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 serial killer 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.
Between 1976 and 1986, the violent and elusive individual known as the East Area Rapist and later as the Original Night Stalker and the Golden State Killer, committed 12 homicides, 45 rapes, and more than 120 residential in multiple California communities, the FBI says. He often wore ski masks like the ones shown here in evidence at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
The FBI has released these three sketches in their search for the Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist they say committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California in the 1970s and 1980s.
FBI Special Agent Marcus Knutson and Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Deputy Paige Kneeland search for evidence in the East Area Rapist case in the sheriff's department evidence room. A renewed effort to apprehend the subject has been announced, along with a $50,000 reward on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
Burglaries and rapes began occurring in middle-class neighborhoods in the eastern district of Sacramento County - hence the name East Area Rapist - in the summer of 1976. The levee behind this fence led to area of thick brush and the American River, which the subject often used to make his escape, the FBI says.
This Sacramento neighborhood was the scene of multiple burglaries, sexual assaults and a double homicide committed by the East Area Rapist, the FBI says.
Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, were on an evening walk with their dog in their Rancho Cordova neighborhood on Feb. 2, 1978, when they were chased down and murdered by the East Area Rapist, the FBI says.
On Feb. 2, 1978, Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, were on an evening walk with their dog in their Rancho Cordova neighborhood when they were chased down and murdered by the East Area Rapist, the FBI says. Volumes of reports about the murder investigation are contained in the evidence room at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
Evidence found at the site of Brian and Katie Maggiore's murder. The shoelace was tied in a double-loop, which could be used like handcuffs or restraints, like those used by the East Area Rapist, the FBI says. "This kind of threw a whole different light on this rape series," said Ray Biondi, a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department detective who investigated the murder. "We have the rape series, do we also have now a violent criminal who is killing people?
Ray Biondi, a retired Sacramento County Sheriff's Department detective who investigated the murder of Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, which was linked to the Bay Area Rapist. "It's mind boggling that he committed so many crimes without a slip up," the veteran detective said. Biondi still believes that the rapist can be brought to justice.
Among the evidence collected in the cold case are fingerprints lifted from the crime scene, shoe treads and DNA, the FBI says. Although there were no tests for DNA matching at the time of the crimes, investigators can now use that technology to rule out suspects and to verify the killer's identity.
The East Area Rapist took items from his crime scenes - coins and jewelry in particular, the FBI says. Shown is a sketch and details of a ring he took from one of his many victims.
Evidence at the scene of one of the East Area Rapist's attack
The Bay Area Rapist ransacked homes and took coins, jewelry and identification, the FBI says.
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Deputy Paige Kneeland sorts through reams of evidence in the East Area Rapist case.