1970s Cordova Cat Burglar Attacks — Stealing Women’s Photos, Other Trinkets — May Be Linked to Suspected Golden State Killer

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At night after residents in the Rancho Cordova neighborhood of Sacramento had gone to bed, he would open the kitchen or sliding glass door and quietly strike.

Joseph James DeAngelo, the man suspected of being the Golden State Killer, appears in court for the first time in Sacramento on April 27, 2018. (Credit: CNN)

Joseph James DeAngelo, the man suspected of being the Golden State Killer, appears in court for the first time in Sacramento on April 27, 2018. (Credit: CNN)

As he entered, he made sure to first plot out his escape, and then often headed for the bedroom — where he would linger and watch unsuspecting homeowners sleep. Along the way, he’d grab purses and wallets and sometimes seek out special trinkets like coin collections, car magnets and photos of female residents.

In 1972 and 1973, in this eastern part of Sacramento, this prolific cat burglar struck more than 30 times.

Now decades later, investigators are increasingly convinced Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., who has been charged with eight murders across the state, was this cat burglar. They believe this is where the man they now accuse of being the prolific Golden State Killer got his start, graduating over the next 14 years to increasingly violent and ultimately deadly crimes.

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