THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER: EX-COP ARRESTED AS SUSPECT IN SERIAL MURDER-RAPES. AS MANY AS 45 VICTIMS

SACRAMENTO, CA

 

 

 

72-year old, Joseph James Deangelo, an ex-police officer, has been arrested in Sacramento in a decades-long search for the “Golden State Killer” who terrorized California communities in the 1970’s and 80’s with a series of murders and rapes, according to reports.

 

 

 

USA Today (@USAToday) reports, The elusive, masked killer, also known as The East Area Rapist, and The Original Night Stalker, is believed to have killed 12 people, raped 45 people, and ransacked more than 100 area homes.

 

 

 

Sacramento County jail records show that a man identified as Joseph James Deangelo, was arrested and charged early Wednesday with two counts of murder. He was arrested under a warrant from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, according to the jail’s records.

 

 

 

FBI and California officials last year renewed their search for a suspect in the cases and announced a $50,000 reward for an arrest and conviction.

 

 

 

Armed with a gun, the masked rapist would break into homes while single women or couples were sleeping. He would tie the man up and pile dishes on his back, then rape the woman while threatening to kill them both if the dishes tumbled.

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WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO SPREAD IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Wildfires continue to spread across Southern California into Wednesday. The fires have already destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee their houses as officials warned that the fires could endanger the region for days to come.

 

 

 

The Washington Post (@wapo) reports, The wave of fires that broke out early this week spread quickly, with the largest blaze expanding across a region almost as big as the city of Orlando. Emergency responders hurried to evacuate residents, protect homes and shut down roads across the region, even as authorities biggest fire was still “out of control” early Wednesday and keeping crews from entering the area.

 

 

 

 

The largest fire, known as the Thomas Fire, erupted in Ventura County, NorthWest of downtown Los Angeles. The Thomas Fire tore across 65,000 acres by Wednesday morning, and the blaze destroyed hundreds of homes, threatened 12,000 structures, and forced 27,000 people to evacuate. Most of those who fled were left wondering whether their residences were among those destroyed.

 

 

 

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