Joseph DeAngelo, the man known as the 'Golden State Killer', confessed to 13 murders on Monday. In exchange for his confession, the former agent is likely to avoid capital punishment and be sentenced to life.
From the mid-1970s, 74-year-old DeAngelo committed a series of crimes in the US state of California for over a decade, including murders, rapes and burglaries.
DeAngelo confessed to guilt as part of an agreement with the prosecutor. Although he avoids the death penalty, the surviving victims, their families and witnesses no longer have to suffer from a lawsuit that could go on for years, the prosecutor said.
DeAngelo was arrested in 2018 and was only in the picture for a few days. Investigators tracked him down by comparing DNA evidence with online databases used by consumers to track down family members.
The serial killer has been searched for forty years. According to prosecutors, in addition to thirteen murders and kidnappings, he is also responsible for nearly fifty rapes and more than 120 burglaries around Sacramento, San Francisco and Southern California. The crimes took place from 1975 to 1986.
The suspect often crawled into the house of couples at night, tied them both up and raped the woman, after which he killed the two. This earned him several nicknames, including "Golden State Killer", "East Area Rapist" and "Original Night Stalker".