Report: Ex-Auburn Police officer suspect in Golden State Killer case

Joe DeAngelo arrested on suspicion of multiple murders, rapes in 1970s, 1980s,
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Authorities believe they have caught the notorious Golden State Killer.

And reports, including from the San Francisco Chronicle, say he's a former Auburn Police officer and a 1964 Folsom High School graduate.

The suspect believed to be the notorious East Area Rapist, or Golden State Killer, was reportedly taken into custody early Wednesday morning in the Sacramento area — more than 30 years since he allegedly committed 12 murders and 45 rapes from 1976 to 1986, the Chronicle said.

Former Auburn Police Officer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and booked on two counts of murder into the Sacramento County Jail at 2:30 a.m., according to jail records, the report said. He is being held without bail.

The Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office plans a “major announcement” today about the East Area Rapist, who is also known as the Original Nightstalker and Golden State Killer. That event is covered in a separate report on the website.