Authorities Believe They Have The ‘Golden State Killer’ In Custody After 40 Years Of Searching

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Forty years after he terrorized the streets of California, the “Golden State Killer” has finally been caught.

Also known as “The Original Night Stalker” and “The East Area Rapist,” the Golden State Killer is believed to have committed 12 murders and 48 rapes around California during the 1970s and 1980s.


According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is 72-year-old Joseph James Deangelo. Deangelo is a former police officer.

After decades of searching for a suspect, DNA evidence finally connected Deangelo to the crimes.


Earlier this year, Michelle McNamara’s book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was published. The book delved into the Golden State Killer case. Michelle passed away before the book was published, but her husband, Patton Oswalt, worked with researchers to finish it.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information comes in.

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