On the other hand, many believe that were it not for McNamara’s dedication to obtaining justice, DeAngelo may never have been found. It’s suggested that her blog True Crime Diary and her much-publicized book brought greater attention to DeAngelo’s alleged crimes and put greater pressure on the detectives working the cases.
“No? I’ll Be Gone in the Dark didn’t help?” a fan tweeted to Patton. “YES, it did!”
“It did,” he responded. “Bit Michelle McNamara didn’t care about getting any shine on herself. She cared about the #GoldenStateKiller being behind bars and the victims getting some relief. She was Marge Gunderson in FARGO, not Chilton in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.”
Oswalt continued, “Also, the cops will NEVER and HAVE NEVER credited a writer or journalist for helping them solve a case. But every time they said #GoldenStateKiller they credited the work of #MichelleMcNamara and #IllBeGoneInTheDark.”
McNamara’s life and work are now the subject of a six-part HBO series named after her book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.
A complete list of charges against DeAngelo is forthcoming. Nonetheless, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.