Nearly immediately after its publication, HBO acquired the rights to I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, Michelle McNamara's book chronicling her quest for the infamous California murderer active during the 1970s and '80s.
McNamara, the late wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, was the writer who dubbed Joseph James DeAngelo "The Golden State Killer". Also known as the East Area Rapist or the original Night Stalker, police believe he was responsible for 12 homicides, nearly 50 rapes and 120 home burglaries that spanned a decade starting in the late 1970s in Sacramento County.
It was released earlier this year, and is thought to have helped authorities re-examine the cold cases, leading to 72-year-old DeAngelo's arrest in Sacramento last week.
One of the most prolific and sadistic of American serial killers has gone by a number of different names in the 40-plus years since his first crimes in the Sacramento area.
Michelle McNamara's "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" is part investigation into the dozens of crimes that terrorized segments of California in the 1970s and 1980s, and part memoir about her quest for justice. She died suddenly while investigating the unsolved crimes. She questions her own obsession.
The plan is for HBO to create a docuseries baed off of the work McNamara did in her novel.
Photo of Joseph James DeAngelo while he was an Exeter police officer.
Published earlier this year, the book debuted at #1 on the New York Times combined print and e-book bestseller list.
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