Why Golden State Killer Suspect Joe DeAngelo's Sex Life Intrigued Investigators

Bonnie Colwell, who dated the man prosecutors say is the Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist, has revealed what he's like in bed and why investigators took interest in that.

By Gina Tron

This week, the Los Angeles Times released the first episodes of their new podcast “Man In The Window” which dives deep into the Golden State Killer case — and with it, disturbing new details about the suspect’s sex life, which may change how you listen to “The Doors” forever.

Joseph DeAngelo was arrested last April, after genetic analysis pointed to him as the suspect behind the crimes attributed to the Golden State Killer. He was later linked to the monikers "East Area Rapist" and "Visalia Ransacker." DeAngelo was charged with 13 murders and 18 of the more than 50 rapes he’s accused of committing. Recently, prosecutors from each of the counties in which he is accused of murder said they will seek the death penalty for him, if he is convicted.

His former girlfriend and fiance, Bonnie Colwell, who the Golden State Killer once referenced during a sexual assault, told the Los Angeles Times about their relationship, which apparently consisted of him wanting hours-long sex with her while listening to 1960s psychedelic rock group, The Doors.

In fact, she claimed that Jim Morrison's band was the only music that DeAngelo listened to. He especially enjoyed listening to it when seeking sex with Colwell, she recalled.

Colwell described sex with DeAngelo as exhausting. Just as he would ejaculate, she told the Los Angeles Times, he would leave her briefly, only to come back so he could climax again and again, all over the course of about three hours. She said he seemed indifferent to what his lover wanted.

Colwell recalled he told her that he had taught himself to be the master of his own body. She described his interest in sex as "insatiable."

After DeAngelo’s arrest, Colwell was questioned by investigators about his sexual habits. Although she admitted she never felt coerced into sex, and that DeAngelo never wanted to tie her up, his prolonged sex acts to the music of The Doors proved relevant. Why? Because they matched up with the patterns of the East Area Rapist, according to the new Los Angeles Times report.

"I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer,” by Michelle McNamara, details how the suspect would attack women and couple’s and how the sexual assaults would sometimes drag on for hours. He would often take breaks during his attacks to raid his victim’s fridges, calmly eating snacks like crackers or apple pie in between sexual assaults.

In the second episode of “Man In The Window,” victim Jane Carson-Sandler recalled how the perpetrator acted like he had all the time in the world. He raided her refrigerator and rattled pots and pans and even cooked as she lay in her bed tied up. Retired Sacramento County Sheriff's Department detective Richard Shelby, who worked on the case, said on that episode that by the fifth rape attributed to the suspect, he noticed a pattern: that the rapist would rape and sodomize the victims repeatedly. That pattern matched DeAngelo's "insatiable" need for repeated sex, as recounted by Colwell. 

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