The man accused of being the Golden State killer was wheelchair-bound in orange overalls in a courtroom. Joseph James DeAngelo arrives in Sacramento County Court on Friday to face charges of murder on two counts. (April 27)

The alleged Golden State killer faced a judge on Friday after 40 years on the run and a terrifying series of rape and assassinations.

James Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was taken in a wheelchair by officers to a courtroom in Sacramento. It was his first court since his arrest Tuesday outside his home in Citrus Heights, 20 miles northwest of Sacramento. The police were able to crack the case with the help of centuries-old DNA samples and a genealogical website.

Officers tore off DeAngelo in an orange jumpsuit as photographers took pictures of the man who had been terrorizing the Californians for years. DeAngelo, handcuffed to his wheelchair, did not move and showed no emotion as the charges and details of his alleged crimes were read against him by Judge Michael Sweet.

He did not say much except to whisper "frail" frail voice when Sweet asked if he was DeAngelo. He also filed no objection on Friday, but on 14 May another trial was scheduled. The authorities still have to decide on a court hearing, where he will be brought to justice and whether he will face the death penalty.

DeAngelo, who is in the psychiatric ward of the Sacramento County Prison, was suicideed, according to the Associated Press.

Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones told AP Friday that DeAngelo said little, but talks and mumbles to himself.

He was indicted in eight murder cases. Additional costs are expected to come from half a dozen California districts, also scared off by a serial rapist and killer blamed for 12 murders, more than 50 rapes, and the looting of hundreds of homes from 1974 to 1986.

In One Case Over the years, the potential suspects of Golden State Killer became aware of DeAngelo and downsized by comparing the DNA of the crime scene with genetic material stored by a distant relative on a genealogical website.


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After focusing on DeAngelo as the main suspect, the police spent six days For a long time he followed his movements to plan how and when to detain him. They also took two samples of "discarded DNA" from DeAngelo, apparently from a used straw or cup, to identify him as the likely Golden State killer.

"He was very surprised," said Sheriff Scott Jones of DeAngelo's arrest. "It happened almost instantaneously."

The DNA process for the identification of DeAngelo was first reported by The Sacramento Bee . Sacramento chief executive Steve Grippi confirmed the use of a USA TODAY genealogy website, but declined to explain in greater detail which site was used.

Paul Holes, a cold case expert and retired inspector of the Contra Costa County District Attorney, said his team's biggest tool was GEDmatch, a Florida-based website where people publish raw genetic profiles Mercury News . Access to the site's largest database of genetic blueprints is voluntary and does not require a court order.

GEDMatch said on its website, they understand that their database was used to identify the Golden State killer.

"Although we were not contacted by law enforcement agencies or other individuals about this case or about the DNA, it has always been GEDmatch's policy to inform users that the database can be used for other purposes, such as in the site Policy set, "the company said. Those concerned about "non-genealogical" uses of their DNA should not upload them to the database, GEDMatch said.

The police are confident that they have arrested the perpetrator of a series of rape and killings through the capture of DeAngelo. The Visalia Ransacker, the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker and the Golden State killer have been arrested Several times accused over the years.

It was not until the cold cases were reopened 18 years ago that investigators began to see a pattern in the other's crimes in the various local communities. The rapist, for example, often used a "diamond knot" to tie up his victims, suggesting that he had either been a Boy Scout or been in the military.

He also broke in frequently with couples who slept at night while husband raped the wife. Often in a bizarre ritual, he placed cups or saucers on the back of the bound husband and warned that he would kill them both if one of the items broke off and broke during the ordeal.

Two years ago, the search for Anne-Marie-Schubert prosecutors in Sacramento, who as a child could remember how scared their community had been, had successfully become a nationwide task force for the crimes of the Golden State Killer endeavors. The investigators were also able to use new DNA techniques and databases in the search.

De Angelo, now retired, worked over the years for two police departments, including the rural town of Exeter, near Visalia, the site of the first rape row, and burglaries between 1973 and 1976 by the so-called Visalia Ransacker.

In 1975, college teacher Claude Snelling was shot dead while attempting to prevent a masked intruder from kidnapping his 16-year-old daughter from his home, which the police now sees as the 13th victim of the Golden State killer. 19659008] DeAngelo was a "black sheep" who did not joke with other officers, said Farrel Ward, 75, who served with DeAngelo in the Exeter troop.

Ward said it was possible that DeAngelo helped find Snelling's killer and the elusive burglar, but he does not remember that DeAngelo investigated the murder directly.

"I've been thinking, but there's no sign that anything is wrong," Ward said. "How could you just go and kill somebody and go back to work? I do not understand that."

DeAngelo also worked as a police officer in Auburn, but was released after a shoplifting.

The suspect and his wife of 45 – a lawyer – raised three daughters, one of them an emergency medical specialist, another a doctoral student at UC Davis, Los Angeles Times reported

DeAngelo's neighbors Relatives and former acquaintances say they have no idea he could be a serial killer. He worked for nearly three decades in a warehouse in Sacramento as a truck mechanic and retired last year. As a neighbor, he was known to care for his lawn carefully.

DeAngelo's sister, Becky Thompson, who still lives in Exeter, sobbed on Thursday during an interview with [LosAngelesTimes when she tried to arrange her brother's arrest for such terrible acts.

"I'm pretty shocked," she told the newspaper. "I'm incredulous, it's hard to think about it." Thompson said she hopes the police were wrong about her brother, whom she considered "the kindest, most gentle man with his children."

"I have been praying hard that something of it is not true," she said] Post: The Associated Press

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