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DNA sleuthing helped identify Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected East Area Rapist, who was arraigned in a Sacramento, Calif., courtroom in April. Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Joseph James DeAngelo, who authorities suspect is the so-called Golden State Killer responsible for at least a dozen murders, is arraigned in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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(Left) A sketch of the Golden State Killer, an individual associated with a spree of rapes and killings between 1976 and 1986. On Tuesday, police arrested Joseph James DeAngelo and named him as the suspect. (Right) Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested this week. FBI and Sacramento County Sheriff's Office/AP hide caption

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Joseph James DeAngelo, a suspect in a series of killings in California, was arrested Tuesday. Sacramento County, Calif., Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

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Sacramento County, Calif., Sheriff's Office via AP