San Diego woman attacked by 'Golden State Killer' speaks out

"People who submit DNA for ancestors testing are unwittingly becoming genetic informants on their innocent family", Mercer said.

But Steve Mercer of the Maryland public defender's office says it pinpoints a problem: There aren't strong privacy laws to keep police from trolling such databases.

If they've really caught the #GoldenStateKiller I hope I get to visit him.

Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert told AP she was unaware of the OR misfire and, as far as she knows, genealogical sites weren't used before DeAngelo was identified.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Grippi said that the DNA used to zero in on DeAngelo had been uploaded by a relative, according to NBC affiliate KCRA.

So they turned to a no-frills site used by genealogists:

Authorities declined to say how they originally got on to DeAngelo as a suspect. It's unregulated and there is no court order that is needed. Another forum has seen nearly 5,000 posts since the arrest was announced, some proposing new leads to follow.

"He knew police techniques", said John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Louis Schlesinger.

More charges will be added later, because the "Golden State Killer" has been linked to 12 murders, the rapes of at least 46 women and dozens of burglaries.

After losing his job on the police force, the suspect committed fewer crimes, but 10 were slayings and all were in Southern California. "Not to gloat or gawk - to ask him the questions that @TrueCrimeDiary wanted answered in her "Letter To An Old Man" at the end of #IllBeGoneInTheDark".

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About six days before DeAngelo's arrest, investigators plugged his discarded DNA back into the genealogy database and found a match, linking DeAngelo's DNA to the DNA gathered at multiple crime scenes, she said.

Police officers, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and crime scene technicians were spending a second day in DeAngelo's Citrus Heights home in suburban Sacramento.

Reacting to the news of DeAngelo's arrest, Haynes said he is "exhilarated", even though the name was not on any of the lists of suspects he drew up. He worked almost three decades in a Sacramento-area supermarket warehouse as a truck mechanic, retiring past year.

Although DeAngelo looked like an average elderly neighbor, those who lived in his Citrus Heights, CA neighborhood knew he had a temper.

Most of the attacks, predominantly sex assaults but also two slayings, occurred in the three years he was an Auburn police officer in the Sierra foothills outside Sacramento. Holes retired in March, after working the case for years.

But Michelle McNamara, by reaching millions of readers, shined a brighter light on this case than had ever been shone before.

Ward said DeAngelo was quiet and didn't fit in with other officers. In other words, she was suggesting that I'll Be Gone in the Dark might prompt her readers to become detectives themselves. "I don't understand that".

Ward said he worked with DeAngelo for several years at the Exeter Police Department and was shocked when DeAngelo was arrested in the Golden State Killer case.

But he was stunned to find out the man arrested was DeAngelo, his former brother-in-law.

Huddle said he is stunned thinking now about who he was talking to.