The Golden State Killer, a former police officer who terrorized California for more than a decade, has begun serving out multiple life sentences for a string of rapes and murders carried out in the late 70s and 80s.
Joseph DeAngelo on Tuesday arrived at North Kern State Prison in the Central Valley, located about 140 miles north of Los Angeles. Officials at the reception center will decide his permanent prison destination based on his security, medical, psychiatric and program needs.
The 74-year-old managed to avoid capture for decades before he was identified through DNA tracing and arrested in 2018. He became one of the first criminals to be caught through DNA samples voluntarily submitted by family members to an open-source, public genealogy website.
In June, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 murders and 13 rape-related charges for a series of attacks that occurred across California between 1975 and 1986. It was part of a plea deal that allowed the notorious killer to avoid the death penalty.
He has confessed to targeting at least 87 people across 53 separate crime scenes in 11 California counties — though some of the attacks were too old for DeAngelo to be formally charged.
His brutal crime spree began in Tulare County in 1975 and included two murders in Sacramento County in 1978, four killings in Santa Barbara County between 1979 and 1980, two more murders in Ventura County in 1980 and another four in Orange County between 1980 and 1986, according to prosecutors.
All of his attacks seemed to follow a pattern — he would surprise couples in the night and tie them up tie up, then assault the woman as the man lay helpless nearby.
Golden State Killer begins serving multiple life sentences
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