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Oxygen inks deal with Golden State Killer detective Paul Holes

Oxygen Media, NBCUniversal’s true crime multiplatform network for women, has signed an overall development deal with retired detective Paul Holes, best known for his role in bringing alleged Golden State ...
September 6, 2018

Oxygen Media, NBCUniversal’s true crime multiplatform network for women, has signed an overall development deal with retired detective Paul Holes, best known for his role in bringing alleged Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo to justice.

Holes has retired from his position as cold case investigator and chief of forensics for the Contra Costa district attorney’s office in California, but that didn’t stop him from continuing to investigate the notorious, decades-long Golden State Killer case in his free time.

Active for more than a decade and at large for almost 40 years, the Golden State Killer is believed to have murdered at least 13 people, raped more than 50 women, and burgled upwards of 100 homes in the 70s and 80s, notably chronicled in Michelle McNamara’s 2018 bestseller I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. DeAngelo was arrested in April 2018 and charged with several of the crimes.

Few details have been released about the nature of Holes’ deal with Oxygen, though his own comments suggest subject matter related to cold cases or under-reported crimes.

“I’m retired now, and am looking forward to this next chapter of my career where I can help shine a light on cases that deserve national exposure,” he said, in a statement.

Whether he will serve as producer, host or in some other capacity is still unclear.

“Paul embodies what Oxygen is all about,” added Rod Aissa, EVP of original programming and development at Oxygen. “His story is of the highest stakes, a career journey with brilliant investigation work that resulted in justice for dozens of victims and their families. He’s deservedly become a true crime icon among fans of the genre and we’re excited to develop future projects with him.”

The deal comes after Holes appeared in the two-hour Oxygen special Golden State Killer: Main Suspect last month, and coincides with the one-year anniversary of Oxygen’s rebranding as a premium true crime destination.

Existing Oxygen docuseries include The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks, Aaron Hernandez Uncovered and Cold Justice.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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