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Former California cop arrested as Golden State Killer

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April 25, 2018 | 5:20pm | Updated 

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A former California cop was arrested and outed Wednesday as the infamous Golden State Killer — the fiend who murdered at least 12 people and raped dozens of women in the 1970s and ’80s and whose crimes were chronicled in the recent best-selling true-crime book “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” authorities said.

Officials said they nailed ex-Auburn and former Exeter police Officer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., now 72, by putting him under surveillance a few days ago and getting “discarded DNA” from him — which they then linked to the horrific crime spree.

“James DeAngelo has been called a lot of things by law enforcement. He’s been called the East Side Rapist; the Visalia Ransacker. The Original Night Stalker. The Golden State Killer. Today, it’s our pleasure to call him defendant,” crowed Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

on two counts of murder and arrested in connection with four more, although officials believe he’s the monster responsible for at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and 120 home burglaries in southern California, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and other sources.

Law enforcement matched the DNA material discarded by the ex-cop to material collected decades ago, authorities said. The former worked as a cop in the Exeter Police Department from 1973 to 1976 and then in Exeter’s from 1976 until 1979, when he was fired for shoplifting a hammer and a can of dog repellent, authorities said.

“Very possibly he was committing the crimes while he was a police officer. We’re looking into whether he was doing it while on the job,” a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said at a press conference Wednesday.

DeAngelo, a longtime resident of Sacramento, was arrested after a renewed push into the horrifying unsolved case — amid the release two months ago of the riveting book, which was penned by Michelle McNamara, comedian Patton Oswalt’s late wife. He has also been known as the Diamond Knot Killer.


“We found the needle in the haystack — and it was right here in Sacramento,” said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, adding officials nailed him through “innovative techniques” involving DNA technology.

Jane Carson-Sandler, who was raped by the deranged creep in her Citrus Heights, Calif., home in October 1976, cheered the arrest.

“I just found out this morning,” she told The Island Packet newspaper. “I’m overwhelmed with joy. I’ve been crying, sobbing.”

She added, “After 42 years — wow!”

Bruce Harrington, the brother of slain victim Keith Harrington, said, “It is time for victims to begin to heal — it’s long overdue.”

He added, “And for the 51 ladies brutally raped, sleep better, tonight. He isn’t coming in the window; he’s in jail.”

The serial killer’s twisted spree — which has for decades baffled cops, victims and true crime buffs — began with rapes in east Sacramento County in the summer of 1976.

He often used the same twisted approach, striking women while they felt safe in their homes and shining a flashlight in their eyes to blind them before tying them up with shoelaces and raping them.

During the brutal attacks, he usually spoke through gritted teeth to disguise his voice.

“Shut up or I’ll kill you!” he hissed while holding a knife to the chest of Carson-Sandler in October 1976, according to The Island Packet newspaper.

The twisted killer also collected “trophies,” including victims’ wedding rings, and would sometimes call the women afterward to taunt them.

As years passed, he grew more bold. He began attacking women while they were with men — and would sometimes stay for hours after the ****, rifling through their belongings and even cooking meals.

Authorities say his first murder was in February 1978, when he chased and gunned down Brian and Katie Maggiore, newlyweds who were walking their dog in the quiet city of Rancho Cordova. Other victims were beaten to death in attacks as far south as Orange County, roughly 400 miles from Sacramento.

In the 1970s, the killer was reported to be a white man, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with light hair and an athletic body. Investigators nabbed the killer’s DNA and searched for years for a match.

But decades after the case ran cold, McNamara began an exhaustive investigation into the identity of the killer for her book. But, in April 2016, she tragically died before she could finish it. She took a fatal mix of prescription drugs, including Adderall, synthetic heroin fentanyl and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.

According to friends and relatives, she had been so obsessed with finishing the book — and fixated on its horrifying antagonist — that she suffered from insomnia, anxiety and weight gain. She began self-medicating, with the prescription drugs along with a heart blockage causing her death, according to past reports.
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“I’m obsessed. It’s not healthy,’’ she wrote on her true crime blog in 2011.

Oswalt, who shared her passion for the case, said after her death, “It’s so clear that the stress led her to make some bad choices in terms of the pharmaceuticals she was using,’’ according to the New York Times.

On Facebook, he added, “I can’t help feeling that somewhere, in her final pages, she left enough clues for someone to finish the job she couldn’t — to put California’s worst serial killer behind bars.”

On Wednesday, DeAngelo was charged with the Feb. 2, 1978, murders of the Maggiores along with the 1980 homicides of Lyman and Charlene Smith, of Ventura. He was also busted for the murders of Keith Harrington, who was beaten to death with his wife, Patrice Harrington, 27, in August 1980, law enforcement sources said.

A spokesman from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said, “There was no information extracted from the book that led to [his] apprehension” — but it may have helped draw attention to the case.

Oswalt took to Twitter to comment on the serial killer bust.

“If they’ve really caught the #GoldenStateKiller I hope I get to visit him,” he wrote. “Not to gloat or gawk — to ask him the questions that [my wife] wanted answered.”

He added, “‘I think you got him, Michelle.”

His wife coined the nickname the Golden State Killer.

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2018, 10:10:56 am »

Suspected 'Golden State Killer' seemed shocked by arrest, told police he had a roast in the oven: Official

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The suspected "Golden State Killer" who was arrested this week for killing and raping dozens of California residents decades ago, seemed shocked to find police outside his home, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's Department official Paul Belli.

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Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was taken into custody on Tuesday at his home in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, the same county where his alleged crime spree began in 1976. The crimes continued across the state until 1986.

DeAngelo lived at the home with family but was home alone when he was arrested, Belli told ABC News.

PHOTO: A view of the home of accused rapist and killer Joseph James DeAngelo is pictured on April 24, 2018 in Citrus Heights, Calif.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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DeAngelo told police he had a roast in the oven, and officers said they could take care of it, Belli said.

He was placed under arrest without incident.

PHOTO: Joseph James Deangelo, known as The Golden State Killer, is seen in this police booking photo, April 25, 2018, after being apprehended. Sacramento Police Department

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Colleen Fernandez, who lives in DeAngelo's neighborhood, told ABC News, "We walked by that house all the time ... but we never saw him."

"I'm just thankful he got caught," Fernandez said. "It's huge for this community. Even though it was 40 years ago, people still remembered."

Fernandez lived in the Sacramento area during the years of the "Golden State Killer" crime spree, calling it "a scary time."

"I was just a young woman. It was frightening. You'd definitely lock your doors and your windows," she said. "You had buddy system. I worked at a restaurant -- I made sure somebody walked me to my car."

Another neighbor, Robin Brown, noticed the police tape at DeAngelo's home but figured he was getting his driveway repaved.

"We've always felt safe in this neighborhood," she said.

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DeAngelo is believed to have committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s.

His alleged "reign of terror" spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday.
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These Are the Golden State Killer's Murder Victims: Newlyweds, a Mom and More Lives Cut Short

Christine Pelisek
People•April 26, 2018

For 11 years in the 1970s and ’80s, the Golden State Killer stalked across California in one of the longest and most vicious crime sprees in U.S. history — burglarizing more than 120 homes, raping more than 40 people and murdering another 12.

His victims ranged in age from 12 to 41, including women at home with their children and wives in bed with their husbands.

But because his reign of terror largely predated the 911 system, surveillance cameras, DNA analysis and the internet, authorities were not able to catch the man also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker.

That changed on Wednesday, when Sacramento authorities announced they had arrested a 72-year-old former police officer named Joseph James DeAngelo as the suspected Golden State Killer.

DeAngelo is charged with murder in eight of the linked slayings, though investigators suspect he is responsible for more. A police source told PEOPLE that he was caught through “sophisticated” DNA analysis but said he was not on the radar of police until recently. (It is unclear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.)

• For more on the Golden State Killer, watch People Magazine Investigates: Golden State Killer Caught, airing Friday at 10 p.m. ET and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery

“Very possibly he was committing crimes during the time he was employed as a peace officer,” Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said Wednesday, “and obviously we are looking into whether he was on the job.”

Word of DeAngelo’s arrest after so many years came as a welcome shock to his victims and their loved ones.

Michelle Cruz, whose sister Janelle Cruz was killed in 1986, told PEOPLE she didn’t “even know what to think.”

“I am so excited,” she said.

Below are the names and ages of the 12 people murdered by the Golden State Killer from 1978 to 1986, as well as some background about their lives before they died.

Janelle Cruz, 18

Janelle was the Golden State Killer’s last-known victim, beaten to death so brutally in her bed — on May 4, 1986 — that her blood soaked through her mattress and into the box spring.

She had been apartment hunting earlier, circling rental ads in a newspaper that was spread on the kitchen table when her body was found.

“Janelle was my best friend. She was always writing little poems and was going to go to college to be a legal secretary,”
younger sister Michelle told PEOPLE in an article published in November.

She went on to get a degree in criminal justice, spending dozens of hours a week researching potential suspects in Janelle’s murder.

Cheri Domingo, 35

Deb Domingo was 15 and rebelling — “breaking curfew, smoking, spending too much time with boys” — when she last spoke to her mom, Cheri, from a pay phone in downtown Santa Barbara in July 1981. Deb’s furious exclamation of “Why don’t you just stay out of my life!” before she slammed the phone haunted her for years.

But this fight with her mother also saved her life: Deb wasn’t home when the killer struck Cheri and her boyfriend, Greg Sanchez (pictured together above).

To cope with all her questions over the years, Deb, who now works as a state prison clerk, stayed in touch with the sheriff and with online crime-solvers.

“The internet community are the ones that have kept this case from sinking into the cold-case pit,” she told PEOPLE.

Keith and Patrice Harrington, 24 and 27

The Harringtons were killed in their home.

Katie and Brian Maggiore, 20 and 21

It was February 1978 and newlyweds Katie and Brian were walking their dog Thumper in Rancho Cordova and crossed paths with Golden State Killer.

By then a serial rapist, the Maggiores would become the first victims of the killer’s turn to murder. Brian and Katie were both shot dead.

“They were just starting their lives together,” Katie’s brother Ken Smith told PEOPLE. “I really hope the person is still alive; I would like this to be solved.”

Dr. Debra Manning, 35

Manning was killed with Dr. Robert Offerman at his condo in December 1979.

Dr. Robert Offerman, 44

Offerman was killed with Manning at his condo in December 1979.

Gregory Sanchez, 27

Sanchez was killed in July 1981 with his girlfriend, Cheri Domingo (pictured together above), in the home they shared.

Lyman and Charlene Smith, 43 and 33

Lyman and Charlene were killed in their Ventura home in March 1980.

Manuela Witthuhn, 28

In February 1981, Witthuhn was raped and killed at her house in Irvine, a few months before Cheri Domingo and Sanchez died.

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DNA research is a wonderful thing!

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The silver lining to this story, if there is one to be found, is that the victim's families will finally get some closure in regards to their loved one's deaths. DeAngelo should get the death penalty, preferably sooner rather than later, given the circumstances once his trial is over and assuming he is, indeed, guilty. Sad that all of those young people were denied their lives ... heartbreaking, in fact.

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So tragic! Glad they finally caught him. Won't help the victim's families, but hopefully will give them a little peace



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An undated photo of alleged serial killer Joseph DeAngelo who served in the Navy in the 1960s.

DeAngelo was a police officer in Exeter, California, from 1973 to 1976, officials said.

In 1976 he served as a police officer in the city of Auburn until he was fired in 1979 for allegedly stealing a hammer and a can of dog repellent, The Associated Press reported, citing Auburn Journal articles from the time.
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