Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - WORLD - AP

SACRA­MENTO, US: A for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer who ter­rorised Cal­i­for­nia as a se­rial burglar and rapist and went on to kill more than a dozen peo­ple while evad­ing cap­ture for decades pleaded guilty on Mon­day to mur­ders at­trib­uted to the Golden State Killer. Joseph James DeAn­gelo Jr had re­mained al­most silent in court since his 2018 ar­rest un­til he re­peat­edly ut­tered the words “guilty” and “I ad­mit” in a hushed and raspy voice as part of a plea agree­ment that will spare him the death penalty for a life sen­tence with no chance of pa­role. DeAn­gelo, 74, did not co­op­er­ate with au­thor­i­ties. But he mut­tered a con­fes­sion of sorts af­ter his ar­rest that cryp­ti­cally re­ferred to an al­ter ego named “Jerry” that he said had forced him to com­mit the wave of crimes that ended in 1986.

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