A woman whose mother and stepfather were allegedly bludgeoned to death in 1980 by the Golden State Killer faced the suspect for the first time in a Sacramento court Monday.
Jennifer Carole told ABC News that alleged serial killer Joseph DeAngelo "looked just like an old man."
"From his orange Crocs to his orange outfit, his shoulders are sagging, he had whiskers on his face," she said.
But as feeble as the 72-year-old DeAngelo appeared, Carole said she believes there is evil under his surface.
"He looked incredibly ordinary, which I think is the part that all of us are struggling with," she said, referring to the families of other victims. "From the outside, he looks particularly ordinary and yet we know on the inside there's a monster there."
DeAngelo was arrested last month and has been charged with 12 murders across California from the 1970s and 1980s, including Charlene and Lyman Smith, Carole's parents.
DeAngelo, who has appeared in court in a wheelchair, stood up for the first time since his arrest during the hearing Monday. A former investigator in Contra Costa County, California has suggested DeAngelo's wheelchair is part of an act to gain sympathy.
The hearing focused on a motion by media outlets to release arrest and search warrant records, documents that DeAngelo’s attorney wants sealed. No decision was made and the hearing will continue on May 29, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
DeAngelo walked into the courtroom but showed little to no emotion. Carole told ABC News that he "didn't have the courage to face his accusers — he didn't look our way once. I wouldn't expect him to.”
She said she came not just to face the suspected killer of her parents, but also to show support to the victims.
"I was glad to be holding the hand of one of the rape survivors," she said. "It felt good to be together and ready to fight this guy."
[Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office]
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