10 Facts About HBO's Docuseries "I'll Be Gone in the Dark"

Mental Floss put together this list of 10 facts about the chilling HBO docuseriesI'll Be Gone in the Dark, which was written by true crime writer Michelle McNamara before her death in 2016. The book was integral in the capture of the serial killer McNamara dubbed the Golden State Killer in 2018. He is believed to have been responsible for at least 13 murders, over 50 rapes and over 100 burglaries. Here are 10 things you did not know about the series:

  1. The Golden State Killer went by several names.He committed crimes in several areas, which at first were not thought to be by the same suspect. At various times, he was known as the East Area Rapist, the East Bay Rapist, and the Original Night Stalker. 
  2. DNA Evidence Finally Linked the East Area Rapist to the Original Night Stalker in 2001.When DNA finally convinced authorities the crimes were perpetrated by the same person, they began calling him EARONS.
  3. Michelle McNamara coined the name "The Golden State Killer."She first coined the name while writing about him on her True Crime Diary blog. 
  4. McNamara became interested in true crime when a woman in her town was murdered. She writes about how she came to be fascinated by true crime as a teen after the still-unsolved 1984 murder of Kathleen Lombardo in their shared hometown of Oak Park, Illinois.
  5. The book/show used citizen detectives to help solve the crime.The now admitted Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, was arrested just two months after the publication of McNamara's book in 2018. 
  6. DeAngelo was arrested one day after filming on the docu series began. Executive producer Liz Garbus called it "crazy timing."
  7. DeAngelo was a police officer, and knew how to evade capture.He was also a former Navy veteran.
  8. McNamara didn't live to see his arrest.She died of an accidental overdose of prescription medication combined with heart disease in 2016, at age 46.
  9. McNamara's husband was comedian Patton Oswalt, who helped finish the project.Her book was only two-thirds done when she died, but Oswalt was able to provide a wealth of supplementary information that allowed it to be completed. 
  10. DeAngelo pleaded guilty one day after the series premiered.The now 74-year-old killer pleaded guilty to all charges to avoid the death penalty on June 29, 2020, one day after the series debuted on HBO.