Published at 11:57 AM PDT on Jun 15, 2016 | Updated at 10:52 AM PDT on Apr 25, 2018
The Golden State Killer was known by at least four nicknames since his crime spree of rapes and slayings began in 1976. Last year, the FBI announced a $50,000 reward as they renewed their search for the elusive killer. The case was cold for decades until April 2018, when authorities arrested an ex-police officer, according to law enforcement sources who spoke with NBC News.
He was dubbed the East Area Rapist after his start in Northern California. The Original Night Stalker after a series of Southern California slayings. The Diamond Knot Killer for using the elaborate knot to bind two of his victims. And most recently the Golden State Killer.