A former California police officer who became known as the notorious Golden State Killer said he was "truly sorry" before he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Friday.
Joseph DeAngelo, who confessed to 13 murders and dozens of rapes, terrorized the victims in the 1970s and '80s.
"When a person commits monstrous acts they need to be locked away where they could never harm another innocent person," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman said.
Before sentencing, DeAngelo, in orange prison scrubs and a white shirt, rose from his wheelchair and removed a white face mask. He told relatives of his victims, many seated in the vast room: "I've listened to all your statements, each one of them and I am truly sorry to everyone I hurt."
Last June, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to raping more than 50 women and murdering 13 people. As part of a plea deal, he also admitted to crimes he has not been charged with.
Bowman imposed 11 consecutive life without parole sentences, plus an additional life sentence and another eight years. The judge said the court statements delivered by victims and their families "will always stay with me."
"I was moved by their courage, their grace, their strength -- all qualities you clearly lack," Bowman told the defendant.
"This is the absolute maximum sentence the court is able to impose under the law," the judge added. "And while the court has no power to make a determination where the defendant is imprisoned, the survivors have spoken: Clearly the defendant deserves no mercy."
Victims and family members applauded and, moments later, the masked defendant was wheeled out of the large auditorium where the sentencing was held to allow for social distancing.
Prosecutors called for the maximum penalty as they remembered DeAngelo's "voiceless" victims and their "unspeakable" suffering. They referred to the killer as the boogeyman, the devil, a madman and a beast who will never walk the streets again.
Defense lawyers read letters from the defendant's friends and family members in which they described DeAngelo's father as a stern military man and womanizer who abused the defendant as a child. A niece wrote that DeAngelo saved her life after she was physically abused by her own father.
On Thursday, DeAngelos's ex-wife broke her silence in a statement submitted to the court but not expected to be read aloud. Sacramento attorney Sharon Huddle, who married DeAngelo in 1973, said his actions have had "a devastating and pervasive" effect on her life.
"I will never be the same person," she wrote. "I now live everyday with the knowledge of how he attacked and severely damaged hundreds of innocent people's lives and murdered 13 innocent people who were loved and have now been missed for 40 years or more."
Huddle never once refers to him by name and calls him "the defendant" all through.
"I have lost the ability to trust people," she said. "I trusted the defendant when he told me he had to work, or was going pheasant hunting, or going to visit his parents hundreds of miles away. When I was not around I trusted he was doing what he told me he was doing."
Over the course of his crime spree that spanned California, Joseph James DeAngelo has been known as the Golden State Killer, the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker and the Visalia Ransacker.
One by one, victims and family members took the stand, describing in unpalatable detail the horrors inflicted upon them by the former police officer
One woman, who was just 7 years old and asleep when her mother was bound and raped by DeAngelo, described him threatening her mother not to make a sound lest it wake her.
"He threatened to cut my ear off and bring it to her," she said. When she woke, "I could sense evil, then all hell broke loose."
Comparing him to the fictional cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter, she said DeAngelo was "proof monsters were real. I had met the boogeyman."
Others told of numbness in their hands that lasted for months because their wrists were bound so tightly in the attacks.
More than 40 years after the attacks, most victims spoke of lifelong scars. Many showed defiance and testified about not allowing their lives to be defined by these incidents and finding their way to happiness despite the indelible damage left by DeAngelo.
Anger simmered throughout the statements. "May he rot in hell," Karen Veilleux said on behalf of her sister Phyllis. Another woman punctuated her statement by calling DeAngelo "subhuman" and aggressively showing him her middle finger.
DeAngelo made his plea to avoid the death penalty. One man speaking on behalf of his mother said that effort was futile.
"A lot of people might wish to carry out the death penalty themselves, but can't you see? The sentence has already been given. You have been robbed of your entire life, yet you are too stupid to notice," he said.
Dolly Kreis holds a photo of her daughter Debbie Strauss and shows it to Joseph James DeAngelo, known as the Golden State Killer, who did not look back, during the first day of victim impact statements.
Victims in one of the six counties that brought charges against him voted unanimously to accept his guilty plea.
The Golden State Killer's guilty plea closes a chapter for victims left waiting for decades
"Today's plea will never bring the loved ones back or restore the sense of security that was shattered, but today, after 40 years of uncertainty, dozens of victims and a nation heard the person responsible for this reign of terror finally admit that he -- and only he -- is responsible," Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said at the time of the plea deal.
Victims and their families waited for decades to get justice and unmask the man who made a pattern of sneaking in to attack first women alone or with their children and then couples in their homes.
His crimes spanned the 1970s and 1980s. A free genealogy database finally gave authorities the break they needed to arrest DeAngelo in 2018.
"In this case justice did not move swiftly, it was a long time coming. However, our victims remained steadfast and brave throughout this entire process," Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton said in a news release in June.
I could go over all that old ground again but I’m doing my best to move on. I’ll just say this. De facto the DP was never on the table. Joe knew it, the defense knew it, the prosecution knew it, and anybody who knew politics in California knew it. So there was another reason for Joe confessing to all his crimes. My opinion, his family getting to keep the assets he obtained by deceiving all of us for 40+ years. And even though it chaps my a** that Joe got away with “it” for all those years, and so many people had lives taken or destroyed by him it’s the best outcome we could have hoped for. Not that long ago the SacBee ran a story about all the bulldog law enforcement guys who were still on the case. Retired officers giving up there hard earned retirement to find EAR. They were uniformly dismissive of the “amateurs”. They were “exploring links to the medical community”. And now? They are coming out of the woodwork to say stuff like this. santamariatimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/to-catch-a-killer-orcutt-man-recalls-working-golden-state/article_36578021-03d3-5954-843b-6fd7138f6965.html
In the article F1 linked, the SBSO forensic analyst, Doug Coleman, says he knew - right away - at the scene of Domingo/Sanchez, the Goleta murders involved someone with LE experience. I wonder what Coleman thought of pothead/dealer/surfer Brett Glasby becoming the main suspect - or if he even paid attention to who the latest suspect was for his job.
Did Coleman ever converse with forensic analysts from other jurisdictions? Both Crompton and Holes spoke with SBSO detectives and both denied any EAR link. Did Coleman ever have conversations or meetings with those SBSO detectives regarding this?
Yet another LE member who suspected EAR = LE, but nothing ever came of it. Note the interview was published in May 2018 (but updated Aug 2020 - I wonder why.)
Last Edit: Oct 28, 2020 1:36:58 GMT by johnnyhands1: Aug 2020
elir: Take one out of the car, separate then can control. he isnt talking about two people, though.
Feb 12, 2021 2:43:51 GMT
elir: Okay I have to go. will try to check in later but if not will be tomorrow night for the second half.
Feb 12, 2021 2:45:53 GMT
elir: Interesting show so far.
Feb 12, 2021 2:46:04 GMT
goldrusher: Have a great weekend all.
Feb 12, 2021 12:24:21 GMT
elir: hey is anyone watching the next episode of the CPK show ( Lovers Lane Murders)? It is starting now on the OXYGEN network
Feb 13, 2021 2:02:35 GMT
elir: to night focusing on the next two homicides in the series Cassandra Haily and Keith Call
Feb 13, 2021 2:04:27 GMT
elir: disappeared on a first date and never found again
Feb 13, 2021 2:05:00 GMT
elir: due to proximity of the 3 cases, there is likely a connection.
Feb 13, 2021 2:06:11 GMT
elir: They presenters are talking to Keith and Cassandra's families
Feb 13, 2021 2:07:30 GMT
elir: She was a very active engaged and kind person
Feb 13, 2021 2:08:43 GMT
elir: Keith was shy , kind and caring
Feb 13, 2021 2:09:30 GMT
vivazapata: Oxygen is re-running the whole CPK series tonight starting @8 EST I believe and tomorrow AM, check their website for exact times: www.oxygen.com/schedule
Feb 13, 2021 23:17:25 GMT
cleopatra: Seeing Keith's brother break down was heart wrenching....
Feb 14, 2021 0:29:57 GMT
elir: It is hard enough to lose someone you love but to have no resolution, all those years. I cant imagine. Hope that other people that have been through this can give them support.
Feb 14, 2021 1:29:47 GMT
billthom56: Thanks everyone for watching the new "Lovers Lane Murders" series on the Colonial Parkway Murders on Oxygen. The four-part true crime series is running now.