Before he was known as the Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo was known as the “East Area Rapist” by law enforcement. From 1976-1979, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department received various reports of home invasions and sexual assaults conducted by an unknown man. As a result of the serial attacks, a task force was soon formed in order to identify the attacker and bring an end to his horrific crimes.

As the sole female investigator on the case, retired Undersheriff in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Carol Daly understood the importance of bringing empathy to those who suffered from the traumatic attacks. She discusses her role in the investigation of the “East Area Rapist,” her close relationship with the victims, and her reaction to Joseph DeAngelo’s arrest all these years later.

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