This six-part documentary series, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” is based on Michelle McNamara’s 2018 bestselling book in which she investigates the violent predator who became known as the Golden State Killer.
On April 25, 2018, the Sacramento Police announced the April 24 arrest of a suspect in the Golden State Killer case: 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo (born November 8, 1945). DeAngelo, a former police officer in Auburn and Exeter, California, was arrested and charged with six counts of first-degree murder. Authorities in Sacramento, Orange, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties are preparing charges against DeAngelo for all twelve of the murders in the Golden State Killer case. Police credited McNamara’s dedication to the Golden State Killer case for raising publicity but added that her work did not directly generate any critical tips or information that led to DeAngelo’s arrest.