The 'true' Golden State Killer revealed as prison videos show sociopath Joseph DeAngelo is not ‘feeble old man’

The former cop, 74, confessed to 13 murders and dozens of rapes, had terrorized  victims in the 1970s and '80s

                            The 'true' Golden State Killer revealed as prison videos show sociopath Joseph DeAngelo is not ‘feeble old man’
Joseph James DeAngelo (Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA: The infamous Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on August 21. According to CNN, DeAngelo, 74, confessed to alleged 13 murders and dozens of rapes. He had terrorized victims in the 1970s and '80s. The report quotes Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman saying, “When a person commits monstrous acts they need to be locked away where they could never harm another innocent person.”

As per the report, before the sentencing, DeAngelo stood up from his wheelchair and addressed the relatives of the victim. The report states that he said, “I've listened to all your statements, each one of them and I am truly sorry to everyone I hurt.” In June last year,  DeAngelo pleaded guilty to raping more than 50 women and murdering 13 people, according to CNN.

The report further states that as a part of a plea deal, he also admitted to crimes he has not been charged with. As per the report, Bowman declared 11 consecutive life without parole sentences, an additional life sentence, and another eight years. The judge even stated that the testimonies were given by victims and their families “will always stay with me.” She told DeAngelo, "I was moved by their courage, their grace, their strength – all qualities you clearly lack. This is the absolute maximum sentence the court is able to impose under the law. And while the court has no power to make a determination where the defendant is imprisoned, the survivors have spoken: Clearly the defendant deserves no mercy.” After the judgment, victims and family members applauded and the defendant was wheeled out of the room.

DeAngelo, a former police officer, and the retired truck mechanic were arrested in 2018 after investigators got a hold of his DNA from the genealogy website, reports NPR. The report states, investigators used the DNA evidence from one of the murder scenes and uploaded the profile of the alleged killer. That site then linked the profile to a distant relative of DeAngelo. As per the report, law enforcement then confirmed the link by collecting DeAngelo's DNA from his car door and a discarded tissue. The report also states that a plea deal struck by DeAngelo's lawyers with prosecutors meant that he was able to avoid the death penalty.

According to Daily Wire, DeAngelo’s arrest was made almost forty years after he committed the first rape. That case was later linked to a separate chain of crimes committed up and down the state of California. Initially, investigators did not realize the connection between the crimes.

An ABC News report quoted Patti Cosper, the daughter of rape survivor Patricia Murphy, reading from her mother's statement, “He and his knife had complete control over me for the next two hours. He truly is an evil monster with no soul.” The report further states, Lisa Lilienthal described DeAngelo as a sadistic “boogeyman” on her video statement about the attack she witnessed on her mother. Until his arrest, she said, “something lingered in the shadows — our sense of normalcy, our sense of safety had been raped too.”

We had also reported how the victims had confronted him. Almost every single one of them called him a "monster" and described in disturbing detail how his attacks on them had changed their lives forever. Many also told him that they refused to be defined by what he had done to them, projecting an air of defiance in front of a man who is now claiming to be so old and frail, he can barely stand and talk.

After his arrest in 2018, Associated Press reports, he had given a ‘sort of confession’ where he referred to an alter ego named “Jerry”.  He claimed that the alter ego had forced him to commit the crimes that appeared to end abruptly in 1986.

After DeAngelo's sentencing, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert released videos of him in his cell. She said the videos proved he is not the feeble old man who he was trying to portray before the cameras inside the courtroom. She is quoted by the KCRA News as, “After the last two years of court proceedings, many people have asked and wondered, really, who is Joseph DeAngelo? Is he a feeble, old, 74-year-old man? Is he psychologically impaired? Is he physically impaired? Is he even competent to stand trial or to enter those guilty pleas we saw on June 29 when he rolled in here in a wheelchair and feigned feebleness? The answer to those questions that so many people have wondered for the last two years lies within the definition of a sociopath.”

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