The armed and masked prowler sneaked in through windows at night and surprised sleeping victims who ranged in age from 13 to 41. At the beginning, the rapist would seek out women who lived alone in single-family homes, but later he targeted couples.
'You'll be silent forever, and I'll be gone in the dark, ' you threatened a victim once.
Harrington worked with the Orange County District Attorney's Office in 2004 to secure the passage of Proposition 69, which expanded the state's criminal DNA database to every convicted felon in California. Jones said he was taken into custody by his deputies without incident.
"It looked as though he might have been searching his mind to execute a particular plan he may have had", but never had time to act, Jones said.
Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old Sacramento resident and former police officer, was arrested early Wednesday, authorities said.
DeAngelo served as a police officer in California between 1973 and 1979, police reportedly confirmed, ending his time on the force a few years after the crime spree began.
As the string of crimes were making headlines, Mr DeAngelo was working as a police officer.
He transferred to the force in Auburn in the Sierra foothills near where he grew up outside Sacramento.
The Auburn Police Department said it will "do everything within its power to support this investigation and any prosecution that follows".
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The crimes spanned at least 10 counties, according to prosecutors in Sacramento County, and by late afternoon Wednesday DeAngelo was charged with crimes in three, including Orange County. He was convicted of the theft and fined $100. He attacked women and couples across Southern California from December 1979 to May 1986, and became known there as the Original Night Stalker.
McNamara coined the Golden State Killer name during her years of investigative work. Police have not released any other details about his arrest. "We just have nothing at this point". "I said, 'I don't care.' As soon as [I'd] start answering he'd say 'shut up, shut up, shut up'". "We found the needle in the haystack and it was here in Sacramento".
This case, which involved one of one of the most prolific and elusive serial killers in modern American history, had remained an object of intense focus for many.
Bruce Harrington bravely spoke out as brother to a victim.
Wardlow, who was DeAngelo's 27th victim, said the news of his arrest was a victory for herself and for all the people he is accused of terrorizing.
"The cops will never and have never credited a writer or journalist for helping them solve a case", he pointed out to fans who thought the police should have thanked McNamara.
"I have just been overjoyed, ecstatic". Sharing these stories in a respectful way-as McNamara does with I'll Be Gone in the Dark-feels like it frames personal trauma as a political issue. The DNA from evidence located during both series was linked in 2001, according to authorities.
Oftentimes victims would report receiving phone calls from the rapist after the crimes.
"It's terrifying to know this man was kiddie corner to my house", neighbor Beth Walsh said. But he was known for an explosive temper and loud cursing.
"This guy just had this anger that was just pouring out of him", Gorman said, noting how he avoided DeAngelo and his daughter at all costs. "I mean it was a pretty freaky time to live through". He kept to himself.