Golden State Killer pleads guilty to first murder of 13

The victims of the Golden State Killer
Sacramento County Sheriff via CNN
On April 25, 2018, Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrestedas a suspect and charged with two counts of murder.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former police officer who terrorized the Sacramento region as a serial rapist and went on to kill more than a dozen people across California and evade capture for decades has pleaded guilty to the first of 13 murders.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. said Monday he will plead guilty to all charges in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. The frail-looking 74-year-old spoke in hushed, raspy voice acknowledging the crimes attributed to the Golden State Killer. He was arrested in 2018 after authorities used DNA to track him through a popular genealogy website.

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