Joseph DeAngelo, the so-called “Golden State Killer” has been charged with a 13th murder.
Investigators believe that the 13th charge was probably DeAngelo’s first murder, committed in Visalia, California in September 1975.
A masked gunman broke into the home of Claude Snelling in the middle of the night and got to the bedroom of his 17-year-old daughter. The gunman threatened the teenager before dragging her out to the car port. “That’s when I heard my dad yell and the man with a ski mask pushed me to the ground, turned, and shot my dad twice as he was coming through the back door,” said Elizabeth Hupp, Mr Snelling’s daughter. Her father died on his way to hospital after the gunman fled the scene.
DeAngleo is accused of 12 other murders and over 50 rapes carried out throughout California in the 70s and 80s. During this time he was employed as a police officer in the town of Exeter.