McNamara died in 2016 before her book was published.
DeAngelo was arrested after a almost four-decade search for a criminal known as the Golden State Killer, the East Area Rapist and other monikers.
Authorities in the Sacramento area announced they made an arrest in a series of violent crimes that occurred way back in the 1970s and '80s, a case that been variously named the "Golden State Killer", the "East Area Rapist" and the "Original Night Stalker". He did and the book instantly became a New York Times bestseller.
"She would be beyond excited about this".
"Obviously, you didn't want the East Area Rapist on the team", Phillips said.
The police said the book did generate renewed interest from the public in the case, but that it didn't directly lead to the arrest.
Investigators also revealed Thursday that DeAngelo is the prime suspect in the 1975 killing of a community college teacher, raising the total number of his alleged victims to 13.
Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said detectives with "dogged determination" were able to get a sample of DNA from something DeAngelo discarded, though he wouldn't say what the item was.
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In March 2017, an Oregon City police officer, working with the California investigators, obtained a court order directing the nursing home resident, a 73-year-old man, to provide a DNA sample.
Patton Oswalt, whose wife spent years researching the unsolved case of the Golden State Killer, has a lot to say now that a suspect has been caught.
Investigators hunting down the so-called Golden State Killer used information from genetic websites previous year that led to the wrong man, court records obtained Friday by The Associated Press showed.
However, DNA evidence has allegedly tied the identity of the Californian serial killer to a 72-year-old former police officer named Joseph James DeAngelo.
The culprit is suspected of at least 12 slayings and 50 rapes in 10 counties from Northern to Southern California.
Investigators have linked DeAngelo to 11 murders that occurred after he was sacked from the police department.
"This is insane, looks like they've caught the East Area Rapist, and if that's true, they caught the Golden State Killer", Oswalt posted while on a flight from NY to Chicago.
"It feels like the last task for Michelle, to bring him her questions at the end of her book - just to go, 'My wife had some questions for you, '" he said. They relied on a different website than they had in the OR search, and they did not seek a warrant for DeAngelo's DNA.
Salenger, who Wednesday the comedian in November, commemorated the achievement with a sweet shout-out to McNamara and her 9-year-old daughter Alice.
The Auburn Journal from May 14, 1970, shows a wedding announcement of Bonnie Colwell and Joe DeAngelo, who police believe is the Golden State Killer. The whole book resonated with me, but there's one particular sentence she wrote that's still rattling around in my head: "Seeking is the lever that tips our dopamine gush".