I'll Be Gone in the Dark

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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." McNamara lived a quiet life... read more
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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." McNamara lived a quiet life as a writer, mother and wife, preferring to stay on the periphery of the Hollywood world of her comedian husband Patton Oswalt. But every night, as her family slept, she indulged her obsession with unsolved cases, beginning her investigation into the man who terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s and is responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 12 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), 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.

Original Release

06/28/2020 on HBO

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Cast

Amy Ryan Self - Michelle McNamara's Writings Read By (voice)
Lauren Orlando Michelle McNamara
Alice Oswalt Self - Daughter of Patton and Michelle (archive footage)
Karen Kilgariff Self - Host, My Favorite Murder Podcast
Paul Haynes Self - Michelle's Researcher, Citizen Detective
Larry Crompton Self - Ret. Detective, Contra Costa County
Paul Holes Self - Ret. Chief of Forensics, Contra Costa County
Michelle McNamara Self (archive footage)
Patton Oswalt Self - Michelle's Husband
Kris Pedretti Self - East Area Rapist Survivor #10
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Murder Habit Sunday, 28 June 2020
2 Reign of Terror Sunday, 05 July 2020
3 Rat in a Maze Sunday, 12 July 2020
4 The Motherlode Sunday, 19 July 2020
5 Monsters Recede but Never Vanish Sunday, 26 July 2020
6 Walk into the Light Sunday, 02 August 2020

Directors

Elizabeth Wolff, Josh Koury, Myles Kane, Liz Garbus

Writers

Liz Garbus, Michelle McNamara

Cast

Amy Ryan Self - Michelle McNamara's Writings Read By (voice)
Lauren Orlando Michelle McNamara
Alice Oswalt Self - Daughter of Patton and Michelle (archive footage)
Karen Kilgariff Self - Host, My Favorite Murder Podcast
Paul Haynes Self - Michelle's Researcher, Citizen Detective
Larry Crompton Self - Ret. Detective, Contra Costa County
Paul Holes Self - Ret. Chief of Forensics, Contra Costa County
Michelle McNamara Self (archive footage)
Patton Oswalt Self - Michelle's Husband
Kris Pedretti Self - East Area Rapist Survivor #10
Fiona Williams Self - East Area Rapist Survivor #22
Nancy Miller Self - Former Deputy Editor, Los Angeles Magazine
Melanie Barbeau Self - Citizen Detective
Gay Hardwick Self - East Area Rapist Survivors Case #31
Bob Hardwick Self - East Area Rapist Survivors Case #31
Carol Daly Self - Ret. Detective, Sacramento (archive footage)
Cameron Cloutier Self (voice) (archive footage)
Billy Jensen Self - Crime Writer, Citizen Detective
Richard Shelby Self - Ret. Detective, Sacramento
Sarah Stanard Self - Michelle's Friend

Producers

Patton Oswalt Executive Producer
Liz Garbus Executive Producer
Nancy Abraham Executive Producer
Dave Rath Executive Producer
Lisa Heller Executive Producer
Dan Cogan Executive Producer
Billy Jensen Executive Producer
Michelle McNamara Executive Producer
Paul Haynes Executive Producer
Myles Kane Producer
Josh Koury Producer
Grace Fardella Producer
Kate Barry Producer
Julie Gaither Producer
Madeleine Akers Producer
Elizabeth Wolff Producer
Leah van der Werff Producer
Samantha Gordon Producer
Stephanie Kelly Producer
Beth Mullen Producer

Editors

Jawad Metni, Erin Barnett, Alyse Ardell Spiegel

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