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A six-part documentary series based on the book of the same name, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark explores writer Michelle McNamara’s investigation into the dark world of the violent predator she dubbed "The Golden State Killer," the man who terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s and is responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 13 murders.

Directed by Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus (HBO’s Who Killed Garrett Phillips, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper) and produced by Elizabeth Wolff, Kate Barry, Myles Kane and Josh Koury, the series is a detective story told in McNamara’s own words, through exclusive original recordings and excerpts from her book read by actor Amy Ryan. Drawing on extensive archival footage and police files as well as exclusive new interviews with detectives, survivors and family members of the killer, the series weaves together a picture of a complex and flawed investigation that challenged police for decades.

The series is also a journey into the soul of McNamara, whose True Crime Diaries blog and years of relentless determination for justice for the victims helped keep the case alive and in the public eye, and who tragically died of an accidental overdose while writing her book. A meditation on obsession and loss, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark chronicles the unrelenting path of a mysterious killer and the fierce determination of one woman to bring the case to light.


Catch Up on the Latest

A follow-up to the 2020 docuseries, this special episode sheds new light on the 1984 murder of Kathy Lombardo — the case which sparked Michelle McNamara’s interest in cold cases.

Q+A with Liz Garbus

Director Liz Garbus shares her journey in bringing the story of Michelle McNamara to life while simultaneously exploring the cases of the Golden State Killer.

The Kathy Lombardo Case

Nancy Miller, Elizabeth Wolff, and Billy Jensen take us behind the investigation into the case that sparked Michelle McNamara’s obsession with true crime.

Investigation Timeline

Follow the investigation that led to the capture of the Golden State Killer with The Atlantic's I'll Be Gone In The Dark companion timeline.

What The Critics Are Saying

“Expansive and fascinating... An empathetic biography."

“A mesmerizing exploration of crime, obsession, and loss.”

"Fantastic... Humanizes the true crime genre."

“Sensitive, unusual, uplifting, revelatory and deeply moving.”


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