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‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’: Trailer Drops For HBO Documentary On Golden State Killer

Joanna Freedman

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‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’: Trailer Drops For HBO Documentary On Golden State Killer

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The first trailer has dropped for HBO's chilling new documentary on the Golden State Killer.

The new six part documentary, I'll Be Gone In The Dark, will take a deep and intimate look at one of California's most infamous criminals and serial killers - who committed 100 burglaries, 50 rapes and 13 murders.

It's based on the making of true crime author Michelle McNamara's book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, which she had been researching for five years before she tragically died in 2016 of an accidental overdose.

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After her death, Michelle's husband, actor Patton Oswalt, finished the book alongside investigative journalist Billy Jensen and crime writer Paul Haynes, and it was published in 2018.

Astoundingly, two months later, the top suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested and subsequently charged with 26 counts of the shocking crimes.

It'll Be Gone In The Dark's trailer features home filmed footage of McNamara (Credit: HBO)
It'll Be Gone In The Dark's trailer features home filmed footage of McNamara (Credit: HBO)

Back when the Golden State Killer was active and at large, police struggled to link his crimes together, and he had a whole string of names, from the Original Night Stalker to the Diamond Knot Killer to the East Area Rapist.

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However, McNamara was a vital help to the authorities when it came to connecting the pieces of the puzzle, and has been praised for playing a vital part in the suspect's capture.

The series is set to offer us a first glimpse of McNamara's home footage, as well as that of her husband, Jensen and Haynes working tirelessly on the case.

The trailer includes pictures of the victims (Credit: HBO)
The trailer includes pictures of the victims (Credit: HBO)

In the new teaser, one interviewee describes her dedication, stating: "She had material that other investigators had never seen".

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While a police officer declares: "Although she never had a badge and a gun, Michelle always was one of us."

When the camera cuts to the late crime writer, she explains: "What drives me is the need to put a face to an unknown killer...I had a murder habit, and it was bad. I would feed it for the rest of my life"

As the trailer flits between pictures of the victims, police sketches and google searches, the narrator can be heard reading an extract from her book that addresses the killer directly.

Michelle had research even the police hadn't seen (Credit: HBO)
Michelle had research even the police hadn't seen (Credit: HBO)
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The words ring out powerfully: "Open the door, show us your face, walk into the light".

Much like the book, the series - directed by the Academy Award nominee and Emmy winning Liz Garbus - promises to give a voice "to the survivors and their families, documenting an era when sex crimes were often dismissed or hidden in shame."

Narrated by actress Amy Ryan, it will involve original recordings of excerpts from McNamara's book, new interviews with detectives working on the case, family members of the alleged killer DeAngelo and survivors of the heinous crimes.

It'll Be Gone In The Dark will premiere on HBO on June 28.

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UK viewers can access the channel HBO on Sky Atlantic, or watch the docu-series on catchup through SkyGo.

Topics: True Crime, HBO, TV News, TV Entertainment

Joanna Freedman
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