'Golden State Killer' admits to 13 murders

Pablo Tucker
July 3, 2020

On Monday, he pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder and special circumstances - including murder committed during burglaries and rapes - as well as 13 counts of kidnapping, and he acknowledged more than 50 rapes he was not charged for because of California's statute of limitations.

In addition, Paul Haynes, who helped McNamara with her research into the Golden State Killer, shared, "There's something richly poetic in the image of Joseph DeAngelo, who committed all his crimes while wearing a mask to hide his face, admitting guilt while wearing a mask that's transparent".

"The scope of Joseph DeAngelo's crime spree is simply staggering", prosecutor Thien Ho told the makeshift courtroom - a university ballroom converted to allow victims to attend while social distancing.

Golden State Killer Suspect Pleading Guilty to 13 Murders

DeAngelo was the subject of an HBO documentary entitled, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" which aired on Sunday. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

We take a deep dive into the DeAngelo guilty plea with the CapRadio reporter who was in the hearing room, investigator Carol Daly, and more.

"The family members of murder victims have waited decades for justice", said Amy Holliday, Sacramento County's assistant chief deputy district attorney.


As news of DeAngelo's guilty plea made headlines Monday morning, the comedian wrote on Twitter, "The most important people at the #GoldenStateKiller hearing today are the survivors".

In addition to his 11 consecutive life sentences, the deal includes 15 concurrent life sentences over weapons allegations.

In the second hearing, people affected by his crimes will be given permission to read victim impact statements. Her outstanding and unrelenting investigation into the Golden State Killer takes center stage in this terrific docuseries. He also said he didn't want to do all those things but, as he had done the crimes, he needed to "to pay the price". Officials only realized later on that the crimes were the work of only one man.


Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. had remained nearly silent in court since his 2018 arrest until he repeatedly uttered the words "guilty" and "I admit" in a hushed and raspy voice as part of a plea agreement that will spare him the death penalty for a life sentence with no chance of parole, a Reuter's report read.

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton said, "DeAngelo is acknowledging his guilt for the heinous crimes he has committed". The website created a genetic profile leading them to a pool of relatives who all shared part of the killer's genetic material.


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