Suppose you’re not familiar with the principle of nemesis. In that case, the story of Joseph James DeAngelo, aka The Golden State Killer, is a must-read for you.
While we have the free will to act as we want to and do as we like, we should never forget that our actions have consequences – whether bad or good – that may eventually catch up with us when we least expect it.
Known by various aliases, including Golden State Killer, Visalia Ransacker, East Area Rapist, and East Side Rapist, DeAngelo met his waterloo in 2018 after many years of roaming free, never brought to the books for his heinous crimes.
The plot twist is that he was once a policeman who took an oath to protect the very people and property he maimed and vandalized.
He was a father, husband, and grandfather to his family for years, hiding his tracks and void of suspicion.
To others, he was a nightmare and the case many needed closure from. Eventually, the Golden State Killer had nemesis catch up with him, and this is his story.
10 75-Year-Old DeAngelo
DeAngelo Jr. was married in 1973 to Sharon Marie Huddie, with whom he had three daughters but later divorced in 2019.
DeAngelo is a convicted serial killer, rapist, and burglar who terrorized California for 13 years (1973-1986).
He murdered 13 victims, raped 50 others, and committed about 120 burglaries, and executed kidnapping and attempted abduction in recent years.
After evading justice for decades, DeAngelo was finally caught in 2018 following DNA evidence and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2020.
9 The Trial Of The Golden State Killer
In 2020, before going to trial, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to all 26 criminal counts brought against him by the prosecutors as part of a plea deal – 13 counts of first-degree murder as well as other uncharged acts and rapes.
To the chagrin of many, the death penalty, which DeAngelo was deserving of, was taken off the list. Instead, he got a life sentence without parole in exchange for his guilty plea.
Showing his remorse for the crimes he committed and the hurt he caused many, DeAngelo was recorded saying, “… I’m truly sorry to everyone I have hurt…” at the Sacramento County District Courthouse, California, in August 2020.