I'll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer was written by McNamara, who is also credited with popularizing the "Golden State Killer" name in her 2013 article about him in the Los Angeles Times. He initially targeted women who were home alone at night, but as time went on, he got bold and victimized couples as well.
She received an M.F.A.in fiction from the University of Minnesota, a background that shows in the book-she writes with flourish and attention to suspense, and the book garnered comparisons to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood in NY magazine and Slate when it was published.
The man's daughter said the family was not aware that authorities had taken a DNA sample from him until the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted her in April 2017 to ask for her help expanding the family's genetic tree as they searched for a suspect. McNamara died in her sleep in 2016 before the book was finished.
DeAngelo has been charged with eight counts of murder in three counties after being linked to the crimes through DNA.
"He'd ask, 'do you want me to kill your mother?' in a harsh whisper", she said.
It would then have been a case of matching a sample of that suspect's DNA, which officers said they collected from DeAngelo's trash, to the samples they already had from the killer.
Huddle told The Associated Press it is "still just going insane in my mind".
"She kept coming at him", Oswalt said. The company said in a statement on Friday that they had no idea its services were involved in the manhunt for the Golden State Killer and they were never contacted by law enforcement or anyone else about this case or the DNA profile that was used. Her book taps into some of the excitement of watching sleuths at work that powered Serial or Netflix's The Keepers, but also dives into the psychology behind it.
For years, she and her girlfriends have been amateur sleuths, getting together to review clues, like the diamond knots he tied, his short hair and corduroy trousers.
The 17-year-old says she and DeAngelo's granddaughter, who were 8 or 9 at the time, were supervised by his daughter.
Former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo has been identified as the man believed to have committed 12 killings and 48 rapes across California from 1976 to 1986, authorities said. DeAngelo wasn't around much and told her he was always at work.
Oswalt appeared on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" early Thursday and said news of the arrest felt like "a beginning of this whole other chapter". "The best the victim could say, the officer noticed in his report, was that it seemed like a nervous scent that emanated not from a particular area on his body, but from his every pore", she wrote when describing a police report.
For decades, police had fielded frequent tips about a suspect in the highly publicized string of crimes, and in later years, a $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
"She cared about the Golden State Killer being behind bars and the victims getting some relief".
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