An Evening with Patton Oswalt - "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" Book Discussion

An Evening with Patton Oswalt - "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" Book Discussion

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  • Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with Warwick's Books in La Jolla will host Patton Oswalt, who will discuss his late wife's book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark. USD's Erik Fritsvold, PhD, associate professor of Sociology and academic director of Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership MS, will moderate the conversation. 

Patton Oswalt is the author of the New York Times bestseller Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. He has released four TV specials and four critically acclaimed comedy albums, including the Grammy-nominated My Weakness Is Strong. He put together the Comedians of Comedy tour and television series. Oswalt has also appeared on many television shows and in more than 20 films, including Young AdultBig Fan and Ratatouille. He lives in Los Angeles, Calif.

About I'll Be Gone in the Dark

The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist-turned-murderer who terrorized California during the 1970s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case — which was solved in April 2018.

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true-crime journalist who created the popular website, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." McNamara pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark — the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death — offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman's obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic — one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

Book cover of I'll Be Gone in the Dark

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