On April 25th, 2018, Wednesday, California authorities said they had arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo charging with capital murder. Joseph DeAngelo committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California in the 1970s and 1980s.
Sacramento Country Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert said, “We found the needle in the haystack and it was right here in Sacramento.”
Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert stated, regardless of an overflowing of thousands of tips throughout the years, his name had not been on experts’ radar before a week ago.
The former police officer now under arrest for a violent crime spree that terrorized California for more than 40 years. Officials working on the case for decades but a DeAngelo, not a suspect until days ago, when they got a break in the case. Officials said cutting edge DNA testing allow them to make a match.
One of the officials said, “We were able to get some discarded DNA and we confirm what we already knew that we had our man.”
DeAngelo meticulously planned those crimes. The suspect wearing a ski mask, would break into homes, gag, and blindfold and tie up his female prey before carrying out his brutal attacks.
Joseph DeAngelo worked as a police officer in Exeter, California, from 1973 to 1976 and in Auburn from 1976 to 1979. Sources stated that the termination of DeAngelo came after he was arrested for stealing a can of dog repellent as well as a hammer from a drug store.
Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas said, “Joseph James DeAngelo has been called a lot of things by law enforcement.”