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Michelle McNamara was someone you would probably have a great conversation with

Michelle McNamara died, and I can't get over it.



Michelle McNamara was not only Patton Oswalt's wife and the mother of their 7-year-old daughter, but a fascinating true crime writer and researcher. I found out about her through episodes of the podcast The Dork Forest, which she guested on four times, each time talking about her love of true crime research and what progress she'd been making on her book about the prolific but little-known serial killer The Golden State Killer.


She was funny, she was engaging, she was clearly ridiculously smart, and I liked her so much. Her talk about not liking anything comic con-related and therefore hating to go to those with Patton Oswalt gave me hope that in relationships, you can love a person and not have to love, or even pretend to like, one of the interests that gets them out of bed in the morning (for those unaware, Patton Oswalt is a SuperNerd).


I strongly urge you to listen to her Dork Forest eps (unless true crime squicks you out). Here's one, and here's one, and here's one, and here's one. She also ran the site True Crime Diary, and I just...damnit I want this one to still be alive. Michelle McNamara, wherever you are, you are awesome. And you made this world a more interesting place.


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