“Golden State Killer” suspect, 72-year old former police officer, arrested

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 4/26/2018 | Leslie Eastman
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Investigators looking into the case of the “Golden State Killer”, who is believed responsible for 12 murders and 51 rapes carried out throughout California during the ’70’s and ’80’s, have had a major breakthrough after DNA testing helped lead to the identification of a potential suspect.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr, 72, was taken into custody by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday night on two murder charges for the 1978 deaths of Brian Maggiore and his wife Katie, who are believed to be the Golden State Killer’s first murder victims.

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He was later also charged with the murders of Lyman and Charlene Smith who were found dead in their home by their 12-year-old son in 1980.

Despite an outpouring of thousands of tips over the years, DeAngelo’s name had not been on the radar of law enforcement before last week.

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Police say a DNA match in the past six days linked him to both crime scenes, but authorities refused to reveal what led to DeAngelo.

DeAngelo Jr has been charged by prosecutors in Sacramento, Ventura and Orange counties with eight counts of murder. He is being held without bail. The arrest took the former cop by surprise.

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On Tuesday afternoon, in what Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones called a “perfectly executed arrest,” FBI agents and detectives took DeAngelo into custody when he stepped outside his home.

“He was not given the opportunity. It happened almost instantaneously and he was taken into custody...
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