Gripping examination of the unsolved crimes of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970's and 1980's.
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Series cast summary:
Patton Oswalt ...  Self - Michelle's Husband / ... 6 episodes, 2020
Paul Haynes ...  Self - Michelle's Researcher 6 episodes, 2020
Lauren Orlando ...  Michelle McNamara 6 episodes, 2020
Amy Ryan ...  Self - Michelle McNamara's Writings Read By 6 episodes, 2020
Melanie Barbeau ...  Self - Citizen Detective / ... 5 episodes, 2020
Larry Crompton ...  Self - Ret. Detective, Contra Costa County 4 episodes, 2020
Paul Holes ...  Self - Ret. Chief of Forensics, Contra Costa County 4 episodes, 2020
Karen Kilgariff ...  Self - Host, My Favorite Murder Podcast 4 episodes, 2020
Kris Pedretti ...  Self - East Area Rapist Survivor #10 4 episodes, 2020
Nancy Miller ...  Self - Former Deputy Editor, Los Angeles Magazine 3 episodes, 2020
Richard Shelby ...  Self - Ret. Detective, Sacramento 3 episodes, 2020
Daniel Greenberg ...  Self - Michelle's Literary Agent / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Billy Jensen ...  Self - Crime Writer, Citizen Detective 3 episodes, 2020
Jennifer Barth ...  Self - Editor, I'll Be Gone in the Dark / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Fiona Williams ...  Self - East Area Rapist Survivor #22 3 episodes, 2020
Gay Hardwick ...  Self - East Area Rapist Survivors Case #31 3 episodes, 2020
Sarah Stanard ...  Self - Michelle's Friend 3 episodes, 2020
Bob Hardwick ...  Self - East Area Rapist Survivors Case #31 3 episodes, 2020
Mary Rita Skrine ...  Self - Michelle's Sister 2 episodes, 2020
Kathleen Conroy ...  Self - Michelle's Sister 2 episodes, 2020
Kera Bolonik ...  Self - Michelle's Friend / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Linda O'Dell ...  Self - East Area Rapist Survivor #20 2 episodes, 2020
Maureen Stratton ...  Self - Michelle's Sister 2 episodes, 2020
Carol Daly ...  Self - Ret. Detective, Sacramento 5 episodes, 2020


Gripping examination of the unsolved crimes of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970's and 1980's.

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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 »


Referenced in Sky News Breakfast: Episode dated 28 August 2020 (2020) See more »

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If you realize this series is not some sensational crime drama, you'll like it
2 August 2020 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

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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