Michelle Mcnamara is a true crime Novel writer who became popular with her work ‘Golden State Killer’. Unfortunately, the author is no more alive. She passed away at the age of 46. However, her fame increased after her death. Michelle Mcnamara was searching for the Golden State Killer who raped 50 women. Writing a novel based on this true story was a way to find the criminal.
From the 1970s to 80’s this killer was actively murdering his victims. Even the cops could not find who he was. Still, Mcnamara the crime author found new evidences. Let us see more about the intriguing story of Michelle Mcnamara and her quest to find the Golden State Killer.
Table of Contents
- The journey of Michelle Mcnamara in solving a crime
- The background details and growing curiosity of Mcnamara for a true crime story
- The crime blog of the author and her exclusive Golden state killer novel
- The hunt for the Golden state killer and the health problems of the author
- The death of the True crime author reopens the cold case
The journey of Michelle Mcnamara in solving a crime
When writing this novel she believed that the east area rapist and Visalia Ransacker is the same man. If you wonder what these are names of serial rapists who confused even the cops. These rapists did not leave any evidence behind. These are cases which were spiraling with no clear leads. However, Mcnamara a novel writer had a unique eye for the case. She could unveil details that even the investigators missed. However, this author did not get the chance to finish her story.
Still, her husband Patton Oswalt who was great support did honour her work so much. Also, with her husband’s help, the author finished her 2018 book ‘I’ll be gone in the dark’. In this book, the author did have few details about the serial rapist who she was curious to find.
Through her lead, the cops even arrest a man named Joseph James in 2018. The legacy of Michelle Mcnamara is crucial to find the infamous serial killer in American history.
The background details and growing curiosity of Mcnamara for a true crime story
Born in 1970 Michelle Eileen Mcnamara is from Illinois. She grew up with 5 siblings who are Irish Catholics. Her father is a trial lawyer but this did not spark her interest in True crime. A real murder in the neighbourhood is the reason for McNamara’s curiosity about these crimes grew. While working as an editor for a Newspaper she heard about this incident. Further, the cops working on the case did not find the criminal but Mcnamara thought to solve it herself.
When the crime scene was normal again she went to check out the place. Also, she also gets evidence from the scene. A broken Walkman of the killer is the clue she got. However, this clue did not lead the case anywhere. Besides, her passion to solve crime became true at that time.
Also, she proceeds in her career by getting a degree in English. While writing plays she also meets her husband in LA. Oswalt and Mcnamara bonded soon because of their interest to talk about serial killers. Soon, the couple also married each other. Let us see more about McNamara and her Golden State killer novel.
Due to her fascination for true crime, Mcnamara starts an online blog. In this crime diary, she writes about many rape and murder cases. One case about Golden State Killer was like an obsession to her. She adds that though it is not healthy to be so curious about the killer she is interested as he resembles someone.
Mcnamara knows several details about the killer that even the cops did not know. As an author, she was able to assume how this killer would have looked. Also, she is the one who reveals how this killer chooses his victims. The author says that the Golden State Killer may have silently broken through his victim’s houses.
Also, she says that he has a great memory which makes him remember his victim’s every day routine. Cops thought that Visalia and east area rapists are different men. However, Mcnamara in her book reveals that these crimes are by the same man that is the Golden State Killer.
First, the Golden State Killer was a part of McNamara’s online blog. However, the author also wanted to publish her novel on this true story. As much as the author wanted to hunt the killer her health kept worsening.
As she knew dark details about the killer this leads to her anxiety. She was having many thoughts about the killer which affected her life. One night her Husband was walking slowing into the bedroom when she threw a lamp at mistaking him as the killer. Unfortunately, in 2016 Michelle McNamara dies due to a heart condition.
To manage anxiety she took Xanax and other medication together which became fatal. However, the author’s years of hard work did not go ravage. Before her death, Mcnamara shared many details about her findings with the cops. Also, the death of the author leads to the reopening of the cold case.
Through the efforts of McNamara and detectives, they were able to know the nickname of the Golden State killer. After the death of the author, this story became popular. Due to this, the investigation of this case still continued. After two years of the author’s death with her book, the cops could make an arrest in 2018. Joseph James Angelo is a criminal who was guilty of 26 rape and murders. He was also guilty of 13 more burglaries and kidnapping cases. Due to his crime in 2020, he received 11 life sentences from the court.
Even though, Mcnamara did not finish her intriguing crime story about the Golden state killer, in real life the criminal was arrested. It was Joseph James a serial killer who the author was on a quest to find.
Also, cops credit the author for giving accurate leads. In her book, she also mentioned that the only way to find the Golden state killer would be his DNA. Her words were true the DNA helped the cops to crack the case and find the real criminal.
The Golden State killer is now behind the bars but Mcnamara did not get the chance to see this. Still, her husband Oswalt promises to finish her book.