Day: August 2, 2020

‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’ And The Psychological Ramifications Of A True Crime Obsession

"I'll Be Gone In The Dark" tells the story of Michelle McNamara, who died before finishing her book on the Golden State killer. (Photo: Robyn Von Swank/HBO)
“I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” tells the story of Michelle McNamara, who died before finishing her book on the Golden State killer. (Photo: Robyn Von Swank/HBO)

In a passage from “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark,” true crime author Michelle McNamara comes out with it: She’s fixated on tragedy. 

“Violent men unknown to me have occupied my mind all my adult life — long before 2007, when I first learned of the offender I would eventually dub the Golden State Killer,” McNamara writes in the 2018 book, released posthumously following her death in April 2016.

“The part of the brain reserved for sports statistics or dessert recipes or Shakespeare quotes is, for me, a gallery of harrowing aftermaths: a boy’s BMX bike, its wheels still spinning, abandoned in a ditch along a country road; a tuft of microscopic green fibers collected from the small of a dead girl’s

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