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FOX40 News digs deeper into one of California’s most infamous cases: The East Area Rapist.

Through in-depth interviews with the victims, their families and the original investigators you get a glimpse into the terror and the pain one man caused. See why this notorious criminal has eluded investigators for so many years.

Listen to the full show below.


It’s 1976 in Sacramento and people are terrified. A man is breaking into homes and raping women.

Fear and panic are spreading and Jane Carson-Sandler becomes victim number five. She is a 30-year-old married mother, student and Air Force Reservist.  While home in bed with her son, an intruder ties her up and rapes her.

The elusive criminal keeps going. Investigators chase him but they can’t catch him.


A serial rapist attacks dozens of times in Northern California and law enforcement can’t catch him.

Two years later, a man is terrorizing Southern California and it doesn’t take long for those attacks to turn deadly.

Debbi Domingo lost her mother, Anne Penn lost her aunt and uncle and Michelle Cruz lost her sister.  Could the same man be responsible for all of the crimes?

The families and the investigators are determined to find out.


A major breakthrough in the case.

Fifteen years after his last known murder, investigators can finally say the East Area Rapist and Original Night Stalker are the same person. Law enforcement has momentum and families of victims have hope this elusive killer will be exposed … but time is running out.


Law enforcement from across the state announced the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, who has now been charged with eight counts of murder in connection with the East Area Rapist investigation.

The decades-old case has brought terror to Northern, Southern and central California since the late 1970s.

Using DNA evidence, police say they have begun to connect the dots between DeAngelo and the infamous crime spree.


The arrest of Joseph DeAngelo brings relief to the victims of the East Area Rapist and their loved ones.  But, how did detectives pull it off? How did DeAngelo react when law enforcement took him into custody? And what does this mean for the men and women who have dedicated their careers to one of the country’s most notorious cold cases?

We sit down – one on one — with Sacramento County Sheriff Detective, Ken Clark.


Hunting a  serial killer and rapist.

Paul Holes spent 24 years searching for the East Area Rapist – Golden State Killer.

As an investigator for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, Holes retraced the steps of the notorious criminal.

Hours, before he left law enforcement Holes, drove to Joseph DeAngelo’s home but stopped himself from going inside.

FOX40 spoke to Paul Holes at Crime Con in Nashville after an arrest was made.


Four women are forever linked by the East Area Rapist (otherwise known as the Golden State Killer).

Their stories are different but they are united through their desire to expose the man behind the mask.

Jane Carson Sandler, Debbi Domingo, Margaret Wardlow and Michelle Cruz call themselves the “Sister Survivors.” They live in South Carolina, Texas, Georgia and California.

We spoke with them at Crime Con in Nashville after they learned of the arrest of suspect Joseph DeAngelo.


Long before Joseph DeAngelo was identified as the suspect in the East Area Rapist-Golden State Killer case, true crime blogger and researcher Mike Morford was dissecting the police reports and interviewing survivors for his popular podcast, “Criminology.”

We speak to Mike about how the developments in the case affected his work and his biggest questions about DeAngelo’s life.


Victor Hayes was 21 when the East Area Rapist attacked him and his girlfriend in their East Sacramento home.

More than four decades later, he opened up about the attack as he prepared to see suspect Joseph DeAngelo face a judge.