July 13, 2018

Police Officer Joseph J. DeAngelo


     From 1974 to 1986 a serial rapist, murderer, and burglar was on the loose in California and the cops and FBI could not figure out who it was.  The police investigators were so befuddled that they often blamed the crimes on men who knew the victims or searched for the killer/rapist in areas far afield from the crime scenes.  Thanks to DNA this murderer/rapist has been located and identified as former Police Officer Joseph James DeAngelo.  He is believed to have committed at least 12 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986.  During much of this time, he was an active duty Police Officer, often using the skills and knowledge attained from his police job to locate, surveil, and rape/murder his victims.  His identity remained a secret due to the fact that his DNA was not in any state or national database.  The FBI sought public assistance and information by showing artist pictures of the perpetrator, calling him an “Unknown Suspect.”  Meanwhile, being a Police Officer; DeAngelo continued his rape and murder spree right under their noses.

Police Officer DeAngelo’s Many Names: 

   He is also believed to be responsible for three crime sprees throughout California, each of which spawned a different nickname in the press before it became evident that they were committed by the same person. In Sacremento, he was known as the East Area Rapist and was linked by his (MO) modus operandi to additional attacks in Contra Costa County, Stockton, and Modesto. He was later known for his southern California crimes as the Original Night Stalker. He is suspected to have begun as a burglar (the Visalia Ransacker) before moving to the Sacramento area, based on a similar MO and circumstantial evidence; however, as of June 2018, no direct link had been revealed.

For years the police had no clue as to who this person was until they eventually (2018) submitted known DNA samples from the rape scenes to a free national database in order to find a match.  No direct match was made, but the DNA sample was close enough to some of Joseph DeAngelo’s relatives that investigators were able to focus on him as a suspect.  Previous attempts to match the DNA he left at numerous crimes scenes to criminals incarcerated or arrested for prior offenses, did not turn up any suspects, because Police Officer DeAngelo was not in any criminal Databases.  To his friends, family, and fellow cops, he was simply a hard-working police officer – “protecting the public.”  Had there been a COP DNA Database at that time, he would have been located and quickly arrested, ending his crime spree.

Police Officer DeAngelo’s Arrest:

   The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo during the afternoon on April 24, 2018, in connection with the crimes. DeAngelo, a former police officer in Auburn and Exeter, California was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.  On May 10, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office charged DeAngelo with four additional counts of first-degree murder for the four killings believed to be committed by the Golden State Killer in that county. Before the arrest, law enforcement uploaded the Golden State Killer’s DNA profile from an intact rape kit in Ventura County to the Florida-based personal genomics website GED Match.  The website identified 10 to 20 distant relatives of the Golden State Killer (sharing the same great-great-great grandparents), from whom a team of five investigators constructed a large family tree. They identified two suspects in the case (one of whom was ruled out by a relative’s DNA test), leaving DeAngelo the main suspect.  On April 18, a surreptitious DNA sample was collected from the driver’s-side door handle of a car DeAngelo was seen driving which was parked in a Hobby Lobby parking lot in Roseville, California. Five days later, another DNA sample was collected from a tissue found in DeAngelo’s curbside garbage can. Both samples were consistent with the Orange and Ventura County suspect profiles. About four months elapsed between the first matches on GEDmatch and DeAngelo’s arrest.

COP DNA Database Needed to Locate Criminal Cops:

     COPFOX along with some members of Congress are pursuing the passage of legislation requiring all law enforcement officers to submit their DNA into a COP DNA Database.  The only reason Police Officer Joseph DeAngelo was able to commit so many murders and rapes (often murdering his rape victims) was the absence of his DNA in any national Database.  It has been statistically proven that over 3% of all heinous crimes committed in the United States are perpetrated by Police Officers, and many are serial killers and rapists.  In some cities such a New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Houston the percentage can be much higher due to the high turnover rates and the police officers ability to meld into the population avoiding detection.  Similarly, small towns are often populated with corrupt police officers at higher rates due to the inferior quality of police candidates and the high likelihood of there being corruption in the Police Administration beginning with the Chief of Police.  Needless to say, the need for a national COP DNA Database is widespread.

     From 1974 to 2018 Joseph DeAngelo remained on the loose, traveling freely and for many of the earlier years raping and murdering innocent civilians.  The only reason he was eventually captured was a DNA match between his Police Officer semen left at a rape scene and some of his grandparents, who were never involved in criminal activity but volunteered to have their DNA entered into the free GED Match website to find out about their heritage.  Society today cannot afford to let Police Officers who commit crimes roam around freely for twenty or thirty years.  The only reason they can remain anonymous is the fact that their DNA has not been collected into a national COP DNA Database.  DNA is now replacing fingerprints as a means of identification.  While most Police Officers will claim that collecting their DNA is a violation of their right to privacy; that argument can be refuted by the fact that their fingerprints are on file and routinely used to identify them.  The failure of Congress and State Legislatures in not advancing the use of technology to protect the public has allowed Police Officers to engage in heinous crimes, knowing full well that they can escape justice because their DNA cannot be linked to the rapes or murders they commit!

     COPFOX believes that there are thousands of “Police Officer DeAngelo’s” presently loose in society.  These Police Officers prey on citizens and use the personal and confidential information they glean from police records to target unsuspecting victims; often times raping women and young boys.  Police Officer DeAngelo would routinely tie up a woman and rape them repeatedly for hours during which time he would ransack the home.  The following day he would report to duty at Police Headquarters like nothing ever happened.  COPFOX believes that every law enforcement officer at the local, county, state and federal level should be required to submit a DNA sample into a COP DNA Database so they can be quickly identified and arrested when linked to criminal activity.  The sooner the States and Congress pass such legislation, the safer citizens will be!

Cops Will Protest A COP DNA Database – Claiming A Violation of Their Right To Privacy:

Tell that to the 12 Murder and 50 Rape Victims of Police Officer Joseph James DeAngelo!

                                                COPFOX ARTICLE ON:  COP DNA DATABASE





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