Golden State Killer Who Tortured, Raped and Killed 57 Victims is Now Arrested

He is a former cop.

Golden State Killer Who Tortured, Raped and Killed 57 Victims is Now Arrested
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A DNA match has led to the capturing of a 72-year-old man identified as Golden State Killer who has committed the most baffling and sadistic serial killings in the 1970s and 80s. The man is accused of 12 slayings and 45 rapes in California.

Armed with a gun, he would break into people's home while they were sleeping. Often, he would tie the man and arrange dishes on their back, then rape females in their family with a warning to kill them both if dishes fell.

When he is done, he used to take souvenirs from his victims' home and leave. Despite committing this crime for many years, his name and the real identity wasn't identified until last week when he was caught as Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer.

A couple shot dead.

A couple shot dead.

On February 2, 1978, couple Brian and Katie Maggiore were walking their dog when they got killed. Joseph James DeAngelo is charged with their murders.

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March 3, 1980.

March 3, 1980.

Joseph is charged with the murders of Lyman and Charlene Smith,1980. He killed them at their Ventura County home.

Meet the Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo (72).

Meet the Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo (72).

Brian and Katie Maggiore, the couple you saw above are known to be his first victims. Whereas, Lyman and Charlene Smith in the 1980s were beaten to death using fireplace log.

Dr Robert Offerman and Alexandria Manning.

Dr Robert Offerman and Alexandria Manning.

Police also believes that it's Joseph aka Golden State Killer behind the murder of Dr. Robert Offerman and Alexandria Manning in December 1979. The couple was killed in their home at Goleta near Santa Barbara.

Dana Point killings, August 19, 1980.

Dana Point killings, August 19, 1980.

A couple, Patrice and Keith Harrington are also reported to be killed by Joseph at their home in Dana Point, 1980. Patrice was a nurse, while her husband was a medical student.

Cheri (left) along with her 27-year-old boyfriend Gregory.

Cheri (left) along with her 27-year-old boyfriend Gregory.

Cheri and Gregory were found brutally murdered on their beds at their home in Goleta. 

Manuela Witthuhn, 28.

Manuela Witthuhn, 28.

The 28-year-old Manuela Witthuhn was at her home in Irvine when she was first raped and then beaten to death.

While Janelle Lisa Cruz, 18 was beaten to death at her home in Irvine in the year 1986.

While Janelle Lisa Cruz, 18 was beaten to death at her home in Irvine in the year 1986.

DeAngelo was fired from the Auburn Police Department in 1979 after he was arrested for stealing a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a drug store, reports NZ Herald.

That's all, folks!