Picturing a killer
THE GSK’S MANY ATTACKS RESULTED IN SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO GIVE HIM A FACE. SO WHAT DID THE KILLER LOOK LIKE?
The Maggiore Suspects 1978
On the evening of 2 February 1978, the bodies of Brian and Kate Maggiore were found in a backyard – they had been shot dead. Two weeks later, The Sacramento Bee newspaper published sketches of two young men seen minutes before the shootings made from neighbours’ descriptions.
Composite sketches 2016
Three primary composite sketches have been produced of the Golden State Killer, taken from witness accounts. When the FBI reopened the case in 2016 they focused on these sketches, but their differences show the doubt that existed about the suspect’s looks. However, he was described as having blond or light brown hair.
Open Mask 1977
During an attack in Rancho Cordova on 18 March, the victim was able to see the face of the attacker and described the man as having ‘ wide eyes and a wide mouth, wearing a ski mask’. The mask was dark green, and although it exposed his nose, eyes, and mouth, it covered his chin.
Different faces 1970s
From descriptions provided by victims and neighbours, several composite sketches of the Golden State Killer have been compiled. Although the FBI gave more credence to three sketches than to others, they illustrate how difficult it is to get a consistent picture from traumatised individuals, or those who only saw a man fleetingly or in the dark.