A Suspect Has Been Arrested In The Infamous Golden State Killer Case

An long-awaited arrest has been made in the infamous East Area Rapist – Golden State Killer case, responsible for 12 homicides, 45 rapes, and over 120 home burglaries in California in the 1970s and ‘80s. The attacker is also known as the Original Night Stalker and the Diamond Knot Killer.

According to the Sacramento Bee, 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo was booked into Sacramento County jail on Wednesday morning. Billy Jensen— one of the writers involved in Michelle McNamara’s book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark— said that DeAngelo is the primary suspect in the case, though this has yet to be confirmed by authorities.

McNamara— who was married to comedian Patton Oswalt— had worked closely with investigators on the GSK case before she passed away unexpectedly in 2016, leaving her book unfinished. Her efforts were taken up by Jensen, Oswalt, and researcher Paul Haynes.

The Bee reported that the suspect had been living in the Sacramento area, adding that the FBI revealed “the crimes in this case began in the summer of 1976 when burglaries and rapes occurred in suburbs of Sacramento.”  Jail records show DeAngelo matches the killer’s FBI profile in both age and height.

According to The Daily Beast, Jane Carson-Sandler— the fifth victim of the East Area Rapist— was overjoyed after hearing about the arrest from two detectives working the case. “I’m overwhelmed with joy,” she said. “I’ve been crying, sobbing.”

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark sparked renewed interest in the case last month when it reached the top spot on The New York Times‘ bestseller list, thanks in no small part to Patton Oswalt. He honored his late wife with a tweet voicing his desire to question DeAngelo on her behalf.

He also posted a video to Instagram, calling the news surreal:

Many on Twitter attributed the long-awaited arrest to the couples’ combined efforts:

Sacramento authorities have yet to comment, although a press conference has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

h/t KTVU|Sacramento Bee|The Daily Beast