SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Detectives had searched for four decades for the clue that would unlock the identity of the Golden State Killer, the predator who terrorized California top to bottom with a string of horrific rapes and murders in the '70s and '80s.Criminal DNA databases produced no hits, sweeps of crime scenes no fingerprints and hefty rewards no definitive tips. But Paul Holes, an investigator and DNA expert, had a hunch he could create a road map to the killer through his genetics.Holes used DNA recovered from a crime scene to find the killer's great-great-great grandparents, who lived in the early 1800s. Branch by painstaking branch, he and a team created about 25 family trees containing thousands of relatives down to the present day.One fork led to a 72-year-old retiree who was quietly living out his golden years in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights. Holes was intrigued after learning the man was a disgraced cop who had bought guns during two sprees by the … [Read more...] about To find alleged Golden State Killer, investigators first found his great-great-great grandparents
By Peter Fimrite Updated 7:21 pm, Monday, April 30, 2018 Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Craig Coley, right, who spent 39 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, talks with reporters Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Coley says it was the "worst nightmare" and even nearly $2 million in state compensation can't make up for his lost time. Coley was accompanied by his attorney's Ron Kaye, center, and Nick Brustin, left. less Craig Coley, right, who spent 39 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, talks with reporters Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Coley says it was the "worst nightmare" and even nearly $2 ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press He served 38 years for rape, murders he did not commit — was it a Golden State Killer … [Read more...] about He served 38 years for rape, murders he did not commit — was it a Golden State Killer attack?
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Police in Simi Valley, California are investigating whether the recently-arrested suspect in the notorious "Golden State Killer" case was behind a 40-year-old double murder that led to a wrongful conviction, reports CBS Los Angeles. On April 24, authorities arrested Joseph DeAngelo, the man suspected of being the Golden State Killer — blamed for at least 12 murders, 50 rapes and dozens of burglaries. Investigators are looking into whether DeAngelo can be linked to the deaths of a mother and son in 1978, said Simi Valley Deputy Chief Joseph May. "Its within the realm of possibility that he could be a suspect in our case," May said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles. "You had the same time period that he was committing crime throughout the state, you had our homicide here, also he is suspected of committing a homicide in Ventura County, we are part of Ventura County." Investigators are waiting to see if the DNA that helped identify DeAngelo as the … [Read more...] about Is cold case that led to wrongful conviction linked to Golden State Killer?
Suspected Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo may have two more victims — a mother and her son — on top of the dozen people he’s accused of killing. And the man who toiled in prison for almost 40 years for committing the brutal November 1978 slaying of Rhonda Wicht and her young son Donald wants to know if DeAngelo did it, too. “I’ve always had hope for (being cleared) even while I was in prison,” Craig Coley, 70, told CBS affiliate KCAL via phone. “I don’t care how they find out as long as they find out and it’s a true conviction.” Coley was dating Wicht, 24, when cops found her strangled and 4-year-old Donald suffocated inside her Simi Valley, Calif., apartment. Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned Coley last November after Ventura County prosecutors no longer believed he committed the horrific crime because his DNA didn’t match samples at the scene. Now authorities suspect that DNA might match up … [Read more...] about Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo may have killed more people
By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 28, 2018 at 6:01 am | UPDATED: April 30, 2018 at 5:18 am For those of us old enough to remember the 1970s, the arrest in the Golden State Killer case had the eerie feel of an old Adam-12 or CHiPs re-run, like a ghost from a bygone era. Serial killers were as much a part of the tapestry of that decade as wide-collar polyester shirts and Bee Gees albums, shadowy stalkers who became household names as they left a trail of bodies across the country. Ted Bundy, David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, the Freeway Killer, the Co-ed Killer, and the Hillside Strangler — who turned out to be a pair of cousins. But as the 20th Century gave way to the 21st, the serial killer faded with it, giving way to another kind of prolific murderer, the mass shooter. They are as familiar to Millennials as the serial killers were to 70s Baby Boomers and Generation X-ers — the Columbine killers, the … [Read more...] about ‘Golden State Killer’ a crime relic as serial killings fade in mass shooting era