A timeline of the crime from 1975 to 1986 of the Golden State Killer, also known as the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker and the Visalia Ransacker.
Known outside California as a Golden State killer, the man has many other names within state borders: the Visalia Ransacker, the East Area Rapist, the East Bay Rapist, the Original Night Stalker, the diamond knot killer.
Some were drawn from areas where the crimes were committed – from the Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. In Southern California, he was known as the Original Night Stalker, and the Diamond Knot name came from the way he tied some of his victims.
But not until Wednesday the public had the name of a meat-and-blood suspect The prosecutors claim that they are linked by DNA evidence with the series of crimes from 1975 to 1986. At least 12 murders and 45 rapes are included in this tally.
Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, of the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights made his first appearance Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court, handcuffed to a wheelchair. He is being held without bail
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DeAngelo was initially charged with double murders in connection with the death of a young couple from Rancho Cordova in 1978, who were shot while walking with their dog.
Here are the killings prosecutors consider to be tied to the Golden State killer:
Janelle's Lisa Cruz
Janelle's Lisa Cruz, 18, was raped on May 4, 1986 in her parents' home in Irvine and killed the last Victim of the Golden State Killer
A realtor discovered the corpse of the restaurant cashier the day after her death, reported Los Angeles Times . An autopsy revealed that beating her head killed her.
Cruz had been alone while her parents were on vacation, and investigators believe the killer attacked her shortly after her boyfriend left her home in Orange County, according to Inland Valley Daily Bulletin . Irvine is located about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Blood, semen, and hair samples rescued from homicide investigations by Patti and Keith Harrington and Manuela Witthuhn linked the same killer with Cruz, Times reported] Cheri Domingo and Greg Sanchez
Cheri Domingo, left, and her friend, Greg Sanchez, were killed on July 27, 1981 in a house near Goleta, Calif., where Domingo sat. (Photo: Courtesy of Debbi Domingo-McMullan)
Greg Sanchez, 27 years old, and his girlfriend, Cheri Domingo, were murdered on July 27, 1981 in a house near Goleta, where Domingo , 35, was sitting pettily.
DNA evidence has linked DeAngelo with the 1981 double murder, according to the sheriff's office.
While no charges were filed against the double murders on Friday, officials from Santa Barbara County have stated that they believe DeAngelo has committed the crimes.
Keith and Patti Harrington
Keith and Patti Harrington, ages 24 and 27, of Laguna Niguel, California, were beaten to death on August 21, 1975, and are buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, California. (1945)
Keith Eli Harrington, 24, and Patrice Briscoe Harrington, 27, were found at home on August 21, 1975 in a gated community in Orange County Laguna Niguel, about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Keith Harrington's father, Roger Harrington, owned the house and discovered the slain newlyweds when he arrived for dinner on a Thursday night after a Los Angeles Times . Two Days After the Kills
Keith Harrington was a fourth-year medical student at the University of California-Irvine. He and Patrice Harrington, a pediatric nurse, had met at the University Medical Center and were only married a few months, it said Times .
Brian and Katie Maggiore
Katie Maggiore and her husband Brian Maggiore were murdered on February 2, 1978, when they walked with their dog in Rancho Cordova, California, neighborhood. (Photo: FBI via AP)
Brian Maggiore, 21, and Katie Maggiore, 20, took their dog for a walk around 9:00 pm. PT February 2, 1978, in her Rancho Cordova neighborhood when she met her killer.
When the confrontation became violent, Brian Maggiore, an administrative specialist at the former Mather Air Force Base east of Sacramento, and his wife The New York Times reported
detectives have speculated that the suspect, the The young couple shot in the backyard of a house when they fled, trying to protect his identity after the Maggiores saw him, according to The Washington Post . They died of their wounds in a hospital in Sacramento
DNA, which was extracted during the investigation, combined their killing with other crimes committed in the Bay Area.
Dr. Robert Offerman and Debra Manning
Debra Manning, 35, and dr. Robert Offerman, 44, was killed on December 30, 1979. Both are buried in the Santa Barbara Cemetery. (Photo: Find A Grave)
Dr. Robert Offerman, 44, an orthopedic surgeon, and Debra Alexandria Manning, 35, a psychologist, were arrested at Santa Barbara County Sheriff's on December 30, 1979 at their condominium near Goleta, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles ; s Office murdered.
The crime was the first of two double murders in the Goleta area and, as the authorities suspected, followed in October 1979 near Goleta as a double-homicide attempt. In this crime, a couple escaped after being attacked during sleep.
Lyman Smith and Charlene Smith
Lyman and Charlene Smith pose for a photograph in the late 1970s in Ventura, California. The couple was found dead in March 1980 in a case found tied to the Golden State killer. (Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Carole)
Lyman Smith, 43, and Charlene Smith, 33, were killed on March 13, 1980 in the bedroom of their Ventura home, about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles  The lawyer and his wife, an interior designer, had been tied up and given a chimney log. Charlene Smith, who had been sexually abused, was tied to a fake knot with a foreskin cord.
Lyman Smith's 12-year-old son from a previous marriage found the bodies of the Smiths three days later. According to Greg Totten, Ventura County District Attorney, DNA from the scene of the double murder was used to identify DeAngelo.
Claude Snelling, 45, was killed on September 11, 1975 at his home in Visalia, approximately halfway between Sacramento and Los Angeles.
A criminal named Visalia Ransacker had already been active when 16-year-old Elizabeth Hupp awoke at 2 am to a man who was hovering above her and wearing a balaclava.
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The man tried to kidnap her, Hupp said. But her father, a journalist professor of the College of the Sequoias, put him out the back door. The man shot Snelling, punched and kicked Elizabeth, and ran away. Snelling died.
"The fact that he died saved my life, means the world to me," said Hupp. "My mother used to say that it would not matter if there were 20 men with guns out there, he would have saved me."
To date, there is no DNA evidence linking DeAngelo to Snelling, and the authorities continue to exclude his death from the official count of 12 murders.
Manuela Witthuhn, 28, was at home alone in Irvine when her killer collapsed. She was found dead on February 5, 1981.
Her husband was ill and in a
detective believe her killer would have wanted to attack them both and was surprised to find Whithhuhn alone, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin .
Her husband, David Witthuhn, died in 2008. He was a suspect in the killing of his wife, but DNA evidence cleared him up.
Post: Silas Lyons, Redding (California) Record Searchlight. Jennie Espino reports for the Redding Record Searchlight; Gretchen Wenner reports for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star. Follow Espino and Wenner on Twitter: @jennyespino_RS and @GretchenWenner
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