Michelle McNamara
Michelle McNamara

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Name: Michelle McNamara
Occupation: Family Member
Gender: Female
Birth Day: April 14, 1970
Death Date: Apr 21, 2016 (age 46)
Age: Aged 46
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Aries

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Michelle McNamara

Michelle McNamara was born on April 14, 1970 in United States (46 years old). Michelle McNamara is a Family Member, zodiac sign: Aries. Find out Michelle McNamaranet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

Founder of the website TrueCrimeDiary and noted true-crime author who was the wife of comedian and actor Patton Oswalt.


Michelle McNamara was an interviewee for the TV series documentary A Crime to Remember.

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As per our current Database, Michelle McNamara died on Apr 21, 2016 (age 46).

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Before Fame

Michelle McNamara attended the University of Minnesota where she earned a Master's degree in Creative Writing. Michelle McNamara did her undergrad studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Biography Timeline


In 1988, she graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park and in her senior year she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Trapeze.


In 1992, McNamara graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in English. She earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota.


After graduate school in 1997 McNamara moved to Los Angeles to write in the film and TV industry.


McNamara married comedian Patton Oswalt on September 24, 2005. The couple's daughter Alice was born on April 15, 2009.


In 2006, McNamara launched her website TrueCrimeDiary. McNamara had a long-standing fascination with true crime originating from the unsolved murder of Kathleen Lombardo that happened two blocks from where she lived when she was young. In 2014, McNamara and true crime investigative journalist Billy Jensen were on a SXSW Interactive panel called "Citizen Dicks: Solving Murders With Social Media." McNamara and Jensen had a long-term friendship based on their shared passion for researching and writing about true crime.


McNamara became interested in the crimes of the unidentified rapist and murderer known as the East Area Rapist, Original Night Stalker and the Visalia Ransacker, among other epithets. Due in large part to McNamara's efforts in tying these crime clusters together in public consciousness after the EAR and ONS crimes were linked by DNA, the murderer was later to be known only as the Golden State Killer (GSK). She penned articles for Los Angeles magazine about the serial killer in 2013 and 2014. Paul Holes, an investigator for the Contra Costa County district attorney's office stated that McNamara's dogged persistence and trustworthiness with sensitive information about GSK cases earned her an unusual level of cooperation from law enforcement officials. She then signed a book deal with HarperCollins and began to work on a book about the case.


McNamara died in her sleep on April 21, 2016 in her family's Los Angeles home. According to the autopsy report released online by Radar, her death was attributed to the effects of multiple drugs, including Adderall, alprazolam (Xanax), and fentanyl. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease was a contributing factor. The coroner ruled it an accidental overdose. She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.


Her book, titled I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, was posthumously updated and finalized by true crime writers Paul Haynes, Billy Jensen and her widower Patton Oswalt following her death. The book, released posthumously on February 27, 2018 (almost two years after her death), reached number 2 of The New York Times Best Seller list for non-fiction and number 1 of combined print and e-book, nonfiction. The book remained on the list for 15 weeks.

On April 9, 2018, HBO announced that it had purchased the rights for I'll Be Gone in the Dark and were developing it into a documentary series. Filming for the series began on April 24, 2018. The documentary series also entitled I'll Be Gone in the Dark, is directed by Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and premiered on June 28, 2020.

Family Life

Michelle McNamara is survived by her husband Patton Oswalt and their daughter Alice. Michelle McNamara passed away in their Los Angeles home.

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Currently, Michelle McNamara is 51 years, 0 months and 28 days old. Michelle McNamara will celebrate 52nd birthday on a Thursday 14th of April 2022. Below we countdown to Michelle McNamara upcoming birthday.


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