Thanks to the late true crime writer Michelle McNamara, most of the world has now heard about the infamous rapist / killer who haunted California from 1976 to 1986. His list of crimes is long and horrific, beginning with 120 burglaries, 45 rapes, before graduating to 12 cold-blooded homicides. He’s nameless except for the moniker Michelle gave to him nicknaming him the Golden State Killer.
GSK has never been caught. Over the years, different jurisdictions from northern California to Southern California and a ton of professionals in between have tried to catch this guy but failed . For the past several years a long list of amateur sleuths have also attempted to find out his identity by putting together pieces and clues from almost 40 years ago hoping some tidbit or big reveal would lead to his capture. So far, nothing. The state of California has his DNA. It was added to CODIS years ago without a match. There is a $50,000 reward for capturing GSK, who would probably be between the ages of 55 & 65 years old now.
This week, Sacramento County issued a statement that included new information that might help catch him. Here is what law enforcement wants you to know. During his reign of terror, GSK stole certain items from his victims. Below are a few photos of some of the things he took after a rape in Carmichael and some of his writings dropped to the ground after a rape in Danville. According to Contra Costa County DA investigator Paul Holes, the map below is a detailed drawing of how to lay out a subdivision. Interesting info, since most investigators believed they were dealing with a young adult. But since it shows some knowledge of the industry, GSK might not be as young as everyone thought.
If you have any information about the items listed below, two rings or the Noritake Polonaise China pattern or the Reed and Barton Majesty silverware, contact the FBI at 1-800-call-FBI or go to tips.FBI.gov. The more people who see the types of knots he used to bind his victims and the items he stole, the greater the chance someone might recognize these and provide a name to law enforcement. It’s pretty much a last ditch effort to reach out to the public and hope someone might see something that jogs a memory. If you’re an ID fan, PEOPLE magazine plans to dedicate their season premiere episode on Monday November 6 to the Golden State Killer case.