Golden State Killer Victims Give Statements Ahead of Sentencing: 'After 42 Years, I Still Look Over My Shoulder' (Video)

Almost three dozen victims and family members of those victims will confront Joseph James DeAngelo over the next three days

Tuesday marked the first day victims of the Golden State Killer, now known as Joseph James DeAngelo, confronted the rapist and murderer in court ahead of his sentencing on Friday to life in prison.

Almost three dozen victims and family members will address DeAngelo over the next three days in Sacramento, California. In June, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 counts of murder and 13 charges of kidnapping to commit robbery. Authorities charged the then 72-year-old man in 2018 with eight counts of first-degree murder, based on new DNA evidence.

DeAngelo is expected to have committed 50 rapes in California from 1974 to 1986. He has been also identified as the East Area Rapist and Visalia Ransacker.  The Golden State Killer was linked by DNA and method to 12 murders, 45 sexual assaults and more than 120 burglaries from Sacramento to Orange County between 1976 and 1986.

One victim who referred to herself as Peggy but was named as Jane Doe 15, was raped and falsely imprisoned in 1976 at the age of 15 by DeAngelo. Addressing DeAngelo, who didn’t look at any of the victims or their family members during the statements, Peggy said, “After 42 years, I still look over my shoulder. I still don’t feel safe at night” and “I never knew if he would return, like he threatened he would.”

“He’s a horrible man,” she said before she stepped away from the podium.

The daughter of rape survivor Patricia Murphy, who was identified by the court as Jane Doe 1 whose attack took place in 1976, read a statement on behalf of her mother before she addressed the Golden State Killer herself.

“I never felt safe for many years, I didn’t trust people, and I was always looking over my shoulder expecting someone to jump out at me,” she read on behalf of her mother, who was attacked by the Golden State Killer while she was at her parents’ house when she was 29 years old. Her daughter then said, “Rot in jail, and then rot in prison. Turns out Joe — Jerry — won’t be gone in the dark after all.” “I’ll be gone in the dark” is something DeAngelo said to his victims while threatening them to stay quiet during his vicious attacks.

She then sang a song to DeAngelo before flipping off the “subhuman.”

Pete Schultz, the son of Jane Doe 22 who was attacked in 1976, asked DeAngelo if he remembered him after he woke him up when he was 7 years old and tied him to the bed post while DeAngelo “performed horrific acts against my mother.”

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9 Infamous Hollywood Murders, From Black Dahlia to Sharon Tate (Photos)

  • TheWrap takes a look back at some of the grisliest killings in L.A. history

  • 1947: The brutal murder of Elizabeth Short, a 22-year-old woman nicknamed “Black Dahlia,” remains one of Hollywood’s most grisly unsolved crimes and has since sparked numerous TV, film and literary adaptations. 

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  • 1969: Charles Manson, leader of the so-called “Manson Family,” ordered the deaths of actress Sharon Tate; writer Wojciech Frykowski and his partner, the coffee bean heiress Abigail Folger; and celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring and several friends at the Beverly Hills home of director Roman Polanski.

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  • 1976: Sal Mineo, the star of “Rebel Without a Cause,” was stabbed to death near the Sunset Strip. Pizza deliveryman Lionel Ray Williams was later arrested and convicted of the murder.

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  • 1978: The “Hogan’s Heroes” star Bob Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Arizona apartment. John Henry Carpenter was arrested and charged with the murder in 1992.


  • 1994: Former NFL star O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman were found stabbed to death at her Brentwood home. The former football star-turned-actor was arrested and charged with the double homicide but found not guilty in a notorious trial.


  • 1998: “Saturday Night Live” star Phil Hartman was shot and killed in his sleep in his Encino home by his wife, Brynn Omdahl, who then turned the gun on herself.


  • 2003: Phil Spector, a music producer famed for his so-called Wall of Sound, was convicted in 2009 of the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his own home.   

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  • 2010: The celebrated publicist Ronni Chasen was killed in an apparent robbery while driving home from the premiere of the Cher movie “Burlesque.” The man who is believed by police to have killed her has since committed suicide.


  • 2012: Nearly a year after his disappearance, former Fox executive Gavin Smith’s car was found at a Simi Valley storage facility that was connected to John Creech, and Smith’s remains were discovered in a shallow grave in the Angeles National Forest. Creech was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

TheWrap takes a look back at some of the grisliest killings in L.A. history

TheWrap takes a look back at some of the grisliest killings in L.A. history

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