In the United States, a serial killer was caught, who was searched for 40 years. For 10 years, a maniac nicknamed “The Assassin of the Golden State” kept several California districts in fear. Between 1976 and 1986, he committed 12 murders, 45 rapes and 120 robberies. The suspect was able to get out of the trail thanks to services that offer their users to establish family ties and build a genealogical tree based on their DNA. It turned out that one of these services was used by a relative of the criminal whose DNA samples were found on the scene of the crimes.
So the police managed to get on the trail of the 72-year-old Joseph Deangelo, who lived in the town of Sitres Heights north of Sacramento. The suspect was spotted, got his DNA samples and compared them to those found on the scene of the crimes. They were completely identical and Deangelo was arrested. He has already been charged with two murders. For many, this arrest was a complete surprise. Nobody could even think that a pensioner living with his daughter and granddaughter, who had previously served in the navy and the police, could prove to be a dangerous serial killer. The investigation is going to present charges to Joseph Deangelo in all 12 murders, which may be fraught with the death penalty, although some crimes were committed at the time when the death penalty was banned.