California’s alleged Golden State Killer is all set to be pleaded guilty.
He will appear on Monday in a Sacramento State University ballroom that has been converted into a courtroom to allow the norm of social distancing to be followed as the coronavirus cases are surging high.
Being charged for spreading a reign of terror that involved more than a dozen slayings Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 74 a retired cop is anticipated to enter a deal that will spare him death penalty on charges for 13 murders and 13 kidnappings spanning six counties in California.
In addition to this, he is also expected to be the part of the deal to cop at least 62 rapes during his twisted crime spree in the 1970s and 1980s.
As a long time has passed the crime can no longer be prosecuted but this deal would bring relief to the survivors who have been long waiting for justice in the case that has gripped Californians for decades.
For more than 40 years, the unidentified rapist and the serial killer fooled authorities as DeAngelo, who was an officer in two small-town police departments during the 1970s, allegedly crisscrossed the state.
It has been a surprise to know that police who was expected to protect its citizens from crimes is itself committing crimes.
Who is going to judge when the lawbreakers are the upholders of the law? It seems completely contrasting and ironic but is truth.
As said by the authorities the earlier crimes involved in are an armed and masked rapist who would break into sleeping couple’s suburban homes at night, binding the man while sexually assaulting the women in central and Northern California.
The suspects had been known as East Area Rapist, the original night stalker, and the diamond knot killer before the writer Michelle McNamara gave him the title of the Golden State Killer in his bestselling book, “I will be Gone in the Dark.”
The new DNA techniques were used by the investigators to finally break into the case, using old evidence the authorities compiled a family tree on an online DNA database and zeroed in on DeAngelo before arresting him in 2018.
In one of the statements Jennifer Carole, the daughter of Lyman Smith, who was slain in 1980 in Ventura County, said that “I have been on pins and needles because I just don’t like that our lives are tied to him again”