Police identify suspected Golden State Killer

The serial killer and rapist is also suspected of committing nearly 50 rapes in southern California over the span of a decade. The above

When crime lab employees and DNA analysts made the connection to DeAngelo in their lab findings over the last 6 days, Sacramento authorities then moved forward with surveillance over DeAngelo.

McNamara died in her sleep at age 46 nearly exactly two years before DNA evidence led Sacramento police to arrest a 72-year-old former cop, Joseph James DeAngelo, for a series of 12 murders and 45 rapes that terrorized California in the 1970s and '80s.

"When you look at a number of the sexual assaults that occurred in Sacramento County, that takes a great toll on the families", Belli said.

Authorities said the iconic killer is responsible for 12 murders, and nearly 50 rapes across California, some cases happening in areas as close as Stockton and Visalia.

McNamara died in her sleep at the age of 46 in April 2016 before she could finish the book she was writing about the case. It became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.

Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was arrested overnight at his suburban Sacramento home and was being held without bail at the Sacramento County jail, officials said. "It kept interest in tips coming in".

Wednesday a man suspected of being the Golden State Serial Killer is behind bars.

DeAngelo has grown children who are cooperating with investigators, he added.

"A bittersweet thing where finally somebody is apprehended, but it opens old wounds", Jones said at a press conference Wednesday.

DeAngelo faces sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, lying in wait and murder during the commission of rape, robbery, burglary and sodomy, according to the DA's office.

An attacker known as the Golden State Killer or East Area Rapist is accused of at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California.

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Bruce Harrington, whose brother and sister-in-law were killed in 1980 in their Orange County home, told reporters that the arrest offered some closure "to the anguish that we all suffered for the last 40-odd years".

"We were able to get some discarded DNA and we were able to confirm what we thought that we already knew, that we had our man", Sacramento Sheriff Scott James said.

When was he a police officer?

Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who was sacked from the Auburn Police Department, was arrested at his northern California home yesterday.

Authorities are expected to announce the arrest Wednesday of a man suspected of terrorizing residents from Sacramento to the Bay Area and Southern California, beginning with a string of rapes in the mid-1970s, according to the Bee. Investigators say DeAngelo wore a ski mask and broke into homes, then gagged, blindfolded and tied up his victims before carrying out his brutal attacks. He also posted a photo of a news article about DeAngelo on Twitter and called him the suspect.

Also on the Federal Bureau of Investigation website are interviews with local police who investigated the Sacramento area rapes.

DeAngelo now faces two counts of first degree murder in the Harrington killings which happened in Ventura County.

Totten says prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the former police officer. Following the murders of Katie and Brian Maggiore, the East Area Rapist didn't strike within the jurisdiction of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department again.

But McNamara's idea for the "Golden State Killer" name, her coverage of the case in "Los Angeles Magazine" and a blog, the shocking news of her death, and the book all shined a spotlight on the decades-old crimes, he said.

She said she has lived with two names, her professional name for which she is known in Santa Cruz and her given name, Jennifer Smith, the name she used in her dealings with investigators working her father and stepmother's case.

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

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