Former Cop Who Turned Out to be an Infamous Golden Gate Killer

Criminals are worldwide today; many are eventual victims who turn their pain and sufferings into violent strengths, though they carry crimes out of passion and inner drive. We are slaves to mental health and those who plan out everything about their crime.

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Joseph James DeAngelo spent several years horrifying and wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent people, couples, and individuals throughout the Bay Area and Southern California between 1975 and 1986. His methods were always gruesome and intimate, but his victims were always strangers.

How It All Started

1973 to 1979 were loyal years in the life of Joseph James DeAngelo, as he offered up service in the Navy before joining the police force at the end of his service. James started his career as an officer in Exeter, California, until he transferred to Auburn. James began to coming petty theft as an officer before his first murder.

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In 1975, he committed his first murder as an officer, with his first victim, Professor Claude Snelling, who was brutally shot in front of his daughter till his last breath in Visalia, California. Snelling was killed attempting to protect his daughter, who had been kicked three times already in the face.

His Uncontrolled Progress

Earning the title of “the Golden State Killer,” he started his preying mission on the residents of Sacramento and the nearby Bay Area. He would first stalk his prey for days, even weeks, before making any move. He got fired from his job as a police officer, so most of his crimes were after his dismissal.

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DeAngelo expressed psychological sadism by continually instilling fear in his victims. He would break into their homes and occupy them with burglaries and sexual violence. He then would call into the cell phones of his surviving victims, assuring them of certain death before he exhausted the last breath out of them.

Where is The Golden State Killer Today?

Pending his glory days, DeAngelo committed at least 13 murders, 50 rapes, and 120 burglaries across the state of California. He had strange habits while committing his heinous acts, assuring certain death before they finally died and taking breaks to feed himself from his victim’s kitchen.

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Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested in 2018 and charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. He has pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder, and the judge gave him the maximum amount of sentence the court and governing Law could afford for someone like him.