This June HBO is releasing a 6-part documentary based on the Michelle McNamara’s true crime book I’ll Be Gone In The Dark. To catch you up real quick as to why a comedy website is reporting on a true crime documentary is because of Patton Oswalt. Oswalt was married to McNamara until her untimely death in April 2016. McNamara was a true crime author who, at the time of her death, was obsessively working on the book and the documentary is about that obsession McNamara had trying to find The Golden State Killer. Originally known as the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker – not a name that rolls off the tongue or very well known, even though EARONS was one of the most notorious killers in the late 70s/early 80s who managed to allude capture for 40+ years.
McNamara is credited for posthumously helping capture The Golden State Killer because of the extensive research on the case and book, not only giving him the moniker, but finding evidence beyond what was known about the case by some law enforcement. Oswalt, along with McNamara’s true crime research partners helped put the finishing touches on the book which was released in February 2018. The book received national acclaim and was a NY Times Besteller. Fast forward to April 2018 (almost 2 years to the day after McNamara’s passing) and with a renewed interest in the case, the Golden State Killer was finally captured and brought to justice.
HBO set out to document this incredible story into a 6-part series about McNamara’s hunt for the killer. The trailer, released today, shows how obsessed she became with the case and her untimely death. Be on the lookout for Oswalt’s touches on the doc and even an interview with comedian and My Favorite Murder podcast host Karen Kilgariff who also followed the case pretty closely on her podcast.
Here’s trailer #2.
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark premieres on HBO on June 28th