But that didn't stop her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, from finishing her final book and posthumously publishing it. McNamara's book quickly became a New York Times best-seller in April and HBO acquired the rights to I'll Be Gone In The Dark with the intent to develop a docu-series based on it. DeAngelo was a police officer in Exeter, Calif., from 1973 to 1976, and in Auburn from 1976 to 1979. Michelle McNamara would have probably agreed.
"This is insane, looks like they've caught the East Area Rapist, and if that's true, they caught the Golden State Killer", Oswalt posted while on a flight from NY to Chicago. However, the newspaper claims DeAngelo, a former police officer, is thought to have killed at least 12 people, raped at least 45 people and burglarized more than 120 homes during the 1970s and 1980s. Don't think I could do this if you hadn't shown it could be done.
He also read a section of McNamara's book in which she addressed the killer, predicting his capture as an old man.
McNamara's book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, was released in February, two years after her death, after Oswalt helped finish it with the help of lead case researcher Paul Haynes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen. "It kept interest in tips coming in".
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Though he was too "neck deep in grief" and dealing with the realities of suddenly becoming a single father to be actively involved, Oswalt says he leaned on her publisher and other collaborators to get the book done. "There were insights and angles that she could keep bringing to this case".
Oswalt, who live-tweeted the news conference, was quick to comment.
Oswalt appeared on "Late Night with Seth Myers" early Thursday and said news of the arrest felt like "a beginning of this whole other chapter".
On Wednesday - four days after the second anniversary of her death - California authorities finally arrested a suspect, leading McNamara's fans to credit her with helping to find justice from beyond the grave. Not surprisingly, the actor said he was now "on adrenaline and sleeplessness" due to the bombshell development in the case after more than 40 years.
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"It was her dream", Patton said, according to the Daily Beast.
"Michelle put a great big spotlight on him", Oswalt said of the killer, adding on Twitter that McNamara did not care about getting accolades for her work. "You aimed a light and helped the hunters catch a monster".
Two hours before news broke of the arrest, Oswalt and all of McNamara's collaborators were together for the first time promoting the book with her family at an event outside her hometown of Chicago.
Oswalt also pointed out the irony that the arrest happened on DNA Day - the USA holiday celebrating advancements in DNA research - since McNamara firmly believed DNA evidence would play a key role in uncovering the killer's identity.
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