posted on Jun, 18 2016 @ 07:00 PM
So, many of you might not even know who the Night Stalker is. I didn't, until a couple days ago. I was checking out my favorite american history
comedy podcast, when they mentioned they would be at an event with a certain other comedy podcast that covers true crime. So, being a pod fiend, I
went and checked out this podcast and started on the back-logged Ep1. It's a little rough, but they mention Michelle McNamara, and glow a little bit
about her. The name meant nothing to me, but then they dropped that she was Patton Oswalt's wife.
Now, my interest is peaked, and after the episode, I look her up. She's dead. A matter of months between the release of this episode mentioning her
in this obscure podcast, and she's dead. Again, I don't know anything about this woman, but Patton Oswalt is one of the funniest comedians I've
ever seen perform. His standup is epic and he can bring even something to a schlocky sitcom and elevate it. It really saddened me to discover this,
and realize that this is why there is an Oswalt vacuum in the world right now.
Here's where things get weird. There is a real media blackout on Michelle McNamara's death. There is no further illumination than 'she died in
her sleep'. That's crazy! That's not a cause of death! If there was a health issue or something, it would have been released. 'Died in sleep'
is not a cause of death, but that is how it is pitched in every media outlet.
Here's where everything get's weirder: Michelle McNamara was researching and blogging about The Night Stalker or Golden State Killer and I think
she had an upcoming book. I was unaware of this monster, and again, it seems like people were intended to not be aware of him in the 80's. Media
blackout, and it had been forgotten. People in the area DID become aware of him though, and he escalated from raping single women, to terrorizing
couples, to murder. He delighted in media attention when, I believe, he realized he could do almost anything and it would be suppressed.
He was never caught. He does have a particular MO of going after people that directly talk publicly about him. The 21st victims (yeah...) were
targeted because the community had become aware of the Night Stalker and this random guy was lashing out at the cops and his community in a public
forum. The very idea of the Night Stalker was ridiculous, and if he loudly proclaimed that if the Night Stalker came into his house, he and his wife
would make short work of him. They were literally the next victims.
So, the current assumption is that he stopped. Or at least publicly, that's the stance. But since he was escalating to murder, it's possible that
people wouldn't even know if he was still active. Or maybe he got caught breaking and entering or something and was in jail for a period?
This all comes back to Michelle McNamara was digging into The Night Stalker/Golden State Killer, who famously goes after people that dig at him. Her
cause of death is still 'died in sleep', according to every media outlet. Her blog is still active.