A man was taken into custody overnight on murder charges in California, and police are expected to announce he's the notorious serial rapist and murderer.
Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested on two counts of murder early Wednesday morning, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday that a suspect was arrested in the decades-old rape and murder case, and a Fox affiliate in California reported there had been a “significant break” in the case. Both outlets confirmed that authorities plan to announce more information Wednesday afternoon. Several other local outlets also confirmed the news.
DeAngelo is the suspect in the Golden State Killer case, said Billy Jensen, one of the writers responsible for researching I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. The book was written by Michelle McNamara, who worked with investigators on the Golden State Killer case. McNamara died before the book could be published and it was finished by Jensen, researcher Paul Haynes, and McNamara’s husband, the comedian Patton Oswalt.
The FBI has said the Golden State Killer, or the East Area Rapist, is suspected of carrying out crimes beginning in 1976 and ending in 1986. Jail records show that, like the killer’s FBI profile, DeAngelo is 5’11” and now between the ages of 60 and 75 years old.