Oh wow, I don’t even know where to begin! What a crazy day it has been here in Sacramento. One of the most prolific serial killer rapists in US history has been arrested today (OK suspect, alleged, but the DNA matches). Joseph James DeAngelo, serving as a police officer for a short time, went on a rape and murder spree that spanned the entire state of California, taking over 40 years to catch him.
He started out as a cat burglar, then started stalking the women he planned to rape, finally advancing to murder. The details are absolutely insane of his methodical and meticulous behavior; he is responsible for over 100 break-ins, 50 rapes and 12 murders.
Sacramento County District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert, who was a child during the his terrifying reign, said this case changed the city of Sacramento. The community went from keeping their doors unlocked without concern to being terrified. It was her putting together of a special team, two years ago, that led to catching this monster today. And as she always suspected, it would be solved in our city.
There are some amazing resources (all recent) that helped put this case back in the spotlight:
— “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” written by true crime enthusiast, Michelle McNamara. This book is stunningly written and feels more like a memoir than a true crime book. Many experts say it’s the best book written in the genre of all time. Sadly, Michelle, wife of comedian and actor, Patton Oswalt, died in her sleep before finishing the book and seeing this all come to fruition.
— “Golden State Killer: It’s Not Over” is a well-done docu-series on Investigation Discovery. So good!
— “Unmasking a KIller” a docu-series and podcast by HLN. Also great!
As for myself, I’ve been obsessed with true crime for years (Dateline and Investigation Discovery are my jam, not to mention all the amazing podcasts out there) and became fascinated with this case several months ago. I bought Michelle’s book the day it came out and bought a copy for a cop friend of mine who is as crazy as I am about this stuff. So how ironic or fitting or I’m not sure what, that I would meet our District Attorney, Anne Marie, a few months ago due to my community advocacy, then do a radio show with her, then co-host a party for her, then two weeks ago, have her hire me to work on her re-election campaign.
I have worked with politicians in the past due to various jobs in my career, and it was my least favorite thing to do. I don’t like most politicians, and I absolutely hate politics. But when I met Anne Marie and learned about her incredible career and unwavering passion for victims, I instantly liked her and wanted to help her on some of the amazing things she was working on. And when she asked if I would help with her campaign, it was a no-brainer.
One last thing. When I decided to make a major change in my work a month ago, I had no idea what was next, if anything was next. I barely had a plan. Instead, I decided to follow where the breadcrumbs were taking me. I decided, probably the first time in my life, to have a little faith that the right people and the right work would come to me—especially if it was coming from all of my advocacy work. I decided it all didn’t need to be Type-A planned and figured out down to the last detail. If you know anything about me, then you know how hard that would be for me to do. And I’ve had many moments where I started to panic, but I didn’t let it take over. I told myself that I was being sent in this direction for a reason, for a purpose.
I have no idea what is in store for me after the election in June, but I hope I can remember this feeling of believing in something before I see it.