⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scary Stars
The Golden State Killer. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker. The Visalia Ransacker.
The monster who preyed on Californians from 1976 to 1986 was known by many aliases. And while numerous police sketches tried to capture his often-masked visage, the Golden State Killer spent more than 40 years not only faceless, but nameless.
For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer’s acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. To be sure, the chances of obtaining closure—or any form of justice—after so many years were slim to none, at best.
Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. After a decades-long hunt, a suspect was behind bars. Could it be that evil finally had a name?
Delivering all-new details about the investigation and a stunning final act to the events of Michelle McNamara’s haunting bestseller, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, this is the true story of how the suspected Golden State Killer was captured, as told, first-hand, by those closest to the case:
Paul Holes—the forensic criminologist and retired Costa County detective who spent 20 years trying to crack the Golden State Killer case, and finally did.
Jim Clemente (Host)—a retired FBI profiler and former New York City prosecutor who has investigated some of the highest profile criminal cases in U.S. history, including the Unabomber.
Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scary Stars
Wow, this one is going to be a hard one to review because it is real, real scary, real horrid, really really sad!
You may already be aware of this story as it hit the headlines last year after the real Golden State Killer was caught, after 40 years!!!
This audio book reads more like a pod cast in that it has interviews with all of the people involved in the investigation.
Paul Holes was the chief investigator, stumbling across the case completely by accident as it was stored away in an old filing cabinet under “Unsolved”
Paul was training and wanted to further himself in the force, so in his spare time he started studying old “Cold” and Unsolved cases, this one caught his eye, and it soon became his project, and his life!
The Golden State Killer was not always know by this name, he has also been known as The Visaila Ransacker, The Original Night Stalker and The East Area Rapist, finally working his way up the Psycho Tree to The Golden State Killer.
This mans known crimes involve at least 120 burglaries, at least 53 rapes, and at least 13 murders, and the most chilling thing about this is that he got away with it for so very long, for over 10 years, this predator broke in to houses, raped and then eventually started killing his victims.
You hear from some of his victims themselves, who amazing call themselves lucky, and also from some of the families of the victims who unfortunately were not so lucky. Some of the descriptions are very graphic, so be warned if “little ears” are listening with you!
Paul became obsessed with this case, even up to his last day when he retired, he thought he had his “Last Lead” and even sitting with his boxes of belongings and a borrowed car went to check it out, and thank goodness he did!
With the help of another lady that he met by chance (a blogger) Michelle McNamara, they both became firm friends, and immersed themselves in the case, sharing tips and information with each other.
Sadly Michelle died recently, but Paul gives a lovely talk about her and how she helped him.
We now know that The Golden State Killer is 72 year old Joseph James DeAngelo and this would never have been possible without Paul Holes using Genealogical DNA, something he tried as a last resort, much to the sneers and laughs of the others, by tracing the family tree back generations.
Paul Holes and his team caught the killer that was stuffed in a filing cabinet from 1976 – 1986 and the killer that was free to roam the streets for the next 40 years.
20 years of investigations and a man that never gave up.
Evil now has a name, that name is Joseph James DeAngelo.
If you like True Crime reads then you will love this one, although it was difficult sometimes to listen to the heartbreak of others, it was also a great Audio Book.