I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

I feel like Michelle, and I could have been friends had we ever met.  I used to follow her on Twitter and her blog and admired her research skills. I was thrilled when I heard that her husband Patten Oswalt was going forward with this book after her untimely death.

The Golden State Killer has never been identified. He terrorized a California community from the late 1970's to the late 1980's and had committed over fifty sexual assaults and ten murders. Michelle took the tools available today (like DNA banks and Google street view) to piece together clues as to this man might be.  Reading about the process is fascinating. Michelle was fastidious in her research and collected evidence, interviews, and worked with the police in order to solve these long-dead cases. Her descriptions and insights into the criminal behind these horrific crimes are chilling.

Verdict- borrow (unless you are a true crime aficionado, then buy)  

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer By Michelle MacNamara

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Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.