Based on the book of the same title by Michelle McNamara, the six part series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the story of two people. One is serial rapist and murderer Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer who terrorized California for 13 years from 1973 to 1986. Only arrested in 2018, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to a raft of horrifying crimes only two months ago as of the time of writing.
The other is the late McNamara herself, a true crime blogger who became obsessed with the Golden State Killer, and whose writing and personal investigations were key to the case being hauled to the surface once more. McNamara did not live to see the publication of her book, which hit the shelves in 2018. The writer, who was married to comedian Patton Oswalt, passed away in 2016 at the age of 46.