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Joseph James DeAngelo, Jr.

Also Known As: "Joe"
Birthplace: Bath, Steuben County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Staff Sergeant Joseph James DeAngelo, Sr. and Kay L. DeAngelo-Bonsanko (DeGroat)
Ex-husband of Private
Ex-partner of Private
Father of Private; Private and Private
Brother of Connie Ryland-Perry (DeAngelo); Private and Private

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About Joe DeAngelo

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. is the Golden State Killer. He’s a former police officer and Vietnam War veteran. His old wedding announcement says that DeAngelo graduated from Folsom High School and California State University, Sacramento.

The announcement states that DeAngelo’s parents were Mrs. Jack Bosanko of Garden Grove and Joseph J. DeAngelo of Korea. According to a 1973 newspaper article from The Exeter Sun, DeAngelo was born in Bath, New York, and his mother’s name was Kathleen. She died in 2010.

The obituary for Kathleen Louise Bosanko says she was 87 when she died and left behind four children, one of whom was Joe DeAngelo. “She was a beautiful person and a wonderful Mother,” the obituary says. Her headstone refers to her as “Ramblin Rose.”

After graduating from Folsom High in 1964, DeAngelo served in the Vietnam War. According to The Sacramento Bee, a former neighbor named Doug Burgarel said that DeAngelo moved to rural Auburn with his mother and stepfather when he was a teenager. “DeAngelo’s stepfather worked for Burgarel’s father at Sierra Crane and Hoist as a welder making indoor overhead cranes,” reported the newspaper. According to the Bee, DeAngelo had a brother and his mother worked as a waitress at Denny’s.

DeAngelo worked as a police officer in Exeter, California in the early 1970s, the sheriff said, and he worked for the Auburn Police Department through the late 1970s, although he was fired in 1979 “after he was charged with stealing a hammer and dog repellent from a Citrus Heights drug store,” The Auburn Journal reported.

Authorities revealed the break in the case came from newly developed DNA evidence. According to authorities, they got their big break in only the past week. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said it came through “DNA evidence that was examined at the Sacramento County crime lab. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said authorities used “discarded” DNA from DeAngelo to make the arrest.

The cases he’s charged in are the 1978 murders of Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, and the 1980 deaths of Charlene and Lyman Smith. It’s believed the serial killer also slew Alexandria Manning, Dr. Robert Offerman, Patrice Harrington, Keith Harrington, Manuela Witthuhn, Cheri Domingo, Gregory Sanchez, Janelle Cruz, and possibly Claude Snelling. - How genetic genealogy caught him.

Joseph James DeAngelo (born November 8, 1945) is an American serial killer, serial rapist, burglar, and former police officer who committed at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986. DeAngelo is a United States Navy veteran and worked as a police officer from 1973 to 1979. He was responsible for at least three crime sprees throughout California, each of which spawned a different nickname in the press, before it became evident that they were committed by the same offender. He began as a burglar (the Visalia Ransacker) before moving to the Sacramento area, where he was known as the East Area Rapist, and was linked by modus operandi to additional attacks in Contra Costa County, Stockton, and Modesto. He was later known for his southern California crimes as the Original Night Stalker. He taunted and threatened his victims and police in obscene phone calls and other communications.

During the decades-long investigation, several suspects were cleared through DNA evidence, alibi, or other investigative methods. In 2001, DNA testing indicated that the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker were the same person. The case was a factor in the establishment of California's DNA database, which collects DNA from all accused and convicted felons in California and has been called second only to Virginia's in effectiveness in solving cold cases. To heighten awareness that the uncaught killer operated throughout California, crime writer Michelle McNamara coined the name Golden State Killer in early 2013.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and local law-enforcement agencies held a news conference on June 15, 2016, to announce a renewed nationwide effort, offering a $50,000 reward for his capture. On April 24, 2018, authorities charged 72-year-old DeAngelo with eight counts of first-degree murder, based upon DNA evidence. Specifically, investigators identified members of DeAngelo's family through the use of forensic genetic genealogy. This was also the first announcement connecting the Visalia Ransacker crimes to the Golden State Killer. Owing to California's statute of limitations on pre-2017 rape cases, DeAngelo cannot be charged with 1970s rapes, but he was charged in August 2018 with 13 related kidnapping and abduction attempts. On June 29, 2020, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to multiple counts of murder. As part of the plea bargain, DeAngelo was also required to admit to crimes he had not been formally charged with, including rape.

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Joe DeAngelo's Timeline

November 8, 1945
Bath, Steuben County, New York, United States