Joseph James DeAngelo, better known as the Golden State Killer, was sentenced this Friday to life in prison without parole for at least 13 murders and 13 rapes of women that he perpetrated in California between 1970 and 1980.
His sentence comes after three days in which several victims confronted the 74-year-old former police officer and described him as a “sick, horrible and subhuman man”, while DeAngelo was limited to remain silent.
DeAngelo, considered one of the worst serial killers of the last decades in the United States, spoke for the first time this Friday since the trial began and limited himself to apologizing to each of the victims.
The serial killer was not sentenced to the death penalty after pleading guilty in June and reaching an agreement with the prosecution, something that the victims vehemently questioned and rejected.
Fugitive for decades
De Angelo was one of California’s worst and most feared serial killers and rapists during the 1970s and 1980s, before disappearing and baffling authorities for more than three decades.
Despite thousands of leads over the years, DeAngelo’s name was never on the authorities’ radar until April 2018, until investigators used a new form of DNA tracing and arrested him at his home in Sacramento. .
DeAngelo, who was also in the Navy, was a police officer in Exeter, in the San Joaquin Valley, between 1973 and 1976. He was then transferred to the Auburn police, near Sacramento, until he was fired in 1979 after being arrested for stealing a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a pharmacy. He was convicted of robbery and fined $ 100.
Peggy was one of the victims who spoke on the first day of Joseph DeAngelo’s hearings.
The trial against DeAngelo was marked by the shocking testimonies of several of his victims and relatives, who came face to face with their rapist after decades of suffering.
“They should send him to the toughest prison in California. What a despicable piece of humanity you are, ”Dolly Kreis, the mother of rape victim Debbie Strauss, who died in 2016, told DeAngelo in court.“ She deserves the worst possible environment, where she can live in fear like her victims, “Strauss said.