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Late Oak Park native tracked Golden State Killer

30 April 2018

McNamara died suddenly in 2016 after years spent investigating the unsolved California crimes for a book.

About six days before DeAngelo's arrest, investigators plugged his discarded DNA back into the genealogy database and found a match, linking DeAngelo's DNA to the DNA gathered at multiple crime scenes, she said.

McNamara's book debuted as the No. 1 seller on the New York Times best-seller list.

Oswalt discussed the case Wednesday night during an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers".

Retired FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt said he and others have speculated that the serial killer had police or military training because of the sophistication of the crimes and the suspect's ability to elude capture.

"He was wearing a ski mask, he had a flashlight in my eyes, so you couldn't see much of him" said Margaret.

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Gorman also said that DeAngelo once came over to his house, angry, because Gorman's mother, Sonja, was running the lawnmower.

But Michelle McNamara, by reaching millions of readers, shined a brighter light on this case than had ever been shone before. The suspect, they said, was tied to many of those crimes through DNA.

An Oregon police officer working at the request of California investigators persuaded a judge in March 2017 to order a 73-year-old man in a nursing home to provide a DNA sample.

His late wife, Michelle McNamara, was a journalist who coined the name Golden State Killer and wrote a book on the 12 killings and 50 rapes.

The suspect is believed to have committed 12 murders and more than 45 rapes across California dating to the late 1970s. He said it was frustrating to spend those years tracking the killer, knowing the man he sought was probably living a normal life: "And every day that went by. he's getting away with it".

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Salazar said there is no DNA evidence connecting DeAngelo to the 1975 death of teacher Claude Snelling, who was fatally shot when he caught a man trying to kidnap his 16-year-old daughter.

"This is insane...it looks like they've caught the East Area rapist, and if that's true, then they've caught the Golden State Killer".

Grounds for making the arrest reside in scientific advancements - DNA - that have had the effect of making even the coldest case warm if that potential magic bullet is recovered at the crime scene. She wrote extensively about it in her book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, and it was that very work that helped solve the mystery.

McNamara continued with her pursuit of truth and justice at Oak Park and River Forest High School, where she rose up to become editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, Trapeze.

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

DeAngelo has been charged with eight counts of murder in three counties after being linked to the crimes through DNA.

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Lo and behold, not long after this the Associated Press reported Friday that court records from March 2017 show police misidentified a 73-year-old OR man as a possible suspect by using information from "genetic websites".

Late Oak Park native tracked Golden State Killer