In the early morning of July 27, 1981, the Golden State Killer sneaked into a Goleta, Calif., home where Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez were sleeping. Their bludgeoned bodies were found the next day when a real estate agent stopped by with prospective buyers.
The men who helped publish the late Michelle McNamara’s book “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” talked about the role she played in investigating the decades-old Golden State Killer case during a Q&A session at the Citrus Heights, Calif., Barnes & Noble on Wednesday night. Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, McNamara’s husband and the person who worked to get the book published after her death in 2016, attended the event, along with roughly 450 true crime fans and Sacramento-area residents who packed into the bookstore.
He is suspected in at least a dozen killings and roughly 50 rapes in the 1970s and ’80s. (José Luis Villegas/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool) Joseph James DeAngelo appears in Sacramento Superior Court, Friday, June 1, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif.
McNamara’s book cover, pictured with suspect Joseph James DeAngelo’s mug shot and three ’70s and ’80s era police sketches of the Golden State Killer. Journalist Michelle McNamara, who lived in Los Feliz up until her death on April 21, 2016, often didn’t sleep well.
Paul Holes, retired Contra Costa investigator who spent 24 years investigating the “Golden State Killer” is photographed outside the Sacramento District Attorney’s office in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. District Attorneys from county across the Bay Area join the FBI and crime investigators in a press conference announcing the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, 72. Between 1976 and 1986, the violent and elusive individual known as the East Area Rapist and later as the Original Night Stalker and the Golden State Killer, committed 12 homicides, 45 rapes, and more than 120 residential burglaries in multiple California communities.
Authorities on Wednesday identified Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, of Citrus Heights, as the man suspected of being the “Golden State Killer” and “East Area Rapist.” Paul Holes, retired Contra Costa investigator who spent 24 years investigating the “Golden State Killer” is photographed outside the Sacramento District Attorney’s office in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
Growing up in California, serial killers are as much a fact of life as year-round citrus or having a bit of Spanish in your daily vocabulary. News of the Golden State Killer’s arrest came as a surprise and a relief to most of us whose early lives were shaped by a generation of fear .
Fred Ray, a retired Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department investigator, worked the Golden State Killer case. The killer was thought to have law enforcement or military experience.
It’s no spoiler to say that the killer doesn’t get caught – at least not in the pages here. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who was fired from the Auburn Police Department in 1979, was arrested last April after DNA evidence linking him to multiple crimes associated with the Golden state Killer was uncovered; but this account of the man who was responsible for 50 rapes and ten murders from 1976 to 1986 in California – is compelling reading nevertheless.
Police believe they’ve nabbed the notorious “Golden State Killer,” who committed over 50 rapes and a dozen murders in California in the 1970s and ’80s. Their suspect is former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who has lived for many years in Sacramento.