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I grew up in the Bay Area, lived in Berkeley in the ‘70s and part of ‘80s, then went to LA and I hate to say this, I don’t remember this guy at all. I heard about him after I got up on this site. I must have read about him at the time, but perhaps the coverage was sparse. For whatever reason, it sure didn’t stay with me.Paradice wrote:The book is the only bestseller about this monster that I am aware of, and other than Sudden Terror and a couple of others over the years, there is remarkably little written about this monster. While McNamara may not have played a role in the process that identified this guy, she did devise/coin the name "Golden State Killer" and secured the release of multiple audio recordings, handwriting, a map, crime scene photographs, and several details believed to be associated with the killer.annie10041 wrote:While Michelle’s widower claim she was instrumental, her book was excellent but was more of a bio and the sleuthing she did on the case. Michelle had access to LE and several victims, so that angle was good. However for the diehard followers of EAR/ONS, Michelle didn’t offer anything new.Regal_Legal_Beagle wrote:Very cool development.
Did the book play any role in evidence or just turn up the heat on the cops to actually do something?
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If you think about it, there isn't much more an author could do to affect the capture of a criminal. There were several things in her LAmag article which I had not seen or heard about the case or had never seen published. She generated interest and there was a renewed push by the FBI seeking information with victims coming forward, elements of the crimes which had not been discussed publicly coming to light, and multiple television shows/crime specials were produced over the last 2-3 years.
Glad he waited until after an arrest.Bolt wrote: Well that didn't take long . . .
https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/artic ... 883249.php
Great article.Bolt wrote:More insight from the NY Times:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/us/g ... alogy.html
Goes to show the importance of reading the terms of service. I don't fault LE for taking the route that they did in this case at all. They used the resources available and it worked. It may be a cautionary tale to those that don't want their DNA used in such a manner, but if there is a serial killer hanging from their family tree, then why wouldn't they want them to be caught?LauraK8 wrote: Great article.
“genetic information was uploaded by ordinary citizens looking to make connections with relatives, not to have their data used by the police.”
One can argue they found a relative.
Lies have to be repeated to be believed. Truth stands on its own merit.