The house that once belonged to the man investigators believe is California’s elusive Golden State Killer has new owners.
Joseph DeAngelo’s house in Citrus Heights was sold quietly and privately, without a public listing, the Sacramento Bee reports. The publication noted that they suspect the sale was made on the down low in order to avoid non-serious buyers who may have had a morbid curiosity to check out the home.
The three-bedroom, two bath house, where DeAngelo lived for decades, went for $320,000.
That's on the low end for a house that size and in that area, according to KCRA in Sacramento.
The Bee reported that they couldn't reach the new owners.
Neighbors told KCRA that the home was well kept.
DeAngelo, now 74, was arrested last April after genetic analysis pointed to him a suspect in a string of rapes and murders. The former police officer has been charged with 13 murders and 18 of the more than 50 rapes he’s accused of committing.
His alleged crimes, which authorities believe progressed from break-ins to rapes and murders, were at various points attributed in the public to unknown perpetrators with monikers such as the East Area Rapist, who targeted couples in their homes, restraining the men while he raped their partners. In some cases, he allegedly put dishes on the backs of the men while he raped the women, telling them that if any dishes broke, he’d kill them both.
Neighbors told KCRA that DeAngelo mostly kept to himself. However, they also described him as quick to anger, often losing his temper over small annoyances. One of DeAngelo’s neighbors from the 1990s claimed that he once left a disturbing message on his family's answering machine threatening to kill their dog.
"It said, 'If you don't shut that dog up, I'll deliver a load of death,'" Grant Gorman told ABC News not long after DeAngelo’s arrest. "My dad immediately recognized the voice on the message as our next-door neighbor, Joe."
The Golden State Killer is actually accused of killing several dogs during his crime spree and DeAngelo’s ex-girlfriend revealed that she allegedly watched him snap a dog’s neck.
The next phase of DeAngelo's trial –– a discovery hearing –– is scheduled for early 2020.
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