Joseph DeAngelo the ‘Golden State Killer’ Sentenced for Rape and Murder

The ‘Golden State Killer’ who remained at large for decades after a vicious rape and murder spree in the 70’s and 80’s, was sentenced to multiple life sentences on Friday.

Who is the Golden State Killer?

Joseph James DeAngelo was a former Navy serviceman in the during the Vietnam War and a police officer for California for most of the 1970’s.  

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Family life

He married Sharon Huddle, a Sacramento divorce attorney, in 1973 and they had three daughters before separating in 1991. They remained legally married, but estranged until she filed for divorce after DeAngelo was charged with eight counts of first degree murder in April of 2018. 

Huddle made a victim impact statement at DeAngelo’s sentencing hearing: “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.”

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For the first time, DeAngelo’s ex-wife Sharon Huddle is talking about her pain. CBS13 obtained her victim impact statement, which will not be read in court. In it, she said: “I now live every day with the knowledge of how he attacked and severely damaged hundreds of people’s lives.” Huddle said DeAngelo would lie about where he was going as she worked graveyard shifts at Jack in the Box and Placer County Juvenile Hall. “When I was not around, I trusted he was doing what he told me he was doing. Now, without my ability to trust, my relationships with other people are severely impacted.” Source : #josephjamesdeangelo #josephdeangelo #earons #eastarearapist #originalnightstalker #goldenstatekiller #serialkiller #serialkillers #truecrime #truecrimecommunity #truecrimeaddict #truecrimejunkie

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Early life of crime

A series of 120 burglaries in the Central Valley area of California during the early seventies were considered to be criminal training ground for DeAngelo, who was then known as the Visalia Ransacker and Cordova Cat Burglar. The burglaries often involved vandalization of possessions and women’s undergarments, rather than theft of high value items.  

In 1975, DeAngelo grew bold enough to attempt the kidnapping of a sixteen-year-old cheerleader.  Her father, professor Claude Snelling, saved his daughter, but was shot twice and killed. DeAngelo plead guilty to his murder in 2020. 

Snelling’s daughter, Elizabeth Hupp, spoke about her father at DeAngelo’s sentencing. “My dad died saving my life that night and he is my hero.”


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East Area Rapist

DeAngelo’s crimes escalated to rape when he moved to Sacramento. He became known as the East Area Rapist, committing 50 known rapes and two murders between 1976 and 1979. He often stalked women on trails or targeted them alone in their homes, but eventually moved onto couples. He was known for forcing his female victim to tie up her significant other, before he would rape her repeatedly.   

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Today Was The 2nd Day Of Victim Impact Statements For Serial Killer And Child Rapist, Ex-Cop Joseph DeAngelo 2 of his rapes occurred in Stockton and 2 of his rapes occurred in Modesto. From the Daily Journal: “Gay Hardwick, left, is comforted by her spouse Bob Hardwick, center, and San Joaquin County’s District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar during the second day of victim impact statements with Joseph James DeAngelo present at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. Victims of the California serial killer and rapist, want him in a maximum security prison far, far away if he can’t spend the rest of his life on death row. In June, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 murders and 13 rape-related charges between 1975 and 1986”. #Stockton #Modesto #GoldenStateKiller

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Original Night Stalker

DeAngelo moved to Southern California, where his taste for violence increased. He was dubbed the Original Night Stalker when he started killing victims by gunshot or bludgeoning, rather than letting them go.  He committed ten known murders, where eight of the victims were couples, between 1979 and 1986.  

Calls to authorities and victims

DeAngelo reveled in his crimes, taunting police with claims of his misdeeds and further tormenting victims with phone calls after the fact. 

DNA evidence

Authorities officially connected the crimes of the East Area Rapist to the murders of the Original Night Stalker in 2001. The term Golden State Killer was coined in 2013.  

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Life in prison? How many years does he have left maybe 5? #goldenstatekiller #burnhimatthestake

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In 2016, the FBI used genetic genealogy to link DNA evidence from the Golden State Killer’s crimes to compile a 1,000 person family tree that eventually ruled out all suspects accept for DeAngelo.   


DeAngelo was arrested on April 24, 2018 and charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.  In May prosecutors added four additional murder charges.  


While prosecutors were pursuing the death penalty, DeAngelo took a deal to avoid it in June.  He pleaded guilty to 13 charges of kidnapping and murder.  


Friday DeAngelo listened to victim impact statements and was condemned to multiple consecutive life sentences in prison without parole.  

In response to his sentencing DeAngelo simply said: “I’ve listened to all your statements. Each one of them, and I’m truly sorry to everyone I have hurt.”

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6 months ago

So when is Newsome going to parole him over Covid?

Ralph Kramden
Ralph Kramden
6 months ago

He’ll be released by gruesome Newsome because of the fires.

6 months ago

So… the reward for rape and murder is free room & board.

6 months ago
Reply to  David

I agree, But what is the point in giving him the death penalty when he will sit on death row for 20-30 years, Then he will be dead by then!

Rhesa ccook
Rhesa ccook
6 months ago

Son of Satan. Satan loves what he did so he can go & live with Satan & all the rest of the Satan lovers.

Alan Doud
Alan Doud
6 months ago

Sin is far reaching beyond the borders of the crime, as we can see with this affect on Ms. Huddle. I sympathize that it had such a devastating affect on her and probably the children. Not all people are so devious and I hope she regains her confidence in the human race.