Ex-cop nabbed for 'Golden State Killer' murders, rapes 40 years ago

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72, was arrested Wednesday morning, April 25, on warrants charging him with two counts of murder, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's website shows.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "You did it, Michelle".

Beginning in 1976, the Golden State Killer is believed to have raped dozens of women in their homes - meticulously planning his intrusions, sometimes ambushing entire families, and killing several of his victims toward the end of his spree, before vanishing in 1986.

The Golden State Killer was the subject of "I'll Be Gone in the Dark", a best-selling book published earlier this year by true crime writer Michelle McNamara.

McNamara's book includes a passage envisioning the scene when the killer is ultimately arrested, saying he would hear a vehicle pulling up outside and "footsteps coming up your front walk". It became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.

Former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo has been identified as the man believed to have committed 12 killings and 48 rapes across California from 1976 to 1986, authorities said.

"This is insane", Oswalt said in another Instagram video when he first learned of the arrest. Then the murders stopped in 1981 until five years later, when Janelle Cruz, 18, was found raped and beaten to death in her Irvine home.

Sacramento County district attorney's spokeswoman Shelly Orio declined to comment before the news conference. "It kept interest in tips coming in". He hired Billy Jensen, an investigative journalist, and Paul Haynes, who worked with Ms. McNamara on the book as a researcher, to piece together the story, using her handwritten notes and the roughly 3,500 files on her computer.

A masked man stood in the bedroom doorway, holding a large butcher knife and shining a flashlight at her face.

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Neighbor Kevin Tapia, 36, said when he was a teenager, DeAngelo falsely accused him of throwing things over their shared fence, prompting a heated exchange between DeAngelo and Tapia's father.

The acclaimed comedian spent much of Wednesday tweeting about his late wife's legacy and retweeting praise for her book, as well as updates on the case.

Most recently called the Golden State Killer, he has been linked through DNA and other evidence to scores of crimes.

"He'd ask "do you want me to kill your mother" in a harsh whisper, I said I don't care, and as soon as you'd answer, he'd say 'shut up, shut up, shut up, '" Wardlow said.

"She would be beyond excited about this", Oswalt wrote on his Twitter page when news of the arrest broke. It was also the first day of filming of an HBO documentary series based on the book.

Oswalt said he ended the event with a thought about the killer: "He's running out of time".

The resulting book is a chilling and vivid narrative of a serial killer's crimes, and a revealing account of Ms. McNamara's obsession with the case and the psychological toll it took on her.

Investigators believe the suspect known as the "East Area Rapist" was active in Sacramento between 1976 and 1978, culminating in the murder of a husband and wife on February 2, 1978 in Rancho Cordova, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. "Curiosity turned to clawing hunger".

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Joseph DeAngelo, of Citrus Heights. He had been under surveillance for a few days and was taken into custody without incident as he emerged from his house, Jones said, adding that the suspect appeared "surprised" when confronted. "It looked as though he might have been searching his mind to execute a particular plan he may have had in mind ... but he was not given the opportunity".