I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Visalia - Orange County 1996 Summary & Analysis

Michelle McNamara
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Summary

Richard Shelby receives a call from the Visalia P.D. about bizarre burglaries committed between 1974 and 1975 by an offender they dubbed the Ransacker. The Ransacker would often hit multiple homes at night, as many as a dozen, in residential neighborhoods and take with him small personal mementos, taking nothing of value. He would steal personalized jewerly, and at times take cash from dressers and leave them on the bed. There is a sexual element to his burglaries; he would leave underwear strewn across the house and he had a preference for lubricants, particularly Vaseline Intensive Care hand lotion. Claude Snelling, a journalism professor at College of the Sequoias, found a peeper staring at his daughter through the window, and was shot when he challenged him. Detective Bill McGowen startled the Ransacker outside of a house, shooting warning shots. The Ransacker was...

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