\Having just read Michelle McNamara's "Ill be Gone in the Dark", these series of crimes and investigations related to the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer were still digging deep into my mind. I lived that book, along with it's personal notes, for a week after closing the final pages.
This book, The Case of the Golden State Killer, is essentially from the podcast the two authors cast, which is vastly different from the former book. This book is similar in that it chronicles the entire timeline of what became the Golden State Killer's rampage on Northern California in the 1970's and 1980's. The book is made up of a lot of direct quotes of cops, victims, and survivors of the victims. Interesting, but not compelling.
What this book does include, is a small glimpse into the alleged murderer and rapist, discussing his life and the limited knowledge the authors have gleaned.
It's unfortunate that these authors have released their book after Ms. McNamara's book, as much of it, as one can imagine, is repetitive. Facts and timelines of murders and sexual assaults don't change. What is missing here, is the humanity of the crimes, and how it overwhelms the police and those investigating. It is unfortunate to have to compare the books, as they are written for different purposes, but with the same story.
If you love true crime, you will probably enjoy it. Just don't expect a lot of personal insight a la Ann Rule. It was initially a podcast that the authors put in book form once the murderer was arrested, some 40 years later.
Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for an e copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara is an entirely different type of read about the same killer. Michelle had her interest in true crime piqued as a child, and went on to work in Hollywood as a writer. But this case, which she dubbed "The Golden State Killer", went on to become her life's work. Unfortunately, she died before he was caught and this book was published. Her husband, along with another writer, finished this book in her honor, as it really helped the killer become part of the news cycle once again.
The book is written with facts, yes, but it also is in part, the author's memoir, as she depicts her obsession with facts and how she teamed with others to help bring the case to closure. Her personal details make this book so much more entertaining and desirable to read. If you only have time to read one, read I'll be Gone in the Dark . You won't be sorry.
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