The Golden State Killer pleaded guilty to 13 murders
Joseph de Angelo, the serial killer is known as the Golden State Killer, pleaded guilty to 13 murders and other crimes on Monday, ending a terrible wave of rape and murder that terrorized California residents in the 1970s and 1980s.
DeAngelo, a 74-year-old former policeman, and mechanic who lives in Citrus Heights, California, will be released from the death penalty.
He is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. Judgment session in August
DeAngelo, also known as East Area Rapist, Visalia Ransacker, and Original Nightstalker, has been charged with 13 murders and 50 physical assault.
Due to COVID-19, the procedures were held in the Cal State Sacramento ballroom where DeAngelo obtained a degree in criminal justice in 1972.
DeAngelo began his criminal madness as a thief in Visalia, California, where he is believed to be responsible for over 100 apartment robberies from April 1974 to December 1975.
Joseph’s history of crime:
His first known murder was Claude Snelling, a journalism professor, and media officer at Secoyas College. Snelling was shot in September 1975 while trying to stop the kidnapping of his 16-year-old daughter.
A few months after Visalia’s crimes ended, police say the man who was then known as the passenger from the eastern province started a wave of terrorism in Sacramento, where he physically assaulted more than 40 women and girls. The attacker wore a ski balaclava and opened the windows and doors of the homes of single women or couples. Once inside, he entered the bedroom and threw a torch into the eyes of his victims.
Samples of DNA proved his crime
DeAngelo was eventually arrested in 2018 after law enforcement officers compared the murderer’s DNA – found in a crime scene – to the publicly available genetic files via the genealogy site.
A DNA sample at the crime scene corresponds to that of a relative of DeAngelo.