FBI Agents Are At The Alleged Golden State Killer's Sacramento House, Neighbors React

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April 25, 2018

Home in Citrus Heights, California where the alleged Golden State Killer (GSK) lived [© 2018 Google Maps]

Home in Citrus Heights, California where the alleged Golden State Killer (GSK) lived [© 2018 Google Maps]

By: Catherine Townsend

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA — Authorities have arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, in connection with charges connected to the Golden State Killer (GSK).

According to property records, DeAngelo lives in Citrus Heights, California, near Sacramento. Joseph James DeAngelo has lived there for at least two decades, public records show.

FBI agents and law enforcement from Sacramento County and Southern California were at his home this morning, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Billy Jensen — one of the writers who helped complete I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara’s posthumously published bestseller about the GSK — is quoted by The Daily Beast as saying that DeAngelo as a suspect. Jensen says DeAngelo is “not the confirmed man,” but “it looks good.”

The Golden State Killer is believed to have committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes, and more than 100 burglaries around Northern California between 1976 and 1986. Before escalating to murder, police believe the Golden State Killer was the same individual known as the East Area Rapist (EAR).

DeAngelo, who according to reports used to be a police officer, is listed in Sacramento County jail records as being booked early this morning on two counts of murder from a Ventura County Sheriff's Department warrant.

Neighbors reacted with shock to the news that a serial killer could have been living among them. "It's terrifying to think this man could have hopped the fence, and come into my backyard. I have children," said Beth Walsh, who lives behind DeAngelo on an adjacent street. "I'm glad to know they caught this guy."

Paul Sanchietti, who lives nearby, told The Sacramento Bee that DeAngelo was "the odd neighbor" who cursed loudly while working in his front yard. "He was aggravated or upset, his voice would carry, his swearing was alarming," Sanchietti said. "But he seemed to calm down in the last few years."

Neighbors said they believed DeAngelo lived in the home with at least one other person, and they reported seeing DeAngelo working in his front yard as recently as Tuesday. A Toyota and a Volvo could be seen in the garage Wednesday morning.

This is a developing story.

Authorities would not confirm DeAngelo is the East Area Rapist suspect Wednesday morning, but a press conference is scheduled for noon PST.

To learn more about this case, watch The Golden State Killer: It’s Not Over on ID GO!