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‘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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‘They certainly booed, I’ll tell you that’

Bob Dylan performs at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival in July 1965: Getty
Bob Dylan performs at Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival in July 1965: Getty

The poet in black struck an angry chord and told his people how it feels. “I got a head full of ideas that are drivin’ me insane,” Bob Dylan barked over a skiffle rock clatter called “Maggie’s Farm”, a servant-class metaphor for breaking free of the oppressive, conformist shackles of 1960s America. The song ended in a flurry of bluesy discord, and a roar went up unlike any heard in popular music before. Half shock and excitement, half dissent and betrayal, a torrid clash of howls and boos. At the side of the stage, organiser Pete Seeger reportedly demanded an axe to cut the microphone cord.

Fifty-five years ago today, the traditionalists of 1965’s Newport Folk Festival, Rhode Island, had watched Dylan walk onstage with an unannounced band, plug in a guitar and play his first ever

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