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

This shoelace was marked as evidence. It was found at the site of Brian and Katie Maggiore's murder

Their research was to be used for a book that McNamara was in the process of finishing when she died of an accidental drug overdose in April 2016. "It became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller".

The killer, who evaded investigators for decades, is believed to have committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s.

Oswalt appeared on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" early Thursday and said news of the arrest felt like "a beginning of this whole other chapter".

The company whose genetic website was used by investigators who misidentified an OR man as a possible suspect in the so-called Golden State Killer case says it was never contacted by law enforcement.

The prescription medication she was taking for the stress and anxiety likely contributed to her death at 46, he said.

"He was the kind of person you didn't want to make mad", Sonja Gorman said. Law enforcement did acknowledge that more tips came in as a result of McNamara's book. Pictures of DeAngelo today portray a grizzled, bald senior citizen who was a police officer during the time of the attacks and had only a minor criminal record.

Ward said it's possible that DeAngelo helped with the search for Snelling's killer and the elusive burglar but he doesn't recall DeAngelo directly investigating the killing. Evidence from a "discarded DNA" sample provided the evidence needed, they said, without elaborating.

San Diego resident Margaret Wardlow told FOX 5's Kathleen Bade she was just 12 years old when she was raped by the Golden State Killer at her childhood home in Sacramento. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, a former police officer was charged in Sacramento with two murders. His decade-long crime spree spanned ten counties in California, so tracking him down was a Herculean effort for detectives.

The "Golden State Killer" has been known by several aliases including the "East Area Rapist" and "The Original Night Stalker".

Oswalt and McNamara were married for eleven years, with a daughter born in 2009. They relied on a different website than they had in the OR search, and they did not seek a warrant for DeAngelo's DNA.

Oswalt's current wife, Meredith Salenger, whom he married previous year, also tweeted out her conviction that McNamara was crucial in the arrest, calling her "spectacular" and reaffirming her commitment to making sure that Oswalt's daughter knows about her mother's legacy.

Oswalt says he's relieved because "now it feels like this thing that she wanted so badly is done".

The East Area Rapist has devastated families throughout the state and in 1981 he claimed the lives of a Santa Barbara woman and her boyfriend.

"There's a part of me that says, 'yeah I'm going to spend some time on the back of a motorcycle with my husband and I really look forward to that, ' but there's another part of me that says we have some real issues in this country as far as our DNA databases for law enforcement", she reflected.

Even if her leads don't turn out to have cracked it for investigators, her more ephemeral contributions certainly kept media and public attention on the case that McNamara found so chilling.

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