Golden State Killer suspect caught and identified as former police office

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McNamara died in her sleep at age 46 nearly exactly two years before DNA evidence led Sacramento police to arrest a 72-year-old former cop, Joseph James DeAngelo, for a series of 12 murders and 45 rapes that terrorized California in the 1970s and '80s. "It happened nearly instantly and he was taken into custody without incident at all".

Bank teller Manuela Witthuhn, 28, was home alone while her husband was hospitalized when she was raped and killed on February 5, 1981, police said.

"I can't even believe, I can't even believe it", said resident Corey Harvey of DeAngelo's alleged past.

Michelle McNamara had made it her mission to find the person responsible for at least 12 murders and 50 rapes throughout California in the 1970s and 80s.

When Ms. McNamara died, the book was half finished.

Oswalt helped finish the book and it became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.

Police say the book had no information that "directly led to the apprehension". VIDEO: What we know about suspected "Golden State Killer" "For the 51 ladies who were brutally raped in this crime scene, sleep better tonight".

Neighbor Eddie Verdon said he once had a tense stare-down with DeAngelo after catching him prowling on his property.

"A bittersweet thing where finally somebody is apprehended, but it opens old wounds", Jones said at a press conference Wednesday.

A neighbor, Kevin Tapia, 36, who grew up next door to DeAngelo, told the Associated Press he used to hear DeAngelo cursing to himself in his backyard, and that he was "a weird guy" who kept to himself. Instead, two years after the murder, they arrested Joseph Alsip Jr., a former business partner who lost big to Lyman in a real estate deal, the Santa Paul Times reported.

Ventura County officials referred inquiries to Sacramento County, and DeAngelo's name does not appear in online Ventura Superior Court records.

DeAngelo is a former Auburn, California, police officer who was sacked in 1979 for shoplifting a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a drugstore, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. A home in that community belonging to a former police officer was being searched Wednesday by FBI investigators and police from several agencies.

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Suspected "Golden State Killer" arrested in Northern California " The magnitude of this case demanded that it be solved", said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.

That serial killer is tied to at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California.

About 19 months later, on July 26, 1981 deputies found more victims.

Bruce Harrington bravely spoke out as brother to a victim.

Jane Carson-Sandler was one of the first victims when she was sexually assaulted in 1976 in her home in Citrus Heights, the same community where DeAngelo was arrested at home.

The last known case linked to the Golden State Killer was the May 1986 rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl in Irvine, California.

Officials also have investigated whether he had ties to a similar spree in Australia, but a source says the suspect authorities identified has been living in the Sacramento area.

The case was cracked in the past week, when investigators matched DeAngelo's DNA with two murders in 1980.

"We are determined, and we will God willing, hold this man fully accountable for this crimes", said Greg Totten, Ventura County District Attorney.

Authorities are expected to announce the arrest Wednesday of a suspect in the decades-old East Area Rapist case, The Bee has learned. Investigators say DeAngelo spread fear across the state from 1974 to 1986.

Although authorities have not credited McNamara for helping crack the case, she brought awareness to it on her TrueCrimeDiary blog and in newspaper and magazine stories.

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