Victims voice relief after arrest in serial killing case

Angelica Greene
April 26, 2018

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.

Also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker, the Golden State Killer murdered at least 12 people and raped at least 45 victims.

Authorities from jurisdictions across California gathered in Sacramento to announce the arrest of a suspect in the decades-long East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer case.

"All too often we forget to talk about the victims and today we at least brought the first step towards closure for those victims of these horrendous crimes", Jones said.

Investigators say DNA ties the suspect to two murders from the Sacramento area.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said DeAngelo had been arrested for the February 2, 1978, murders of a newlywed couple, Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, who were shot to death in Rancho Cordova while walking their dog.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

DeAngelo was an officer in two different police departments during the 1970s - Exeter in Tulare County and Auburn near Sacramento.

The August 29, 1979 issue of The Auburn Journal reports that Auburn police officer Joseph James DeAngelo was sacked after being arrested for shoplifting "dog repellent and a hammer" from the Pay N' Save store on Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.

The "Golden State Killer" would break into his victims' homes by prying open a window or door while they slept, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

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"For over 40 years countless victims have waited for justice", Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said during a news conference. The "East Area Rapist" had become the "Golden State Killer".

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"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. He has been linked to a total of more than 175 crimes between 1976 and 1986.

Oddly, a local angle to the Golden State Killer case sprang up earlier this week.

"When news broke Wednesday of DeAngelo's arrest, Oswalt expressed shock about the "surreal" turn of events but also wrote: "(Michelle) would be beyond excited about this. He was booked into Sacramento County jail.

"I have just been overjoyed, ecstatic".

DeAngelo had been living in the Sacramento area since the serial attacks that terrorized Californians from 1974 to 1986.

Law enforcement matched the DNA material discarded by the ex-cop to material collected decades ago, authorities said.

Neighbors said DeAngelo was prone to angry, profanity-filled outbursts if he couldn't find his keys or something else set him off.

But internal blockages, combined with the medications Adderall, Xanax and the pain medication Fentanyl took her life in April 2016 and her unfinished book was left in the hands of her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, to complete. He kept to himself. The FBI also believed that the Golden State Killer had an "interest in the military, or had some military training, leaving him familiar and proficient with firearms".

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