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Horrifying Facts About The Golden State Killer

Updated 21 Aug 2020 202.6k views15 items

While not as well known as the Zodiac Killer or the Night Stalker, the Golden State Killer is one of California's creepiest serial killers. Between 1976 and 1986, he committed at least 45 rapes, 12 murders, and 120 residential burglaries throughout California, and then disappeared without a trace.

Who is the Golden State Killer? He preyed on women in their bedrooms, he was known to make disturbing phone calls to his victims, and stalked their homes to learn when they'd be home. Also called the East Area Rapist and the "Original Night Stalker", he took their personal possessions as trophies and sometimes even ate their food straight from the fridge. In June 2016, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Golden State Killer's first attack, the FBI announced a national campaign to identify the killer with a $50,000 reward

In April 2018, police arrested a suspect after more than 30 years: Joseph James DeAngelo. DNA was integral to his arrest.

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