Genealogy websites help California police find Golden State Killer suspect

She wrote the book on the Golden State Killer and died before a suspect was arrested | The Sacramento Bee

Michelle died unexpectedly in her sleep at the age of just 46.

DeAngelo was arrested after a almost four-decade search for a criminal known as the Golden State Killer, the East Area Rapist and other monikers.

The daughter of an OR man who was misidentified as a possible suspect in the so-called Golden State Killer case wasn't informed authorities were taking a DNA sample from her father, but later helped in the investigation.

Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested Tuesday at his Citrus Heights house after a DNA pattern matched that of the Golden State Killer - a mass assassin who's believed to be chargeable for a minimum of 12 murders, 45 rapes and 120 house burglaries by the state within the 1970s and 1980s.

Patton Oswalt disagrees. He said so on Twitter and also during his previously scheduled appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The company whose genetic website was used by investigators who misidentified an OR man as a possible suspect in the so-called Golden State Killer case says it was never contacted by law enforcement.

Huddle said he hasn't spoken with his sister, Sharon Huddle, DeAngelo's ex-wife, but had sent her a text message.

"He was wearing a ski mask, he had a flashlight in my eyes, so you couldn't see much of him" said Margaret.

Comedian Patton Oswalt says it's "great news" that police arrested a suspect in the brutal murders and rapes that his late wife had spent years investigating.

Privacy laws aren't strong enough to keep police from accessing ancestry sites, which have fewer protections than regulated databanks of convicts' DNA, said Steve Mercer, chief attorney for the forensic division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. The girls, who were about 8 or 9 years old at the time, were supervised by DeAngelo's daughter.

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His head was shaved and he was looking down as prosecutors announced they were charging him with 10 counts of first-degree murder. Canadians mourned as the victims began to be identified on Tuesday. "That takes time and that time can be very frustrating".

Investigators also revealed Thursday that DeAngelo is the prime suspect in the 1975 killing of a community college teacher, raising the total number of his alleged victims to 13.

He is now flying to California to attend the police press conference today.

McNamara's book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, was released in February, two years after her death, after Oswalt helped finish it with the help of lead case researcher Paul Haynes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen.

Cops eventually cuffed 72-year-old Joseph DeAngelo at his home in California.

The genealogy website used to find the Golden State Killer suspect was Florida-based GEDmatch.

Oswalt said he wanted to talk to DeAngelo, to bring up questions his wife never had a chance to ask.

In a 2013 Reddit Ask Me Anything interview, McNamara was asked what she would do if the killer ever contacted her for an interview or information for her book, but on the condition of anonymity.

Jones declined to discuss the DNA method used to identify DeAngelo.

"There's exhilaration, and I don't feel it now, but I can sense that tomorrow or the next day there's going to be a huge drop in serotonin and happiness when I realize she really isn't here", Oswalt was quoted as saying in the New York Times story. The case gained renewed interest when McNamara started posting her research on the case on her website True Crime Diary.

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