Golden State Killer: 'Answer Has Always Been in Sacramento'

One of his victims says detectives emailed her this morning
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2018 12:35 PM CDT
Updated Apr 25, 2018 2:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – "The answer has always been in Sacramento," said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert in a Wednesday press conference announcing an arrest has been made in one of America's most persistent serial killer mysteries. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was on Tuesday arrested on two murder charges, and authorities say he is the suspected Golden State Killer. Schubert said "it is fitting today is National DNA Day," because DNA provided the break in the case. She suggested that happened within just the last six days. DeAngelo has been charged in connection with the Feb. 2, 1978, murders of Brian and Katie Maggiore, who died while walking their dog in Rancho Cordova. But he wasn't just charged in Sacramento County, reports the AP. Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten said his office charged DeAngelo in connection with the 1980 killings of a couple. He says they will seek the death penalty. More:

  • Originally called the East Area Rapist (after his Northern California start) and the Original Night Stalker (after crimes in Southern California), the so-called Golden State Killer struck in California over a roughly 10-year span beginning in 1976. His believed toll: 12 murders, 45 rapes, and more than 120 burglaries; victims ranged in age from 13 to 41.

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