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'Golden State Killer' Suspect Now Charged in 12 Murders

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Golden State Killer suspect may be linked to earlier Cordova cat burglar attacks

- Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley has filed four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances against the suspected Golden State Killer.

The Golden State Killer is suspected of committing at least 12 murders and more than 50 rapes during the 1970s and 1980s from Northern to Southern California.

DeAngelo remains a suspect in several jurisdictions throughout California, including Sacramento, Ventura and Orange counties.

In a stunning development nearly 40 years after the case went cold, DeAngelo was taken into custody on April 24 when prosecutors used advanced forensic DNA technology and genealogical information posted to a public website by a distant relative to identify him. He initially was charged with eight counts of murder and could face dozens more charges, authorities said. With the new case, prosecutors in Santa Barbara County join their counterparts in Orange, Sacramento in Ventura in pursuing charges against DeAngelo.

Cheri Domingo and Greg Sanchez were murdered in Santa Barbara County around July 27, 1981.

DeAngelo now faces four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances in Santa Barbara, though it was unclear when he might appear in court there.

The accused serial killer worked as a police officer from 1973 to 1979 until he was terminated for allegedly stealing "a hammer and a can of dog repellent".

"Violent cold cases never grow cold for victims or their loved ones", Dudley said.

The Golden State Killer wore a mask and raped women who were home alone and women who were with their children, police said.

Debra Alexandria Manning and Robert Offerman were murdered around December 30, 1979, according to the charges filed by Santa Barbara DA Joyce Dudley.

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