The 40-Year Chase and Capture of Ex-Police Officer and Serial Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. A.K.A - The Golden State Killer.

The American Serial Killer Guidebook

Jan 23 2022 • 22 mins

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Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. (born November 8, 1945) is an American serial killer, serial rapist, burglar, and a former police officer who committed at least 13 murders, 50 rapes, and 120 burglaries across California between 1974 and 1986. DeAngelo was responsible for at least three crime sprees throughout California, each of which spawned a different nickname in the press before it became evident that they were committed by the same person. In the San Joaquin Valley, he was known as the Visalia Ransacker before moving to the Sacramento area, where he became known as the East Area Rapist and was linked by modus operandi to additional attacks in Contra Costa County, Stockton, and Modesto.

DeAngelo committed serial murders in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Orange counties, where he was known as the Night Stalker and later the Original Night Stalker (owing to serial killer Richard Ramirez also being called the "Night Stalker"). DeAngelo is believed to have taunted and threatened both victims and police in obscene phone calls and possibly written communications. True-crime writer, the late Michelle McNamara, is credited with coining the name The Golden State killer in her book I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.

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