The former Californian policeman identified the Golden State killer on Wednesday as a grumpy grandpa with a short fuse that once threatened a barking dog with "death," as his neighbors allegedly said.
Joseph DeAngelo Jr., 72, was famous when he shouted around his immaculate ranch-style home in his sleepy suburb of Sacramento in Citrus Heights' obscenities, several Sacramento Bee neighbors said.
"We just called him & # 39; Freak & # 39 ;," Natalia Bedes-Correnti, who lives a few doors down, told the newspaper. "He had these temper tantrums, not with anyone, only (…) … usually because he could not find his keys."
She said the man, who was now considered a sadistic serial killer, was so loud she could hear him from her house.
"This guy had just that rage that was just pouring out of him, he just yelled for nothing in the backyard and walked around in circles." Grant Gorman, who grew up in the house behind DeAngelo, said:
Gorman said, De Angelo had left a threatening message about his family's mailbox around 1
Neighbor Eddie Verdon said he once had a close stare with DeAngelo, after he had cuddled him on his property.
"I've been scared of this guy for a long time," Verdon told the newspaper.
Another neighbor said De Angelo was having a fake and a granddaughter lived together.
A 2012 Daily News court case identified the relatives at his address as Misha DeAngelo, 36, and her daughter Zasia DeAngelo, 17.
Misha did not answer her phone on Wednesday or responded to a message with a comment was looking for.
Her daughter's Facebook account showed the life of an average teenager, filled with postings about friends, gymnastics, a guinea pig named Twinkie, and travel to fast food restaurants and the mall
A neighbor told the Sacramento Bee that DeAngelo claimed 'He retired recently and was looking forward to a leisurely fishing trip.
According to police, DeAngelo is responsible for up to 12 murders and more than 50 rapes during a reign of terror that struck California in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Sheriff of Sacramento County, Scott Jones, confirmed Wednesday that De Angelo was from 1973 to 1976 a police officer in Exeter at Visalia.
This term overlaps with the notorious Visalia Ransacker case of an assailant who broke houses and murdered College of the Sequoias journalism professor Claude Snelling.
The sheriff said DeAngelo went on to work as a police officer in Auburn, California, but left the force after being allegedly caught (19659012) It was not immediately clear what DeAngelo was doing to make a living later in life ,
His arrest on Tuesday afternoon came after investigators had used new DNA technology to attribute DeAngelo to the series of crimes attributed to the Golden State killer, also known as East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker ,
DeAngelo spent the majority of his life living in suburban Sacramento, but also had addresses in Southern California in the 1980s, records show.
He married Sharon Huddle in 1973, according to a wedding announcement in the Sacramento Bee. It is not clear if the couple ever divorced.
Huddle did not pick up her cell phone on Wednesday or respond to a message from The News.
The wedding announcement said DeAngelo was born in Bath, NY, and later graduated from Folsom High School and State Sacramento
Sacramento officials said Wednesday that he graduated in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
When DeAngelo joined the Exeter police a year later, an article in the Exeter Sun newspaper said he had served Vietnam for 22 months in the Navy, The Bee reported.
According to reports, during his military service he received a medal from the National Defense Service, a Vietnam Service Medal (Bronze Star) and a Vietnam Campaign Medal
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