Investigators believe the Golden State Killer suspect may be hiding a huge collection of grim "trophies" in a secret storage locker, recently released documents in the case show.
A gold wedding band, inscribed, "For My Angel 1/11/70." Multiple sets of keys. A set of flatware. Drivers licenses. A red women's bathrobe, size eight. A wooden hairbrush.
The list of items investigators believe suspect Joseph DeAngelo — who has been charged with murdering 12 people in California during the 1970s and 1980s — took from the scenes of his alleged crimes fills page after page of the search warrant filed before his April arrest.
"Through the course of the investigation and the review of the original cases, it was determined that numerous personal items had been taken during the burglaries and sexual assaults," the search warrant reads, before listing hundreds of items — lots of jewelry, a doctors bag, a $2 bill — and even a wooden bowl.
Sacramento Sheriff Detective Robert Peters believes that many of the stolen items were "taken as trophies," and may be hidden in a separate facility somewhere, he wrote in the search warrant.
"It is your affiant's belief the suspect would maintain the stolen items over the years; thereby keeping them in an offsite location like a storage unit," he wrote — specifically requesting permission to search any storage sheds, or storage lockers maintained by DeAngelo.
DeAngelo — who is also a suspect in dozens of rapes that went unsolved for decades — has not yet entered pleas for any of the murders.