Ex-cop arrested as suspected Golden State killer

The serial killer and rapist is also suspected of committing nearly 50 rapes in southern California over the span of a decade. The above

The newspaper also reports that he was sacked from the Auburn Police Department in California in 1979 after being charged with shoplifting.

FBIJoseph James DeAngelo has possibly been identified as the Northern California serial killer known as the East Area Rapist and Golden State Killer.

In 1976, DeAngelo returned to Placer County as an officer with the Auburn Police Department. He may have/had blond or light brown hair and an athletic build.

The 72-year-old DeAngelo has been charged with eight murders in Sacramento, Orange, and Ventura Counties.

"It makes you wonder whether her behavior was because of him", the neighbor said.

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"Even now, all this time later, as we talk to other people, we always get the stories about what was going on in peoples lives".

DeAngelo was born in NY state and graduated from high school east of Sacramento. He ultimately went on to graduate from Cal State Sacramento and obtained a level in legal justice.

In the 1970s, he was an officer at two different police departments: in Exeter, south of Fresno, and Auburn, near Sacramento.

Mr DeAngelo was sacked from the Auburn Police Department in 1979 after he was arrested for stealing a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a drug store, according to Auburn Journal articles from the time. He married in 1973 and later divorced.

"The time frame of the crimes supports that the suspect was a police officer when he committed some of these crimes", said Sean Ragan, special agent in charge of the FBI Sacramento office, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was known by several media-assigned names, including the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker, the Diamond Knot Killer, and, most recently, the Golden State Killer.

Four decades later, Sacramento police announced Wednesday they'd arrested former cop DeAngelo, 72, for allegedly murdering at least 12 people and raping 50 women throughout California in the 1970s and '80s.




Although he is now the main suspect, he is yet to be convicted of any of the crimes attributed to the serial killer and rapist.

Harrington's brother, 24-year-old Keith Harrington and his wife, 27-year-old Patrice Harrington, were beaten to death in their home, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation and California officials previous year renewed their search for a suspect in the cases and announced a $50,000 reward for an arrest and conviction.

"If he is still alive, the killer would now be approximately 60 to 75 years old", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said at the time. "He may have had an interest in the military, or had some military training, leaving him familiar and proficient with firearms".

Writer Michelle McNamara became obsessed with the case, and she started the True Crime Diary website.

She said she was paralyzed by fear, afraid the man would kill them. It's slated to be turned into an HBO docuseries.

Police stopped short of explaining how they matched both DNA samples, but Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones described at least one of samples as "discarded DNA".

"It's never defined who I was or who I am today", she told CNN affiliate KSWB.

The picture is not complete, but DeAngelo had been living in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights with a daughter and granddaughter. His recent criminal record shows nothing major, according to the Times.

The FBI said it had a team gathering evidence at a Sacramento-area home linked to Mr DeAngelo.

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