Golden State Killer suspect possibly linked to San Diego crimes

Florence Lopez
May 4, 2018

The California detective who finally solved the baffling Golden State Killer case says he was inspired by the way investigators solved a New Hampshire cold case, the New York Times reported.

There are 900,000 DNA profiles on GEDmatch's site: bit by bit, profile by profile, the site is building an ever-more-accurate roadmap. The DNA was a close match for relatives, and authorities eventually were led to DeAngelo's home in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights, not far from where numerous sexual assaults occurred.

Prosecutors arrested DeAngelo last week and said they used DNA to identify him as the killer responsible for at least a dozen murders and 50 rapes across California between 1976 and 1986.

Prosecutors argued that the search warrant was nonetheless related and stated amassing the proof will not be "testimonial in nature".

DeAngelo, 72, was in a wheelchair and appeared alert in his third court appearance since being arrested last week. They had DNA from the Golden State cases, but hadn't been able to connect it to anyone using standard police and government DNA databases.

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Another man, Craig Coley, was recently cleared of those crimes after spending 38 years in prison in the murder of a 24-year-old college student and her 4-year-old son in 1978.

The Zodiac Killer terrorized Northern California from December 1968 to October 1969. Ideally, the lab will send back a DNA profile police can use by the summer, at the latest. Poyser said recent advances in DNA testing prompted investigators to seek a match on two of the killer's letters.

Sampayan, a former Vallejo police homicide investigator, said, "It's the right thing to do".

There's also the problem that, while we've all been schooled to believe DNA evidence is virtually infallible, the type of familial DNA work used in this case creates enough false positives that some states have banned or restricted its use.

When prosecutors announced his arrest last week, they said DNA evidence linked them to the killer.

"There's a formula to follow", Voigt said.

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