Aimee Mann performs the series theme song: a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche". See more »
The reenactment clips of Michelle McNamara doing her investigative work are supposed to be set in the early 2010s, but the Apple devices she's shown using are from the latter part of that decade. See more »
If you realize this series is not some sensational crime drama, you'll like it
I think perhaps people's disappointment comes from the way this documentary was promoted as opposed to what it was actually about -
the True Crime community and the impact the search for the Golden State Killer had upon Michelle McNamara's life. Then there is the great irony of her accidental death before the book is published and the apprehension of the GSK right after it is published. If any one of these statements were not true I don't think there would have been such a documentary in the first place.
In a way we are forced to take a look at ourselves when we watch this doc - WHY are we so much more interested in the killer than a story about Michelle? Why are we so drawn to each gory detail? By juxtaposing her story with that of GSK we can see first hand the effects of true crime on Michelle, but it also causes us to question our own reactions to the crime and why we're here watching this in the first place.
This documentary is much more of a reflection on our society and our relationship with true crime than it is about GSK himself. But we should have known that, because until 72 year old Joseph De'Angelo was apprehended in 2018, there was literally nothing known about him. To describe him as non-descript would be generous. To describe him as "unhelpful" as far as talking about why he did it since he will never walk free again would be an understatement.
If you want to see GSK from another perspective, try reading the book "Sudden Terror" by Larry Crompton, a cop who was involved in the case early on. You may be shocked by some of the politically incorrect viewpoints this guy states - like "since the victim did not know the rapist, there was no point investigating further". I'm paraphrasing of course, and he did say this before it was realized that all of the attacks were from the same person, and Crompton is a product of his time of course.
Crompton's book came out before Michelle's book, and I would recommend reading it before IBGITD. Then come back to this documentary.
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