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The 74-year-old Golden State killer is sentenced after a confession of guilt


A woman who was raped by the Golden State killer when she was only 15 years old called him a "repulsive, pathetic coward" during his hearing on Tuesday.

Kris Pedretti was attacked by Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., now 74, just before Christmas 1976. She told a court on Tuesday that he was a "soulless being".

DeAngelo Jr. pleaded guilty to all 13 murders, 13 kidnapping cases and confessed to 161 uncharged crimes – many of which were rape – beyond the statute of limitations in June.

He was brought on trial to face 16 of his victims on Tuesday, the first of four days of hearing before he is sentenced to life imprisonment. Victim after victim lined up to describe him as a "sick monster", "terrible man" and "subhuman" who stole their innocence and changed their lives.

A victim's daughter, Patricia Murphy, told the court, “He's an evil monster with no soul. He is subhuman. & # 39; She also gave him an obscene gesture and cursed him.

His conviction, awaited Friday after three days of testimony from his victims and survivors, ends an eerie decade-long history of kidnappings, rapes and murders.

He looked frail, wearing orange prison overalls and mask on Tuesday, and staring straight ahead. He was also known as the East Area Rapist and Visalia Ransacker, and his conviction ended more than 45 years of hunting down the notorious killer.

The Golden State Killer stood before his victims Tuesday, the first of four days of hearing before he was sentenced to life in prison

Kris Pedretti was attacked by Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., now 74, just before Christmas 1976. She told a court that he was a "soulless being". The Golden State Killer stood before his victims Tuesday, the first of four days of hearing before he was sentenced to life in prison

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 74, pleaded guilty in June to all 13 murders, 13 kidnapping cases and confessed to 161 unindicted crimes - many of which were rape - beyond the statute of limitations

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 74, pleaded guilty in June to all 13 murders, 13 kidnapping cases and confessed to 161 unindicted crimes – many of which were rape – beyond the statute of limitations

Sixteen of his Sacramento County rape victims plan to confront him Tuesday in a courthouse that is otherwise still protected from the public due to the coronavirus.

A similar number will tell Sacramento Supreme Court Justice Michael Bowman on Wednesday and Thursday how DeAngelo's crimes changed her life before he is formally sentenced on Friday.

Some read statements on behalf of loved ones who couldn't testify in person, while others proudly gave their names after DeAngelo went to jail.

"He and his knife were in complete control of me for the next two hours," read rape survivor's daughter Patricia Murphy from her mother's testimony. "He really is an evil monster with no soul."

DeAngelo as a cop for the Exeter Police Department in the early 1970s

DeAngelo as a cop for the Exeter Police Department in the early 1970s

Murphy put up her middle finger in her own testimony, saying DeAngelo could go straight to hell.

“I've had that in my head for 44 years. It's a long time, ”Jane Carson-Sandler said before giving her testimony.

Certain triggers can still bring flashbacks to that night in 1976 when DeAngelo confronted her with a butcher's knife while snuggling into bed with her three-year-old son after her husband left for work at a nearby military base.

"I hope he's listening, but we know he never raised his head during the hearing when he pleaded guilty," she said.

She is one of the survivors and prosecutors who claim that DeAngelo is merely disguising himself as a weak old man in a wheelchair.

Prosecutors cited "his slow pace, the twisted rotation of his hands" and his hesitant replies to Bowman in June. But, they said, his "agile movement and behavior in his prison cell suggest a person who is healthy and physically active".

Pete Schultz related how he "did terrible deeds against our mother while she was handcuffed and blindfolded". He himself was tied to a bed post at the age of 11 while his seven-year-old sister was locked in her room during the attack on Wini Schultz.

He called DeAngelo a "sick monster" and noted that the only trait his mother could remember was that she was certain he had a very inadequate penis.

This was a recurring theme for Witnesses trying to break through to DeAngelo.

The rape charge was brought on as a robbery kidnapping because the statute of limitations for sexual assault had expired.

He also publicly admitted numerous other rapes in Alameda, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Yolo counties.

DeAngelo Jr. wasn't identified and arrested until 2018 using a new form of DNA tracking.

A victim's daughter, Patricia Murphy, told the court, “He's an evil monster with no soul. He is subhuman & # 39;

A victim's daughter, Patricia Murphy, told the court, “He's an evil monster with no soul. He is subhuman & # 39;

"He didn't win, I'm not a lost girl," said Kris Pedretti in an interview before her testimony. "I want to make that clear"

Victims and their family members of Golden State Killer / East Area rapist Joseph James DeAngelo enter the courthouse of Gordon D. Schaber in Sacramento on Tuesday

Victims and their family members of Golden State Killer / East Area rapist Joseph James DeAngelo enter the courthouse of Gordon D. Schaber in Sacramento on Tuesday

DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 murders and a variety of rape and other crimes in June and is due to be convicted after three days of testifying about the effects of victims of family members and rape victims

DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 murders and a variety of rape and other crimes in June and is due to be convicted after three days of testifying about the effects of victims of family members and rape victims

Sixteen of his Sacramento County rape victims plan to confront him Tuesday in a courthouse that is otherwise still protected from the public due to the coronavirus

Sixteen of his Sacramento County rape victims plan to confront him Tuesday in a courthouse that is otherwise still protected from the public due to the coronavirus

Sacramento assistant district attorney Thienvu Ho told a judge on Monday: "The blank stare, the faltering responses that sometimes break out in breath may lead some to suspect or later claim he is physically or mentally disabled.

“He has portrayed himself as weak and frail, as someone who is physically unable to express repentance. … The fact is that he made a conscious decision against it. & # 39;

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DeAngelo Jr., a former police officer, avoided law enforcement for decades until his DNA was linked to the crimes via GEDMatch.com, a genealogy website where one of his relatives submitted his DNA.

DEANGELOS CRIME

1974-1975: 120 break-ins in Visalia and the surrounding area

June 18, 1976: Sexual assault / rape, Rancho Cordova

July 17, 1976: Sexual assault / rape, Carmichael

Aug 29, 1976: Burglary, attempted sexual assault, Rancho Cordova

September 4, 1976: Sexual assault / rape, Carmichael

October 5, 1976: Sexual assault / rape, Citrus Heights

October 9, 1976: Sexual assault / rape, Rancho Cordova

October 18, 1976: Sexual assault / rape, Carmichael

October 18, 1976: Carjacking, Rancho Cordova

November 10, 1976: Kidnapping, Citrus Heights

December 18, 1976: Sexual assault / rape, Carmichael

January 18, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Sacramento

January 24, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Citrus Heights

February 7, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Carmichael

February 16, 1977: Attack, attempted murder, Sacramento

March 8, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Sacramento

March 18, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Rancho Cordova

April 2, 1977: sexual assault / rape, orangevale

April 15, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Carmichael

May 3, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Sacramento

May 5, 1977: sexual assault / rape, orangevale

May 14, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Citrus Heights

May 17, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Carmichael

May 28, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Sacramento

September 6, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Stockton

October 1, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Rancho Cordova

October 21, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Sacramento

October 29, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Sacramento

November 10, 1977: Sexual assault / rape, Sacramento

December 2, 1977: Attempted sexual assault, Sacramento

January 28, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Carmichael

January 29, 1979: Sexual assault / rape, Carmichael

February 2, 1978: Brian and Katie Maggiore were killed, Rancho Cordova

March 18, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Stockton

April 14, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Sacramento

June 5, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Modesto

June 7, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Davis

June 23, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Modesto

June 24, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Davis

July 6, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Davis

October 7, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Concord

October 13, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, Concord

October 28, 1978: San Ramon

November 4, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, San Jose

December 2, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, San Jose

December 8, 1978: Sexual assault / rape (DNA link), Danville

December 18, 1978: Sexual assault / rape, San Ramon

March 20, 1979: Sexual assault / rape, Rancho Cordova

April 4, 1979: Sexual assault / rape, Fremont

June 2, 1979: Sexual assault / rape, Walnut Creek

June 11, 1979: Sexual assault / rape (DNA link), Danville

June 25, 1979: Sexual assault / rape, Walnut Creek

July 5, 1979: Attempted sexual assault, Danville

October 1, 1979: Attempted sexual assault / murder (no DNA) Goleta

December 30, 1979: 2 people killed, Goleta

March 13, 1980: Sexual assault / rape, Lyman and Charlene Smith killed (DNA link), Ventura

August 19, 1980: Sexual assault / rape, Keith and Patrice Harrington killed, Dana Point

February 5, 1981: Sexual assault / rape, Manuela Witthuhn killed (DNA link), Irvine

July 27, 1981: 2 people killed (DNA link), Goleta

May 4, 1986: Sexual assault / rape, Janelle Cruz killed (DNA link) Irvine

While his true identity remained a mystery until then, his crimes earned him a number of threatening names.

First, he was the Visalia Ransacker, a burglar who from 1974 to 1975 ravaged people's homes, stole personal belongings, and distributed women's underwear across crime scenes.

Next up was the East Area Rapist, a shadowy predator that attacked dozen of women between 1976 and 1979.

Between the break-ins and rape, he began killing, earning himself the name of the Golden State Killer and the Original Nightstalker.

What sparked his sadistic tendencies remains largely a mystery.

DeAngelo grew up following his father, a US aviator, with his mother and sister.

Little is known about his upbringing, except that they were once stationed in Germany.

His sister's son, Jesse Ryland, has shared in the past how DeAngelo often saw his father beat his mother, Kathleen.

He also claimed he saw his sister raped by two airmen when she was seven and he was nine.

Ryland speculated that this may have been the trigger for his obsession with rape in later life. DeAngelo never commented on it.

The family returned to the United States and settled on the West Coast in DeAngelo's teenage years.

His father was later sent to Korea, but he and his mother and sister stayed. According to a 2018 Los Angeles Times profile, his mother saw a married man who had a family of his own.

DeAngelo was responsible for looking after his younger siblings.

Former childhood friends shared how he would try to fit into their families as if they were his own.

He graduated from Folsom Senior High School in 1964 and joined the Navy. During the Vietnam War he worked as a damage limiter on the Canberra.

Further details of his military career are not known.

A 1967 article in the Auburn Journal, the local newspaper his parents live in, describes him as a 21-year-old on vacation.

After returning to the United States from Vietnam, he met Bonnie Colwell, a science student who ultimately broke his heart.

He and Bonnie were engaged once, but she broke it off in 1971.

When he was arrested in 2018, Bonnie was hiding.

DeAngelo's next known milestone wasn't until 1972 when he graduated from California State University with a degree in criminal justice.

From there he moved to the Exeter Police Department, where he worked as an officer at the burglary site.

In this job he learned to commit seemingly perfect break-ins.

While working there, he married Sharon Marie Huddle.

The couple had three daughters who are now all adults.

Between 1974 and 1975, a character known as Visalia Ransacker carried out more than 120 break-ins in the area. His identity was unknown for decades.

When DeAngelo was arrested in 2018 for the murder and rape of dozens of others, he was quickly implicated and held responsible for the crimes of Visalia Ransacker.

His signature at the break-in was to leave women's underwear scattered around his crime scenes.

In 1975 he graduated from burglary to abduction and subsequent killing and shot and killed Claude Snelling, who was protecting his teenage daughter Elizabeth from kidnapping.

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth woke up at 2 a.m. on September 11, 1975 to see a man in a ski mask standing over her bed and telling her to go with him or be killed.

He pulled her out of her room and out the family back door towards their carport, but was stopped by Snelling, who was in the kitchen.

Elizabeth later recalled, “I heard a scream and saw my father storm out the back door.

& # 39; The kidnapper) threw me down and shot my father twice. Then he pointed the gun at me. & # 39;

DeAngelo hit her with the gun and kicked her, but fled. Snelling died on the way to the hospital.

In 1976 he left the Exeter Police Department and began working for the Auburn Police Department.

It was then that his relentless rape began.

Between 1976 and 1979 he raped dozens of women in the region.

It terrorized the neighborhoods where he chose his targets and earned him the name East Area Rapist.

One of the victims remembered lying down next to her after the attack and sobbing, "I hate you, I hate you, I hate you Bonnie."

DeAngelo was released by police in 1979 after being caught shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent from a drug store in Citrus Heights, one of the areas where he would attack women.

He then worked at a Save Mart Supermarkets distribution center for 27 years repairing trucks before retiring in 2017.

It's unclear when, but he and his wife separated some time before his arrest in 2018, which came as a shock to his neighbors and relatives.

It was the first time that police tested DNA samples found at some crime scenes against DNA stored by GEDMatch.

One of DeAngelo's relatives had willingly submitted his sample to find out more about her origin.

It has been used as a reconnaissance technique hundreds of times since its fall.

DeAngelo's neighbors described him as "contentious", unlikely, and a "curse".

While he was held responsible for 88 crimes, he was exonerated in others as well.

One of his rapes was the attack of a 13-year-old girl who detailed recalled being assaulted while he was shining a flashlight in her face.

"In a very harsh whisper he would say," Do you want to die?

“Should I kill your mother? Should I cut her throat? "" Wardlow said.

I answered him immediately: I don't care, and he said: Shut up! Shut up! Keep your mouth shut! "" Margaret Wardlow, who he raped in 1977, remembered Inside Edition after his arrest last year.

DeAngelo's wife and children never spoke of his crimes.

His sister was stunned when he was arrested.

“As stunned as I am – because I've never seen him show any madness or anything like that – I just can't believe it.

"I've never seen anything that allowed me to believe he could do things like this," said Rebecca Thompson, his older sister, The Sacramento Bee at the time of his arrest.

GOLDEN STATE KILLER & # 39; S thirteen murder victims

Claude Snelling: September 11, 1975

Claude Snelling: September 11, 1975

Claude snores

11th September 1975

Journalism professor Claude Snelling, 45, was sleeping at his home in Visalia, California when he heard a strange noise outside around 2 a.m.

He rushed outside and found a masked man pulling his 16-year-old daughter Elizabeth away.

The kidnapper shot and killed Snelling twice, and escaped the scene on foot, leaving Elizabeth unharmed.

She later told how her father had saved her life.

DeAngelo had woken her up and was standing over her in a ski mask. He told her to go with him or risk her life.

She said it was "blurry" but she remembered he pulled it.

& # 39; The kidnapper) threw me down and shot my father twice. Then he pointed the gun at me. & # 39;

DeAngelo hit her with the gun and kicked her, but fled. Snelling died on the way to the hospital.

The shootout was linked to the work of Visalia Ransacker, believed to be responsible for 102 break-ins in the area, when ballistics reconciled the gun that killed Snelling with a gun that had been stolen in a previous break-in.

Brian and Katie Maggiore: February 2, 1978

Brian and Katie Maggiore

2nd February 1978

Brian Maggiore, 21, and his wife Katie, 20, were walking their dog in their Rancho Cordova neighborhood just outside Sacramento on February 2, 1978.

The FBI said the couple had been tracked before they were shot by the Golden State Killer.

Dr. Robert Offerman

Alexandria Manning

Dr. Robert Offerman and Alexandria Manning: December 30, 1979

Dr. Robert Offerman and Alexandria Manning

December 30, 1979

Dr. Robert Offerman, 44, and Alexandria Manning, 35, were killed in a house in Goleta, near Santa Barbara.

Offerman, an osteopathic surgeon, and Manning, a clinical psychologist, had their hands tied with string.

DeAngelo is also charged with murdering Lyman and Charlene Smith on March 13, 1980 at their Ventura County home

Patrice and Keith Harrington were killed on August 19, 1980 at their Dana Point home

Lyman and Charlene Smith (left) and Patrice and Keith Harrington (right)

Lyman and Charlene Smith

March 13, 1980

Lyman Smith, 43, and his wife, Charlene, 33, were beaten to death with a firewood in their Ventura County home.

Smith was an attorney just days away from being appointed judge. His wife worked as a clerk.

Patrice and Keith Harrington

19th August 1980

Patrice Harrington, 28, and her husband Keith, 25, were killed in their Dana Point home. Police said they were beaten with a blunt instrument.

Patrice was a pediatric nurse and her husband was a medical student at UC Irvine.

Manuela Witthuhn

Janelle Lisa Cruz

Manuela Witthuhn (left) and Janelle Lisa Cruz (right)

Manuela Witthuhn

5th February 1981

28-year-old Manuela Witthuhn was raped and beaten to death in her home in Irvine.

She was home alone at the time because her husband was in the hospital recovering from an illness.

Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez

Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez

Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez

July 27, 1981

Cheri Domingo, 35, and Gregory Sanchez, 27, were sitting at home in Goleta when they were murdered in bed.

Domingo was found with his hands tied and suffered massive head injuries. Sanchez was shot and beaten.

Janelle Lisa Cruz

May 4th 1986

Janelle Cruz, 18, was beaten to death in her family home in Irvine. She was home alone at the time, and the police found her lying on her bed.

A real estate agent who sold the family's home was the first to discover the teen's body. Blood spatter was found all over the house and police believe she was beaten with a pipe wrench.

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