Golden State Killer: 4 more murder counts filed against Joseph DeAngelo

Kenny Tucker
May 12, 2018

The man alleged to be the Golden State Killer, whose years-long crime spree included four killings in Orange County, was charged Thursday with four counts of capital murder in Santa Barbara County.

Diane Howard, from the Sacramento County Public Defender's Office and who is DeAngelo's attorney on the Sacramento charges, was not immediately available for comment.

Authorities used DNA and a genealogical website to identify DeAngelo. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, other sheriff departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are looking at the evidence and speaking with witnesses to determine if any other crimes can be connected to DeAngelo.

In addition to the killings, the Golden State Killer is suspected in about 45 rapes and multiple residential burglaries between 1976 and 1986.

He could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted on any of the murders.

He was initially charged with eight counts of murder, but have four more added to his docket this week. He was a police officer in the California towns of Exeter and Auburn during the 70s.

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The Golden State Killer wore a mask and raped women who were home alone and women who were with their children, police said.

Cops believe Joseph James DeAngelo is the Golden State Killer.

Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was charged with killing Cheri Domingo and Greg Sanchez in July 1981, and orthopedic surgeon Robert Offerman and psychologist Alexandria Manning in December 1979, the first of his killings reported in Santa Barbara County.

"Violent cold cases never grow cold for the victims or their loved ones", Dudley told the Los Angeles Times.

No charges have been filed in Santa Barbara County, however.

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