Pic­tur­ing a killer

THE GSK’S MANY AT­TACKS RE­SULTED IN SEV­ERAL AT­TEMPTS TO GIVE HIM A FACE. SO WHAT DID THE KILLER LOOK LIKE?

Real Crime - - Joseph Deangelo -

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.

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