Liz Garbus, documentary film director and producer.
Liz Garbus, documentary film director and producer.

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Liz Garbus to Direct Golden State Killer Docu-Series

Garbus (A Dangerous Son, There?s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane) will take on I?ll Be Gone in the Dark, based on Michelle McNamara?s investigative account of the 1970s and 1980s serial killer.

HBO Documentary Films is in production on a new documentary series based on best-selling true crime book I?ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman?s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara. Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Liz Garbus (Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper, There?s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane) is directing.

Journalist McNamara was determined to find the violent offender she dubbed ?The Golden State Killer,? who terrorized California in the late 1970s and early 1980s, committing 50 home-invasion sexual assaults and ten murders. He then disappeared for more than three decades, eluding multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the Sacramento Sheriff?s Office arrested former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in a nearby suburb, identifying him through DNA evidence as the notorious serial killer and charging him with a number of the crimes.

Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and afterword by McNamara?s husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by McNamara?s lead researcher, Paul Haynes, and a close colleague, after McNamara died suddenly while investigating the unsolved crimes.

I?ll Be Gone in the Dark is a comprehensive exploration of the case of an elusive, violent predator, as well as a haunting personal memoir and self-examination of McNamara?s obsessive quest for justice on behalf of the victims and survivors of the crimes. It was hailed by the New York Times as ?a vivid and meticulous investigation? and ?a wrenching personal account from a writer who became consumed by her subject.?

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