72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo Jr was arrested on two murder charges after DNA evidence pointed to his being ‘The Golden State Killer’ at his home in Citrus Heights, California, on Tuesday night
DeAngelo is believed to be the cold-blooded serial rapist and murderer who terrorized Sacramento County in between 1976 and 1986
The serial killer and prolific burglary suspect allegedly, was responsible for 12 homicides and 50 rapes over a decade reign of terror in Sacramento County, California.
His murder victims ranged in age from 12 to 41
The ski mask wearing killer is also suspected of committing 120 home burglaries across Sacramento County reportedly, was surprised authorities were able to track him down
The posthumous publication of book on the case by Patton Oswalt’s late journalist wife, Michelle McNamara, shed light on the cold case leading to the arrest of DeAngelo Jr
The ex-cop and US Navy man reportedly started his killing spree Feb 2, 1978, chasing down and killing Rancho Cordova couple, Katie and Brian Maggiore who were out walking their dog in their neighborhood
DeAngelo Jr was fired from the Auburn Police Dept for shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent at a local drug store
The arrest comes months after the release of journalist and author Michelle McNamara’s posthumous crime novel about the Golden State Killer titled I’ll Be Gone In The Dark
The book, released in February, was co-authored by McNamara’s husband, actor Patton Oswalt, and fellow journalist Billy Jensen after McNamara’s death in 2016
The FBI believe his last crime was committed in May 1986, with the murder of an 18-year-old girl in Irvine
Jane Carson-Sandler, who survived an October 1976 attack and was the Golden State Killer’s fifth victim, said she was ‘overwhelmed with joy’ over his possible arrest
DeAngelo Jr is being held at the Sacramento County Main jail on two murder charges and is ineligible for bail after his arrest by Sacramento County Sheriffs, late Tuesday night
72-year-old ex-police officer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr was arrested in California Tuesday night on two murder charges
Combination images from FBI sketches of the East Area Rapist also known as the Golden State Killer.
Police believe they have finally captured the Golden State Killer, a serial murderer and rapist suspected of terrorizing southern California nearly 50 years ago.
Late Tuesday night, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department arrested Joseph James DeAngelo Jr on two murder charges.
The 72-year-old man, who is believed to have been an Auburn police officer fired for shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent, is said to be linked to a dozen unsolved homicides, almost 50 rapes and 120 home burglaries that spanned a decade starting in the late 1970s.
Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was arrested in California Tuesday night on two murder charges. The now-72-year-old is suspected of being the Golden State Killer.
Authorities in recent days they were able to matched DNA evidence from the crimes to the suspect, leading to the arrest. Police believe they found ski masks worn by the Golden State Killer. Fingerprints were also found at some of the crime scenes.
Sacramento Sheriff’s deputies arrested DeAngelo as he was leaving his home in Citrus Heights, California, which is near Sacramento. Authorities said DeAngelo was surprised when they found him.
Sacramento Sheriff makes the announcement of the arrest of the ex law man
Photo [left], suspected serial killer and prolific burglar, Joseph James DeAngelo Jr when he was in the Navy, and on the [right] is a picture of DeAngelo during his sophomore year at Folsom High School
The FBI released images of the Golden State Killer created from composite sketches from witness accounts of the suspect whose identity has been a mystery for decades.
Feds were offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual known as the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer. Described as a White male, currently thought to be between the ages of 60 and 75 years old, and approximately 5’10” tall, possibly with blond or light brown hair and an athletic build.
The suspect feds said, may have had an interest in the military, or had some military training, leaving him familiar and proficient with firearms, was responsible for approximately 45 rapes, 12 homicides, and multiple residential burglaries throughout the State of California between 1976 and 1986. His victims ranged in age from 12 to 41.
Crime scene evidence from one of the attacks allegedly carried out by The Golden State Killer is Sacramento County, California in the mid 1970s, and appeared to cease in the mid 1980s
Fingerprints police lifted from one of the crime scenes
Th Golden State Killer terrorized Southern California in the 1970s. Police have linked more than 12 homicides to the Golden State Killer. ‘It is the most prolific unsolved serial killing case probably in modern history,’ Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said
The sheriff’s department has yet to confirm whether DeAngelo is in fact the Golden State Killer. The former police officer is currently being held at the Sacramento County Main jail and is ineligible for bail.
Journalist Michelle McNamara [left], her husband Patton Oswalt and her crime busting novel titled, ‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’
DeAngelo who left the navy in after an accident in 1967, was fired from the Auburn police department in 1973 according to a newspaper clipping, for shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent from a Sacramento drug store.
Auburn City Manager Jack Sausser said at the time that DeAngelo failed to answer any of the city’s investigations and there ‘was justifiable grounds to remove him from the public sector’.
The newspaper article had alleged that DeAngelo was a suspect in the crime wave back then. Interest in the Golden State Killer, also known as the East Area Rapist, was reawakened recently following the posthumous release of a crime novel by author Michelle McNamara, titled I’ll Be Gone In The Dark.
The late journalist spent much of her career researching the Golden State Killer. She turned her findings into the book. Her husband, actor Patton Oswalt collaborated with fellow journalist Billy Jensen, finishing the book which was released February. It quickly climbed to the number one spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Patton Oswalt wants DeAngelo Jr to answer questions his late wife posed
Billy Jensen’s tweet on the arrest of DeAngelo Jr
Reacting to the arrest of the serial killer, actor Patton Oswalt tweeted Wednesday that he wanted to visit the suspected Golden State Killer so he could ask questions his late wife wanted answered. Book collaborator, Billy Jensen, who helped co-author I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, has also tweeted about the suspected killer’s arrest, writing in another post that it was an exciting day.
The serial killer and rapist is also suspected of committing 120 home burglaries across Sacramento County.
According to investigators DeAngelo he gained access to the homes by prying open a window or door while the victims slept. He would then shine a light in the face of his victims and tie up the female victim. If a male victim was present, the Golden State Killer would tie him up as well before ransacking the home and raping the female victim.
Detectives said the killer often took small items during his burglaries such as coins, cash, ID cards and jewellery.
Crime scene photos of a home that was ransacked by the Golden State Killer, while committing a burglary
Police believe they found ski masks worn by the Golden State Killer during a wave of 120 home burglaries across Sacramento County
Detectives said the killer often took small items during his burglaries such as coins, cash, ID cards and jewellery. Some victims told authorities that the killer called them after the crimes.
It’s believed the first victims were killed in 1978. Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, were walking their dog in their Rancho Cordova neighborhood on February 2, 1978 when they were chased down and murdered by the Golden State Killer, the FBI said.
In March 1980 DeAngelo allegedly, killed Lyman and Charlene Smith, which authorities say were committed during the commission of a rape and burglary.
Old newspaper clipping fingered DeAngelo as a suspect in ‘The Golden State Killer’ murders, at the time
First victims: Katie Maggiore [left] and her husband Brian Maggiore killed Rancho Cordova on February 2, 1978
His first victims are believed to have been Katie Maggiore and her husband Brian. The couple was out walking their dog on February 2, 1978 when they were chased down and murdered by the Golden State Killer, the FBI said.
Evidence: Shoelace found at the site of Brian and Katie Maggiore’s murder
After this crime, he committed rapes and murders in Stockton, Davis, Modesto and the East Bay. The FBI believe his last crime was committed in May 1986, with the murder of an 18-year-old girl in Irvine.
The Golden State Killer’s fifth victim, Jane Carson-Sandler, survived an October 1976 attack. Carson-Sandler said her husband had just left for work when the masked man broke into her Citrus Heights home, bound and gagged her and her three-year-old son and then raped her.
Carson-Sandler, who wrote a book about surviving the attack, told the Island Packet on Wednesday that she received an email from two detectives informing her of the suspected killer’s arrest.
‘I’m overwhelmed with joy. I’ve been crying, sobbing,’ she said. ‘I just can’t tell you how I feel. After 42 years – wow!’