Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Joseph James DeAngelo: 5 Things To Know About The Golden State Killer

Joseph James DeAngelo: 5 Things To Know About The Golden State Killer

He is ineligible for bail, jail records show. A home in that community belonging to a former police officer was being searched Wednesday by FBI investigators and police from several agencies. He was sacked in 1979 from the police department in Auburn, northeast of Sacramento, after being arrested for a theft, and his name had not been on authorities' radar before last week, reports The Associated Press.

Billy Jensen, an author who helped write the recently published book about the case, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark", told The Daily Beast that DeAngelo was the suspect arrested in the East Area Rapist/Visalia Ransacker/Golden State Killer cases.

One victim, Jane Carson-Sandler, told The Island Packet in SC, where she now lives, that she was "overwhelmed with joy" at the news of DeAngelo's arrest. Authorities said he was "very surprised" when apprehended.

Mr DeAngelo was arrested on two counts of murder with special circumstances.

DeAngelo was arrested after police matched discarded DNA evidence from his Sacramento area home with genetic evidence from the crimes, Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten said.

Still, opponents of the proposed legislation have said it would roll back recent progressive justice reforms that have cut down prison overcrowding, such as Propositions 47 and 57, as L.A. Weekly reported.

"We knew we were looking for a needle in a haystack, but we also knew that needle was there", Schubert said.

On Wednesday, multiple law enforcement agencies announced the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo in connection with the case.

The culprit also known as the East Area Rapist, among other names, is suspected of at least 12 slayings and 50 rapes in 10 counties from Northern to Southern California. Investigators believe the Golden State Killer is responsible for 12 killings and more than 45 assaults in California spanning from 1978 to 1986.

Police believe the East Area Rapist killed the Maggiores after the couple - who were walking their dog at the time - spotted him before he broke into a home in Rancho Cordova, California, just outside Sacramento, in February 1978.

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Most of the killer's victims were women who were home alone or with their children. The criminal was known for creeping into his victims' houses while couples slept, shining a flashlight in their eyes before raping the woman while the man was tied up.

Oftentimes victims would report receiving phone calls from the rapist after the crimes.

Ransacked drawers after an attack by the "Golden State Killer".

McNamara coined the Golden State Killer name during her years of investigative work. "The answer was and always was going to be in the DNA", she said.

Harrington - along with Larry Pool, an Orange County sheriff's who was investigating the Golden State Killer case at the time - would spearhead the effort to pass Prop 69 in 2004.

Along with law enforcement officials, people across the country have been following the case for years. The book was written by the late Michelle McNamara, a crime journalist who "was determined to find the violent psychopath".

McNamara died two years ago at the age of 46 but her book helped spark renewed interest in the case.

"This is insane", Oswalt said in a video posted to Instagram Wednesday.

"I feel like I'm in the middle of a dream and I'm going to wake up and it's not going to be true", Carson-Sandler said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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