UPDATE CASE SOLVED maybe.I read in todays press UK the 26 April 2018 and on the American websites that a man has just been arrested and charged with four of the murders He was an ex police officer I only finished reading this very worthwhile book a few weeks ago Michelle McNamara deserves a lot of credit for keeping the case alive and communicating with the different law agencies I hope this fact does not get forgotten and her family should be very proud of her In her book she writes a letter to a future time when the GSK would get caught and face justice At the end of this man s trial this letter would make a fitting collective victims statement and should be read aloud to him in open court Well done Michelle McNamara and well done to all officers and scientists and technicians who have managed to corner their prey.A very well researched book Reads a like a novel than a simple recount of criminal activity The author did a good job and it is a great shameshe passed away before seeing the book in print or even better seeing the EAR ONS read the book brought to justice It is not a spoiler to report that he she is still at large If this person ever gets arrested and charged Michelle McNamara should be recognised as the person who kept the heat on this evil low life. Michelle McNamara, wife of Patton Oswalt, was a true crime enthusiast She set up a successful blog about true crime where she investigated and traded information on open cases One case that hooked her completely was the Golden State Killer Throughout the 1980s across the Golden State, there was a high number of odd cases that involved home invasion, rape, assault and the stealing of oddities from the homes Enough information and witness statements were collected that made the police consider they had one perpetrator for all these crimes, but they never caught him.McNamara died before the completion of this book and much of it has been pieced together by her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt The information is taken from her notebooks, finished and unfinished chapters and all the case files and reports she meticuously detailed and kept It s a fascinating read.Worth mentioning that the GSK was caught just recently and people have mentioned that it may have been down to McNamara s investigative work and this book. This is an extremely well written true crime novel Michelle MacNamara s obsessive dedication to the hunt for the Golden State Killer is both admirable and a little intimidating It is than just a recitation of the facts of the case, as Michelle inserts herself into the narrative so that it almost becomes part memoir It is clear how this this unsolved case, amongst others, permeated into every aspect of her life.The book is terrifying, as the Golden State Killer s crimes are some of the worst I have ever heard of, but it can also be quite sad and poignant When Michelle discusses the victims and survivors, you can tell that she really cares about them and would give anything for them to get the justice they deserve Then, when Michelle s writing ends abruptly due to her untimley death, I was overwhelmed with disappointment that she didn t live to hear the cell doors slam closed behind Joseph James DeAngelo, as her husband Patton describes in his afterword It really is a pity that she didn t get to see the man that she had chased after for years finally get his comeuppance, although I am sure her work on the case contributed greatly to his identification and capture Not to ignore the fantastic Paul Holes and the other investigators who worked on the case.The epilogue entitled Letter to an Old Man is wonderful, and leaves quite the impression, especially since I was readng this after Jospeh James Deangelo had been caught.A riveting, if dark, read. Chronicling her research into the Golden State Killer, I ll Be Gone in the Dark was completed by her research assistant based on over 3,500 files she had accumulated on this case Part autobiography, part investigation McNamara tells us about her first foray into murder, and her later obsession with the East Area Rapist EAR Original Night Stalker ONS Self confession throughout the book describes the lengths at which Michelle went to, to catch the killer.Michelle s relationships and conversations with the investigators of these crimes demonstrates her professionalism in the field Even though the book had to be completed from notes and research left behind by Michelle, the book tells the most coherent story of the Golden State Killer you ll ever read By the end you re hoping this guy eventually gets caught, for victims sake as well as for all of those who have worked on this case. This is a must read for any true crime reader It s part posthumous autobiography and part narrative true story Michelle McNamara tells a horrifying story about a prolific rapist and murderer active in California from 1976 to 1986 that most people had never heard of until McNamara s too soon death during the writing of the book Her loving husband, Patton Oswalt, and some of Michelle s true crime researcher friends helped to complete this story of a man who eluded several jurisdictions of law enforcement and to this day remains unidentified.Michelle also tells us about herself and her obsession with this white whale of a case, how she went from a true crime blogger to a researcher that many, if not all, of the police investigators and criminalists consider a partner and investigator in her own right.If that weren t enough, this book is a testament to the love the author inspired in her husband, daughter, and the many other lives she touched in her brief time I really can t recommend this book enough.And if they ever decide to make a movie from its pages, Patton s touching vignette about his daughter s first stirrings of an investigative mind has to be the closing scene. Possibly the best book of it s genre I finished this the day that word came out they had arrested a suspect 25 4 18 The last page of the book was striking, given the circumstance This entire book will echo in my head for a long time to come I have no doubt I ll read it again. True crime is only type of non fiction I love This book is about Golden State Killer, who was at large for almost a decade This book has made me realise that truth is stranger than fiction I m almost 70% done, hoping to finish it today You ll be silent forever, and I ll be gone in the dark.The author of this book, Michelle McNamara didn t live to see the book published She was a true crime journalist and has a site TrueCrimeDiary.com which talks about cold cases I m definitely checking out the site once I finish the book.The book is horrifying at times, I can t believe that he did 50 sexual assaults and around 13 murders and still managed to elude capture Wenn man die vielen begeisterten Reviews liest, hat man nat rlich hohe Erwartungen an das Buch Diese wurden f r mich leider nicht erf llt.Man merkt dem Buch sehr deutlich an, dass die Autorin es nicht selbst vollenden konnte So wirkt es oft fahrig und so, als ob es sich nicht entscheiden kann ist es ein Buch ber den Golden State Killer ber den Prozess der Autorin auf dem Weg zur True Crime Writerin ber die Arbeit der Strafverfolger Gerade am Ende wirkt das Buch sehr zerfahren Dass die Verbrechen nicht chronologisch aufgearbeitet werden sich aber auch keine andere erkennbare Struktur ergibt f hrt ebenfalls nicht zu einer besseren Lesbarkeit.Wieso trotzdem drei Sterne Diejenigen Kapitel, in denen man das Potential der Autorin bemerkt, sind richtig richtig gut Und die Geschichte an sich in all ihrem Horror sehr faszinierend. Short listed for the Gordon Burn PrizeA masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorised California for over a decade from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the caseYou ll be silent forever, and I ll be gone in the darkFor thanyears, a mysterious and violent predator committedsexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetratedsadistic 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 True Crime Diary, 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 Darkthe 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 Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle s lead researcher and a close colleague Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer PLEASE NOTE When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site Two days after I bought this book the Golden State Killer GSK the serial killer this book is about was caught As I read about the capture on Twitter, I decided to get back to the news only after I completed the book.This book is a lifelong obsession by the author Michelle McNamara to gather evidence about the GSK The narrative is gripping with vivid descriptions of the events that unfolded afterwards.The author passed away few months before the book was completed and GSK was finally captured and I can t stop imagining what would have been the reaction of Michelle if should ve met the killer Also curious to know if the killer himself have read the book and the blog True Crime Diaries blog by the author from which most part of the book is taken from Overall a great read on true crime.