Thursday, February 28, 2013

i've never understood the pull of the obscene phone call...

Brock sent over a Los Angeles Magazine article which Eve and I immediately devoured. "In The Footsteps Of A Killer" is a fabulously long and detailed article about the very cold case of the Golden State Killer, who raped and killed people throughout California and remains ON THE LOOSE.

The article is written by Michelle McNamara, a stay-at-home mom who sits up all night on researching and discussing true crime cases on online chat boards, mainly the A&E Cold Cases discussion board which isn't even a show anymore but the chatting continues. Neat! She's been particularly obsessed with the case of the East Side Rapist/Original Night Stalker, whom she has renamed the Golden State Killer. On her quest to find the killer out of sheer personal interest, Michelle interacts with mostly retired police and people from her various true crime discussion boards, and occasionally mentions that her husband is a stand-up comedian.

I looked it up. She's married to Patton Oswalt, whom I now suddenly like WAY more.

The article is fascinating and well-written and for a true-crime obsessed person like me, a joy to read, with detailed info on all of the Golden State Killer's crimes and also tips on books and websites where amateur sleuths take this shit SUPER seriously. Again, Neat! But even better, there is a whole side section of the online version of the article with crime scene photos, much grittier details about the crimes, and (wait for it) a fucking creepy as fuck recording of the killer making an obscene phone call. I listened to that last night before going to bed and it was a big mistake. You've got to give your age and email address to access this section, which I've decided is yet another attempt at catching the GSK, but it is an awesome and super intimate interactive feature, which only reaffirms my love for this medium.

Eve and I have this fantasy where someone gives us money and an office, and then we just solve cold cases all day. We'd have dry erase boards, maps with pins in it, crime scene photos, a lot of old laptops, bad coffee, we could wear leggings all day... If anyone wants to sponsor our independent cold case company, we'll need $250K a year and a mini-fridge.

Anyway, check out the article. And then please discuss it at length with me because I need to know who the GSK is...

2 comments:

Lisa said...

In all seriousness, why not get a PI license? It could be your side business which you could eventually turn into a business. Maybe?

Rain said...

I swear that first phone call--the obscene one--sounds like a 12 year old boy.