Between über-popular podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Serial and binge-worthy television documentaries like I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and Making a Murderer, chilling true crime stories have never been hotter. And yes, I am 100% aware of how disturbing that sounds. Yet it’s undeniable: We Americans, and we millennial women in particular, seem to have an insatiable appetite for real-life murder mysteries right now. Why? Maybe My Favorite Murder hosts Karen and Georgia are onto something when they speculate it’s a way of coping with the stress and anxiety of today’s uncertain world, maybe they’re not. Either way, when the news first broke in April 2018 that the infamous Golden State Killer had finally, finally been caught, I. Was. Riveted. And if you’re reading this article, I bet you were too. (Or, okay, maybe you found this list because you’ve been watching HBO’s brilliant new docuseries on the case and need to know more. Welcome!)
The Golden State Killer—also known as the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker (abbreviated as EAR/ONS) and as the Visalia Ransacker—terrorized Californians up and down the West Coast from the 1970s through the 1980s by breaking into couples’ homes to commit horrendous crimes. His reign of terror ended abruptly, but police and amateur detectives alike never stopped working to uncover his identity, convinced he was still alive and free. Then, a mere two months after the publication of Michelle McNamara’s highly anticipated, electrifying book about the case, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, an arrest was made. Now, prime suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old ex-cop, stands accused of at least 12 counts of first-degree murder and will face trial.
Mystery solved? Sure looks that way. But if you, like me, can’t stop refreshing your browser for any new development, allow me to recommend a few true-crime accounts to distract you…
This post was originally published on GetLiterary.com.