'Golden State Killer' DNA search led to wrong man a year ago

30 April, 2018, 11:45 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
  • Police have linked more than 12 homicides to the Golden State Killer

DeAngelo was arrested after a almost four-decade search for a criminal known as the Golden State Killer, the East Area Rapist and other monikers.

(It took them more than four decades to find this guy, and her book came out two months ago.) If nothing else, by dragging the cold case back into the light, McNamara's dogged pursuit of the Golden State Killer put renewed pressure on law enforcement to find him.

The Mercury News had explained that the Golden State Killer yelled numerous times, "I hate you Bonnie", during at least one sexual assault - and an investigator said this clue helped direct police to DeAngelo.

Authorities alleged that he was responsible for 12 murders and dozens of rapes in California from 1976 to 1986.

Oswalt provided further context for his thoughts during Wednesday's episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, on which he was supposed to promote his show A.P. Bio.

The FBI said DNA as well as "patterns used in the crimes", led them to believe the same suspect committed "45 rapes, 12 homicides, and multiple residential burglaries" throughout the state.

"It was her dream", Patton said, according to the Daily Beast. "If you know anything about the cases, you know what this could mean", he said. "It kept interest in tips coming in". Pictures of DeAngelo today portray a grizzled, bald senior citizen who was a police officer during the time of the attacks and had only a minor criminal record. As predicted by McNamara and others, it has been reported that DeAngelo was initially identified through law enforcement use of ancestral DNA services, and a DNA sample obtained directly from him via surveillance led to a positive match. He allegedly gained access to his victims by prying open windows to their homes as they slept; police have not revealed the details of the DNA evidence, only saying it was sophisticated.

Michelle McNamara was on a mission to capture the Golden State Killer - and after her sudden death in 2016, husband Patton Oswalt has been celebrating her achievements from beyond the grave.

Joseph James DeAngelo, a suspect in a series of killings in California, was arrested Tuesday.

DeAngelo has been charged with eight counts of murder in three counties after being linked to the crimes through DNA.

December 30, 1979. The Golden State Killer breaks into osteopathic surgeon Dr. Robert Offerman's condominium in Goleta, a city just south of Santa Barbara, and shoots him and his girlfriend, Debra Alexandria Manning. Another forum has seen nearly 5,000 posts since the arrest was announced, some proposing new leads to follow.

"He'd ask, 'do you want me to kill your mother?' in a harsh whisper", she said. Oswalt added that police have never credited a writer for helping to solve a case, but he added that in this case they gave Michelle credit every time they used her coined term, "Golden State Killer".

On Instagram, Oswalt said: "Even though the cops are never going to say it, your book helped get this thing closed".

Then, in a rather moving moment, Meyers echoed the sentiment shared by many on Twitter throughout the day that McNamara's writing was just as good as her research. She said, "I can't believe we caught him".


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