DNA aids identification of suspected East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72 after decades of investigation

In what could be termed as a miraculous discovery, an elusive suspected serial rapist and murderer Joseph James Deangelo, 72 has been found in Sacramento, California  after decades of fruitless investigations. ABC News reports.

Joseph James DeAngelo is suspected to be the Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist know to have committed 12 murders and 45 rapes in California between the 1970s and 80s. 

Sacramento police officals credit  DNA sampling for establishing the link between DeAngelo and the murder of Brian and Katie Maggiore.

The suspect known by other nicknames like Diamond Knot Killer and the Original Night Stalker worked as a law enforcement officer in Auburn Police Department from 1976  until he was sacked in 1979. He was charged with shoplifting a hammer and a can of dog repellent from a local drug store but chose to loose his job than answer to the charges.

The Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten confirmed  on Wednesday that his office has charged Joseph James DeAngelo with a two count charge of first-degree murder for the killings of a couple in 1980.


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