Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders

Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders

Billy Jensen / Oct 24, 2020

Chase Darkness with Me How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders Have you ever wanted to solve a murder Gather the clues the police overlooked Put together the pieces Identify the suspect Journalist Billy Jensen spent fifteen years investigating unsolved murders f

  • Title: Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders
  • Author: Billy Jensen
  • ISBN: 1492685852
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Have you ever wanted to solve a murder Gather the clues the police overlooked Put together the pieces Identify the suspect Journalist Billy Jensen spent fifteen years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims Every story he wrote had one thing in common they didn t have an ending The killer was still out there.But after the sudden death of a Have you ever wanted to solve a murder Gather the clues the police overlooked Put together the pieces Identify the suspect Journalist Billy Jensen spent fifteen years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims Every story he wrote had one thing in common they didn t have an ending The killer was still out there.But after the sudden death of a friend, crime writer and author of I ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara, Billy became fed up Following a dark night, he came up with a plan A plan to investigate past the point when the cops had given up A plan to solve the murders himself.You ll ride shotgun as Billy identifies the Halloween Mask Murderer, finds a missing girl in the California Redwoods, and investigates the only other murder in New York City on 9 11 You ll hear intimate details of the hunts for two of the most terrifying serial killers in history his friend Michelle McNamara s pursuit of the Golden State Killer and his own quest to find the murderer of the Allenstown Four And Billy gives you the tools and the rules to help solve murders yourself.Gripping, complex, unforgettable, Chase Darkness with Me is an examination of the evil forces that walk among us, illustrating a novel way to catch those killers, and a true crime narrative unlike any you ve read before Get A Copy INOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 336 pages Published August 13th 2019 by Sourcebooks More Details ISBN 1492685852 ISBN13 9781492685852 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a 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interest in true crime Contrary to what some may believe, fans do not derive voyeuristic pleasure out of the misery of others Investigative journalist Billy Jensen s driving force is empathy for the victims and their families and the desire to make the monsters pay for their True crime is having a moment Growing up, I used to sneak read True Detective magazine under the covers But now, those of us who are true crime fans can admit to our fascination without sounding too weird What drives an interest in true crime Contrary to what some may believe, fans do not derive voyeuristic pleasure out of the misery of others Investigative journalist Billy Jensen s driving force is empathy for the victims and their families and the desire to make the monsters pay for their crimes The focus of his work, and this book, is justice, not gratuitous details.Jensen details his early work as a journalist and what drove him to crime investigations He is unflinchingly honest about his frustrations and failures, as well as his successes He writes about his friendship with Michele McNamara, who was investigating and writing a book about the Golden State Killer at the time of her untimely death The author, along with Michelle s husband and her research assistant, finished the book, I ll Be Gone in the Dark a book I highly recommend Michelle s death was the catalyst for the author to take his work to the next level Along with DNA databases, crowdsourcing on social media is a game changer, and allows for average citizens to assist in identifying victims and catching the criminals I found this section of the book to be most interesting If you ve ever wanted to become a citizen detective, the author has a section at the end of the book with instructions, complete with a list of rules, tips and cautions This was a compelling buddy read with Marialyce The author s persistence, passion and dedication shines through This is a must listen for fans of true crime.An Audible Original, the hardback will be published in August, 2019.For this and other duo reviews please visit the blog flag 100 likesLike see review View all 50 comments Kaceey Excellent review Jan It s been a very long time since I ve read a true crime novel Maybe it s time I tried one again Sep 01, 2019 08 52PM JanB Kaceey wrote Excellent review Jan It s been a very long time since I ve read a true crime novel Maybe it s time I tried one again Thanks Kaceey Kaceey wrote Excellent review Jan It s been a very long time since I ve read a true crime novel Maybe it s time I tried one again Thanks Kaceey, I think you should give the genre a try again, you just might find you love it 6 hours, 58 min ago May 20, 2019 Valerity Val rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, biography memoir, true crime, non fiction, netgalley I reviewed a digital version of this book The author was a friend and colleague of Michelle McNamera s until she passed away while working on her true crime book, I ll Be Gone In The Dark He is one of several who helped her husband to finish the book and get it published This is his story, telling how he went from just reporting on stories to getting so frustrated that he jumped in and started solving them He and Michelle had plans to work together at it as soon as she sent off her book ma I reviewed a digital version of this book The author was a friend and colleague of Michelle McNamera s until she passed away while working on her true crime book, I ll Be Gone In The Dark He is one of several who helped her husband to finish the book and get it published This is his story, telling how he went from just reporting on stories to getting so frustrated that he jumped in and started solving them He and Michelle had plans to work together at it as soon as she sent off her book manuscript to the publishers, which sadly never happened as she passed away It tells how Jensen began in murder solving How he fumbled and got advice, and learned and kept on Like most anything, the you do it and learn about it, the better you get at it Then, at long last, he solved his first case and that made a huge difference in his confidence After his regular job, he d been working on Michelle s book at night.Jensen eventually developed his own system for getting tips online by targeting certain areas and then focusing on them with information and requests He solved his 2nd case which came with police recognition and hugs from the victim s mother and sister, which really really meant the most After that, he was really on his way.This would be of interest to true crime fans as you can follow along and see how a writer becomes a crime solver It has multiple cases that are interesting all through the book, some solved and some being worked on yet Fascinating stuff as law enforcement and others tweak their skills to come up with new ways to solve crime in this new age Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Billy Jensen, and the publisher.My BookZone blog flag 44 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 17, 2019 Marialyce rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books of 2019, audible book, jan mar 4.5 starsSometimes a tragedy can spur one onto doing something, of taking a stand, of getting involved With the death of his friend, Michele McNamara, the author of I ll Be Gone In the Dark, a book I read and so enjoyed, Billy Jensen becomes involved in the concept and tracking of killers who got away With the advent of DNA tracking, many, who were previously living among us, though that was denied the ones they killed, were fated to be found While Ms McNamara died before the Golden State kil 4.5 starsSometimes a tragedy can spur one onto doing something, of taking a stand, of getting involved With the death of his friend, Michele McNamara, the author of I ll Be Gone In the Dark, a book I read and so enjoyed, Billy Jensen becomes involved in the concept and tracking of killers who got away With the advent of DNA tracking, many, who were previously living among us, though that was denied the ones they killed, were fated to be found While Ms McNamara died before the Golden State killer was identified, her relentless and exhaustive research on him was the catalyst to spur Mr Jensen on to taking up the gauntlet pursuing other killers Jensen was also one of those who assisted in completing Michelle s book after her untimely death Through the use of the internet, social media platforms and research, Jensen has helped to solve a number of cases, bringing to justice those who had escaped the consequences of their crime He presents us with how he was spurred on by his love of true crime stories started early on by the stories his father shared with him and later as a journalist, tuned off by the intrusion into the lives of the bereaved He turned to the concept of crowd sourcing to catch, to ferret out, and find the perpetrator, bringing to some families a closure of their circle of grief.The book is fascinating, even providing a how to guide to become your very own investigative detective and help the police to ferret out a possible murderer I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy true crime stories and the audible version I listened to narrated by the author was done so very well Perhaps now with the internet, social media platforms and of course the use of DNA, many will be brought to justice and the families of those who lost their loved ones will be able to know that while their loved ones have lost their lives, those who killed them might no longer walk among us free to live their life, a life they denied others to have According to some statistics, one third of the murders in the United States go unresolved For many, especially the families of those who were murdered there is no ending, no resolution, no justice until the killer or killers is found, tried and brought to justice For Jan and I, listening to this book was an eye opening experience as Billy Jensen took us on his journey to bring some resolution to the families, and perhaps in a small way allow justice to be served on those who chose to kill For both our reviews and a look at the author you can go here flag 24 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 28, 2019 Johann jobis89 rated it liked it Billy Jensen, who finished Michelle McNamara s I ll Be Gone in the Dark following her untimely death, talks about his love for true crime and how he became involved in investigating unsolved murders.Jensen provides a really fascinating insight into how he carries out his own investigative journalist and lays down the tools and rules to help you get involved yourself I m not 100% convinced that it s a good idea to encourage people to get involved in trying to solve crimes on their own There Billy Jensen, who finished Michelle McNamara s I ll Be Gone in the Dark following her untimely death, talks about his love for true crime and how he became involved in investigating unsolved murders.Jensen provides a really fascinating insight into how he carries out his own investigative journalist and lays down the tools and rules to help you get involved yourself I m not 100% convinced that it s a good idea to encourage people to get involved in trying to solve crimes on their own There s a difference between helping out where you can and then leading your own investigation It s perhaps just a good idea to get involved where it s appropriate.Jensen s passion for catching the bad guys who think they got away with it really shines through Most of the crimes covered were ones I already knew about, which was unfortunate, but I liked hearing about of the backstory into how they were solved.3.5 stars Definitely recommend to all true crime fans, especially if you re already a fan of Billy Jensen flag 21 likesLike see review May 21, 2019 Natasha Niezgoda rated it really liked it Shelves true crime, audiobook Body In Cat Litter Say What Billy Jensen has seen it all 4 stars By now, you all know I live for true crime and so when Billy Jensen friends with Karen and Georgia from MFM and he helped finish Michelle McNamara s book came out with his own book, I was all over it Jensen is an incredible storyteller and his road to becoming an investigative journalist is pretty cool Chase Darkness with Me is an autobiographical view into Jensen s start He shares personal stories from his upbringing Body In Cat Litter Say What Billy Jensen has seen it all 4 stars By now, you all know I live for true crime and so when Billy Jensen friends with Karen and Georgia from MFM and he helped finish Michelle McNamara s book came out with his own book, I was all over it Jensen is an incredible storyteller and his road to becoming an investigative journalist is pretty cool Chase Darkness with Me is an autobiographical view into Jensen s start He shares personal stories from his upbringing, his college years, and how he became an advocate for cold case victims Some of the cases he s been a part of are surreal Like the one about a body being covered in a mountain of cat litter I m not joking It s nuts And this tell all isn t holding back It s only available on audio right now And I would definitely recommend this to any My Favorite Murder listener NOTE if you have listened to Jensen s and Paul Holes podcast The Murder Squad, some of this book will sound repetitive At first, I was like wahhhh because I m a brat But then I had to applaud Jensen because these are the cases that truly cultivated his drive and the fact that he s getting answers for so many families is FREAKING RAD flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 14, 2019 Fiona rated it really liked it Shelves crime and punishment, non fiction RTC as per the publisher s request but let s let the foreword by Karen Kilgariff of My Favorite Murder speak for me in the meantime It s a movie plot come to life After years of difficult, thankless work, a reporter obsessed with justice gets the rare satisfaction of seeing justice finally served Who doesn t want to read that immediately flag 15 likesLike see review Apr 20, 2019 Renee itsbooktalk rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 starsIf you like true crime, especially in the form of investigative journalism, this audiobook is for you I was initially drawn to this story because of Billy s association with Michelle McNamarra in the amazing I ll Be Gone in the Dark book from 2018 Billy worked closely with Michelle on her Golden State Killer case and after her death he was instrumental in helping to finish and get her book published In his new audiobook, Billy tells of how he developed a love of true crime and justic 4.5 starsIf you like true crime, especially in the form of investigative journalism, this audiobook is for you I was initially drawn to this story because of Billy s association with Michelle McNamarra in the amazing I ll Be Gone in the Dark book from 2018 Billy worked closely with Michelle on her Golden State Killer case and after her death he was instrumental in helping to finish and get her book published In his new audiobook, Billy tells of how he developed a love of true crime and justice from an early age he describes some pretty crazy bedtime stories of crimes and criminals that his dad used to share with him Rather than scaring him, Billy pinpoints those early stories as instilling a fascination and hunger within himself to explore crime and those who commit itBelieve me when I say this is one of the most engaging, insightful audiobooks I ve ever listened to Billy goes in depth in how he uses crowdsourcing think Facebook and Twitter to catch criminals and it s absolutely fascinating The murder of Marcus Gaines that Billy worked on was not only sad and frustrating to hear but incredible in terms of how it turned out This crowdsourcing feels to me very timely and tremendously important in terms of the possibilites it offers for solving murders and finding missing people In fact, Billy s discussion of the digital posse seemed so accurate for the future of crime and criminal justice Told with empathy, compassion and energy, Billy s dedication and passion for truth and justice came through loud and clear I highly recommend this audiobook flag 14 likesLike see review Apr 29, 2019 Jenna Bookish added it review of another edition My thanks to Audible for allowing me free access to this audio book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher This audio book is currently an Audible Exclusive True crime can be a touchy subject What are the ethics of consuming someone else s tragedy as entertainment Jensen s work and the way he works to essentially crowd source murder investigations means that this book necessarily tangles with some of the thornier ethical questions su My thanks to Audible for allowing me free access to this audio book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher This audio book is currently an Audible Exclusive True crime can be a touchy subject What are the ethics of consuming someone else s tragedy as entertainment Jensen s work and the way he works to essentially crowd source murder investigations means that this book necessarily tangles with some of the thornier ethical questions surrounding true crime The overall impression is of a man with deep respect for the wishes of families searching for answers about their loved ones there is no hint of voyeurism or sensationalism Chase Darkness with Me explores Jensen s early work as a journalist, working at the beck and call of news organizations and being told what to cover After experiencing the shame and discomfort of being pressed to pester a grieving family for an interview, he decided to do things his own way, which would not involve sitting idly on the sidelines Jensen began digging into unsolved crimes, using social media ads to blast targeted areas with surveillance footage, sketches of suspects, or whatever else he had to work with The method is simple but effective Jensen walks the listener through the twists and turns of the cases he was able to help solve with the aid of the public and social media Michelle McNamara, author of I ll be Gone in the Dark and friend of Billy Jensen, also plays a role in this book Jensen was one of the writers who helped to complete I ll be Gone in the Dark from Michelle s notes after her sudden death in 2016 Chase Darkness with Me touches on Jensen s friendship with Michelle and his efforts to ensure that her tireless research into the then unsolved case of the Golden State Killer was not wasted Michelle McNamara unfortunately passed away before police ever made an arrest in the case, but Jensen was able to see his friend s work come to fruition in 2018 with the arrest of James DeAngelo The official stance of police is that Michelle s book did not have an impact on the case, but Jensen and many of Michelle s fans have their doubts The book is as much a call to action as it is storytelling, with an addendum outlining the do s and don ts for readers who may want to do investigative work of their own Jensen s rules place the wishes of the victims families at the forefront and also emphasize the importance of backing off when police have a suspect in their sights the last thing anyone investigating a crime wants to do is give the culprit a heads up that they re being watched closely and cause them to run While extra judicial investigative work is necessarily controversial, Jensen clearly adheres to a strict set of guidelines which maximize his chance of being an asset rather than a liability Chase Darkness with Me is true crime at its best, told with utmost care and compassion for the victims of each case It s not true crime writing in the typical sense, as the author has inserted himself into these stories in a much direct manner than most writers, but I think the writing is stronger for it Each case is intensely personal to Jensen and this absolutely shines through in the final product.You can read all of my reviews on my blog, Jenna Bookish Facebook Instagram Tumblr flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 14, 2019 Rachel TheShadesofOrange rated it really liked it Shelves review copy, non fiction 4.0 StarsThis is exactly the kind of true crime book that I love reading Within each chapter, the author outlines a variety of interesting cases and shares how he uses social media tools to attempt to find justice for the victims Some of the cases in this book have answers, while others still remain unsolved It was fascinating to learn how he uses simple methods like posting information to Twitter and Facebook in order to try to solve major crimes This book also partially reads like a memoir 4.0 StarsThis is exactly the kind of true crime book that I love reading Within each chapter, the author outlines a variety of interesting cases and shares how he uses social media tools to attempt to find justice for the victims Some of the cases in this book have answers, while others still remain unsolved It was fascinating to learn how he uses simple methods like posting information to Twitter and Facebook in order to try to solve major crimes This book also partially reads like a memoir as we learn how the author came into his passion for true crime I found Jensen to be a very likeable person with strong moral values, which made his personal story compelling to read Jensen is also one of the authors who helped to finish Michelle McNamara s popular true crime book, I ll Be Gone in the Dark, so a lot of this book deals with his relationship with her and the Golden State Killer investigation I would personally recommend reading I ll be Gone in the Dark first in order to get the most out of this book.Finally, the book ends with a call to action where the author outlines the steps to become an amtuer true crime investigator and ally with law enforcement agencies Honestly, I found that section to be incredibly motivating and I am now considering ways that I utilize my own passion for true crime in a tangible way within my local community.This was such an addicting read with just the right amount of information to keep me engaged, without bogging me down with too many details I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves true crime non fiction books like I ll Be Gone in the Dark and True Crime Addict.Disclaimer I received a digital copy of this book via Netgalley flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 18, 2019 Caidyn SEMI HIATUS BW Reviews he him his rated it really liked it Shelves true crime, nonfiction CW descriptions of murdersBilly Jensen is definitely a hero to me.When I read this book, I kept talking about what he was doing to my half interested parents They re not that into true crime, sadly How he helps solve crimes by geotargeting ads so people in that location near the crime, who may have seen something they didn t know was important, would be able to give tips.I first heard about Billy from My Favorite Murder I remember hearing him talk about what he does Then I read I ll Be Go CW descriptions of murdersBilly Jensen is definitely a hero to me.When I read this book, I kept talking about what he was doing to my half interested parents They re not that into true crime, sadly How he helps solve crimes by geotargeting ads so people in that location near the crime, who may have seen something they didn t know was important, would be able to give tips.I first heard about Billy from My Favorite Murder I remember hearing him talk about what he does Then I read I ll Be Gone in the Dark, which I thought was a pretty average true crime book, but has grown on me as I think about the legacy it s created Michelle helped catch the Golden State Killer She created her legacy by inspiring so many people to help with cold cases that they took an interest in And it s heartbreaking that she wasn t around to do it.Now all of these people who worked with her are coming to talk about what they do, Billy included.I loved reading about the cases he worked and just how passionate he is Didn t matter what time or day it was He was constantly working to help families get closure about what happened I think that s so admirable And he s so right in his addendum about this It will become time consuming because you won t want to rest because the family can t rest Your relationships will suffer because of that, so you have to find really awesome people who accept this.In my own life, I equate that to social work There are definite boundaries in social work but you still get involved I still think about past patients they had and hope that they re doing okay Social work can be life consuming because there s such a great need for it and not enough services for those people who need it And if you re not careful, it will be a 24 7 job and you still won t be able to help everyone you want to.The cases he covered were unknown than known for me I don t watch Crime Watch Daily, so I don t really see all the little cases that they cover that, perhaps, aren t as well covered as others I liked being able to see the cases and read about all the ones that slip through our fingers because they just weren t interesting enough to last longer than a news cycle or two.I think that the only con for this was that it didn t draw me in as much as I wanted I loved that he started with his childhood and how his father inspired him, but it took me a while to really get into the story I think that whenever I reread it because I m sure that I will I ll pick up on the things that I missed during this first read.Overall, a really good true crime story that covers cases most of us aren t familiar with and talks about how we can all use technology to help solve cold cases flag 8 likesLike see review Apr 29, 2019 Janelle She Reads with Cats rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, nonfiction, audiobook, to be reviewed, autobiography memoir biography I became a Murderino the minute I heard my first episode of My Favorite Murder In their podcast, Hardstark and Kilgariff talked extensively about the Golden State Killer and Michelle McNamara s I LL BE GONE IN THE DARK And this is how I heard about Billy Jensen I went to see Patton Oswalt, Billy Jensen, and Paul Haynes at my local Barnes and Noble during the book tour and it was awesome So of course, as soon as I saw Jensen s CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME was coming, I HAD TO HAVE IT Even better, I became a Murderino the minute I heard my first episode of My Favorite Murder In their podcast, Hardstark and Kilgariff talked extensively about the Golden State Killer and Michelle McNamara s I LL BE GONE IN THE DARK And this is how I heard about Billy Jensen I went to see Patton Oswalt, Billy Jensen, and Paul Haynes at my local Barnes and Noble during the book tour and it was awesome So of course, as soon as I saw Jensen s CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME was coming, I HAD TO HAVE IT Even better, I was able to listen to the audiobook where Jensen narrates it himself.I was mesmerized by Jensen s story and the premise It s not your typical true crime book, but of an autobiographical story of a crime investigative journalist, a person who empathizes with the victim s families, not focusing on the salacious details Jensen describes how from an early age he was fascinated by crime and the injustice that can often happen His father would tell him stories from the news or his past that fueled his passion and curiosity, which has continued throughout his life As I listened, I fully realized how much Jensen loves, admires, and attributes to his dad it put a smile on my face.As we move forward, we learn about crimes that have stuck with him over the years with first hand details of what happened He discusses cases that escape media attention as well as unsolved cases such as Marques Gaines, the Golden State Killer, and the Allenstown Four It is his passion for solving the unsolvable that led him to Michelle McNamara After McNamara s tragic passing, he worked tirelessly with Paul Haynes and Patton Oswalt to finish her book for publication I, for one, firmly believe that McNamara s I LL BE GONE IN THE DARK helped solve the case.Jensen became a citizen detective to assist the police in solving cold cases Law enforcement are understaffed and often outsource for information and Jensen talks at length about his innovative use of social media for crowdsourcing He also delves into DNA testing companies role in solving crimes we otherwise may not be able to solve At the very end, he goes through the how to of safely becoming a citizen detective which I found helpful Jensen s drive, passion, insight, authenticity, and honesty shines through every page of CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME flag 10 likesLike see review Jun 02, 2019 Kristin rated it liked it What starts as bingeable read about the author s evolution from crime fan, to writer, to amateur detective quickly becomes a repetitive recap of his attempts at social media crowd sleuthing most of which fail to catch the criminal.What I enjoyed most was the relationship Jensen has with his father Where so many crime writers driving motivations are rooted in their own terrible, dark upbringings it s refreshing to read about someone whose obsessive interest is rooted in a childhood spent bondi What starts as bingeable read about the author s evolution from crime fan, to writer, to amateur detective quickly becomes a repetitive recap of his attempts at social media crowd sleuthing most of which fail to catch the criminal.What I enjoyed most was the relationship Jensen has with his father Where so many crime writers driving motivations are rooted in their own terrible, dark upbringings it s refreshing to read about someone whose obsessive interest is rooted in a childhood spent bonding with his dad during the evening news flag 8 likesLike see review Aug 09, 2019 Shelleyrae at Bookd Out rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley reviews, arc are Choose Darkness With Me is a fascinating account of Billy Jensen s passion for investigating unsolved crimes, and developing new strategies with which to solve them Whenever people ask me why I only write about unsolved murders, I always say the same thing because I hate the guy who got away with it Jensen s obsession with true crime began in childhood, inspired in part by his dad s rather inappropriate bedtime stories After earning a degree in Religion, and forays into a range of diverse pr Choose Darkness With Me is a fascinating account of Billy Jensen s passion for investigating unsolved crimes, and developing new strategies with which to solve them Whenever people ask me why I only write about unsolved murders, I always say the same thing because I hate the guy who got away with it Jensen s obsession with true crime began in childhood, inspired in part by his dad s rather inappropriate bedtime stories After earning a degree in Religion, and forays into a range of diverse professions including house painting, web marketing, and professional roller hockey, Jensen became a journalist Landing a job as a stringer he was on course to be a crime beat reporter but quickly realised that he wasn t comfortable just writing about the awful things that happened to people He wanted to help, and turned his focus to the hundreds of thousands of missing persons, and unsolved murders mainstream media deemed low profile , eventually leading to the development of the website True Crime Daily , and a desire to reinvent the way true crime stories are told, and solved, through the use of television, mobile and web.The potential of crowdsourcing crime solving is something Jensen often discussed with the late Michelle McNamara while she was in pursuit of identifying The Golden State Killer After her untimely death, Jensen helped to complete her book, I ll Be Gone In the Dark , and was motivated to take direct action I m not chasing people I m chasing shadows, phantoms that flit in and out of a surveillance video That s on a good night On the other nights, I m chasing darkness Of course online armchair detectives have been active for years, Websleuths was launched in 1999, and they recognised the potential of social media as a source for solving crime early on Jensen however claims to be one of the first to recognise the value geotargeted social media campaigns could have to help solve crime and set out to prove his theory In Chase Darkness With Me he documents several intriguing cases in which geotargeting, primarily using Facebook s and Twitter s boost tools funded from his own pocket , in combination with other methods, has assisted in generating new leads, and even arrests, in cases deemed cold by the police This, Jensen believes, is something anyone can do, and to that end he also provides tips and advice for anyone interested in becoming a Citizen Detective We are at the precipice of being able to solve cold cases than ever before we need to get loud Start fund raisers Recruit volunteers You reading this book are deputized Go get a megaphone I found Chase Darkness With Me to be absolutely compelling reading I m certain those interested in true crime, law enforcement or related topics, will also find it entertaining and informative flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 17, 2019 Susan Albert rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves memoir, true crime, police procedural, research, about true crime Still thinking how I feel about this book, which I just finished last night Compelling reading, new to me material about the citizen sleuth citizen detective movement, by the man who helped finish Michelle McNamara s posthumously published I ll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.Valuable here Jensen s documentation of the work of people involved with online crowdsolving new word for me and the websleuths community As a writer of crime fiction Still thinking how I feel about this book, which I just finished last night Compelling reading, new to me material about the citizen sleuth citizen detective movement, by the man who helped finish Michelle McNamara s posthumously published I ll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.Valuable here Jensen s documentation of the work of people involved with online crowdsolving new word for me and the websleuths community As a writer of crime fiction, this is something I want to know about Like this Update 8 18 2019The problem with true crime as a genre has always been the sensationalizing of murder a legacy of 19th and 20th century yellow journalism In these pursuit of true crime memoirs like this one,True Crime Addict How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray, and I ll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer , the deaths aren t hyped, but the search is and the intoxicating, addicting effects of the search on the searchers The searchers Jensen, Renner, McNamara portray themselves as totally absorbed in the hunt I m not sure whether that s factual surely these writers have a life or a trope of this emerging sub genre It s interesting I just don t know what to do with it Yet.I may add to this later By now, you can see that this isn t so much a review as it is my notes on the reading and my learning process To compensate for whatever biases I m bringing to Jensen s book, I ve bumped up my rating to 5 stars It s very well done, of its kind and for its intended readers flag 4 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 15, 2019 Jen rated it it was amazing It wasn t until I was an adult that I realized I wasn t alone, that I wasn t weird for being incredibly intrigued by true crime Billy says we all have an origin story That if you think about it for a minute, you just might realize what first got you interested in crime For me, it was Silence of the Lambs I wanted to be Jodie Foster so, so bad Then there was the OJ trial I remember watching the chase in my basement, the trial after that Then there were the crime novels and then a book call It wasn t until I was an adult that I realized I wasn t alone, that I wasn t weird for being incredibly intrigued by true crime Billy says we all have an origin story That if you think about it for a minute, you just might realize what first got you interested in crime For me, it was Silence of the Lambs I wanted to be Jodie Foster so, so bad Then there was the OJ trial I remember watching the chase in my basement, the trial after that Then there were the crime novels and then a book called The Most Infamous Serial Killers in History that I found at a bookstore There was the family member detective that would share old police reports with me I would go over those like Indiana Jones with a treasure map I went to school for criminology and criminal justice I wanted to investigate, I wanted to profile I wanted to catch the bad guy Then CSI made everything cool and jobs scarce and I got married and had kids It wasn t until years later, after I packed my killer books away because my husband said it probably wasn t appropriate for our girls to see them, after I started working again after being a stay at home mom, that I met Sarah Through Sarah, I found sort of a kindred spirit How have you not heard of My Favorite Murder she asked one day after we stumbled upon the realization that we both loved true crime From Sarah, I found Karen and Georgia From Karen and Georgia, I found Michelle McNamara and others like me We are called murderinos Through them and Karen and Georgia, I found Billy Billy Jensen s Chase Darkness with Me is an ode to true crimerinos everywhere We re no longer the weird ones The ones who have a weird affinity for death and crime We re the ones who want answers We re the ones who might just find those answers We re Batman Chase Darkness with Me is Billy s journey to what he s doing now He talks about the late nights, how social media is changing the way crimes are solved, how people like you and me and him are starting to make a difference He even lets you in on his relationship with his dad I feel like that s an honor in and of itself Not only does Billy go over his journey, he talks a lot about Michelle and finishing her journey What it was like when The Golden State Killer, the moniker she penned for the monster, was finally apprehended, found completely clueless with a roast in the oven All thanks to familial DNA and Michelle s tenacity He talks you through what to do if you want to do what he does If you want to become a hunter If you want to help solve crime He talks of what mistakes to avoid, best practices to use He makes so many damn good points that I want to highlight them all for you Reading Chase Darkness with Me is like being let into a club you didn t know existed You feel Billy s highs, his excitement, you feel his disappointment and his losses And all of these cases are real Some still ongoing, some having been solved Billy is now in partnership with Paul Holes who once said that Michelle was like his partner in a podcast called The Murder Squad Jenson and Holes While I still haven t yet listened to every MFM episode sorry , Jenson and Holes has been added to my playlist If you like true crime, this book is 150% for you You will love it, highlight it, read it again, and cherish it It s a book for us I received a gifted copy of this book All opinions are my own flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2019 Kate R rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs I read I ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, and knew I needed to get my hands on this one Billy Jensen helped finish Michelle s book after she passed In this book, he gives some behind the scenes and things from his POV This book also has how they eventually caught the Golden State Killer, and that is fascinating in itself The rest of the book contains Jensen s background and the cases that have captivated him Jensen is an incredible writer, giving facts in a very informative bu I read I ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, and knew I needed to get my hands on this one Billy Jensen helped finish Michelle s book after she passed In this book, he gives some behind the scenes and things from his POV This book also has how they eventually caught the Golden State Killer, and that is fascinating in itself The rest of the book contains Jensen s background and the cases that have captivated him Jensen is an incredible writer, giving facts in a very informative but compelling way His edge of your seat narrative had me nervous and anxiously googling all these cases that I didn t know He even gives you a how to solve your own murders in the end All True Crime addicts will absolutely LOVE this book I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 16, 2019 Gabe rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime, non fiction, true crime I came into this book with no expectations I ve listened to My Favorite Murder since the beginning and was familar with Jensen as a result of the podcast which he was a guest on during the GSK drama and the book he helped complete after Michelle McNamara s death I ll be Gone in the Dark In this book, Jensen takes the reader through his childhood, when his father would show him newspaper articles about criminals being caught This was the beginning of his love of true crime, which lead to h I came into this book with no expectations I ve listened to My Favorite Murder since the beginning and was familar with Jensen as a result of the podcast which he was a guest on during the GSK drama and the book he helped complete after Michelle McNamara s death I ll be Gone in the Dark In this book, Jensen takes the reader through his childhood, when his father would show him newspaper articles about criminals being caught This was the beginning of his love of true crime, which lead to his job as a crime journalist However, after seeing crime after crime go unsolved, he decided to start solving them on his own using social media and the few contacts he had He then details a slew of unsolved crimes missing persons cases he has helped solve If you re looking for a true crime book about big, flashy cases, this isn t it The crimes he helps with are run of the mill crimes murder at a taco bell, man murdered outside a bar, etc However, there is one exception, and that is his assistance with the Golden State Killer EAR ONS The book ends with a call to arms for citizen detectives and a how to guide this dovetails nicely with his new podcast The Murder Squad I would recommend to those interested in the inner workings of a murder investigation and true crime fanatics flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 09, 2019 Carla Carlas Book Bits rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves nonfiction I m not a person who normally highlights quotes from a book I never think about compiling a list of phrases that resonate with me, or impress me And now that I ve found the book that I want to highlight and share the words of, I m so sad that it turned out to be an ARC, because the things that Billy Jensen has written about here are so pertinent to life Crime and death are things that have touched everyone, and Jensen is sensitive to this during the entirety of the book.Billy Jensen is a repo I m not a person who normally highlights quotes from a book I never think about compiling a list of phrases that resonate with me, or impress me And now that I ve found the book that I want to highlight and share the words of, I m so sad that it turned out to be an ARC, because the things that Billy Jensen has written about here are so pertinent to life Crime and death are things that have touched everyone, and Jensen is sensitive to this during the entirety of the book.Billy Jensen is a reporter and true crime aficionado After years of writing about unsolved mysteries, he decides that enough is enough and he wants to put in the effort to help solve as many of these as he can He s great friends with Michelle McNamara you might recognize that name she wrote I ll Be Gone in the Dark about the Golden State Killer and her death was a real catalyst in his decision to change his life in pursuit of this.I love the way this book is written so personally Billy Jensen takes all these cases personally and there are some crazy ones in this book, including 4 dead bodies found in barrels a mummified corpse inside a crawlspace He s not shy to talk about how victims advocates are affected by grief, and he s very open about how he dealt with the death of a good friend.Just a quick note This book does end with a call for help Lots of crimes have yet to be solved, and it takes than just qualified detectives to solve them, it takes an army I can t say this loudly enough The book is transparent about the dangers and hardships about doing this I myself am a small built woman of color, so I m most likely not gonna do anything that puts me in unnecessary danger that I can t escape from However, I see the necessity in a call for action, so please exercise good judgment if you want to do this Thank you so much to NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy of this before publication flag 4 likesLike see review May 09, 2019 Sarah Titus rated it it was amazing This is the other side of true crime The side without answers, the messy side Billy Jensen is trying to do something new to solve the hard cases creating an army of volunteers online to help fill in the gaps to bring peace to families and justice to perpetrators This is an amazing read It s inspired me to think about doing with my time and my skillset to help You should think about reading this He could really use the help All those people whose remains lay unidentified or whose murd This is the other side of true crime The side without answers, the messy side Billy Jensen is trying to do something new to solve the hard cases creating an army of volunteers online to help fill in the gaps to bring peace to families and justice to perpetrators This is an amazing read It s inspired me to think about doing with my time and my skillset to help You should think about reading this He could really use the help All those people whose remains lay unidentified or whose murderer is still at large have been waiting There are so many people waiting flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 09, 2019 Katie rated it really liked it Billy Jensen puts everything he has into his work It s clear that bringing killers to justice is a great passion of his and it s amazing just how many cases he s been involved in I read this, of course, because I m an MFM fan and now listen to the Murder Squad podcast where Jensen pleaded with listeners to buy his book haha His details about the Allenstown 4 case are truly harrowing and I had to do a doubletake when he mentioned the killer had once lived and worked in my small hometown of S Billy Jensen puts everything he has into his work It s clear that bringing killers to justice is a great passion of his and it s amazing just how many cases he s been involved in I read this, of course, because I m an MFM fan and now listen to the Murder Squad podcast where Jensen pleaded with listeners to buy his book haha His details about the Allenstown 4 case are truly harrowing and I had to do a doubletake when he mentioned the killer had once lived and worked in my small hometown of Scotts Valley, CA Wild This book mixes his career in investigative journalism along with his personal memoirs, and while I enjoyed both, events could be a little hard to follow at times I really appreciated his advice at the end of the book for how to approach being a citizen sleuth and how everyone can contribute to putting murderers behind bars.See of my reviews Blog Instagram flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 30, 2019 Katie rated it did not like it Shelves 2019 books self aggrandizing mediocre drivel flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 11, 2019 Neville Longbottom rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, nonfiction 4.5 I m fascinated by true crime and unsolved mysteries I have phases where I ll spend too much time on the Unresolved Mysteries subreddit I listened to the first season of the In the Dark podcast two times I m definitely not a true crime buff by any means, but I like checking in on that realm from time to time This book caught my attention when I found out that Billy Jensen was one of the people who helped finish Michelle McNamara s book, I ll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Se 4.5 I m fascinated by true crime and unsolved mysteries I have phases where I ll spend too much time on the Unresolved Mysteries subreddit I listened to the first season of the In the Dark podcast two times I m definitely not a true crime buff by any means, but I like checking in on that realm from time to time This book caught my attention when I found out that Billy Jensen was one of the people who helped finish Michelle McNamara s book, I ll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, after she passed away It was interesting to hear about how they met and formed a friendship And it s bittersweet to see his reaction when The Golden State Killer is finally caught It was also fascinating to watch how Jensen went from primarily just covering crimes for newspapers to taking a active role in trying to solve murders and other cases His tactic of using social media and paying to have his pages boosted to people of certain demographics in certain areas was interesting to learn about I think this book was just exactly what I needed after being a little bit let down by Mindhunter Inside the FBI s Elite Serial Crime Unit I sat down to just read for a couple minutes and then all of a sudden I was 100 pages in It s totally fast paced and easy to read This book doesn t have one central mystery that it s covering, there are a bunch of cases that Jensen talks about Some he helps to solve and some still remain unsolved, but they re all intriguing If you re a fan of true crime or are interested in seeing how the internet and social media can help to solve crimes then I d definitely recommend checking out this book I read an ARC of this book. flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 16, 2019 Jade Wright rated it it was amazing Billy Jensen is fantastic need I say No but I will Chase Darkness With me is an in depth look into investigating solving murder cases It s extremely personal, inspiring, motivational, gut wrenching and devastating all rolled into one He shares his story of getting to know Karen and Georgia if you don t know who they are I have no words, Paul Holes and Michelle McNamara I read I ll Be Gone in the Dark last year and I feel as though Jensen s book is a great companion to it as Billy Jensen is fantastic need I say No but I will Chase Darkness With me is an in depth look into investigating solving murder cases It s extremely personal, inspiring, motivational, gut wrenching and devastating all rolled into one He shares his story of getting to know Karen and Georgia if you don t know who they are I have no words, Paul Holes and Michelle McNamara I read I ll Be Gone in the Dark last year and I feel as though Jensen s book is a great companion to it as it Evil Has a Name Jensen tells us of his relationship with McNamara and how he helped finish her incredible book for her after she passed away The guy has so much drive and passion for what he does and it shines through so brightly in this book I loved it I loved getting to know him , too I laughed, I cried this book really will captivate you.I loved that it was narrated by Jensen, too He speaks so well and is so easy to listen to The foreward by Karen Kilgariff was a fabulous touch for us true crime junkies too flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 19, 2019 Bee rated it really liked it Shelves to review, nonfiction, read in 2019, audiobook, 4 stars Review to come flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 24, 2019 Katherine Kj Joslin rated it it was amazing Shelves own, 2019rraugust, 2019rrjune I just love the book, the concept of a victim s advocate citizen detective and basically anything to do with Billy Jensen I learned of Billy Jensen through the untimely, unfortunate death of Michelle McNamara and the release of her book about the Golden State Killer I am in awe of those who do crime writing and those who strive to make a difference in the world I appreciate the information but over I appreciate knowing that there is someone out there who just wants to help ease the pain I just love the book, the concept of a victim s advocate citizen detective and basically anything to do with Billy Jensen I learned of Billy Jensen through the untimely, unfortunate death of Michelle McNamara and the release of her book about the Golden State Killer I am in awe of those who do crime writing and those who strive to make a difference in the world I appreciate the information but over I appreciate knowing that there is someone out there who just wants to help ease the pain of those who have lost loved ones GREAT JOB BILLY flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 16, 2019 Fern rated it liked it Interesting tale But tone teeters on bombastic Persisted because of the true crime element And there is the engaging idea that crowd sourcing can work for crime solving flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2019 Cheri rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audio, 2019 reads, crime, non fiction I ve read a quite a bit of true crime over the past year or so and Chase Darkness with Me is one of my favorites I was drawn to it for a few reasons it was cheap on Audible, I loved Michelle McNamara s I ll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, and I fantasize about solving cold cases and wanted to read about someone who ended up doing it.Jensen, who also narrates the book, lays out numerous cases that he worked on and I was interested in all of them W I ve read a quite a bit of true crime over the past year or so and Chase Darkness with Me is one of my favorites I was drawn to it for a few reasons it was cheap on Audible, I loved Michelle McNamara s I ll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, and I fantasize about solving cold cases and wanted to read about someone who ended up doing it.Jensen, who also narrates the book, lays out numerous cases that he worked on and I was interested in all of them Whether it was the discussion of his methods or the family and friends of the victims, I had a tough time hitting pause to do other things Just like I did during and after reading I ll Be Gone in the Dark, I hit reddit looking at cold cases and all the true crime subs I could find Almost immediately I was overwhelmed by just how many cases there are being talked about And also by the daunting task of figuring out where to get started on even picking a case to start researching The author clearly expects readers to feel this way and devotes time in an addendum to the book giving steps to follow to get started I ve already created my new reddit account and email address Jensen is coming to a local bookshop in the next few days and I ve got my tickets to hear him speak I m hoping he ll offer some tips on being a citizen detective flag 2 likesLike see review May 05, 2019 Michelle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves non fiction, true crime, 2019, audible I had no idea what to expect for an audible original and part of me admittedly wondered if this would somehow be less of a book The answer is a resounding no though I think I enjoyed this far than I would ve in regular book form particularly due to Billy Jensen s narration I knew that Jensen had finished I ll Be Gone in the Dark for Michelle McNamara following her death, and I knew he was a true crime writer but he is so much than that The tales of how he began using social m I had no idea what to expect for an audible original and part of me admittedly wondered if this would somehow be less of a book The answer is a resounding no though I think I enjoyed this far than I would ve in regular book form particularly due to Billy Jensen s narration I knew that Jensen had finished I ll Be Gone in the Dark for Michelle McNamara following her death, and I knew he was a true crime writer but he is so much than that The tales of how he began using social media to solve crimes shows not only his intelligence, but his utter doggedness and he make an impossible to ignore case for employing these methods on a wider scale Not only is this a good listen, I came away with huge admiration for the author flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 12, 2019 Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss, 2019 Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e galley for honest review Billy Jensen s passion for citizen detective work and fighting for answers in unsolved cases comes across clearly throughout this story The deep dives he s taken and the methods he s refined to track down murderers are both fascinating and devastating The statistics and stories in this book are often infuriating the percentage of murders that go unsolved in the US is shocking Jensen s story is genuinely fascin Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e galley for honest review Billy Jensen s passion for citizen detective work and fighting for answers in unsolved cases comes across clearly throughout this story The deep dives he s taken and the methods he s refined to track down murderers are both fascinating and devastating The statistics and stories in this book are often infuriating the percentage of murders that go unsolved in the US is shocking Jensen s story is genuinely fascinating some of his stories and background will be familiar ground to listeners of My Favorite Murder and or The Murder Squad , and his story might inspire others to take up the fight and he outlines the code at the back flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 20, 2019 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing If you re a fan of true crime, you probably already want to read this book And if you don t You need to This was absolutely fascinating Jensen walks you through his own life, the cases he s helped solve, and the cases he s still working on There s also a call to action for others to step in and help as well It s so interesting and such a promising revolution in crime flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Crime True Crime 237 users Nonfiction 157 users Audiobook 52 users Autobiography Memoir 31 users Mystery Crime 25 users See top shelves About Billy Jensen Billy Jensen 256 followers An American true crime investigative journalist and producer, focusing on unsolved crimes, citizen detectives, and crowdsolving, I ve written crime stories for Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Magazine, Boston Magazine, and the New York Times Referred to as an expert on amateur digital detectives by both MSNBC and Al Jazeera America, I presented the panel Solving Murders With Social Media at the SXSW An American true crime investigative journalist and producer, focusing on unsolved crimes, citizen detectives, and crowdsolving, I ve written crime stories for Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Magazine, Boston Magazine, and the New York Times Referred to as an expert on amateur digital detectives by both MSNBC and Al Jazeera America, I presented the panel Solving Murders With Social Media at the SXSW Interactive and the National Cybercrime Conference During the day you can find me working as a supervising producer and special investigator at the Warner Bros program Crime Watch Daily, where I run all digital operations for the program At night, you can find me working on my next case, representing justice so far as my feeble powers go.In the past, I co founded the Long Island Press newspaper, True Crime Report, and the largest public unsolved murders database I earned a master s degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas and played professional roller hockey earning the first minor penalty in Major League Roller Hockey history I am also a sought after digital media consultant, having been general manager of Buzzmedia and head of digital at Village Voice Media, overseeing the digital transformation of 17 alternative weeklies Books by Billy Jensen More Trivia About Chase Darkness wi No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 923, 815, 244, 33, 5 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API 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        An American true crime investigative journalist and producer, focusing on unsolved crimes, citizen detectives, and crowdsolving, I ve written crime stories for Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Magazine, Boston Magazine, and the New York Times Referred to as an expert on amateur digital detectives by both MSNBC and Al Jazeera America, I presented the panel Solving Murders With Social Media at the SXSW An American true crime investigative journalist and producer, focusing on unsolved crimes, citizen detectives, and crowdsolving, I ve written crime stories for Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Magazine, Boston Magazine, and the New York Times Referred to as an expert on amateur digital detectives by both MSNBC and Al Jazeera America, I presented the panel Solving Murders With Social Media at the SXSW Interactive and the National Cybercrime Conference During the day you can find me working as a supervising producer and special investigator at the Warner Bros program Crime Watch Daily, where I run all digital operations for the program At night, you can find me working on my next case, representing justice so far as my feeble powers go.In the past, I co founded the Long Island Press newspaper, True Crime Report, and the largest public unsolved murders database I earned a master s degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas and played professional roller hockey earning the first minor penalty in Major League Roller Hockey history I am also a sought after digital media consultant, having been general manager of Buzzmedia and head of digital at Village Voice Media, overseeing the digital transformation of 17 alternative weeklies


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    1. True crime is having a moment Growing up, I used to sneak read True Detective magazine under the covers But now, those of us who are true crime fans can admit to our fascination without sounding too weird What drives an interest in true crime Contrary to what some may believe, fans do not derive voyeuristic pleasure out of the misery of others Investigative journalist Billy Jensen s driving force is empathy for the victims and their families and the desire to make the monsters pay for their True [...]


    2. I reviewed a digital version of this book The author was a friend and colleague of Michelle McNamera s until she passed away while working on her true crime book, I ll Be Gone In The Dark He is one of several who helped her husband to finish the book and get it published This is his story, telling how he went from just reporting on stories to getting so frustrated that he jumped in and started solving them He and Michelle had plans to work together at it as soon as she sent off her book ma I rev [...]


    3. 4.5 starsSometimes a tragedy can spur one onto doing something, of taking a stand, of getting involved With the death of his friend, Michele McNamara, the author of I ll Be Gone In the Dark, a book I read and so enjoyed, Billy Jensen becomes involved in the concept and tracking of killers who got away With the advent of DNA tracking, many, who were previously living among us, though that was denied the ones they killed, were fated to be found While Ms McNamara died before the Golden State kil 4. [...]


    4. Billy Jensen, who finished Michelle McNamara s I ll Be Gone in the Dark following her untimely death, talks about his love for true crime and how he became involved in investigating unsolved murders.Jensen provides a really fascinating insight into how he carries out his own investigative journalist and lays down the tools and rules to help you get involved yourself I m not 100% convinced that it s a good idea to encourage people to get involved in trying to solve crimes on their own There Billy [...]


    5. Body In Cat Litter Say What Billy Jensen has seen it all 4 stars By now, you all know I live for true crime and so when Billy Jensen friends with Karen and Georgia from MFM and he helped finish Michelle McNamara s book came out with his own book, I was all over it Jensen is an incredible storyteller and his road to becoming an investigative journalist is pretty cool Chase Darkness with Me is an autobiographical view into Jensen s start He shares personal stories from his upbringing Body In Cat L [...]


    6. RTC as per the publisher s request but let s let the foreword by Karen Kilgariff of My Favorite Murder speak for me in the meantime It s a movie plot come to life After years of difficult, thankless work, a reporter obsessed with justice gets the rare satisfaction of seeing justice finally served Who doesn t want to read that immediately


    7. 4.5 starsIf you like true crime, especially in the form of investigative journalism, this audiobook is for you I was initially drawn to this story because of Billy s association with Michelle McNamarra in the amazing I ll Be Gone in the Dark book from 2018 Billy worked closely with Michelle on her Golden State Killer case and after her death he was instrumental in helping to finish and get her book published In his new audiobook, Billy tells of how he developed a love of true crime and justic 4. [...]


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