My rating: LOVED.
NOTE: I have marked this as “loved” which means I would recommend buying the book. However, if you are not a fan of true crime, this is not a book I think you would want to buy.
I have always been interested in true crime; I can spend a whole Saturday engrossed in shows on Investigation Discovery, only moving for food, drink and bathroom. I had this book on my mind when I heard the author’s husband, actor Patton Oswalt, planned to have it finished with the help of her fellow researchers. Prior to reading it, I read up on, as well as watched any documentaries on television, about the Golden State Killer. I could probably write a separate blog post on him alone based on that information.
I found the book to be fascinating as to the details of the crimes of the killer, as well as how far law enforcement went in the efforts to find him in the 70s and 80s. The technology that we now have was not available to them, and it can be said they tried everything to locate this man. The author details the crimes and the investigation in a manner than makes it hard to put the book down.
Not only are there details as to the killer, we do get a few memoir type chapters with regard to Michelle McNamara, and how she came to be interested in true crime (a murder that occurred in her hometown) which later led to her starting her website, True Crime Diary (this website is also worth a view if you are interested in true crime). I enjoyed these chapters about her as much as the chapters about the killer fascinated me. She was close to my age, and her memories are a reminder of my own teenage years.
This book has only made me more interested in this case, and the search for GSK, who still has not been found to this day. His crimes started with possibly burglary (it is theorized that he may have started as the Visalia Ransacker), to rape (East Area Rapist) to murder (Original Night Stalker). The book discusses the first theory, as well as the details as to how modern technology linked EAR to ONS.
A great read for any true crime enthusiast.
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