FBI Has Found "Trophies" That GSK Serial Killer Suspect Took From His Victims

May 29, 2018
By: Catherine Townsend
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Evidence at the scene of one of the East Area Rapist attacks.

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Evidence at the scene of one of the East Area Rapist attacks.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA — Investigators have released new and chilling details of the “trophies” that Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo allegedly took from his victims.

Inside DeAngelo’s home, police found items including jewelry, cufflinks, and necklaces with heart-shaped pendants that the Golden State Killer took from his victims.

Cold case criminologist Paul Holes, who first identified the GSK suspect as DeAngelo, said that he had seen what he believed to be “trophies” in DeAngelo’s bedroom.

Speaking to the “My Favorite Murder” podcast, Holes said that the GSK — who was also known as the East Area Rapist, among other nicknames — was known to bind his female victims and place them in front of TVs.

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He told the podcast that the killer would turn on the television, only to turn the sound off and place a towel over the screen “so he could see her” in the “glow.”

(I) walk into DeAngelo’s room, and he has a computer there, and he’s got a towel over the monitor,” Holes said, according to the New York Daily News.

DeAngelo, 72, was a former police officer who later worked in a grocery warehouse. He is divorced and retired, according to authorities.

DeAngelo was arrested after investigators were able to match DNA found at the crime scenes to data from an online genealogy database. They arrested DeAngelo last month at his home in Citrus Heights, California.

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Police believe that DeAngelo killed at least 12 victims and is responsible for at least 50 rapes in California between 1975 and 1986.

Police also recovered other items from DeAngelo’s home — including ski masks that authorities believe he wore during the attacks.

Sacramento Sheriff’s Office

Sacramento Sheriff’s Office

He’s a psychological sadist,” Holes said during the interview. “His big thing was the fear he was instilling in the victims.”

Police have now finished combing through the beige-colored house, removing boxes of evidence, guns, cars, a motorcycle, and a boat, among other items.

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