Between 1976 and 1986, the Golden State Killer launched a reign of terror and committed at least 5 rapes, 12 murders, and 120 residential burglaries throughout California.

On June 29th, 2020, a makeshift courtroom was set up at Sacramento State University to allow for social distancing. 74-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. uttered one word in his raspy, low voice – “guilty”.

He was sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole.


DeAngelo sat stone-faced in a wheelchair; seemingly unable to find the physical strength to walk. Yet in contrast to his courtroom appearance, DA Anne Marie Schubert of Sacramento County has shared video footage of the serial killer being active in his jail cell.

Schubert said, “In front of the world, each of us has witnessed a sociopath in action.”

In the video, he shows “flexibility and dexterity” as he appears to exercise in his cell. At one point, he steps on the bed to lift himself on a table so he can dim the lights.

The chilling footage is most disturbing considered during his crimes, he dimmed lights in his victim’s homes and tortured them in the darkness.


During a press conference, Schubert stated, “Many people have asked and wondered – really who is Joseph DeAngelo? Is he a feeble 74-year-old man?”

She continued, “The answer to those questions that so many people will have wondered for the last two years lies within the definite of a sociopath. A sociopath in our world we understand is a person who has no respect for the rights of others as human beings. No respect for the law, no compassion, no empathy, no remorse. He is a person who lacks a conscience or a soul and under the definition of a sociopath, he is a person who lies, deceives and manipulates others for no other reason than for personal gain.”

Further Reading: Golden State Killer: 6 Disturbing Facts About The Sinister Crimes of Joseph DeAngelo