Case closed? A journalist takes down the Golden State Killer

In a perfect world, Michelle McNamara, the University of Minnesota journalism grad, would be alive today to see the perp walk a man may do in California. She lived determined to see it, she committed the last years of her life to making it happen.

McNamara was an investigative reporter who grabbed hold of the Golden State Killer case (she coined the name) and wouldn’t let go. As of Wednesday, it’s believed he was finally caught. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies.

The Golden State Killer is believed responsible for at least 12 murders and 45 rapes between 1976 and 1978.

The rapist broke into homes where single women or couples were sleeping. He’d tie up the man, put a pile of dishes on his back, then threaten to kill them both if the dishes tumbled while he raped the woman.

McNamara hadn’t finished her book, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” the words the rapist uttered to one of his victims, when she died in her sleep in 2016.

Today, Forbes called McNamara “the Golden State Killer’s last victim.”

Her self-admitted obsession with the case disrupted her sleep to the point that she called on pharmaceutical aids to help her get some much-needed rest.

In a heartbreaking twist, the night before she died, [husband Patton] Oswalt had told her to “sleep until you wake up” because she had been so run down pursuing leads, researching and writing furiously.

An undiagnosed heart condition combined with Xanax, Adderall and Fentanyl in her system caused McNamara’s death.

Her husband and her friends finished her book, which included this passage in the form of a letter to the killer:

One victim’s phone rang twenty-four years after her rape. “You want to play?” a man whispered. It was you. She was certain. You played nostalgic, like an arthritic former football star running game tape on a VCR. “Remember when we played?”

I imagine you dialling her number, alone in a small, dark room, sitting on the edge of your twin bed, the only weapon left in your arsenal the firing up of a memory, the ability to trigger terror with your voice.

One day soon, you’ll hear a car pull up to your curb, an engine cut out. You’ll hear footsteps coming up your front walk. Like they did for Edward Wayne Edwards, twenty-nine years after he killed Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew, in Sullivan, Wisconsin. Like they did for Kenneth Lee Hicks, thirty years after he killed Lori Billingsley, in Aloha, Oregon.

The doorbell rings.

No side gates are left open. You’re long past leaping over a fence. Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths. Clench your teeth. Inch timidly toward the insistent bell.

This is how it ends for you.

“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark,” you threatened a victim once.

Open the door. Show us your face.

Walk into the light.

“I think you got him, Michelle,” her husband tweeted when the news broke today that she probably had.

  • Barton

    This is good news. Here is hoping for justice.

    • al bucker

      There can only be justice if the keystone kops and crooked DAs are jailed for their sloth day and night in this and a zillion other unsolved crimes.

      as long as cops and DAs are paid whether they get the job done or not, they have little incentive to do their jobs.

  • MrE85

    Jesus, DeAngelo is a former cop.

    • Yeah, I see that.

      What a fine, upstanding pillar of society.

      • al bucker

        everyone needs to watch today’s Press Conference by cops and DAs re this arrest.

        they hail themselves for 45 minutes and say THEY did all the real work, and you can see they’re lying hard.

        they also refuse to answer WHY they began investigating THIS suspect, b/c the TRUTH is humiliating to both cops and DAs: it was Michelle’s book that led to a tip to the former cop!

    • al bucker

      It’s FAR worse than that.

      ex:
      he was a cop… TWICE!

      ex:
      he was their EXACT PROFILE, meaning they COVERED UP for him.

      ex:
      he was fired as a cop for SHOPLIFTING!!

      ex:
      his crimes were FAR worse than normal rapes and murders. he was SADISTIC, exactly like… COPS (!)… for instance, calling a victim up to taunt her later!

  • Al

    Michelle might not know, but you can be sure as hell victims’ friends and families do. Rock on, Michelle McNamara, wherever you are.

  • al bucker

    EVERY earthling should watch the vile “Press Conference” today by Sacramento DA Schubert and the police and DAs. ALL they did was waste 45 minutes saying how great THEY were — NO credit to the journalists who CAUGHT THIS GUY.

    The Presser is a work of art in showing how utterly-crooked prosecutors and police are, as they EVADED question after question before quickly stopping questions, using a moronic lie.

    EXAMPLE:
    EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT LED THEM TO INVESTIGATE THIS SUSPECT.

    A:
    “DNA”.

    LET’S TRY AGAIN:

    WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET THIS SUSPECT’S DNA?

    A:
    “we can’t discuss the technologies of DNA right now”

    NOPE.

    NO ONE COULD GET A STRAIGHT ANSWER, meaning…

    1)
    the BOOK makes them look like do-little CLOWNS who failed to catch their own for 45 years!

    2)
    IT WAS A TIP THEY GOT, FROM SOMEONE WHO HEARD ABOUT MICHELLE’S BOOK.

    THAT was the only reason they finally caught this guy.

    The govt and MSM will cover it up.

    WE MUST SPREAD THE TRUTH they won’t.

    Please ask everyone to WATCH the insane and longwinded press conference!