Patton Oswalt Stunned: Credits Late Wife in Golden State Killer Case

Michelle McNamara with husband Patton Oswalt wrote a book on the killer which has been credited with the renewed interest in the case

She began writing a book that laid out the chilling details of the cold case that haunted California in the '70s and '80s amid her search for clues about the man who allegedly raped more than 50 women and murdered at least 12 people.

Oswalt, who's spent most of his professional life as a comedian, actor, writer and movie buff (an early promoter of "The Room", for instance) was married to Michelle McNamara, who spent the last years of her life chasing the Golden State Killer, hoping to unveil his identity in the book "I'll Be Gone In The Dark". 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.

Oswalt and McNamara's fans couldn't help but notice the parallels with DeAngelo's arrest and how her book ends, with a message directly to the Golden State Killer.

On Wednesday, California police said they had arrested a 72-year-old former police officer, Joseph James DeAngelo, in connection with the case.

"Goodnight, Michelle. You did good", he wrote.

Patton Oswalt, whose wife spent years researching the unsolved case of the Golden State Killer, has a lot to say now that a suspect has been caught. "Weirdly enough, I had been with her family the night before, doing a talk for her book, so that was very odd".

"It was her dream", he added.

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On Twitter, the comedian appeared to find solace in the similarities between the end of the book - which includes an imagined scene of the killer's arrest - and how authorities actually came to detain Mr DeAngelo.

In a freaky coincidence, Mr. Haynes, Mr. Jensen and Mr. Oswalt were all together at the book event in Chicago on Tuesday, and members of Ms. McNamara's family were in the audience. "She always said, 'I don't care about credit, I want to know that he's in jail.' And now he's caught, the bracelets are on, and it feels like this thing that she wanted so badly is now done".

The Catastrophe co-creator and star tweeted Thursday that he was on his way to a standup gig, one of a handful since the death of his 2-year-old son in January, and he offered his gratitude to Oswalt - who lost his wife suddenly in 2016 and has since made his return to the world of live comedy - for showing him the way.

He also read a section of McNamara's book in which she addressed the killer, predicting his capture as an old man. By the next day, authorities identified him as the Golden State Killer, citing DNA evidence, according to the New York Times.

Oswalt told the New York Times that the arrest gave him a unusual mix of elation and impending sadness that his wife wasn't there to witness it.

Because the crimes spanned 10 counties the culprit was later dubbed the Golden State Killer.

By sheer coincidence, the trio gathered in IL on Tuesday night to celebrate the book, just hours before DeAngelo was taken into custody. "Open the door, show us your face and walk into the light".

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