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Chase Darkness with Me

How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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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

©2019 Billy Jensen (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Editorial Review

No case left cold

We’re living in a golden age of true crime reporting, and this Original—part memoir, part how-to guide—from one of its modern-day pioneers feels like a rallying cry for those who want to turn their obsession into action. In Chase Darkness With Me, Billy Jensen—who helped to finish the late Michelle McNamara’s groundbreaking I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—shares his experience as an investigative journalist who began reporting on, and eventually solving crimes. It’s a uniquely personal take on the topic, filled with anecdotes about his close relationship with his father, as well as his friendship with McNamara (his "partner in crime"), and Jensen’s engaging delivery heightens that aspect of the story. Jensen is clearly a true believer that the public is instrumental to solving cold cases, and he offers tips and motivation for "citizen detectives" who want to help seek justice for victims. —Sam D., Audible Editor

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  • KK
  • 04-14-19

COULD NOT STOP

This book was so captivating I wanted to call in sick to work the morning I started listening because I didn’t want to stop. I did go to work and still managed to finish in less than 24 hours. I was brought to tears from emotion during portions of the book but overall it was excellent. Billy Jensen has a great voice for audiobooks; I highly recommend this to everyone into making this sometimes dark world, a better place.

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100% worth it

To preface this, I am not one for super critical reviews. I don’t care about structure or form or existential matters. Was it interesting? Informative? Did I enjoy it? Good enough for me.

I’m not a rabid Billy Jensen fan. Nor am I rabid true crime fan. I am a rabid justice for victims fan, so true crime listening and reading consumes a lot of my time. I often listen to it to see if there’s a better technique or idea to be applied in my real life occupation.

This is the writing of someone with empathy, but from as objective as a perspective one can have when they actually give a hoot (man I wish we could curse in reviews. Hoot doesn’t have enough emphasis). This is a narrative from the perspective of someone who wants to give a voice to the voiceless, with a focus not on the horrible things that people do, but the search for justice for people who have horrible things done to them. That difference in narrative is what makes this incredibly special. So often, articles leave you remembering the life history of a serial killer, but not so much as the names or faces of their victims. It’s also refreshing to hear a narrative that’s read and written by a person that is featured prominently in it, without any of the narrative smacking of self importance or pompous ego.

On an audio listening note - a lot of audiobooks just drone. This isn’t a lively radio show production, but I binged this in one sitting (I work long hours) and never once did I feel sleepy, bored, or irritated. Billy’s voice has personality without being corny, and energy without being obnoxious 6 hours in.

10/10 appreciated this, and am glad I spent the money.

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Any True Crime Fan will love!

Billy Jensen has done a great job on this book! I love his ability to mix true crime with the narrative of his life. Like many true crime fans, our fascination starts early! I love hearing the stories of his Dad and of Michelle McNamara. I am half way through this book now and will add more when I finish! I look forward to more of his work!

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I couldn't stop

I loved this story and couldn't stop listening to it. I'm familiar with Billy Jensen's recent podcast and was not disappointed with the book. I want to keep listening and seeing who he's able to help next.

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Intriguing and Inspiring

Billy Jensen is an amazing human. Some may see his optimism for crime fighting as fanatical, but he gets real results through hard work and persistence. Incredible encouragement and guidance for others who may become the unsung heros our world needs.
Keep up the good work, Jensen!

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The best True Crime- the focus where it should be

If you like Serial, Criminal, In The Dark, and other True Crime podcasts, this book is for you. Billy Jensen, spending his own time and money, uses social media as a force for good to help find murders, find missing people, and bring justice for the families of victims.

After you listen, subscribe to his podcast with Paul Holes, Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad and become a part of the movement of citizen detectives.

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A Murderino’s Dream

A fascinating tale of a hardworking journalist and activist’s journey of pursuing justice for the forgotten victims of violent crime. Jensen and Kilgariff’s engrossing narration is icing on the cake. If you love true crime you’ll love this fresh take on procedural investigation.

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Great listen

Great book and very interesting, I wish it kept going on. 100% recommend this book.

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Empowering and informative

I thought I knew Billy’s story but realized after listening I only knew a fraction and I’m so glad I listened. He genuinely cares about what he does and he’s making a major difference for all of those without a voice.

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Phenomenal.

I started this book the afternoon of the release, was up until midnight listening, and IMMEDIATELY started listening again upon waking up. I'm probably going to start it again soon. Poignant and personal, Billy is obviously one of the good guys he states are so few in this true crime world.

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  • ila
  • 06-13-19

the 5 star reviews were right

I'm new to crime and thriller entertainment. i read The Golden State Killer and absolutely loved it. This is possibly even better , or just different in that it has a lot of variation in topics due to Billy Jenson's incredible life and rare attitude. I'm hooked, and will be reading his best friend's book I'll be gone in the dark. This book is absolutely incredible, he talks of things I rarely come across- a new angle on crime and catching monsters. What a heroic man.

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  • Sophie
  • 06-10-19

Billy Jenson is a true modern hero

I never feel compelled to write reviews, but this book is incredible. Both Billy Jenson and Karen Kilgariff (who wrote and reads the foreword) have such compelling and emotive voices, and you can tell that this is something that took a lot of love and care to create.
I’ve been a fan of Billy’s work for a while, but this book gives such a thrilling overview of his life and work, it’s a must listen for any true crime fan. Listen to this and then try and tell me that you don’t want to go into the darkness and root out the monsters with him. I bet you can’t.

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  • Pandora
  • 06-07-19

Powerful and gripping - Loved it.

Ever since I heard of Billy Jensen, I have been glued to every word he says and this book has only strengthened that practise. An everyday humble hero, his story is inspiring and heartbreaking all at once. I hope 'Chase Darkness With Me' helps the ever growing backlog of cold cases and I look forward to reading/hearing his future work.

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  • Emjay
  • 05-26-19

A Must Read

A true crime book worth listening more than once.

I have really enjoyed this book. I have just finished it and I am about to restart it as I always pick up more after the first listen.

It really does take you into his thoughts and how he feels at the time he is investigating the crime.

You see him at the beginning of his career and how awkward he is as he approaches people for the facts and you feel how uncomfortable he is.

Great read.

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  • J M Tooze
  • 05-16-19

modern techniques to solve new and old murders

compelling and inspiring. makes me want to solve at least one crime in my local area.

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  • Miss H C Giles
  • 08-16-19

One for your inner detective

If you're a true crime enthusiast/obsessive who is always looking for clues to unsolved crimes or wondering how you could help solve a case, then this is for you.
Billy Jenson delves into his life as a victims advocate/citizen sleuth and offers advice on the best ways to help authorities solve cold cases/missing persons cases and even how he's helped hunt down fugitives.
Brilliant from start to finish.

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  • Annette
  • 08-12-19

A great listen

Lots of insight into Billy and the work that he does.
He's a gem of a man!

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  • LTHOMSON
  • 08-12-19

After "I'll be gone in the Dark" I needed more!

Billy your book did not disappoint, i'm glad you read it to us yourself.
Fascinating, gripping, sickening, emotional, informative and more.
"I'll be gone in the Dark" is one of the most beautifully emotive books i've read and I thank you for your part in that and bringing that into the world. Knowing Michelle didn't get to see him caught made me so upset but hearing you guys find out and the joy it brought you really helped!

This book is a fantastic window into a dark world and to see justice done is why we keeping reading/listening!
Thank you!

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  • Esiotrot
  • 08-06-19

Highly recommended

As a long time true crime Junkie I loved this book chronicling Billys journey from listening about crimes from his Dads newspaper as a boy to becoming a journalist and then a victims advocate.

I became aware of Billy via the My Favourite murder podcast and knew of his involvement in the completion of Michelle McNamaras book on the Golden State Killer ‘I’ll be gone in the dark’. Michelle & Billy were kindred spirits whose obsession with unsolved true crime cases sealed a great friendship. I was really interesting to learn of his involvement in investigating other crimes - some solved, some ongoing. His strive to highlight to law enforcement and the public how the power of social media can be used for good and help solve puzzles that otherwise would remain on the shelf.

The time, effort and attention to detail he puts into his work is truly inspirational. Billy treats each person with care and tact to ensure the authorities are informed of any information and that family and loved ones know of significant developments. Never looking for recompense, praise or credit when a perpetrator is identified or a case solved, Billy’s work ethic is beautifully humble.
A real life superhero (I can sense him cringing!)

When asked why does he do it?
His reply
‘Because how could I not’

Highly recommended this book to anyone with an interest in true crime.
I would also highly recommend checking out Billy Jensen and Paul Holes podcast - The Murder Squad.

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  • ForensicHelen
  • 08-01-19

Incredible, insightful and heart-felt

A fascinating insight into a truly unique career and life, pursued with passion, integrity and a genuine quest for justice. Narrated by the author, this is a really powerful 'true crime' tome that reminds us why justice is so important and why we should/how we could help in this pursuit. A touching tribute to the late Michelle McNamara, a credit to the author and his work.

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  • Sue
  • 04-30-19

a mighty fine story teller

There were moments when i cheered, lots of moments when i cried, and throughout i had goosebumps. I love audio books when it's the author reading the book. I feel like i ingest it more deeply. It's like listening to a friend tell a story, and Billy Jensen tells a mighty fine story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-19

absolutely phenomenal

Billy Jensen is a super hero in the most pure sense of the word. he is doing incredible things and this book highlights the struggles and accomplishments he had endured along his journey.

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  • lr
  • 06-23-19

Interesting

We enjoyed this one but at times it became a little repetitious however still overall worth a listen.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 06-18-19

Perfect to binge listen

I didn’t know that much about Billy Jensen before listening to his audiobook.

This book is a call to action for all those who love true crime and want to get involved.

Billy’s story is so relatable and interesting I couldn’t put it down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-19

One Day!

Absolutely lived up to the hype!

I will be 'reading' this book again as well as recommending it to all my true crime friends! Thank you for sharing your story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-19

Amazing!

I loved this book. The stories were great, the details were great....but the Spanish sucked :)

The personal stories added to the overall experience.

Totally recommend

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  • Kaytee
  • 05-21-19

Reminiscing with an old friend

Amazing.
Like having a conversation with a friend and catching up after a long trip. Jensen is down to earth and honest.

Never heard true crime be so appealing.

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  • Sara
  • 05-12-19

Fantastic listen on all levels!

Binge-listened to this book! Billy's story telling, knowledge and details had me hooked. Even my partner who isn't really into true crime thought this was a great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-19

Audiobook virginity lost

Today I lost my audiobook virginity to crime journalist Billy Jensen's latest book 'Chase darkness with me'. Like every first time I was apprehensive and had no idea what to expect. Would I get the feeling of uncontrollable lust and not be able to stop? Would it be over too fast? Would I find it boring having one persons voice droning on in my ear holes for a long period of time?
This was not the case (no pun intended).

Today I shared an intimate journey with a man on the other side of the world that I have never met. I was introduced to his family straight away (brash, I know!) and shared in some of the heartache and happiness that he has endured. I am happy to say that I am willing to make the sacrifices and take the steps I need to continue this affair into the future and I am certainly not walking away from this experience dissatisfied or feeling guilty.
Billy, you've found yourself a friend that you don't even know and I can't wait for the next x

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