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I'll Be Gone in the Dark

Tracking one woman's quest to find the Golden State Killer — and the personal and criminal consequences.
By Sarah Ward
November 24, 2020
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By Sarah Ward
November 24, 2020
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Tracking one woman's quest to find the Golden State Killer — and the personal and criminal consequences.

It's possible to wish that I'll Be Gone in the Dark told its story in another way, and to still find yourself captivated by every single thing the six-part series serves up. In fact, there's no way to watch this immensely personal true-crime docuseries and not wish that author Michelle McNamara was a part of it in a very different way. She's the reason the show exists, and her obsessive work investigating the Californian murderer known as the Golden State Killer helped keep the case alive. She even wrote a book that shares this program's name, but she died from an accidental overdose in 2016, before it was published.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark charts McNamara's quest to expose the man who committed at least 13 murders and 50 rapes between 1973–86, but it also intertwines McNamara's own story — including interviews with her husband Patton Oswalt. If you think you've seen every spin on the true-crime genre there is, you'll change your mind when you watch this highly detailed and also intimately personal series.

Published on November 24, 2020 by Sarah Ward
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