A suspect has been arrested in the Golden State Killer case. Also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker, GSK terrorized suburban California from 1976 to 1986. At least 12 murders, 45 rapes and 120 home burglaries have been attributed to him.
The case gained new attention – and a rebranding to “Golden State Killer” to avoid confusion with other serial rapists and killers – when Michelle McNamara published an exhaustive trove of articles and evidence at LA Magazine. (The archives are here: http://www.lamag.com/tag/golden-state-killer/.) McNamara was a long-time true crime researcher who ran the blog True Crime Diary. She died suddenly in 2016, leaving behind her husband – comedian Patton Oswalt, a young daughter and a partially completed book on the Golden State Killer. Oswalt championed her book to completion along with co-author Billy Jensen and research Paul Haynes. “I’ll Be Gone In the Dark” was published to general acclaim earlier this year.
Today, 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested on two counts of murder, and is expected to be officially announced as a Golden State Killer suspect at a press conference at 3pm EST.
More on DeAngelo’s arrest: https://www.thedailybeast.com/golden-state-killer-arrested-according-to-co-author-of-ill-be-gone-in-the-dark
More on the Golden State Killer’s MO: http://www.lamag.com/thejump/profile-of-a-killer/