Pondo’s Review: Chase Darkness With Me

By Billy Jensen


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 15 years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims. Every story he wrote had one thing in common – it didn’t have an ending. The killer was still out there. 

But after the sudden death of a friend, crime writer 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 have given up. A plan to solve the murders himself. 

In Chase Darkness with Me, 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’s pursuit of the Golden State Killer which is chronicled in I’ll Be Gone In The Dark which Billy helped finish after Michelle’s passing, and his own quest to find the murderer of the Allenstown 4 family. 

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 listened to before. 

With a foreword by Karen Kilgariff of My Favorite Murder. 

My Thoughts

Wow, what a story. I knew Billy Jensen had been involved with the Golden State Killer case, but I didn’t know how intimately. I loved the insights into the development of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and the eventual arrest of the Golden State Killer. Billy’s story is told with passion and intensity – amplified since he did his own recording for the audiobook. It honestly felt like he was teaching me specifically how he operated his investigations and the call to action at the end of the book really grabbed me. All budding Private Investigators, aspiring Police Officers, or amateur researchers (aka me) should give this book a listen or a read. Billy Jensen has a lot of knowledge to share and he does it in a welcoming and engaging way. The way he tells the story, being a victim’s advocate is accessible to most that want to help which is amazing.

This book even got me thinking about how I could use my own research skills (woo hoo donor prospecting research & Geneology) to help find lost information or people. That might take some time though 😉


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