Anyone who has been following the Golden State Killer case, or watching I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, will be shocked to read a newly released letter to the court, written by Joseph DeAngelo’s oldest daughter. In the letter, she describes him as a loving and attentive father and grandfather. It’s a bit of a disturbing read, as his daughter neglects to even refer to the lives lost and negatively impacted by the confessed GSK’s cruel acts. Throughout the entire letter she recounts all the positive gestures her father has made in hers and her daughter’s lives, which of course doesn’t negate the horrific effect this serial killer has had on the lives of his over 50 victims and their families.
“My father is Joseph James DeAngelo. I am his oldest daughter. I lived with him almost my entire life of 38 years, and my daughter lived with him almost her entire life of 19 years. My father, the person that I knew, and know today…”
In June 2020, the HBO docuseries I’ll Be Gone In The Dark introduced a lot of people to the disturbing reign of terror carried out by the Golden State Killer throughout several California communities between the 1970s and ’80s as well as the late Michelle McNamara, the true crime writer who helped breathe new life into the decades-old cold case. But now that the final episode has aired, a lot of my fellow HBO Max subscribers are probably like me and are looking for their next true crime documentary or docuseries to binge. Well, you’re in luck…
True crime books and podcasts have always given audiences a glimpse into the most depraved aspects of human society, but perhaps no other true crime writer has gone as deeply into her subject matter as Michelle McNamara. The author of 2018 thriller I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer — now an HBO documentary of the same name — McNamara was obsessive in her quest to find the so-called Golden State Killer, a man who terrorized Northern California for the better part of two decades.
A new documentary series coming to HBO June 28 details the case surrounding the Golden State Killer, so you may expect it to be a typical true crime tale. The genre has enraptured millions of women, with stories of victims’ final moments and the monsters that took their lives. But just five minutes into the first episode of I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, it’s clear something is different about this one. The difference according to the series’ director, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?), has everything to do with the film’s actual subject, crime writer Michelle McNamara, whose citizen sleuthing famously helped bring down the Golden State Killer and gave him his name.