‘Golden State Killer’ survivor confronts rapist: ‘Remember what I have to say’

first_imgimaginima/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Survivors of rapes committed by Joseph DeAngelo, the man now known as the “Golden State Killer,” are making their voices heard in victim impact statements in court.“I want you to look at me, DeAngelo … I want you to remember what I have to say,” Jane Carson-Sandler loudly said in court Wednesday as DeAngelo sat silently in a white face mask.In October 1976, Carson-Sandler was home with her 3-year-old son when a knife-wielding DeAngelo broke in. DeAngelo bound her, blindfolded her and gagged her, and did the same to her son.“Then you repeatedly threatened to kill us,” Carson-Sandler said. “The fear escalated when you started tearing sheets and clothes. I had no idea what you were planning to do with all that cloth. Strangle us, maybe?”“Yes, I was frozen in fear beyond description,” she continued. “My attention was not on the rape, but fully on where did you put my son when you removed him from the bed? Where did you put him and what were you going to do to him?”“If it wasn’t for the trauma I endured, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. And I am proud of what I have accomplished. I am blessed beyond words,” she said, pausing her prepared marks to say to DeAngelo, “I see your eyes are closing.”Carson-Sandler said that now, decades later, scars from her attack remain. Seeing a ski mask or hearing someone yell “shut up” will “forever cause me anxiety,” she said.“My comfort at those times is remembering that you are finally going to prison and will remain there until you die,” she said.In June, DeAngelo, 74, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder as part of a plea deal, which also required him to admit to multiple uncharged acts, including rapes.The death penalty was taken off the table in exchange for the guilty pleas.Three days of victim and family impact statements began Tuesday. DeAngelo, who was a police officer from 1973 to 1979, will be formally sentenced on Friday to life without parole.On March 18, 1978, Gay Hardwick was home asleep with her now-husband, Robert Hardwick, when DeAngelo broke in.“He kidnapped me from my bed. He raped me repeatedly, he sodomized me, he forced oral copulation. He stole the few precious pieces of jewelry that I owned,” Gay Hardwick told the court Wednesday. “He ate from my refrigerator and he drank two beers while I lay bound and blindfolded … he ransacked our home and in between he tormented me with threats of death.”“I survived those repeated attacks. The hours of terror,” she said. “However our lives were never the same.”Gay Hardwick said she’s suffered decades of PTSD, nightmares, sleeplessness, social anxiety, flashbacks and inability to be alone.“I became the Black Hawk helicopter of all parents,” she said.She recounted for the court an incident two decades after the attack at a time “I thought I was fully recovered.” Her husband and four children were out of town and she was looking forward to some alone time, but pieces of duct tape left on a counter sent her fleeing in fear to her father’s home where she spent the night in her childhood bed.DeAngelo committed 13 murders and multiple rapes and burglaries in the 1970s and 80s, terrorizing families from Northern to Southern California.The crimes went unsolved until April 2018, when DeAngelo was arrested in Sacramento County.DeAngelo was the first public arrest obtained through genetic genealogy, a new technique that takes the DNA of an unknown suspect left behind at a crime scene and identifies him or her by tracing a family tree through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to public genealogy databases.To identify DeAngelo, investigators narrowed the family tree search based on age, location and other characteristics. Authorities conducted surveillance on DeAngelo and collected his DNA from a tissue left in a trash. Investigators plugged his discarded DNA back into the genealogy database and found a match, linking DeAngelo’s DNA to the DNA found at multiple crime scenes, prosecutors said.Since DeAngelo’s arrest, over 150 other crime suspects have been identified through genetic genealogy. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lakers GM Rob Pelinka senses opportunity for growth in difficult NBA season

first_img“We haven’t had the chance to take a final exam yet. But that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna celebrate the A’s that we’ve gotten so far. And I do think there’s a sense of fulfillment in that there’s been a long drought for Lakers fans now having a team that’s in first place … Those are things that I’m very grateful for, that people did a lot of work to put into that. But we do hope to get a chance to finish what we started.”And so the Lakers wait while the NBA evaluates its options, including playing fanless games and in remote locations.“I think all of us hope that we get to May and there will be more information and clearer information,” said Pelinka, keeping perspective on basketball’s place in the broader world crisis.“We’ll put the health of the world, and our fans and our players, first and foremost. But hopefully, once we get past this initial phase where we’re all putting in these efforts to flatten the curve – if we see success there – hopefully it will get to a place where we can see more definitively what those plans might look like.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Rob Pelinka took stock Wednesday of where the Lakers left things when the season suddenly was suspended exactly four weeks earlier, and where they’d like to pick back up whenever it begins again.To him, the unprecedented pause in play, spurred by the coronavirus pandemic that has caused cancellations worldwide, represents an opportunity. At least, Pelinka said, that’s how his friend Kobe Bryant would have viewed it.“You know it’s interesting, the inspiration from Kobe is (that) he would always say that the trials of life are kind of when greatness is forged,” said Pelinka on a Zoom call with reporters, when he considered all of the difficulties the Lakers and the league have faced this season, including Bryant’s death in January.“If you were on a knight’s journey with him and a huge fire-breathing dragon ended up in the pathway ahead, he would say, ‘OK, this is why this is good right now. We’re going to meet this challenge and here’s how we’re going to get around it and here’s how we’re going to defeat it.’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img “We’re grateful for the work everybody in the front office did to kind of arrive at the roster we had,” said Pelinka, who joked about helping his kids with their history reports during the statewide social distancing efforts that have closed school campuses.“It’s almost like I look at our season like a series of tests, and we got a lot of A’s. And we got some A-pluses and some A-minuses.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“That was just his nature, that obstacles or hard times would lead somehow to growth, and I think that’s the way I’m going to look at 2020.”The Lakers hope they’ll be able to look ahead, too, of course.When play was suspended March 11 immediately following the revelation that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19, the Lakers were 49-14 and in first place in the Western Conference, 5 ½ games ahead of the second-place Clippers.Pelinka’s team was clicking, having fun, the players on the roster all having bonded further by having mourned Bryant’s death together.And with Anthony Davis delivering beside him in his first season in L.A., LeBron James was averaging a career-best 10.6 assists per game and making a case for MVP consideration. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more