I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, a six-part HBO docuseries, directed by Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus (HBO’s Who Killed Garrett Phillips, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper), chronicles the horrific crimes of the “Golden State Killer” (Joseph James DeAngelo), who allegedly perpetrated at least 12 murders and 50 rapes over two decades, and the personal journey of a true-crime buff, Michelle McNamara, who spent the last years of her life immersed in tracking him down.
McNamara built her career as a journalist and her True Crime Diaries blog on her lifelong obsession with cracking unsolved cases. Her bestselling book on which the series is based was published in 2018, two years after her death at the age of 46.
IndieWire’s Kristen Lopez called I’ll Be Gone in the Dark “more than a true crime documentary, although it succeeds in a terrifyingly brilliant way … On its surface, it’s the story of DeAngelo’s criminal activities and how he was eventually captured. But what Garbus does is skillfully weave in the story of McNamara’s obsession with bringing the man she only knew as EAR/ONS (East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker) to justice, coupling that with the nature of being a victim of assault. What feels like disparate elements, or the subjects of their own individual documentaries, are masterfully integrated to form a complete picture not strictly of one writer’s life, or a crime itself, but how crime changes women and what it meant to be the victim of rape in the 1970s.”
The series is produced by Elizabeth Wolff, Kate Barry, Myles Kane and Josh Koury. New episodes will premiere on HBO on Sundays through August 2nd, 2020.
Learn more about the series: hbo.com/ill-be-gone-in-the-dark