But McNamara's idea for the "Golden State Killer" name, her coverage of the case in "Los Angeles Magazine" and a blog, the shocking news of her death, and the book all shined a spotlight on the decades-old crimes, he said. DeAngelo, a former police officer, is being held on suspicion of four counts of murder, according to Yahoo.
"This is insane, looks like they've caught the East Area Rapist, and if that's true, they caught the Golden State Killer", Oswalt posted while on a flight from NY to Chicago. The Golden State Killer was linked by DNA and method to 12 murders, 45 sexual assaults and more than 120 burglaries from Sacramento to Orange County between 1976 and 1986.
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Later, Oswalt read a touching passage from the end of McNamara's book called "Letter To An Old Man", which eerily imagines the day the serial killer is finally caught.
The suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, who was sacked from the Auburn Police Department, was arrested after a DNA sample came back as a match to the Golden State Killer, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said. "Other than that, there was no information extracted from that book that directly led to the apprehension". "There were insights and angles that she could keep bringing to this case".
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But her husband and greatest cheerleader, Emmy-winning actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, who saw her book through to completion and publication in February, did.
He and McNamara's fans were crediting the late sleuth's years of dogged work with helping solve the crime and were disappointed when police didn't give her credit at a news conference announcing the arrest. Not surprisingly, the actor said he was now "on adrenaline and sleeplessness" due to the bombshell development in the case after more than 40 years.
And as fate would have it, Oswalt, who paid close attention to the arrest news, was scheduled to appear on NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers on the day of the arrests. "Her book and the article that led to the book really amped up all the interest in the case and really put a lot of focus on this", said Oswalt.
Patton Oswalt also recalled that he wanted to help finish Michelle's book because he knew that he wouldn't "be able to live and go on with life if this was left undone". "You aimed a light and helped the hunters catch a monster".
"It was pretty incredible", Sarah Stanard, a longtime friend of McNamara's, told The Washington Post.
Since news of DeAngelo's arrest Oswalt has been especially active on Twitter, where he remembered the countless hours his former wife dedicated to the case. "This is the beginning of the whole other chapter of this, of this saga-this insane crime saga".