Warning: Do not read until you have watched all of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.
Actor Patton Oswalt has paid tribute to his late wife, true crime writer Michelle McNamara after the man known as the ‘Golden State Killer’ was sentenced yesterday.
McNamara’s crusade to unmask the identity of the ‘Golden State Killer’, was the subject of a book and HBO documentary I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.
The man committed at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 120 burglaries in California between 1973 and 1986.
But McNamara did not live to see his capture after dying of an accidental overdose in 2016.
Yesterday 74 year old Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer, was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison, without parole. Judge Michael Bowman said, “The defendant deserves no mercy.”
Victim’s families had also gathered to hear the sentence. During the trial this week ,Bonnie Ueltzen, the ex-fiancée of DeAngelo, also attended court. Although she was not allowed to speak to as she was not listed as a victim, but she joined rape victim Jane Carson-Sandler.
Carson-Sandler said: “I also want to especially thank a friend who is accompanying me here today. That friend is Bonnie.
“If Bonnie were able to speak Joe, she would want you to know Joe that as just a teenager 50 years ago she broke her engagement to you when she realised that you had become manipulative and abusive.
“Even a gun pointed at her face could not make her choose you.”