Golden State killer arrested


DAN GREEN. ERIN: AND I’M ERIN CLARK. WE ARE BEGINNING TONIGHT WITH
NEW DETAILS IN THE ARREST OF THE
SUSPECTED EAST AREA RAPIST. ALSO KNOWN AS THE GOLDEN STATE
KILLER. POLICE SAY 72-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH
DE-ANGELO IS AMONG THE WORST
SERIAL KILLERS AND RAPISTS IN
U.S. HISTORY. AUTHORITIES ARRESTED HIM OVER
NIGHT AT HIS HOME IN CITRUS
HEIGHTS. ERIN: — DAN: THIS CASE MAKING
NATIONAL HEADLINES, A STRING OF
AT LEAST 12 DEATHS AND MORE THAN
40 RAPES THRUOUGHT NOT JUST
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, B
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DATING ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE 1970’S. ERIN: WHILE THE EAST AREA RAPIST
IS ACCUSED OF COMMITTING 200
CRIMES, JOSEPH DEANGELO IS
CURRENTLY FACING CHARGES FOR 8
MURDERS, 2 IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY,
2 IN VENTURA COUNTY, AND 4 IN ORANGE COUNTY. DAN: TONIGHT FRIENDS AND FAMILY
OF THOSE VICTIMIZED BY THE
ACCUSED SERIAL KILLER ARE
SPEAKING OUT, EXPRESSING THEIR
RELIEF AN ARREST HAS FINALLY
BEEN MADE. ERIN: WITH THAT PART OF THE
STORY WE GO TO ACTION NEWS
REPORTER FELIX CORTEZ LIVE IN
SANTA CRUZ,
FELIX: VICTIMS WAITED DECADES
FOR JUSTICE, AMONG THEM A SANTA CRUZ WOMAN, WHO’S FATHER AND
STEPMOTHER ARE BEIVED TO BE TWO
VICTIMS OF THE GOLDEN STATE
KILLER.>>I NEVER THOUGHT THEY WOULD
GET HIM. FELIX: JENNIFER CAROLE HAD JUST
TURNED 18 WHEN HER FATHER LYMAN
SMITH AND STEPMOTHER CHARLENE
WERE BRUTALLY MURDERED IN THEIR
VENTURA HOME BACK IN 1980, IT
WOULD BE ANOTHER 20 YEARS BEFORE THEIR DEATHS WOULD BE TIED TO
THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER,
PSYCOPATH WHOSE IDENTITY WAS
UNKOWN UNTIL NOW, CAROLE SAYS
SHE GOT THE CALL WEDNESDAY
MORNING FROM THE VENTURA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY.>>THEY SAID IT WAS A MATCH. THAT IS WHAT I IMAGINED IT WOULD
BE IF WE EVER CAUGHT HIM. THAT WE WOULD HAVE HIM 100%
MATCH. FELIX: POLICE SAY 72-YEAR-OLD
JOSEPH JAMES DEANGELO IS THE
GOLDEN STATE KILLER, ARRESTED
TUESDAY AFTER DNA CONNECTED HIM
TO THE MURDER OF A SACRAMENTO
AREA COUPLE IN 1978, BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY HIS REIGN OF
TERROR BEGAN 2 YEARS EARLIER, BY
1986 WHEN HIS CRIME SPREE IS
BELIEVED TO HAVE STOPPED, HE HAD
ALLEGEDLY MURDERED MORE THAN A
DOZEN PEOPLE AND RAPED MORE THAN 50 VICTIMS.>>I FIGURED HE HAD DISAPPEARED. OR DIE. — DIED. I STILL HAVE NOT COME TO TERMS
WITH THIS DAY AND THAT THERE IS
A PERSON WHO WAS ARRESTED. THAT IS MIND BLOWING TO ME. FELIX: CLOSURE? YES, NOT ONLY FOR CAROL BUT
COUNTLESS OTHER FRIENDS AND
FAMILY OF DEANGELO’S VICTIMS, A
FORMER COP WHO MAY HAVE
COMMITTED SOME OF HIS CRIMES ON
DUTY. PROSECUTORS SAY THEY PLAN TO
SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY.>>I HOPE YOU WILL CONFESS. I DON’T WANT HIM ON DEATH ROW. I DON’T WANT THEM TO HAVE A
PRIVATE ROOM OR THINKING HE IS
SPECIAL. I WANT HIM IN GENERAL POPULATION
WHERE HE CAN LIVE EVERY MINUTE
AND TERROR. — IN TERROR. I WANT HIM TO BE TERRIFIED
CONSTANTLY. LIKE HE HAS DONE TO US. FELIX: JENNIFER CAROLE, SAYS SHE
WILL USE THE ARREST OF HER
FATHER’S ACCUSED KILLER TO NOW
PUSH FOR A NATIONAL DNA DATA
BASE FOR CONVICTED FELONS. ERIN: THANK YOU. TONIGHT WE ARE ALSO HEARING FROM
ONE OF THE VICTIMS WHO WAS RAPED
BY THE EAST AREA RAPIST. SHE LIVED IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY
AND WAS 13-YEARS-OLD AT THE
TIME. DAN: POLICE SAY THE RAPIST OFTEN
PILED DISHES ON HIS VICTIMS’
BACKS, SO HE COULD HEAR THEM IF
THEY MOVED, HERE’S WHAT MARGARET
WARDLOW SAID ABOUT THAT,
>>HAVING THE KITCHEN BE UPSTAIRS, I COULD HEAR HIM
WRESTLING UP THERE AND COMING
DOWNSTAIRS WITH THE PLACE. I KNEW, IF HE COMES INTO MY
ROOM, HE WILL RAPE MY MOM. I HEARD HIM GO INTO MY MOM’S
ROOM AND I OBVIOUSLY DEDUCED HE
WAS GOING TO COME INTO MY ROOM
AND RATE ME. HE THREATENED EVERYTHING WITH A
HARSH WHISPER. YOU WANT TO DIE, DO YOU WANT TO
KILL YOUR MOTHER? HE WOULD SAY, SHUT UP, SHUT UP. WHEN I DID ANSWER HIM, I SAID, I
DON’T CARE. WHEN HE ASKED, DO YOU WANT TO
DIE, I SAID I DON’T CARE. THAT WAS THE ONLY WAY I KNEW TO
PUT A CORK IN HIS LID AND MAKE
IT WHERE HE DIDN’T GET ANY
SATISFACTION OUT OF HIS ATTACK
UPON ME. DAN: WARDLOW SAYS THAT NIGHT,
THE RAPIST WAS IN HER HOUSE FOR
ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF. A NEIGHBOR EVENTUALLY HEARD HER
MOM SCREAMING, AND CAME TO HELP
.
ERIN: SO AFTER DECADES OF NO
ANSWERS, THE SACRAMENTO COUNTY
DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS DNA HELPED SOLVE THE CASE IN JUST
THE LAST SIX DAYS. AND THAT JOSEPH DEANGELO’S NAME
HADN’T BEEN ON AUTHORITIES RADAR
IN CONNECTION WITH THIS MAJOR
CASE BEFORE THE LAST WEEK. THE EAST AREA RAPIST GOT THE
NICK-NAME BECAUSE OF WHERE HIS
CRIMES BEGAN, FROM 1976 THROUGH
1978, A SERIES OF RAPES AND
BREAK-INS STARTED IN SACRAMENTO
COUNTY. THE CRIMES WOULD ULTIMATELY
SPREAD TO YOLO, SAN JOAQUIN AND
STANISLAUS COUNTIES. AND THEN THE CRIMES IN THAT AREA
ABRUPTLY STOPPED. YEARS LATER, DNA EVIDENCE
CONNECTED THE EAST AREA RAPIST
TO MURDERS IN SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA. AND IN THE BAY AREA THE CLOSEST
TO US WAS SAN JO

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