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Friday, 27 April 2018

Family member’s DNA led police to Golden State killer

Suspected Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo eluded detection for decades — and then one of his relatives apparently submitted a voluntary DNA sample to a genealogical website.
Dogged investigators were able to finally track DeAngelo down by submitting DNA from one of his alleged crime scenes to an unidentified genetic mapping service that returned one or more matches with possible relatives in its public database, the Sacramento Bee first reported Thursday.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi released a statement later Thursday confirming it was “accurate” to report that a familial DNA match from a genealogical website helped investigators connect the dots to DeAngelo and crack the case.
Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested and identified as the Golden State Killer. (SACRAMENTO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT/SACRAMENTO SHERIFF)
Prosecutors did not divulge which service led to the match, but popular ones include and
Sacramento County investigators reportedly took the proposed match and investigated that person's family tree to find their top suspect.
Sketches of the Golden State Killer, who terrorized California with a stunning series of 45 rapes and 12 murders starting in the 1970s. (FBI)
Detectives with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department then surveilled DeAngelo in his Citrus Heights neighborhood of suburban Sacramento, obtained some of his “discarded DNA” and made a definitive match in the last week, officials said.
DeAngelo, 72, was arrested Tuesday afternoon outside his tidy ranch-style house.
Among the evidence collected in the cold case of the Golden State Killer are fingerprints lifted from crime scenes, shoe treads, and DNA. (FBI)
Prosecutors in Sacramento and Ventura County quickly charged DeAngelo with the 1978 murders of Brian and Katie Maggiore in Rancho Cordova and the 1980 slayings of Lyman and Charlene Smith in Ventura.
Lyman Smith's daughter Jennifer Carole praised the police work Thursday in a phone interview with the Daily News.
Law enforcement officials leave the home of accused rapist and killer Joseph James DeAngelo on April 24, 2018 in Citrus Heights, Calif. (JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES)
She said Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten called her Wednesday and said the DNA was “a 100% match.”
“It was the most satisfying thing. I just thought, God----it, yes! I don't even know why we have to have a court case. He should just go directly to jail,” she said.
Carole, who now lives in Santa Cruz, was a recent high school graduate when DeAngelo allegedly broke into her dad and stepmom's house, tied them up, sexually assaulted Charlene Smith and bludgeoned them both to death with a fireplace log.
“I do not want him on death row. He doesn't deserve a private room like that. He deserves general population and to be afraid every moment of his life. He needs to be afraid like he made all of us afraid. It's his turn to be afraid,” she said.
Authorities believe DeAngelo, a former police officer, is responsible for upwards of 50 rapes and at least 12 murders.

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