Suspected Golden State serial killer is behind bars

He and Winters were also working on identifying the "Visalia Ransacker", a serial burglar who operated in Visalia, California during the mid-1970s. "I have children", said Beth Walsh, who lives behind DeAngelo.

Jennifer Carole, now living in Santa Cruz, holds a picture of her parents who authorities say were slain by the Golden State Killer.

"I don't remember exactly what he said, something like 'don't scream, '" the woman recalled.

Authorities said the iconic killer is responsible for 12 murders, and nearly 50 rapes across California, some cases happening in areas as close as Stockton and Visalia.

McNamara died in her sleep at 46 in April 2016. He did and the book instantly became a New York Times bestseller. "It kept interest in tips coming in".

Initially, police didn't suspect a serial killer. "He did awful things", Knutson said. DeAngelo has only been arrested for a few of the murders. The so-called "Golden State Killer" is thought to have committed at least killed 12 homicides, 45 rapes and over 120 burglaries in the 1970s and '80s.

DeAngelo was arrested without incident this week in connection with a crime spree that spanned a decade and at least 10 counties throughout California, officials said.

Little did everyone know, at the time, was that the ex-police officer was allegedly hiding a dark secret.

"For over 40 years, countless victims have waited for justice", Schubert said.

Bruce Harrington bravely spoke out as brother to a victim. He also posted a photo of a news article about DeAngelo on Twitter and called him the suspect.

The suspect was also known as the "East Area Rapist" and "the Original Night Stalker".

Grandfather Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was arrested on Wednesday morning in Sacramento, California, after scientists reported an ideal DNA match to the Golden State Killer.

Totten said he plans to seek the death penalty. Almost 40 years later, in 2016, investigators tied the murder of Brian and Katie Maggiore to the East Area Rapist.

"This case deeply affected this entire state", District Attorney Schubert said.

A fearless and fierce 13-year old, Wardlow used what she knew about the East Area Rapist when she became victim No. 27, 41 years ago.

FBI sketch for the "Golden State Killer."FBI sketch for the "Golden State Killer". The attacks expanded to the Bay Area in late 1978.

"You can tell he's a very meticulous person", said neighbor Kevin Tapia.

"We found the needle in the haystack, and it was right here in Sacramento", District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said at a news conference in the California capital.

According to cops, DeAngelo spent eight years brutalizing women - and sometimes men -- from different cities across California.

Officials in Sacramento are planning a noon news conference to discuss the case.

In 1976, DeAngelo took a job with the Auburn Police Department about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Sacramento.

Armed with a handgun, the masked assailant would break into homes during the night and tie up and rape his female victims, who ranged in age from 13 to 41. The attacker was also behind numerous residential burglaries in the state, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

She said she received an email Wednesday from a retired detective who worked on the case telling her they identified the rapist and he's in custody.

She says she's ecstatic to have closure and to know her attacker is in jail. After moving her son off the bed, he unbound Jane's ankles.

Margaret believes her knowledge and defiance got her through the attack.

The crimes were mostly forgotten in the media for many years until TV writer Michelle McNamara began researching and blogging about them.

"The magnitude of this case demanded that it be solved", the district attorney added.

  • Leroy Wright