Ripped from the headlines: I read and comment about actual news coverage in Ventura in March 1980, when my dad and stepmom were found and the early days of the investigation. Based on two articles from the Ventura County Star Free Press. Eventually we'd learn they were killed by the Golden State Killer, aka East Area Rapist, but back then, it's amazing how little we really knew about the case.
It was time to see DeAngelo, the man who killed my dad and stepmom, for the first time. Here's what happened.
I came to Sacramento for the weekend before I'd see Joseph DeAngelo, the accused Golden State Killer, for the first time. Here's what I did with my time - before the nerves kicked in on Sunday night. I was way more anxious than I thought I would be.
I never ever thought my dad and stepmom's killer would be caught. I mean I just didn't. I had decided in my head he was dead. And then, April 2018, an arrest was made! The Golden State Killer, East Area Rapist had been caught. Joseph DeAngelo stands accused. Hot damn. Here's what happened from my perspective.
In March 1980, my dad and stepmother (Lyman and Charlene Smith) were found murdered in their home in Ventura, California. It took decades to find out who killed them and why. This is what happened the day my younger brother discovered their bodies.