Patton Oswalt talks about how his wife's obsessive search for The Golden State Killer finally led to his arrest after 40 years

Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer, was revealed as the serial killer known as The Golden State Killer or East Area Rapist


                            Patton Oswalt talks about how his wife's obsessive search for The Golden State Killer finally led to his arrest after 40 years
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Actor and stand-up comedian, Patton Oswalt, was on April 25 with Seth Meyers on the talk show's Late Night show, about a serial killer who was recently caught.

The infamous Golden State Killer or East Area Rapist, a man who brutalized women in California in the 1970s, was revealed by the police on that same day as a person called Joseph James DeAngelo.

Oswalt still went for the talk show even though he seemed flustered. The actor has a connection to this particular case that no one will probably ever understand.


Michelle McNamara, Oswalts late wife, who was a crime writer and investigator, had spent many years when she was alive trying to catch the serial killer and rapist who was not known at that time.

Shockingly, she died in 2016 and couldn't see the hunt through till the end. 

Even though Oswalt had himself said he was "neck-deep in grief" trying to deal with his wife's death and suddenly being a single father, he finished the book which has been posthumously released and entitled 'I'll Be Gone In The Dark'.

He finished the book with the help of GSK investigators Billy Jensen and Paul Haynes and it describes McNamara's story of the day that came to life on April 25 with the reveal of the killer's identity.

72-year-old DeAngelo, a former cop, finally faced the music for his crimes.

Oswalt read out the afterword of McNamara's book on Late Night. The passage, titled 'Letter To An Old Man', reads: 

Oswalt has lived all this time with fear, pain and death but now, even though sleep-deprived, he is relieved as DeAngelo was charged for the two murders and many more crimes and is in jail. 

He said: "It’s really good news."