A former California police officer and serial killer rapist have finally been caught. His crimes, however, happened many years ago. He has been charged with several rapes and at least four murders between 1970 and 1980. There may be, however, many more.
One source states, "The Federal Bureau of Investigation has previously said that the man sought in the 40-year-old case was suspected of 12 slayings, 45 rapes and numerous burglaries in and around Sacramento, the eastern San Francisco Bay area and at least two counties of Southern California."
His name is Joseph James Deangelo and he is now 72-years-old. His crimes went unnoticed for far too long and many are happy to see him finally pay for his crimes. Recent DNA evidence finally helped resolve the case and put an end to the nearly 40-year-old case that the FBI states is one of the state's worst serial killer cases.
"The suspect, who was also dubbed by investigators as the 'East Area Rapist' and the 'Original Night Stalker,' is considered to be one of the state’s most prolific serial killers, according to the FBI." You may have also heard him called the "Golden State Killer."
According to recent reports, DeAngelo served as a police officer in the 1970s near the Sierra Nevada foothills of San Joaquin Valley and in the Gold Rush town of Auburn. “Finally, after all these years, the haunting question of who committed these terrible crimes has been put to rest.”
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