Is the 'Golden State Killer' now in custody in California?


Is the 'Golden State Killer' now in custody in California?

There's been a renewed interest in the case of the East Area Rapist - Golden Gate Killer as a docuseries, book and podcast have recently released.

The man officials believe is the Golden State Killer is a 72-year-old former police officer.

The Golden State Killer is a violent predator who has terrorized Californians for more than 40 years, attacking and killing innocent people at home as they slept.

DeAngelo is a former police officer who was sacked in 1979 for shoplifting. Sadly, McNamara died in 2016 before she was able to complete her book.

"Citizens were scared, frustrated, and angry that he could not be caught", Carson-Sandler said in her book "Frozen in Fear", published in 2014.

Jones on Wednesday could not confirm whether DeAngelo committed any of the crimes while on the job, but did not rule it out.

He never yelled at people, she said, just lashed out when he'd get frustrated.

"We have no indication of any crimes with a similar or at least a close enough link to his MO and other things that he's done in the past to link him to anything from '86 on", Jones said.

"We knew we were looking for a needle in a haystack, but we also knew that needle was there", she said.

KTLA video screenshot
KTLA video screenshot

Authorities chose to publicize the case in advance of the 40th anniversary of his first known assault in Sacramento County. His reference to Gunderson seems apt. Investigators believe that the killer meant to target the couple and was surprised to find Witthuhn home alone, but killed her anyway.

In the prologue to her book, McNamara describes hunting the serial killer "at night from my daughter's playroom". "I'd found my searching place, as private as a rat's maze".

The East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer is suspected in at least 12 homicides, at least 45 rapes and more than 120 burglaries between 1976 and 1986.

A former Citrus Heights resident who was sexually assaulted at knifepoint in 1976 by a man believed to be the East Area Rapist told a SC newspaper that she was contacted by detectives about the arrest.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Golden State Killer carried out his attacks starting in the summer of 1976 in the suburbs of Sacramento.

Alameda County District attorney Nancy O'Malley said officials have linked the rapes, murders and robberies to DeAngelo either through DNA or through modus operandi.

The serial killer's twisted spree - which has for decades baffled cops, victims and true crime buffs - began with rapes in east Sacramento County in the summer of 1976. But a couple in the home managed to scare him off. He was taken into custody about 2:30 a.m. and is now listed as being ineligible for bail. He opened his eyes to see a figure in a dark ski mask looming over him. But later, he attacked while men were present, and tied them up, too.

"It's time for all victims to grieve and to take measure one last time", said Bruce Harrington, whose brother Keith and sister-in-law Patty were killed in their Dana Point home in 1980.

Throughout their tour, McNamara and Holes talked DNA, the possible "geographic profiling" of the suspect, bloodhounds, tire tracks and the skill the man sometimes demonstrated in gaining entrance to the homes - and then evading police. "After it was all over and done with, he went through the stuff in the room, took money out of my purse", a victim said. He's linked to more than 175 crimes in all between 1976 and 1986. Lovers' lanes. From a distance.



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