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SAN FRANCISCO — Prosecutors added another murder charge Monday against the alleged Golden State Killer, boosting the number of victims to 13 in the Golden State Killer case. Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Claude Snelling, who was shot while stopping the kidnapping of his 16-year-old in Visalia, authorities said.
Snelling, a community college teacher, was killed in 1975.
The article goes on to state the following:
“In my heart, I believe he’s the one, and that my father was his first victim,” Snelling’s daughter, Elizabeth Hupp, told “CBS This Morning.” Her father gave up his life to save her from being abducted by the so-called “Visalia Ransacker.”
DeAngelo was previously charged in 12 killings throughout the state in the 1970s and 1980s that authorities say were committed by one of the state’s most elusive serial killers.
Detectives are also confident that DeAngelo is a burglar known as the Visalia Ransacker, who struck more than 100 homes in the 1970s, terrorizing the farming community about 40 miles south of Fresno, Visalia police Chief Jason Salazar said.
DeAngelo worked as a police officer in the nearby town of Exeter from 1973 to 1976.
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