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Michelle McNamara: Patton Oswalt’s Late Wife Helps Apprehend Golden State Killer

Back in April of 2016, author Michelle McNamara passed away unexpectedly at the age of 42.

Though perhaps best known to the general public as the wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, McNamara was a highly-regarded true crime writer who was hard at work on her magnum opus at the time of her death.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark became an instant bestseller when it was published posthumously in February of this year, and now it looks as though the book may have helped lead police to a serial killer and rapist who evaded capture for more than four decades.

Former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested in Sacramento this morning on two counts of murder.

There’s reason to believe that DeAngelo might be the man police referred to as the East Area Rapist and who McNamara dubbed the Golden State Killer – an elusive suspect whose DNA ties him to 12 murders, 45 sexual assaults, and 120 burglaries committed between 1976 and 1986.

The investigation has been referred to by Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert as “the most prolific unsolved serial killing case probably in modern history.”

At the time of her death, McNamara’s manuscript was left unfinished.

The published version has been supplemented with material from researcher Paul Haynes and journalist Billy Jensen as well as an afterword by Oswalt, all of whom took to social media today to celebrate what appears to be the completion of McNamara’s life’s work.

“Think you got him, Michelle,” Oswalt said in an emotional video posted to Instagram this morning.

The famed comic will also produce an upcoming HBO docudrama about the GSK investigation.

The publicity surrounding the book and HBO special is believed to have prompted Sacramento police to re-open the 32-year-old cold case.

Interestingly, when news of DeAngelo’s arrest broke, Oswalt was with the book’s research team at a press event in McNamara’s hometown of Chicago last night, which also served as the first night of filming for the HBO documentary.

“Ended with me saying, ‘He’s running out of time.’ And now all of this. Surreal,” Oswalt tweeted today.

Many fans of McNamara’s work have posted some of the more eerily prescient passages of her first and last book, particularly a section in which she addresses the killer directly, imagining him being apprehended as an old man.

“You’re long past leaping over a fence. Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths. Clench your teeth. Inch timidly toward the insistent bell,” McNamara writes.

“This is how it ends for you … Open the door. Show us your face. Walk into the light.”

While there are certainly no happy endings in a story this macabre, we hope that DeAngelo’s arrest can bring a modicum of relief to those who were tormented by his crimes – as well as the family of the woman who devoted her final days to seeing him brought to justice.

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French Montana Helps Open Hospital In Uganda Equipped To Care For More Than 300,000 People!

Here’s a GREAT feel-good story about French Montana that’ll leave you feeling good about humanity!

The rapper has undergone MAJOR humanitarian efforts in the African nation of Uganda over the last few months, and today, it culminated in the opening of a brand new hospital thanks to his funding outreach!

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The Unforgettable rapper donated enough money to get the ball rolling on opening a brand new hospital equipped to take care of more than 300,000 people in the east African country!

Soon after French’s initial $ 100,000 donation came through — initially to help provide specifically for pregnant women — everything snowballed when both The Weeknd and Diddy matched the money.

And now, Uganda has itself a brand new hospital!

Apparently, French Montana first got the idea to do something serious to give back to Uganda after previously shooting a music video there.

Good for him — and for The Weekend, and for Diddy — to actually do something big and put their money where their mouths were.

So wonderful!!!

[Image via WENN.]

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Taylor Swift Helps a Homeless Fan Buy a House

A perfectly good heart! One of Taylor Swift‘s fans revealed on The Swift Life app that the singer helped her purchase a home after she was homeless for eight months during her pregnancy.

Stephanie Waw — whose username is @WawStephanie on the app — shared the heartwarming story with other fans of how the singer changed her life. She also shared photos of herself with Swift and of the new house.

“I’ve been contemplating posting this story for a while. I’ve finally decided to tell you all what Taylor did for me. What many of you don’t know is that for 8 months of my pregnancy I was homeless,” the fan wrote in the post. “Long story short our first flat was condemned for health and safety reasons and we lost everything. To add to the stress, during this time Matthew [her boyfriend] lost his job.”

Waw attended one of the “Look What You Made Me Do” songstress’ concerts in England and said that’s when Swift, 28, vowed to help her. “My mom told Taylor and just asked her to make me feel special at her show I was attending in Manchester,” she wrote. “After the show, Taylor took us back to her dressing room where she told me, ‘Stephanie, You’ve been in my life for a long time and you’ve never asked me for anything. You could have reached out and I would have helped you. But you didn’t. Your mom told me.’”

The fan continued: “[Taylor] told me she wanted to give me the money back for my ticket that night. What she actually did was help us buy a home and all I needed for my baby. She told me, ‘I want you to be able to enjoy your little girl, not have to worry about all this stuff.’”

“That night she gave me her hand and lifted me off the ground. The same way she’s done for 12 years. I love her forever,” Waw concluded.

This isn’t the first time Swift has stepped up to help those in need throughout her career. In the past, the singer has donated money to her sick fans and victims of natural disasters, including her donation to the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, in September.

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Mind-controlled device helps stroke patients retrain brains to move paralyzed hands

Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a plastic brace fitted over their paralyzed hands gained some ability to control their own hands when they were not wearing the brace, according to a new study. The participants, all of whom had moderate to severe paralysis, showed significant improvement in grasping objects.
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