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Arrest of Golden State Killer gives relief to resident

Arrest of Golden State Killer gives relief to resident

Known as the "Golden State Killer," or "East Area Rapist", the suspect murdered 12 people, raped dozens of women, and held couples hostage in their own homes.

The man's daughter said the family was not aware that authorities had taken a DNA sample from him until the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted her in April 2017 to ask for her help expanding the family's genetic tree as they searched for a suspect. It became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller.

On Wednesday, police apprehended a man they suspect to be the Golden State Killer, a serial killer and rapist who terrorized California communities in the 1970s and 1980s.

The acclaimed comedian spent much of Wednesday tweeting about his late wife's legacy and retweeting praise for her book, as well as updates on the case.

The woman, an amateur genealogist, said she helped investigators by parsing the family's genetic tree as they searched for other potential suspects.

"You did it, Michelle", Oswalt later told his 137,000 Instagram followers.

But Steve Mercer of the Maryland public defender's office says it pinpoints a problem: There aren't strong privacy laws to keep police from trolling such databases.

Oswalt told the New York Times that the arrest gave him a unusual mix of elation and impending sadness that his wife wasn't there to witness it. In certain ways, Gunderson, like McNamara, who founded the True Crime Diary website, toggled between her pleasant home life and her need to visit the dark corners of human brutality in order to find a killer. He added, "Looks like they got him". McNamara died suddenly in 2016, leaving behind an unfinished manuscript, which her husband, actor Patton Oswalt, salvaged and pushed toward publication.

US detectives analyzed DNA to capture the former policeman alleged to be the notorious "Golden State Killer" - but it was a book that sparked renewed interest in the murders.

That, after all of these years (the alleged serial killer committed the overwhelming majority of rapes, murders and burglaries between 1976 and 1986 or three to four decades ago), a 72-year-old suspect Joseph James DeAngelo would be wheeled into a courtroom for his arraignment is nothing short of a stunning development. "She always said, 'I don't care about credit, I want to know that he's in jail.' And now he's caught, the bracelets are on, and it feels like this thing that she wanted so badly is now done".

He has been charged with eight counts of murder, and additional charges are expected, authorities said.

Salazar said there is no DNA evidence connecting DeAngelo to the 1975 death of teacher Claude Snelling, who was fatally shot when he caught a man trying to kidnap his 16-year-old daughter.

Then, in a rather moving moment, Meyers echoed the sentiment shared by many on Twitter throughout the day that McNamara's writing was just as good as her research.

Media from throughout the state and country were in Sacramento for the court appearance of Joseph James DeAngelo, who police say is the notorious Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist.

Overnight, at an event in IL to promote the book, Oswalt suggested the Golden State Killer would be caught soon. Another forum has seen nearly 5,000 posts since the arrest was announced, some proposing new leads to follow.

The well-informed 13-year-old watched and read the news, and she knew who was raping her.