Ex-officer suspected of serial slayings arrested

Sheri Evans
April 26, 2018

The crimes occurred in 1978 and 1979, which would coincide with DeAngelo working as an Auburn police officer.

"Serial killers fantasize, and once they get that momentum rolling it is very hard or impossible to stop it", Pool said.

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.

Until Wednesday, authorities only had several composite sketches of a man suspected of 12 killings and dozens of rapes throughout parts of California.

We've got five things to know about Joseph James DeAngelo. On March 13, 1980, Charlene and Lyman Smith were bludgeoned by a piece of firewood.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department arrested the 72-year-old former police officer Wednesday.

Police believe the East Area Rapist killed the Maggiores after the couple - who were walking their dog at the time - spotted him before he broke into a home in Rancho Cordova, California, just outside Sacramento, in February 1978.

The attacker who became known as the "East Area Rapist" is accused of at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across the state.

She added that the arrest came after a multi-jurisdiction effort to track the killer down using the latest in forensic technology.

"The answer was always going to be in the DNA", she said.

He would usually attack suburban couples, tie them up, rape the woman and then kill both of them, according to authorities. VIDEO: FBI offering $50,000 reward to identify "Golden State Killer" "He'd offend in one area, and he'd move", said Komas.

Authorities have arrested a suspect in the case and were expected to announce more details at an afternoon press conference, the newspaper said.

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However, after July 1981, no crimes believed to be connected to the Golden State Killer were reported until the 1986 rape and killing of an 18-year-old girl in Irvine.

Officials said DeAngelo had been arrested on suspicion of committing four killings in Sacramento and Ventura counties and charged with two counts of murder in the Ventura case.

Schubert's office found the forensic "needle in a haystack" that led law enforcement to the accused serial killer.

"We will pull out all the stops for our Sacramento-area law enforcement partners in this horrific and historic case".

"This case is still active", she said.

The "Golden State Killer" would break into his victims' homes by prying open a window or door while they slept, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. He was sacked in 1979 from the police department in Auburn, northeast of Sacramento, after being arrested for a theft, and his name had not been on authorities' radar before last week, reports The Associated Press. The crimes began in the Sacramento area before moving to the Central Valley, the Bay Area and finally to Southern California.

Between 1976 and 1986, the man referred to by many nicknames - including Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist - was allegedly responsible for approximately 45 rapes, 12 homicides, and multiple residential burglaries throughout the state of California, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I'm obsessed. It's not healthy, " she wrote on her true crime blog in 2011. "It's just so nice to have closure and to know he's in jail". In the months that followed, a slew of sexual assaults in the east area of Sacramento County and later Contra Costa County took place.

As the assailant committed crimes across the state, authorities called him by different names.

"The suspect, also known as the East Bay Rapist, was described as a white male and thought to be now between the ages of 60 and 75 years old, and approximately 5'10" tall, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Police renewed their search for the Golden State Killer in 2016.

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