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Paul Holes

Chasing Evil

October 23, 2018   Tags: , ,
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Contra Costa County investigator Paul Holes has spent the past two decades searching for one of the most elusive serial killers in U.S. history.

BREAKING NEWS: Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, believed to be the notorious East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker, the Visalia Ransacker, and the Golden State Killer, on Wednesday morning April 25, 2018. The Golden State Killer's crimes, including 12 murders and more than 40 rapes, occurred in ten different counties across the state. 

DeAngelo is a former police officer who worked in Exeter, California and Auburn, California who was arrested in his home in Citrus Heights, California. DeAngelo had never been a suspect in the case and was only identified through DNA evidence six days before his arrest.  

Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert led a press conference to announce the arrest. Schubert was 12 years old and living in the Sacramento neighborhoods when the East Area Rapist began his reign of terror in 1976. interviewed her for this article, which ran in February 2018. "We always knew the answer was, and always was going to be in the DNA," Schubert announced, later mentioning that DeAngelo's DNA was collected though a discarded sample. "We knew we were looking for a needle in a haystack, but we knew that the needle was there."

Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton was one of many law enforcement officials who spoke at the press conference. Becton made sure to thank Paul Holes, the subject of this Diablo article. Holes retired from his position as Chief Forensics Services Officer for the District Attorney's office, but has continued to work on the case through the arrest of DeAngelo. "His work in using new technologies helped to solve this case," said Becton. 

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley also spoke at the press conference, mentioning her experiences working as a rape crisis counselor in Contra Costa County in the late 1970s, when the East Area Rapist assaulted multiple residents of Concord, Danville, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.