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November 16, 2018

‘HE’S A PSYCHOLOGICAL SADIST’: Investigator reveals chilling detail from Golden State Killer suspect’s home

May 26, 2018
Joseph DeAngelo, 72, has been identified as the suspected Golden State Killer after DNA evidence connected him to a series of rapes and murders. (Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)

Authorities have been tight-lipped about what they found inside the California home of Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo — but one investigator just dropped a chilling detail.

Paul Holes, the cold-case criminologist who first identified DeAngelo using open-source DNA, stopped by the “My Favorite Murder” podcast this week and described the one thing he saw in DeAngelo’s bedroom that made the “biggest impression.”




Before revealing the item, Holes said he knew going into the search that the sadistic serial killer, also known as the East Area Rapist, was known to bind some of his female victims and lay them down in front of TV sets.

Authorities have remained quiet about their findings inside DeAngelo’s California home.
Authorities have remained quiet about their findings inside DeAngelo’s California home. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Holes said the assailant would flip on the TVs, turn the sound off and drape a towel over the screens, “so he would have this glow, so he could see her.”

“(I) walk into DeAngelo’s room, and he has a computer there, and he’s got a towel over the monitor,” Holes revealed on the podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.

Officials say DeAngelo also is responsible for more than 50 rapes and upwards of 150 break-ins.
Officials say DeAngelo also is responsible for more than 50 rapes and upwards of 150 break-ins. (FBI via AP)

“I’m looking at that going, ‘Is that just a dust cover? Or is he reminiscing (and) he wants a glow, you know?'” Holes said. “Is he pulling out any of those souvenirs and replicating the glowing environment from back in the 1970s?”

The Golden State Killer was known to take trophies from his victims’ houses, mostly pieces of jewelry such as rings, cuff links and necklaces with heart-shaped pendants.

The Golden State Killer was known to take trophies and jewelry from his victims' houses.
The Golden State Killer was known to take trophies and jewelry from his victims’ houses. (FBI via AP)

DeAngelo, 72, was arrested last month in a suburb of Sacramento and has been charged with 12 murders across four counties in California.

Authorities say he also is responsible for more than 50 rapes and upwards of 150 break-ins that took place during a reign of terror that gripped the state in the 1970s and 80s.

Rhonda Wicht, 24, and her son Donald, 4, were killed in 1978.
Rhonda Wicht, 24, and her son Donald, 4, were killed in 1978. (Simi Valley Police Department)

Holes said on the “My Favorite Murder” podcast that DeAngelo remained quiet and uncooperative when investigators tried to question him after his arrest.

“I watched seven hours-worth of the interviews, and I just don’t see him talking,” Holes said.

Joseph DeAngelo joined the Exeter Police Department in 1973.
Joseph DeAngelo joined the Exeter Police Department in 1973. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff/TNS)

“He’s a psychological sadist,” he said of the Golden State Killer. “His big thing was the fear he was instilling in the victims.”




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