Posted By OKABE & HAUSHALTER 28-Apr-2018
As you have surely heard on the news already, the infamous Golden State Killer has recently been arrested after law enforcement officials spent some 40 years hunting for him. 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was apprehended at his Citrus Heights home on Tuesday April 24, after he was finally identified through a genealogy website. While investigators had been certain that the Golden State Killer, and the Original Night Stalker as he was also referred to, was a police officer for quite some time, it was only recently that they had been able to definitively identify their suspect.
DeAngelo, who was known as a cantankerous old man with a penchant for swearing and an obsession with maintaining a meticulous lawn by his neighbors, stands accused of raping at least 46 women and killing a young couple in Sacramento, before slaying 10 more people in their own homes in Southern California. The known crimes committed by DeAngelo occurred between 1973 and 1986.
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