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  •  DeAngelo plead guilty to 13 counts of murder

    DeAngelo plead guilty to 13 counts of murder | Photo: EFE/ John G. Mabanglo

Published 29 June 2020
Opinion

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr avoided the death penalty and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

A 74 years old former police officer Monday confessed to being the "Golden State Killer," a murderer who terrorized California back to the 1970s.

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Joseph James DeAngelo Jr pledged guilty as part of a plea agreement to avoid the death penalty. According to his confession, his inner personality named "Jerry" forced him to kill more than a dozen people until the moment he was captured in 1986.

"I didn't have the strength to push him out. He made me. He went with me. It was, like, in my head, I mean, he's a part of me. I didn't want to do those things. I pushed Jerry out and had a happy life. I did all those things. I destroyed all their lives. So now, I've got to pay the price," DeAngelo Jr said to police after his arrest two years ago.

The killer, who was captured using DNA evidence, also used to bind the men and rape their girlfriends and wives, before stealing whatever he could find in the houses.

DeAngelo was able to evade investigators for years, as his status as a Vietnam veteran and family man managed to keep him off police radars.

In his trial, he plead guilty to 13 counts of murder and dozens of rapes, while relatives of the victims suffered a conviction process that went on for hours. In August, they will be able to face him in court.

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