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Michelle McNamara was an American writer who is rated as one of the best among some of the recent eminent crime writers and bloggers

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BirthdayApril 14, 1970
Died onApril 21, 2016
NationalityAmerican
FamousBlogger, Freelance Writer, Writers, Non-Fiction Writers
SpousesPatton Oswalt
SiblingsA brother and four sisters
Known asMichelle Eileen McNamara
Universities
  • MFA in Creative Writing
Birth PlaceUnited States
Born CountryUnited States
GenderFemale
FatherThomas W.McNamara
MotherRita McNamara
Sun SignAries
Born inUnited States
Famous asFreelance Writer, Blogger
Died at Age46
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Who is Michelle McNamara?

Michelle McNamara was an American writer who is rated as one of the best among some of the recent eminent crime writers and bloggers. She finished graduation from the University of Notre Dame and later pursued MFA from the University of Minnesota. Michelle grew up in Illinois and later on moved to Los Angeles for career purpose. She was well known for her website ‘True Crime Diary’, which reflected her passion for reporting on crime. McNamara was one of the most passionate crime writers who reportedly got hooked to investigating and writing about criminal cases since a young age. It all began with the murder mystery of her neighbour; Kathleen Lombardo, which happened two blocks away from where she lived then. McNamara is well known for her avid involvement in the ‘Golden State Killer’ case which revolved around the ‘Original Night Stalker’ and ‘East Area Rapist’. The usage of the term ‘Golden State Killer’ by the Californian authorities speaks a lot about the impact of her research on the case.

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Career

In 1997, after graduation Michelle McNamara moved to Los Angeles to work as a writer in the film and Film and TV Industry. Her longtime fascination and inquisitiveness towards studying and researching true crime made her launch her website named ‘TrueCrimeDiary’, in 2006. The ‘Golden State Killer’ case drew her attention, and she reported several accounts of it in the ‘Los Angeles’ magazine in 2013 and 2014.

Around the same time, ‘SXSW Interactive panel’named ‘Citizen Dicks: Solving Murders with Social Media’ invited her along with her long-time friend and true crime journalist, Billy Jensen, for crime-related discussions. Based on the evidence by the Californian authorities, on the linked DNA profile that connected the ‘East Area Rapist’ and ‘Original Night Stalker’, it was Michelle who coined the term ‘Golden State Killer’. ‘Harper Collins’ rewarded her with a book deal on the same and she began her work on the case.

Due to her untimely death, she could not conclude the project which was then updated and completed by her husband, Patton Oswalt, and crime writer, Paul Haynes. ‘Harper Collins’ posthumously launched the book entitled, ‘I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer’, on February 27, 2018. The book earned number ‘2’ ranking in the ‘New York Times Best Seller List’ in the nonfiction genre and the topmost in the combined e-book and print in nonfiction.

HBO announced a documentary series based on the book on April 2018 and is being directed by notable American documentary filmmaker; Liz Garbus. Californian authorities arrested the alleged ‘Golden State Killer’ known as James DeAngelo on April 25, 2018.

Death

Michelle McNamara died in her Los Angeles home on April 21, 2016, under strange circumstances precisely one week after her 46th birthday. She was suffering from Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The autopsy report revealed that accidental overdose of various drugs including Xanax, Adderall, Fentanyl, and amphetamines led to her death.

The research regarding the case was consuming her psychologically which was later reported by her husband and can also be read in her book mentioned in her own words. All that stress probably worsened her health and resulted in insomnia too.

Personal Life

Michelle McNamara was born on April 14, 1970, into an Irish-American family. Her father, Thomas W. McNamara, a trial lawyer by profession and her mother, Rita McNamara, was a homemaker. She was the youngest among her four sisters and a brother.

Michelle grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and went to St. Edmunds in Oak Park for elementary schooling and later on moved to William Beye Elementary. She graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame. Later on, she did MFA from the University of Minnesota in Creative Writing.

Michelle married Patton Oswalt on September 24, 2005, and they had a daughter, Alice, on April 15, 2009.

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Michelle McNamara biography timelines

  • // 14th Apr 1970
    Michelle McNamara was born on April 14, 1970, into an Irish-American family. Her father, Thomas W. McNamara, a trial lawyer by profession and her mother, Rita McNamara, was a homemaker. She was the youngest among her four sisters and a brother.
  • // 1992
    Michelle grew up in Oak Park, Illinois and went to St. Edmunds in Oak Park for elementary schooling and later on moved to William Beye Elementary. She graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame. Later on, she did MFA from the University of Minnesota in Creative Writing.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, after graduation Michelle McNamara moved to Los Angeles to work as a writer in the film and Film and TV Industry. Her longtime fascination and inquisitiveness towards studying and researching true crime made her launch her website named ‘TrueCrimeDiary’, in 2006. The ‘Golden State Killer’ case drew her attention, and she reported several accounts of it in the ‘Los Angeles’ magazine in 2013 and 2014.
  • // 24th Sep 2005 To 15th Apr 2009
    Michelle married Patton Oswalt on September 24, 2005, and they had a daughter, Alice, on April 15, 2009.
  • // 21st Apr 2016
    Michelle McNamara died in her Los Angeles home on April 21, 2016, under strange circumstances precisely one week after her 46th birthday. She was suffering from Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The autopsy report revealed that accidental overdose of various drugs including Xanax, Adderall, Fentanyl, and amphetamines led to her death.
  • // 27th Feb 2018
    Due to her untimely death, she could not conclude the project which was then updated and completed by her husband, Patton Oswalt, and crime writer, Paul Haynes. ‘Harper Collins’ posthumously launched the book entitled, ‘I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer’, on February 27, 2018. The book earned number ‘2’ ranking in the ‘New York Times Best Seller List’ in the nonfiction genre and the topmost in the combined e-book and print in nonfiction.

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Michelle McNamara's FAQ

  • What is Michelle McNamara birthday?

    Michelle McNamara was born at 1970-04-14

  • When was Michelle McNamara died?

    Michelle McNamara was died at 2016-04-21

  • Which age was Michelle McNamara died?

    Michelle McNamara was died at age 46

  • Where is Michelle McNamara's birth place?

    Michelle McNamara was born in United States

  • What is Michelle McNamara nationalities?

    Michelle McNamara's nationalities is American

  • Who is Michelle McNamara spouses?

    Michelle McNamara's spouses is Patton Oswalt

  • Who is Michelle McNamara siblings?

    Michelle McNamara's siblings is A brother and four sisters

  • What was Michelle McNamara universities?

    Michelle McNamara studied at MFA in Creative Writing

  • Who is Michelle McNamara's father?

    Michelle McNamara's father is Thomas W.McNamara

  • Who is Michelle McNamara's mother?

    Michelle McNamara's mother is Rita McNamara

  • What is Michelle McNamara's sun sign?

    Michelle McNamara is Aries

  • How famous is Michelle McNamara?

    Michelle McNamara is famouse as Freelance Writer, Blogger

  • What is Michelle McNamara's twitter?

    Michelle McNamara's twitter is https://twitter.com/truecrimediary

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