Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer case

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Before she died two years ago, true-crime author Michelle McNamara made it her mission to identify a man believed to have committed 12 slayings and at least 50 rapes across California from 1976 to 1986. "But every time they said Golden State Killer, they credited the work of Michelle McNamara and 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark'".

Patton Oswalt appeared stunned in media reports about the Golden State Killer as he gave credit to his late wife Michelle McNamara in the arrest of the suspect in California on Wednesday, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"This is insane, looks like they've caught the East Area Rapist, and if that's true, they caught the Golden State Killer", Oswalt posted while on a flight from NY to Chicago. DeAngelo, a former police officer, is being held on suspicion of four counts of murder, according to Yahoo.

After news broke of the arrest on Wednesday morning, Oswalt tweeted: 'I hope you got him, Michelle.

"It kept interest and tips coming in", Jones said, but "other than that there was no information extracted from that book that directly led to the apprehension".

This week's arrest - and McNamara's enduring legacy - was also celebrated by stars like Rob Lowe, John Mulaney and Meredith Salenger, Oswalt's second wife.

During his interview with Seth Myers, Oswalt read a letter that McNamara had written to the Golden State Killer.

"It is fitting that today is National DNA Day", Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Schubert said at the press conference.

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Oswalt also pushed back on Twitter against law enforcement statements that McNamara's work played no role in helping in the arrest of the suspect in the decades-old case, adding that it even was his wife who coined the phrase "Golden State Killer", The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Though his name was not among those McNamara considered during her own investigation, the impact her work had on the case was evident, Billy Jensen told CBS News. "And I know she was taking Adderall in the mornings to get up and some - you know, before she died, the three days before she died, she really didn't sleep because there was all this new breaking stuff on the case", Oswalt said.

But her husband and greatest cheerleader, Emmy-winning actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, who saw her book through to completion and publication in February, did. "Open the door, show us your face, walk into the light".

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"And now, you know, because he's been caught, now they can start linking him to all these other cases. It happened nearly instantly and he was taken into custody without incident at all".

"One day soon, you'll hear a vehicle pull up to your curb, and engine cut out". You'll hear footsteps coming up your front walk, like they did for Edward Wayne Edwards 29 years after he killed Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew in Sullivan, Wisconsin, like they did for Kenneth Lee Hicks 30 years after he killed Laura Billingsley in Aloha, Oregon. "The doorbell rings. No side gates are left open". Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths.

"This is how it ends for you".

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