Patton Oswalt Has Some Questions For The 'Golden State Killer'

Patton Oswalt Has Some Questions For The 'Golden State Killer'

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.

Mr DeAngelo has initially been charged with eight counts of murder.

Michelle McNamara passed away suddenly in April 2016.

Two years ago, nearly to the day, crime writer Michelle McNamara was found dead in her Los Angeles home. However, the newspaper claims DeAngelo, a former police officer, is thought to have killed at least 12 people, raped at least 45 people and burglarized more than 120 homes during the 1970s and 1980s. It ends with a letter from Ms. McNamara to the killer, in which she predicts his eventual capture: "This is how it ends for you".

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A law enforcement official said at a press conference that the book "kept interest and tips coming in".

The police said the book did generate renewed interest from the public in the case, but that it didn't directly lead to the arrest.

According to Yahoo Entertainment, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said Michelle McNamara's book had no bearing on the investigation that led to DeAngelo's arrest. "There were insights and angles that she could keep bringing to this case".

Rob Delaney has thanked Patton Oswalt for his example in enduring the loss of a loved one and returning to standup comedy.

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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. 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. Oswalt added that police have never credited a writer for helping to solve a case, but he added that in this case they gave Michelle credit every time they used her coined term, "Golden State Killer". "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".

Then, in a rather moving moment, Meyers echoed the sentiment shared by many on Twitter throughout the day that McNamara's writing was just as good as her research. "I knew that I 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".

"I'm headed out to do standup for maybe the 15th time since Henry died", Delaney tweeted to Oswalt.

Reacting to the news of DeAngelo's arrest, Haynes said he is "exhilarated", even though the name was not on any of the lists of suspects he drew up. "This is the beginning of the whole other chapter of this, of this saga-this insane crime saga".

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