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Golden State Killer Docuseries 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark' Will Hit Your Streaming Queue Next Month

And you'll be able to binge the HBO true-crime series in one go, too.
By Sarah Ward
July 28, 2020
By Sarah Ward
July 28, 2020

If you spend your free time binging on true crime, then you're probably familiar with the Golden State Killer. Between 1974–1986, the serial killer, rapist and burglar terrorised California, committing at least 12 murders, over 50 home-invasion rapes and more than 100 burglaries. Until 2018, however, the culprit hadn't been caught. Accordingly, it's the type of case that has kept more than a few folks wondering over the years and decades — including writer Michelle McNamara.

HBO's new true-crime docuseries I'll Be Gone in the Dark chronicles McNamara's obsession with the case, as well as her hunt to find the perpetrator. Her tale is filled with intrigue, too, with her nights spent sleuthing through unsolved crimes and penning the blog True Crime Diaries while her family slept. Fixating on the Golden State Killer led McNamara to writing an article for Los Angeles Magazine, plus a book deal. But before she could finish her manuscript, McNamara — who was also married to comedian Patton Oswalt — died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in her sleep.

Based on McNamara's book I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, which was published two years after her death (and before an arrest was made in the case), the six-part series steps through this whole scenario. Across both its first and second trailers, it promises quite the detective story — and, after airing in the US from the end of June, it's finally making its way to Australian screens from Sunday, August 9.

Available to binge in full via aptly named new streaming service Binge, and also airing on Foxtel as well, the series combines archival footage and details from police files; interviews with detectives, survivors and family members of the killer; and McNamara's own words, via original recordings as well as excerpts from her book read by actor Amy Ryan (Late Night, Beautiful Boy, The Office). It also doubles as an exploration of the handling of sexual crimes in the 70s and 80s by law enforcement, as well as an examination of true-crime obsession and pursuit of justice.

Check out the trailer below:

I'll Be Gone in the Dark will be available to stream via Binge on Sunday, August 9 — and will also air on Foxtel as well.

Top images: Robyn Van Swank/HBO.

Published on July 28, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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