IN A CAPSULE
Author: Michelle McNamara
Publisher: Faber & Faber
THE LATE author (her husband, actor Patton Oswalt, wrote the foreword in her book) spent years trying to unveil the true identity of the Golden State Killer.
This serial rapist and murderer raped around 50 women and killed at least 10 people during his reign of terror in the 1970s and 80s.
Something about this cold case triggered a memory of a murder committed in her neighbourhood when McNamara was younger.
She was determined to unmask the Golden State Killer, which motivated her to create the TrueCrimeDiary.com website. This book is based on information she collected over the years.
McNamara never managed to complete the book before her death (it was finished by Billy Jensen and Paul Haynes based on information she left in her computer).
Essentially, the book looks at the crimes and profile of the murderer who remained elusive and unknown, evading capture for years. But McNamara’s friends vowed to continue to find him.
It is an interesting read but is also disturbing. The book ends without the killer ever been found or named.
But recently, the police identified and arrested a man they said is the Golden State Killer based on DNA evidence. McNamara would have been proud.