DNA nabs California serial killer, rapist from 40 years ago

The Golden State Killer is suspected of committing dozens and dozens of crimes in Sacramento County in the late 1970s

DeAngelo, who according to one report is the "good" father of three adult daughters, was booked into the Sacramento County Sheriff's jail at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and is now listed on suicide watch. In a statement, the Auburn Police Department confirmed his employment and termination and voiced its commitment to supporting prosecution.

His "reign of terror", Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday, spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California.

It is believed that Mr DeAngelo stole souvenirs, jewellery and more from his victims, who ranged from 13 years old to 41 years old.

Despite an outpouring of thousands of tips over the years, his name had not been on authorities' radar before last week, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said. He was also charged with the capital murders of a couple killed in March 1980 in Ventura County, California.

The killer was also dubbed the "East Area Rapist" and the "Original Night Stalker" after a series of Southern California slayings, as well as the "Diamond Knot Killer" and "Visalia Ransacker".

With an early morning arrest in Sacramento today, has one of the most prolific serial killers in USA history finally been captured? Investigators believe the accused serial killer could be responsible for three South Bay rapes cases -- two in San Jose and one in Fremont.

Additional proof from a criminal offense sceneWhat do we all know concerning the Golden State Killer's crimes?

While DNA was key to the investigation, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said without the "passion and determination" of investigators there wouldn't have been an arrest.

Still, opponents of the proposed legislation have said it would roll back recent progressive justice reforms that have cut down prison overcrowding, such as Propositions 47 and 57, as L.A. Weekly reported.

A law enforcement official has identified a suspected California serial killer as 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer.

Sacramento County jail records show DeAngelo was arrested overnight on suspicion of two counts of murder cited in a Ventura County warrant.

"We all knew. that we were looking for a needle in a haystack, but we all knew the needle was there", Schubert said.

Armed with a gun, the masked rapist would break into homes while single women or couples were sleeping. The former worked as a cop in the Exeter Police Department from 1973 to 1976 and then in Exeter's from 1976 until 1979, when he was sacked for shoplifting a hammer and a can of dog repellent, authorities said.

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

Officials in California released more information about the man they believe is the so-called Golden State Killer.

Michelle Cruz, the sister of one of the killer's last victims, said "I'm so excited and overwhelmed".

"I just found out this morning", Jane Carson-Sandler, who now lives in Sun City, S.C., told The Island Packet.

After briefly speaking about his new "Keep California Safe Proposition" that he is collecting signatures to get on the November ballot, Harrington closed by addressing the relief that victims and the families of victims could feel in the wake of the arrest.

Police arrested DeAngelo when he stepped out of his house in Sacramento on Wednesday, the same area where he allegedly began his crime spree in the 1970s.

"When he came out of his residence, we had a team in place that was able to take him into custody".

"The suspect, also known as the East Bay Rapist, was described as a white male and thought to be now between the ages of 60 and 75 years old, and approximately 5'10" tall, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bruce Harrington, whose brother and sister in law were victims of the Golden State killer in 1980, had a message for the sexual assault victims.

Neighbors said DeAngelo was prone to angry, profanity-filled outbursts if he couldn't find his keys or something else set him off. He said DeAngelo could often be heard cursing in frustration in his backyard. "I think this is the definition of 'bittersweet'".

"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" brought a renewed interest to the case, and reached No. 1 on The New York Times' bestseller list.

"I hope you got him, Michelle", Oswalt tweeted.

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