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Trailer For New True Crime On Golden State Killer Looks Chilling

Trailer For New True Crime On Golden State Killer Looks Chilling

A new docuseries will explore the murder spree of the Golden State Killer - who committed at least at least 13 murders and more than 50 rapes throughout northern California in the 1970s and 80s - and the crime novelist who became obsessed with catching him.

A trailer for the six-part series - which is coming to HBO Max and Sky Atlantic - landed today and it looks so chilling.

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The true crime will tell the story of best-selling writer Michelle McNamara who's grasp on her work and life became intertwined when she set out to find the man who was attacking women and girls across the state.

After writing an article about the then little-known killer for the Los Angeles magazine, Michelle signed a book deal to write a novel on the case.

It was titled I'll Be Gone in the Dark after the chilling words the killer spoke to one of his victims: "You'll be silent forever, and I'll be gone in the dark."

Michelle McNamara made it her mission to get to the bottom of the case (Credit: HBO)
Michelle McNamara made it her mission to get to the bottom of the case (Credit: HBO)
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However, before she could finish her novel, Michelle sadly died in her sleep from an accidental prescription drug overdose at the age of 46.

Her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, along with crime writer Paul Haynes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen, made it their mission to complete Michelle's book and release it posthumously.

A new trailer for the series, released on Wednesday, hears spine-tingling words from the killer's victims.

"We were awakened by a voice and a bright light. There was a real sense of evil in the house," one recalled.

"He made me tie up my husband," another said, with her husband adding: "He ordered her to put dishes on my back."

The victim recalled the killer's chilling words: "If I hear these dishes fall down I'm going to kill your family."

Harrowing footage shows photos of victims wrists after being tied up (Credit: HBO)
Harrowing footage shows photos of victims wrists after being tied up (Credit: HBO)

Friends, family and colleagues told of the lengths Michelle would go to piece together the investigation.

"She would go to the crime scenes and retrace the steps of the killer," one recalled before revealing no stone was left unturned for the novelist - from looking up geographical connections, to DNA profiles and scouring genealogy websites.

"She was writing a book and she was trying to solve a case," they said.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark was released in February 2018, almost two years after Michelle's death. It reached the New York Times best-seller list for non-fiction and stayed on the list for 15 weeks.

Two months after its release, the Sacramento police force arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, a United States Navy veteran and former police officer, and charged him with eight counts of first-degree murder based upon DNA evidence.

Joseph James DeAngelo is believed to be the Golden State Killer (Credit: PA)
Joseph James DeAngelo is believed to be the Golden State Killer (Credit: PA)

Currently, detectives are preparing charges against him for all 12 murders in the Golden State Killer case.

Police have credited Michelle's work as raising publicity about the case.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark will be available on Sky Atlantic and HBO Max on 28 June 2020. This sounds like a must-watch.

Featured Image Credit: Sacramento Sheriff's Office

Topics: TV and Film, TV Entertainment

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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