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How They Were Caught: The Golden State Killer

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See Joseph DeAngelo admit he's the Golden State Killer

Forty-five years after committing his first murder, Joseph James DeAngelo admitted on June 29, 2020, that he is the Golden State Killer, serial killer and rapist and author of one of the worst crime sprees in California history.

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The Golden State Killer - ISHI 2019 Keynote

Paul Holes, retired from the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, relates the chilling story of the case that dogged him for over 20 years—the notorious Golden State Killer, who committed over 100 burglaries, more than 50 rapes and at least 13 murders from 1974 to 1986.

Ultimately, Holes solved the case in collaboration with a genetic genealogist, using the relatively new—and controversial—technique of forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) or investigative genetic genealogy.

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Joe D'Angelo Fired From Police Force | Golden State Killer: Main Suspect

Joe D'Angelo's form chief of police talks about firing D'Angelo and subsequently fearing for his life.

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Where Did All The Serial Killers Go?

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How DNA Analysis Led Police to the Golden State Killer

The Golden State Killer was finally caught last week after more than 40 years, but the science behind it wasn’t just your everyday DNA forensics.

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How the Golden State Killer was Found with GEDmatch

You may have heard the news that the Golden State Killer was caught with GEDmatch. How was it done, and can we genealogists learn anything about it?

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Man in the Window: The Golden State Killer | Episode 1: The Phantom in the Fog

This is episode one of the award-winning podcast Man in the Window. Listen to the rest of the series at Episode and series descriptions below.

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A series of brutal dog killings in a small town in California is just the prelude to coming danger, and violence.

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In the 1970s and ’80s Californians lived in fear. A serial attacker was carefully planning and executing often brutal home invasions. The crimes -- spread across much of northern and southern California -- would be blamed on multiple criminals: the Visalia Ransacker, the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker and, eventually, the Golden State Killer. To many he was only a man in the window -- a faceless figure peering into homes.

Throughout his decade-long rampage he always managed to stay one step ahead of the investigation even as he taunted police and his victims. From Wondery and the Los Angeles Times comes a new series that traces his path of devastation through their eyes. Paige St. John, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, uncovers never-before-revealed details about the man who would eventually be arrested and charged with multiple murders and kidnappings - and linked to hundreds of crimes.


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Genealogist credited with helping identify Golden State Killer speaks

A woman given credit by investigators for helping to identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer/ East Area Rapist case is now speaking out about her role in tracking down the notorious suspect, a former police officer.

Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo pleads guilty to multiple charges in Orange County | RAW

Joseph DeAngelo plead guilty to all charges, including the last known crime as the Golden State Killer: the murder of Janelle Cruz in Irvine in 1986. Golden State Killer in court, June 29, 2020.

Joseph DeAngelo, a former police officer who terrorized the Sacramento region as a serial rapist and went on to kill more than a dozen people across California and evade capture for decades has pleaded guilty to the first of 13 murders. DeAngelo said Monday he will plead guilty to all charges in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. The frail-looking 74-year-old spoke in hushed, raspy voice acknowledging the crimes attributed to the Golden State Killer. He was arrested in 2018 after authorities used DNA to track him through a popular genealogy website. (AP)

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DNA From Genealogy Site Caught 'Golden State Killer'

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Ex-cop Joseph James DeAngelo arrested, ID'd as Golden State Killer

A former police officer is suspected of being an elusive serial killer who police say committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California in the 1970s and 1980s, officials announced Wednesday. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested Tuesday, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announced. Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and other officials held a press conference. Watch their remarks here.

Joseph James DeAngelo family didn't know he was the Golden State Killer

Have you ever wondered if Joseph James DeAngelo's family suspected he was the Golden State Killer ? James Huddle, DeAngelo's brother in law, shares the inside look at signs he could have seen, but didn't.

Killers Keep Secrets is a book about Joe DeAngelo and how his crimes
progressed, and some similarities to other Killers. It explores myths about
serial Killers. Jim Huddle reveals some of DeAngelo's odd behaviors. available at Amazon.

Find out about a serial Killer who escaped justice for over forty years.

How the GOLDEN STATE KILLER was caught//Joesph DeAngelo

This is one case that has fascinated me for a long time. It's one of the first serial cases I became interested in growing up so reading Michelle' book, watching specials on TV about him and making this video has be very exciting. Glad he is finally behind bars where he will stay until the end of his life!!

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Accused Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, hears his charges

The accused Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo, 72, seemed to stare into the distance from inside a cage in the jailhouse courtroom, his mouth agape as the judge read off all the charges against him.

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How Michelle McNamara Named The Golden State Killer

Patton Oswalt talks about his wife Michelle McNamara’s naming process of the Golden State Killer.

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Golden State Killer Speaks at His Formal Sentencing

Golden State Killer Speaks at His Formal Sentencing

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Daughter of Golden State Killer's victim speaks out | Extended Interview

Jennifer Carole, the daughter of murder victim Lyman Smith spoke out. I don't need the death penalty because for me, I know he doesn't do well socially, said Carole. I want him with other prisoners right now. I want him uncomfortable. I want him watching his back. I want him to be afraid.

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