare solidly at them, knowing that evil has a shape and an expression and can be locked behind bars. Until we put a face on a psychopath like the Golden State Killer, he will continue to hold sway over us — he will remain a powerful cipher who triumphs by being just out of reach.”

雷电竞娱乐 in 2018. “It wasn’t uncommon for her to not leave the house for days. And she told me she’d have a survivor or a victim’s family calling or emailing her every day. Above all, she wanted justice for them.”

雷电竞娱乐. “She just took this stuff on, and she didn’t have the years of being a hardened detective to compartmentalize it.”

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Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected "Golden State Killer," appearing in court for his arraignment in 2018

The case and coverage continued after her death, with help from her widowed husband

雷电竞娱乐Her book was about half-written when she died, but Oswalt . So he hired Haynes and an investigative journalist named Billy Jensen to make sense of her thousands of files and handwritten notes and finish the book. It reads like a brilliant woman’s investigation and unraveling, then a post-script written by other people, laying out their best guesses of where her search would have taken her next.

雷电竞娱乐The year she died, authorities in California opened up a task force devoted to finding the killer, counting on tips from the public and DNA evidence.

雷电竞娱乐The Golden State Killer , just months after McNamara’s book was released. The serial rapist and murderer was a former police officer named Joseph James DeAngelo who left the force after being caught shoplifting. While police were reluctant to give McNamara credit, Oswalt and said it would have never happened without McNamara’s public crusade.

雷电竞娱乐In June 2020, DeAngelo  to 13 counts of first-degree murder, as well as 13 counts of kidnapping.