True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at 46

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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby AK Wilks » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:33 pm

She uncovered some never before released documents in the EAR/ONS case. I wrote to her and she emailed me these documents like the map, General Custer essay and others, and with her permission I uploaded them to sites like WebSleuths, AETV, Unazod and here at ZKS. She passionately cared about cold cases and she brought a lot of needed attention to the EAR/ONS/Golden State Killer case.
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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby EndOfTheWorld » Tue May 10, 2016 7:05 pm

I can't see why this investigation is taking so long.
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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby doranchak » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:43 am

In a recent post on Facebook, Patton Oswalt wrote about his grief, and also his plans to finish his late wife's book.

Patton Oswalt wrote:Patton Oswalt
August 1 at 10:36pm ·
Thanks, grief.
Thanks for making depression look like the buzzing little bully it always was. Depression is the tallest kid in the 4th grade, dinging rubber bands off the back of your head and feeling safe on the playground, knowing that no teacher is coming to help you.
But grief? Grief is Jason Statham holding that 4th grade bully's head in a toilet and then fucking the teacher you've got a crush on in front of the class. Grief makes depression cower behind you and apologize for being such a dick.
If you spend 102 days completely focused on ONE thing you can achieve miracles. Make a film, write a novel, get MMA ripped, kick heroin, learn a language, travel around the world. Fall in love with someone. Get 'em to love you back.
But 102 days at the mercy of grief and loss feels like 102 years and you have shit to show for it. You will not be physically healthier. You will not feel "wiser." You will not have "closure." You will not have "perspective" or "resilience" or "a new sense of self." You WILL have solid knowledge of fear, exhaustion and a new appreciation for the randomness and horror of the universe. And you'll also realize that 102 days is nothing but a warm-up for things to come.
And...
You will have been shown new levels of humanity and grace and intelligence by your family and friends. They will show up for you, physically and emotionally, in ways which make you take careful note, and say to yourself, "Make sure to try to do that for someone else someday." Complete strangers will send you genuinely touching messages on Facebook and Twitter, or will somehow figure out your address to send you letters which you'll keep and re-read 'cause you can't believe how helpful they are. And, if you're a parent? You'll wish you were your kid's age, because the way they embrace despair and joy are at a purer level that you're going to have to reconnect with, to reach backwards through years of calcified cynicism and ironic detachment.
Lose your cool, and you're saved.
Michelle McNamara got yanked off the planet and out of life 102 days ago. She left behind an amazing unfinished book, about a horrific series of murders that everyone -- including the retired homicide detectives she worked with -- was sure she'd solve. The Golden State Killer. She gave him that name, in an article for Los Angeles Magazine. She was going to figure out the real name behind it.
She left Alice, her 7 year-old daughter. But not before putting the best parts of her into Alice, like beautiful music burned onto a CD and sent out into the void on a spaceship.
And she left me. 102 days into this.
I was face-down and frozen for weeks. It's 102 days later and I can confidently say I have reached a point where I'm crawling. Which, objectively, is an improvement. Maybe 102 days later I'll be walking.
Any spare energy I've managed to summon since April 21st I've put toward finishing Michelle's book. With a lot of help from some very amazing people. It will come out. I will let you know. It's all her. We're just taking what's there and letting it tell us how to shape it. It's amazing.
And I'm going to start telling jokes again soon. And writing. And acting in stuff and making things I like and working with friends on projects and do all the stuff I was always so privileged to get to do before the air caught fire around me and the sun died. It's all I knew how to do before I met Michelle. I don't know what else I'm supposed to do now without her.
And not because, "It's what Michelle would have wanted me to do." For me to even presume to know what Michelle would have wanted me to do is the height of arrogance on my part. That was one of the many reasons I so looked forward to growing old with her. Because she was always surprising me. Because I never knew what she'd think or what direction she'd go.
Okay, I'll start being funny again soon. What other choice do I have? Reality is in a death spiral and we seem to be living in a cackling, looming nightmare-swamp. We're all being dragged into a shadow-realm of doom by hateful lunatics who are determined to send our planet careening into oblivion.
Hey, there's that smile I was missing!


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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby Tahoe27 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:10 am

Wow. :(

So sad, and something I unfortunately relate to all too well right now. And...it's something most all of us will relate to sooner or later....it's those "sooners" that really make it so very difficult.

I look forward to reading the finished work. Thank you for sharing this.
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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby doranchak » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:19 pm

Sorry to hear you are also dealing with something similar. :(
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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby morf13 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:46 am

Losing anybody sucks. When a person is older, or sick for a while,it's tough but you can prepare yourself maybe. To lose somebody so young in her sleep,just is crazy. No known or obvious medical conditions is a puzzler,they still have not ruled a cause as far as I know. A real shame for her Family, I think her book was going to be good. I know she worked on it for a couple years,and really helped bring the Golden State Killer to a broader audience. In my opinion, he's quite possibly one of the greatest criminals to ever live(I do NOT mean greatest in a good way). He has hundreds of break ins and burglaries, over 50 rapes, and at least a dozen murders,that's simply mind boggling he has evaded identification-makes Zodiac look like an amateur in my opinion
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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby EndOfTheWorld » Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:49 am

It's been more than three months. There is no viable excuse for a delay like this. CA is so bankrupt that the justice system is suffering terribly, IMHO.
Or, maybe, the autopsy is complete but the husband just doesn't want to release any details. It's my understanding that they have to release "cause of death" at least.
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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby Tahoe27 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:55 pm

Thanks doranchak. ;)

My father passed in my arms in early March. Still nothing in regards to his autopsy. Being given a HUGE runaround. It does seem typical of CA...at least for the last several years.
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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby Seagull » Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:59 am

http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/a ... ar-AAmBax3

LOS ANGELES — Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt said Friday that coroner's officials informed him that his wife died last year from a combination of prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart condition.

Oswalt wrote in a statement to The Associated Press that he and his wife Michelle McNamara had no idea she had a condition that caused blockages in her arteries.

"We learned today the combination of drugs in Michelle's system, along with a condition we were unaware of, proved lethal," Oswalt said.

The blockages, combined with her taking the medications Adderall, Xanax and the pain medication fentanyl, caused his wife's death in April 2016, Oswalt said in the statement sent via his publicist.

Los Angeles coroner's Lt. David Smith said McNamara's cause of death remains listed as pending.

McNamara died April 21 in her sleep at age 46.

She founded the website the True Crime Diary, writing about breaking crime news and "cold cases" of crimes that were unsolved by police.

Oswalt is a comedian whose TV credits include "Veep," ''Justified," ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The King of Queens" and films including "Magnolia," ''Starsky & Hutch" and "Ratatouille." He and McNamara married in 2005.

A few weeks after McNamara's death, Oswalt penned a heartfelt essay, saying his "family is devastated but can't help remember all of the times she made them laugh or comforted them."

He said his wife's death "hasn't left a void, she's left a blast crater."

The couple had a daughter who is now seven.
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Re: True Crime Writer & Webmaster, Michelle McNamara dead at

Postby Aries » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:16 am

As a true crime aficionado, I am embarrassed to admit I'm not familiar with Ms. McNamara's work. I will most definitely be looking for anything I can find that was written by/about her. Yes, 46 is far too young to die. My deepest sympathies to her family, friends, and fans. May she rest in peace. :(
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Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.~~Oscar Wilde
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