‘Hooked’: New crime series stuns fans
True crime is a competitive field, but this new docuseries glares in comparison for its unusual take on the riveting genre.
All six episodes of HBO's I'll Be Gone In The Dark have just hit Binge in Australia, and while you have most likely heard of the Golden State Killer, of which the series is built around, the angle is skewed more toward a journalist who dedicated her life to bring him to justice.
So much so, it's thought Michelle McNamara's commitment to the case potentially led to her fatal and accidental overdose in 2016 just before she finished her book, I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer.
McNamara, who was 46, was survived by her husband, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt (who appears prominently in the series), and their daughter Alice.
Viewers have been engrossed by the show's depth, with true crime so often focused on perpetrators rather than victim; the series further bolstered by Oswalt's emotional feature.
Released in February 2018, two years after her death, McNamara's tireless work on her book is widely believed to have led to the arrest of the actual Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, who will spend the rest of his life behind bars for his crimes.
While researching material for the book, McNamara worked closely with several detectives, highlighting details and connections they overlooked in this cold case.
The chilling title of the book and the docuseries were sourced from words spoken by the killer and rapist himself, as he reportedly said to one of his victims, "You'll be silent forever, and I'll be gone in the dark."
After his wife's death Oswalt, 51, hustled to finish her work and a year later announced the impending release of the book.
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Roughly two months after the release of McNamara's book, DeAngelo was arrested.
A US navy veteran and former police officer, DeAngelo's life and moves throughout California almost perfectly match the Golden State Killer's crime spree.
He was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder based on DNA evidence as well as 13 kidnapping counts.
The police were able to find him due to the recent surge of DNA ancestry testing, something that McNamara long suspected would eventually bring him down.
In June, DeAngelo plead guilty to 13 murder and kidnapping charges and just as many rapes. This admission was part of a deal to avoid the death penalty. He will spend the rest of his life behind bars without parole.
I'll Be Gone In The Dark is available to stream on Binge.
Originally published as 'Hooked': New crime series stuns fans
I'll Be Gone In The Dark was released today in Australia. I am only 12 mins into the first episode and I'm already hooked. Cannot wait for my copy of the book to arrive this week as it has been on backorder. @pattonoswalt thank you 😊— Danielle Price (@DanielleLPrice) August 9, 2020
I read the book I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara last year and thought it was so good, but the HBO doc by the same name is the best true crime doc I've ever watched. Highly recommend!— Camaraye (@cam_a_raye) August 10, 2020
Just finished the HBO series on I’ll be Gone In The Dark, and wow. Incredible. The book was amazing, the series did the book, Michelle, and the victims justice.— Melissa⚡ (@MelissaAwesome) August 12, 2020
Oh my. Just finished I’ll be Gone in the Dark documentary. I’ve followed Michelle’s incredible work for so long. Was enthralled by her writing. Envious of her incredible mind. And so in awe of her determination.— Kia Handley (@kiahandley) August 12, 2020