“Golden State Killer”: after four decades of hunting they arrested one of the most perverse serial killers in California
Joseph James DeAngelo is 72 years old. Little less than half of his life he dedicated to hide from justice. To leave no traces. While the other portion was careful to kill and rape. During the 70s and 80s he was known under nicknames that terrified an entire population: The Golden State Killer . The Golden State Assassin , in reference to the famous San Francisco Bridge .
But it also carried with another alias, all put by the press of then and the investigators: East Area Rapist . The East Area Violator . Or as Original Night Stalker , The Original Stalker of the Night .
In 1981 the local newspaper Sacramento Bee wrote a line that already illustrated its macabre actions and how difficult it would be to hunt it: ” This man provoked what is believed to be the most intense persecution in the history of the county .” Over the years, it would become a national issue.
Today, after decades of search without traces, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Departmentconfirmed that he was arrested in connection with two murders. In total in its bloody and endless record include 12 homicides and 45 violations . Also 120 property robberies in several communities between 1977 and 1986.
The ages of their victims were disparate. They were between 12 and 41 years old .
Among his victims there was always a woman. It did not matter if she lived alone, with her children or with her husbands. The pattern was always repeated. DeAngelo attacked at night, between the counties that are between Sacramento and Orange . After their crimes, they always believed that the man had moved to avoid being caught. Maybe to the Bay Area or Southern California .
The years-the decades-passed and neither the local or state police nor the FBI could find the serial killer . Even in June 2016, the federal office offered a reward for anyone who would provide some information about the man who by then would have, according to the calculations of the researchers, between 65 and 75 years.
According to the profile drawn by the FBI, The Golden State Killer would be that age, would be white, about 1.80 meters, blond or light brown and athletic build. Could he be trained in military techniques? It was very probable .
Finally, this Wednesday DeAngelo was arrested at his home in Citrus Heights, a few miles north of Sacramento . ” It’s the most prolific unresolved serial murder case, probably in modern history ,” Sacramento County Attorney Anne Marie Schubert told the media .
One of the victims who survived his attacks, and who was raped by DeAngelo , learned today that the man had been arrested. The authorities informed him. They owed it to him. Jane Carson-Sandler said she could not get out of her astonishment at the novelty. ” I knew this morning, I’m overwhelmed with joy, I’ve been crying, sobbing, ” he told The Island Packet of South Carolina .
Some of his crimes
History DeAngelo is truculent. On February 2, 1978, Brian Maggiore and his wife Katie decided to take a night walk with their dog through Rancho Cordova the neighborhood in which they lived. It was there when they were surprised by The Golden State Killer . They were persecuted and killed, according to the FBI records that took over the investigation from then to the present.
This murder and the others tormented the mind of Detective Ray Biondi for years. ” It’s amazing that so many crimes committed without an error , ” he said in statements given to the subsidiary of the news network NBC of San Diego .
But in addition to killing and raping, DeAngelo also stole homes in the San Francisco Bay Area . From them he tried to take small objects, but of great value, like jewels, gold coins and anything else he could find.
Although it was impossible to track for 40 years, his attacks had a similarity: he dazzled his victims with a flashlight while holding a weapon or a knife. They could never recognize it. He always wore a dark mask . Then he tied them with a rope. Usually he did it with laces from the victim’s own shoes, which he then wore.
According to the witnesses who could survive his brutality, DeAngelo always spoke through clenched teeth, distorting his voice, so that they could not recognize him in case of a round of identification or interrogation.
When he broke into a house, he raped his owners and looked like a tornado making an absolute looting . I swept everything in search of the most valuable. Also his sadistic side was evident after completing his task. In some cases, it stayed for hours after the attack in the ravaged houses and even cooked meals.
For 30 years he found refuge in Citrus Heights . His neighbors described him as an active, pleasant man, with the occasional outburst of insults. But like any other who had a bad day. A very bad day.
This morning, FBI agents and state police surrounded his house and detained him. Only then did the rest know who it was. The most veteran were horrified: they had exchanged greetings with who was the terror of 40 years ago and who knew how to harvest three aliases: The Golden State Killer ; East Area Rapist ; Original Night Stalker . Even someone will have invited you a cup of coffee in their own home.