Patton Oswalt Stunned: Credits Late Wife in Golden State Killer Case

A composite sketch of the suspected Golden State killer

His late wife, writer Michelle McNamara, had spent the final years of her life chasing the Golden State Killer, hoping to identify him in her book, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark".

Exhausted and anxious after spending years immersing herself in details about the unsolved killings, she died in her sleep in April 2016, at 46.

McNamara's husband - best known for playing Remy the Rat in the film Ratatouille and Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens - insisted on Twitter that the book played a role, but said his wife would not have cared whether that was acknowledged.

"I mean, it's wonderful", Oswalt told Meyers. It quickly became a bestseller. Like they did for Kenneth Lee Hicks, thirty years after he killed Lori Billingsley, in Aloha, Oregon.

According to The New York Times, DeAngelo was arrested at his home in Citrus Hieghts, Calif. on Tuesday and charged with six counts of murder.

During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers just hours after DeAngelo's arrest, Patton Oswalt celebrated Michelle McNamara's legacy, saying her book "really amped up all of the interest in the case and really put a lot of focus on this".

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"Now it feels like this thing that she wanted so badly is done", he said.

"And the answer is no", he said. It kept interest and tips coming in. "Other than that, there was no information extracted from that book that directly led to the apprehension". Oswalt made it his mission to complete her work - one she had been researching for almost their entire 12-year marriage - after her death.

Oswalt, Haynes, and another researcher called Billy Jenkins, published I'll Be Gone In The Dark posthumously in February this year, two months before DeAngelo's arrest.

It would then have been a case of matching a sample of that suspect's DNA, which officers said they collected from DeAngelo's trash, to the samples they already had from the killer.

Oswalt didn't hold back his excitement, even before the scheduled news conference to make the announcement. It has sold around 150,000 copies and was optioned by HBO, which is adapting it into a documentary series.

McNamara had questions because she knew the Golden State Killer's freedom would eventually come to an end.

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"The hook for me was that the case seemed solvable", she wrote. "I was on the hunt". Jones said it had not. "It looked as though he might have been searching his mind to execute a particular plan he may have had in mind ... but he was not given the opportunity".

By sheer coincidence, the trio gathered in IL on Tuesday night to celebrate the book, just hours before DeAngelo was taken into custody.

Overnight, at an event in IL to promote the book, Oswalt suggested the Golden State Killer would be caught soon.

"The doorbell rings", she wrote.

This is how it ends for you. Don't think I could do this if you hadn't shown it could be done. "Walk into the light".

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