The Golden State killer was identified and arrested after decades


Neighbors expressed shock at the news. DeAngelo has lived at that home for at least two decades. The attacker was dubbed the East Area Rapist and the Golden State Killer, and authorities say he is responsible for 12 killings, 45 rapes and more than 120 residential burglaries between 1976 and 1986.

Images from FBI announce searching for the wanted suspect

His nearly 60 victims ranged in age from 13 to 41 and included women home alone, women at home with their children, and husbands and wives, according to the FBI. The suspect was a police officer in Auburn during the 1970s and his arrest is related to a 1980 double homicide of a Ventura County couple. By 1978, the man had attacked victims in Oakland, Danville and Walnut Creek. In 1979, he killed two in Goleta, and two years later killed yet another couple in the Santa Barbara County town. Authorities in 2011 pinpointed DNA evidence from the killer in the 1981 slayings of Cheri Domingo, 35, and Gregory Sanchez, 27. And they matched that evidence with DNA from other crime scenes. At the time of the crimes the suspect was described as being about 5-foot-9 with blond or auburn hair. He appeared to have military or law enforcement training. The FBI was offering up to 50,000 for information leading to the arrest od suspect.


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