Patton Oswalt credits late wife Michelle in Golden State Killer case

Golden State Killer: Patton Oswalt praises late wife Michelle McNamara for book on case

The comedian credits his late wife's investigative work for the book "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" for helping to solve one of California's most notorious murder cases.

Patton Oswalt was supposed to talk about his role on NBC's "A.P. Bio" on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Wednesday, but given the news that earlier in the day police had arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspect in the Golden State Killer case, much of the discussion focused on his late wife Michelle McNamara's book about the case. But on Wednesday, I'll Be Gone In the Dark shot up to the top of Amazon's best-seller list and overnight, the online retailer was sold out of all of its copies.

Police in California have arrested a man they believe is the Golden State Killer, nearly four decades after his first victim was murdered. The comedian, known for work on The King Of Queens, Ratatouille, The Goldbergs and more, believes McNamara's work as a true crime writer and her dedication to the 1970s case may have helped lead to the arrest of 72-year-old suspect Joseph James DeAngelo.

"You did good. You aimed a light and helped the hunter catch a monster", Oswalt tweeted shortly after the Golden State Killer announcement had been made.

Asked specifically about whether McNamara's book helped solve the case, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said his office had gotten that question "from literally all over the world in the last 24 hours".

Actor Patton Oswalt is in "freak out" mode amid reports suggesting his late wife's final true crime book led police to a suspected serial killer in a California cold case. Instead, they credited her for have helping keep public interest and "tips coming in".

According to The New York Times, DeAngelo was arrested at his home in Citrus Hieghts, Calif. on Tuesday and charged with six counts of murder.

Sierra Creech says she was friends with John DeAngelo's granddaughter and spent nearly every weekend for six months at his home in Citrus Heights, near Sacramento.

"This is the beginning of this whole other chapter in this saga", Oswalt concluded before he and Meyers moved on to other things. "But as my research takes me across California the more I feel the moniker, with its jarring juxtaposition, is apt", she wrote in a 2014 post.

McNamara had questions because she knew the Golden State Killer's freedom would eventually come to an end.

Candace Creech says she started crying from the shock of hearing the news of DeAngelo's arrest.

Because the crimes spanned 10 counties the culprit was later dubbed the Golden State Killer. In the book, in a haunting passage titled "Letter to an Old Man", McNamara addresses the killer directly under the assumption that he would someday be found.

By sheer coincidence, the trio gathered in IL on Tuesday night to celebrate the book, just hours before DeAngelo was taken into custody.

"The doorbell rings", she wrote.

It was released as I'll Be Gone In The Dark in February.

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