A new true crime series called I’ll Be Gone in the Dark has landed on NowTV, detailing the gruesome crimes of the Golden State Killer.
The six-part show is based on the book of the same name by the late Michelle McNamara.
A series of rapes in California during the 1970s and 1980s were thought to be attributed to one man – nicknamed the East Area Rapist.
Several murders in Southern California around the same time were attributed to someone else, nicknamed the Original Night Stalker.
But DNA testing eventually revealed the three men were the same person.
McNamara nicknamed the California criminal the Golden State Killer in her book, where she investigated the horrific crimes,
Joseph James DeAngelo was eventually charged with 13 rapes and 13 murders in California during the 1970s and 80s.
But where is the Golden State Killer now? Here we take a look at what happened, and how he was apprehended.
Where is the Golden State Killer now?
Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer and US navy veteran, was eventually found in 2018.
The police searched for him unsuccessfully for decades, but he was eventually tracked down using DNA evidence.
Investigators were able to track down members of his family, who had tested their genetic genealogy.
Roughly two months after the release of the book, a man called Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested.
Since being charged, DeAngelo has been kept in isolation in a jail in Sacramento.
He pleaded guilty to the crimes and was sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole in August 2020.
Judge Michael Bowman said: “When a person commits monstrous acts they need to be locked away where they could never harm another innocent person.”
Prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty, due partially to California’s moratorium on executions.