Victims tell of trauma, healing in Golden State Killer case

  • FILE - In this June 29, 2020, file photo, Jane Carson-Sandler, a 1976 rape victim of Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo, stands and gives a double thumbs-up to agree with a prosecutor's statement about part of DeAngelo's anatomy, during a court hearing in Sacramento, Calif. Carson-Sandler says she's served an effective life sentence in the more than four decades since she was among the first of dozens of rape victims of a one-time police officer who eventually became known as the Golden State Killer. Carson-Sandler is among survivors who plan to confront DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison.

    FILE - In this June 29, 2020, file photo, Jane Carson-Sandler, a 1976 rape victim of Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo, stands and gives a double thumbs-up to agree with a prosecutor's statement about part of DeAngelo's anatomy, during a court hearing in Sacramento, Calif. Carson-Sandler says she's served an effective life sentence in the more than four decades since she was among the first of dozens of rape victims of a one-time police officer who eventually became known as the Golden State Killer. Carson-Sandler is among survivors who plan to confront DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this July 12, 2018, file photo, Jane Carson-Sandler, of South Carolina, who was raped by the Golden State Killer in 1976, holds a sign with a message to her attacker in Sacramento, Calif. Carson-Sandler says she's served an effective life sentence in the more than four decades since she was among the first of dozens of rape victims of a one-time police officer who eventually became known as the Golden State Killer. Carson-Sandler is among survivors who plan to confront Joseph James DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison.

    FILE - In this July 12, 2018, file photo, Jane Carson-Sandler, of South Carolina, who was raped by the Golden State Killer in 1976, holds a sign with a message to her attacker in Sacramento, Calif. Carson-Sandler says she's served an effective life sentence in the more than four decades since she was among the first of dozens of rape victims of a one-time police officer who eventually became known as the Golden State Killer. Carson-Sandler is among survivors who plan to confront Joseph James DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this June 29, 2020, file photo, Gay and Bob Hardwick, who were attacked in their Stockton home in 1978 by the Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, stand as the charges are read against DeAngelo during a hearing in Sacramento, Calif. Survivors plan to confront DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison.

    FILE - In this June 29, 2020, file photo, Gay and Bob Hardwick, who were attacked in their Stockton home in 1978 by the Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, stand as the charges are read against DeAngelo during a hearing in Sacramento, Calif. Survivors plan to confront DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this June 29, 2020, file photo, Joseph James DeAngelo, center, charged with being the Golden State Killer, is helped up by his attorney, Diane Howard, as Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman enters the courtroom in Sacramento, Calif. Survivors plan to confront DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison.

    FILE - In this June 29, 2020, file photo, Joseph James DeAngelo, center, charged with being the Golden State Killer, is helped up by his attorney, Diane Howard, as Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman enters the courtroom in Sacramento, Calif. Survivors plan to confront DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Jennifer Carole, the daughter of one of the victims of the Golden State Killer, talks with reporters after Joseph James DeAngelo's court appearance in Sacramento, Calif. Survivors plan to confront DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison. Carole will be among the last to address the court. She is the daughter of victim Lyman Smith, a lawyer who was slain at age 43 in Ventura County in 1980. His wife, 33-year-old Charlene Smith, was raped and killed.

    FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Jennifer Carole, the daughter of one of the victims of the Golden State Killer, talks with reporters after Joseph James DeAngelo's court appearance in Sacramento, Calif. Survivors plan to confront DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison. Carole will be among the last to address the court. She is the daughter of victim Lyman Smith, a lawyer who was slain at age 43 in Ventura County in 1980. His wife, 33-year-old Charlene Smith, was raped and killed. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/17/2020 8:50 AM

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Jane Carson-Sandler says she has served an effective life sentence in the more than four decades since she was one of the first rape victims of a one-time police officer who eventually became known as the Golden State Killer.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群Now it's Joseph James DeAngelo's turn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Carson-Sandler will be among nearly three dozen victims or survivors who plan to confront DeAngelo this week during an extraordinary four days of court hearings before the 74-year-old is sentenced to life in prison.

Some plan to tell of their pain, others of their healing.

It's the culmination of a plea deal that will spare him the death penalty for 13 murders and numerous sadistic rapes and burglaries that terrorized California for more than a decade. The perpetrator behind the reign of terror mystified investigators until they used a new form of DNA tracking to arrest him in 2018.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群'úOur wounds heal and our scars remain,'Ě Carson-Sandler said.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群Certain things always trigger flashbacks to that night in 1976 when DeAngelo confronted her with a butcher knife as she snuggled in bed with her 3-year-old son after her husband left for work at a nearby military base.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群She can't go skiing, for fear she'll see someone in a ski mask like the one DeAngelo wore. The sound of a helicopter is another trigger, because 'úafter the attack the helicopters would fly over every night with spotlights on the ground, looking for DeAngelo.'Ě

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pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群DeAngelo pleaded guilty in June to 13 counts of murder and admitted to dozens of rapes that were too old to prosecute. His attorneys did not respond to a request for comment.

All told, he admitted to 161 crimes involving 48 people.

Testimony from DeAngelo's Sacramento County rape victims alone will consume a full day Tuesday. Other rape victims will speak Wednesday, and family members of those murdered will speak Thursday before Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman formally sentences DeAngelo on Friday.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群Kris Pedretti was 15 when DeAngelo attacked her just before Christmas in 1976.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群'úThis kid who liked to go shopping and do cartwheels on the lawn, that girl was gone,'Ě she said.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群She lost her friends, her once profound faith in God, switched schools three times, had two failed marriages, and 'údid a lot of self-medicating, a lot of poor coping mechanisms.'Ě

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群It wasn't until DeAngelo's arrest that she sought therapy and changed her life again.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群She's now happily married, is described by other survivors as the 'úden mother" who helps organize pot luck dinners after each of DeAngelo's court appearances, and this year she started a Facebook group for sexual assault survivors. It now has more than 300 members.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群'úHe didn't win, I'm not a lost girl. I want to make that clear," Pedretti said.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群After attacking Pedretti, DeAngelo soon escalated from targeting single women and girls to humiliating their husbands and boyfriends.

He would tie up the man and pile dishes on his back, then threaten to kill both victims if he heard the plates rattle while he repeatedly raped the woman.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群That's what happened to Bob and Gay Hardwick, who were living together in Stockton in 1978.

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群'úThat's been with me for 42 years now, and in my view that's a long life sentence for someone to serve who didn't deserve to serve it," she said. 'úNot one of us, the survivors, deserved to have this kind of violence and hatred and desecration put upon them.'Ě

pc蛋蛋计划交流微信群Victor Hayes, who with his then-girlfriend endured a similar assault in 1977, is now more angry with police and prosecutors than he is with DeAngelo. At the least, Hayes said DeAngelo should have been forced to publicly admit that he acted under color of authority by using his knowledge of police procedures to avoid arrest.

DeAngelo was a cop for the first six years of his onslaught - the first three years when he was known as the Visalia Ransacker for about 100 burglaries and one slaying in that San Joaquin Valley farm town; the next three years in the Sierra foothills city of Auburn northeast of Sacramento, until he was fired for shoplifting dog repellent and a hammer.

DeAngelo killed two more people in Sacramento - a couple out walking their dog - but committed most of his murders after he left the police force and moved to Southern California, where he was dubbed the Original Night Stalker.

Some survivors plan to use props in court to try to break through to DeAngelo, who they think is malingering as a feeble old man in a wheelchair to hide that he remains a mentally and physically sharp, soulless killer.

Carson-Sandler wore a T-shirt with 'úVictim Survivor Thriver'Ě to his previous court hearings, and drew applause and laughter during his guilty plea when a prosecutor included her observation that DeAngelo 'úhad a small penis.'Ě She plans to wear a new T-shirt that 'ústarts with 'ėItsy-Bitsy.'"

Two of the families plan slideshows to illustrate their losses.

Counter-intuitively, Jennifer Carole said she will concentrate on what she called the 'úsilver linings'Ě - the survivors who have grown so close. She is the daughter of victim Lyman Smith, a lawyer who was slain at age 43 in Ventura County in 1980. His wife, 33-year-old Charlene Smith, was raped and killed.

She plans to urge everyone to 'úfind a way to do good. I think it is within our power to do good things and take care of each other.'Ě

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