Who Exactly Was the Golden State Killer?


The Golden State Killer, also known as Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., has finally been apprehended after decades of relentless searching. From the nickname one could assume who he was, even if they have never heard of him, but who exactly was the notorious Golden State Killer?

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. seemed like an ordinary person to his family, friends and coworkers. He has three adult children, and he worked for twenty-seven years at the Save Mart Markets distribution center. He was also a part of the police force briefly, and before that he served in the Navy.

Nothing about DeAngelo’s life really screams serial killer, psychopath or serial rapist, yet he committed a minimum of 12 killings, 46 rapes and 100 break ins between 1974 and 1986. He earned many nicknames over the years such as the Visalia Ransacker, the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker.

According to Sarah Parvini, Joe Monzingo, Richard Winton and Joseph Serna, journalists for the Chicago Tribune, his neighbors did not know him that well - just as someone who was often screaming and cursing.

“Natalia Bedes-Correnti and her husband had nicknamed him “freak,” after hearing one too many expletives shouted across Citrus Heights’ quiet streets. His ire was never directed at anybody as far as Bedes-Correnti could tell, but instead were bursts of anger out of frustration. He couldn’t find his keys or something was out of place so he’d shout out the F word as he dug through his old Toyota sedan back seats, she said.”

His motive still remains unknown. An investigator has said that DeAngelo’s breakup with his fiance could have potentially triggered him to act how he acted.

You may be wondering how DeAngelo evaded capture for so long. Unfortunately, many others were blamed and tested for DeAngelo’s crime before he was even considered a suspect. At one time it was thought that all the killings, rapes and burglaries were done by several different people. It seemed like a lot to be done by one person.

The new DNA test that helped finally arrest the Golden State Killer could potentially help crime fighters and investigators in many different ways. It could help them catch criminals, even those behind crimes that occurred decades ago. It is possible that the new testing method could locate criminals that have been impossible to catch, such as the well know Zodiac Killer.

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