Joseph James DeAngelo, aka the ‘Golden State Killer’ charged with four additional murders
The serial killer and prolific burglar eas suspected of being responsible for 12 homicides and 50 rapes spanning over a decade in Southern California
Retired cop DeAngelo, 72, previously had been charged with only 8 og the homicides
On Thursday, DeAngelo was charged in Santa Barbara County, with the deaths of Robert Offerman and Alexandria Manning in Dec 1979
He’s also charged with killing Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez in July 1981
Each new count of first-degree murder with special circumstances carries a possible sentence of death or life in prison without parole
The suspect is yet to enter a plea
Golden State killer Joseph James DeAngelo in court
But until Thursday, he hadn’t been charged in Santa Barbara County, where investigators believe he killed Robert Offerman and Alexandria Manning in December 1979 and Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez in July 1981, Dudley said.
Each of the four new counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances carries a possible sentence of death or life in prison without parole.
The masked gunman raped women who were home alone and women who were with their kids, and he killed women and men together, authorities have said.
Paul Holes, a retired investigator who reportedly came up with the family-tree tracing technique, has said authorities believe that DeAngelo, if he is the killer, was driven by the breakup of his engagement to a woman in the 1960s.
Holes said that when investigators began looking into DeAngelo’s background, they found an old newspaper article about his engagement to a woman whom he ended up not marrying.
“We assumed that there had been some breakup in their relationship and that possibly caused him some angst,” he said, according to NBC News.
Holes also said this week that the suspect may have had an accomplice.
“Those of us who are familiar with the case files recognize that is a possibility,” Holes told the Sacramento Bee on Monday. “I’ve always just held open the possibility of a second person assisting in a few cases, but not being active through the whole series.