Episode 4

The Golden State Killer

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The Golden State Killer terrorized the state of California from 1976 to 1986. The crimes include at least 12 murders and 45 rapes. By changing location and methods, GSK had multiple names. He began as the "Visalia Ransacker" before graduating to the "East Area Rapist." When he began murdering people, he was known as the "Original Night Stalker." Late true crime author Michelle McNamara helped coin the name "Golden State Killer" for the suspect in 2013 and detailed her search for him in I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer published in 2018 after her death.

The Golden State Killers modus operandi (MO) changed throughout the years. From 1976-1979, he would stalk middle class neighborhoods at night looking for women home alone. Most of these victims heard or saw a prowler before they were attacked.

By spring of 1977, he changed his MO and began attacking couples. He would break into the homes. Then he would tie up his victims or have them tie each other up. Next the EAR would separate the couples-taking the woman to the living room to rape her. Meanwhile, he often stacked dishes on the man's back to monitor movement and threatened to kill him if he heard the dishes rattle.

Then In October 1979-May 1986, his MO changed again. This time he began murdering the couples by bludgeoning or gunshots. DNA would later link these crimes to the EAR.

72-year-old former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested in April 2018 at his home. At that time law enforcement tracked DeAngelo using new familial DNA technology. He is currently charged with 13 counts of murder with special circumstances and 13 rape-related charges filed as kidnappings to commit robbery using a gun or a knife.

Potential Survivor of Golden State Killer:

Pamela Escalante bravely and graciously shared her vicious encounter with us. Her attack took place before the Golden State Killer's timeline officially begins. She was attacked in Ventura on February 5, 1974. The police report lists the crimes as "attempted murder, kidnapping, mayhem and rape." For over 40 years, Pamela and her family had no answers until the arrest of Joseph DeAngelo. He has not been charged with Pamela's attack, but after seeing his picture she believes he is the man who left her for dead. 


After listening to Pamela's horrifying attack, we are asking the Murder Squad to help us fill in missing pieces to our timelines.

Below you will see photos of DeAngelo through the decades-look closely. Show them to older friends or relatives, share them. You will also see two timelines--one is of the crimes committed by the Golden State Killer and the second is what we know about Joseph DeAngelo's locations. If you have information to fill in any of the blanks, please contact us.


1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police.
2. Do not contact any family members.
3. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want to the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to answers.

Sketches of the Golden State Killer:

Golden State Killer Crime Timeline:


  • September-Visalia- Claude Snelling murdered.


  • June 18-Rancho Cordova-Woman raped.
  • July 17-Carmichael-Teenage girl raped.
  • August 29-Rancho Cordova-Teenage girl raped.
  • September 4-Citrus Heights-Woman raped.
  • October 5-Citrus Heights-Woman raped (Identified as Jane Carson-Sandler).
  • October 9-Rancho Cordova-Woman raped.
  • October 18-Carmichael-Woman raped.
  • October 18-Rancho Cordova-Woman raped.
  • November 10-Citrus Heights-Woman raped.
  • December 18-Carmichael-Woman raped.


  • January 19-Sacramento-Woman raped.
  • January 24-Citrus Heights-Woman raped.
  • February 7-Citrus Heights-Woman raped.
  • March 8-Sacramento-Woman raped.
  • March 18-Rancho Cordova-Teenage girl raped.
  • April 2-Sacramento-Attacked a couple.
  • April 15-Sacramento-Attacked a couple.
  • May 3-Sacramento-Attacked a couple.
  • May 5-Orangevale-Attacked a couple outside of their home.
  • May 14-Citrus Heights–Attacked a couple.
  • May 17-Carmichael-Attacked a couple.
  • May 28-Sacramento-Attacked a couple.
  • September 6-North Stockton-Attacked a couple.
  • October 1-Rancho Cordova-Attacked a couple.
  • October 21-Antelope-Attacked a couple.
  • October 29-Sacramento-Attacked a couple.
  • November 10-Sacramento-Teenage girl raped.


  • January 28-Sacramento-Two teenage sisters raped.
  • February 2-Rancho Cordova-Brian and Katie Maggiore murdered.
  • March 18-Stockton-Attacked a couple.
  • April 6-Rancho Cordova-Woman raped.
  • April 14-South Sacramento-Teenage girl raped.
  • June 5-Modesto-Attacked a couple.
  • June 7-Davis-Woman raped.
  • June 23-Modesto-Attacked a couple.
  • June 24-Davis-Attacked a couple.
  • July 6-Davis-Woman raped.
  • October 7-Concord-Attacked a couple.
  • October 13-Concord-Attacked a couple.
  • October 28-San Ramon-Attacked a couple.
  • November 4-San Jose-Woman raped.
  • December 2-San Jose-Attacked a couple.
  • December 9-Danville-Woman raped.


  • April 5-Fremont-Attacked a couple.
  • June 2-Walnut Creek-Teenage girl raped.
  • June 11-Danville-Attacked a couple.
  • June 25-Walnut Creek-Teenage girl raped.
  • July 5-Danville-Aborted an attack on a couple.
  • October 1-Goleta-Attacked a couple.
  • December 30-Goleta-Alexandria Manning and Dr. Robert Offerman are murdered.


  • March 13-Ventura County-Charlene Smith is raped and murdered; Lyman Smith is murdered.
  • August 19-Dana Point-Patrice Harrington is raped and murdered; Keith Harrington is murdered.


  • February 5-Irvine-Manuela Witthuhn is raped and murdered.
  • July 27-Goleta-Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez are murdered.


  • May 4-Irvine-Janelle Lisa Cruz is raped and murdered.

Photographs of Joseph DeAngelo:

DeAngelo’s Known Whereabouts:

  • Joseph James DeAngelo was born on November 8, 1945, in Bath, New York.
  • 1964-He graduated from Folsom High School before joining the Navy.
  • While in the Navy, we know he spent time in Vietnam and Australia.
  • 1973-He got married.
  • 1973-1976-Employed by the Exeter Police Department assigned to their Burglary Task Force.
  • 1976-1979-Employed by the Auburn Police Department.
  • July 1979-DeAngelo was caught shoplifting a hammer and dog repellant.
  • August 1979-Joseph DeAngelo is fired from Auburn Police Department.
  • After this his whereabouts become hazy. Reportedly he and his wife moved to Southern California during this time.
  • September 1981-His oldest daughter is born in Sacramento.
  • November 1986-Second daughter is born in Los Angeles.
  • From 1990-2017-DeAngelo retired from Save Mart after 27 years as a truck mechanic.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, for resources and more visit the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network or call the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).