Jane Carson-Sandler, South Carolina, who was raped in 1976, has a sign with a message to her alleged attacker, the so-called “Golden State Killer” suspect, in Sacramento, Calif., July 12, 2018.
Victims of a notorious Northern California serial killer and rapist travelled to California’s capital city Thursday to get their first glimpse of the man facing charges in connection with the long-ago attacks.
Nearly a dozen victims and survivors showed up for a short, routine court in the case of Joseph DeAngelo, 72, who the authorities say that the “Golden State Killer.”
Jane Carson-Sandler, who traveled to Hilton Head, S. C., was one of the dozens of women who claim to have been raped by DeAngelo, a former police officer.
“I hope he suffers and dies in prison,” Carson-Sandler said. “But I hope that he knows that he has not won, that we have the power and the control of now.”
Jane Carson-Sandler, South Carolina, is wearing a T-shirt with a message to her alleged attacker, in Sacramento, Calif., July 12, 2018.
She wore an orange T-shirt with a message to the suspect on the back that said, “Victim, survivor, thriver … See you in court.”
Carson-Sandler is believed to have been DeAngelo’s fifth rape victim out of tens, the East Bay Times reported. She was raped in October 1976, when the authorities were pursuing a suspect known as the “East Area Rapist,” the Sacramento Bee reported.
“I want all women to know that they can be victimized survivors. … It is a process.”
– Jane Carson-Sandler, a victim
“I want all women to know that they can be victim survivors,” she said, according to the Times. “It’s a process.”
DeAngelo is also charged with the killing of 12 people in California in the 1970s and ’80s. He is also suspected of the rape of 51 others between 1974 and 1986, the Bee reported.
He was arrested in April at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., about 20 miles northeast of Sacramento.
Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, appears in los angeles Superior Court, in Sacramento, Calif., 1 June 2018.
Carson-Sandler ” she said, and she began to cry and I felt angry and anxious as she sat in the Sacramento County jail courtroom, until she was comforted by Debbi Domingo, whom she calls a “sister survivor.”
Domingo traveled from Texas to see the man who is accused of the murder of her mother, Cheri Domingo, and her friend, Greg Sanchez, in Santa Barbara County.
The women all went to lunch together after the hearing and planned to stay in touch during DeAngelo’s persecution.
“To see him locked up, that is the goal all along, all these years that we’ve been searching for closure,” Domingo said of DeAngelo, who looked to the court during the two-minute hearing, while his back to the victims.
The hearing was continued to Sept. 5.
One of the youngest victims, Margaret Wardlow, said that she was raped at the age of 13. They traveled from San Diego and called the see of DeAngelo “intense.”
“It’s frightening,” she said. “I thought,” this is the man who came in a 13-year-old room and raped her. How do you do that with a child?”
Lawyer Diane Howard refused to comment after the hearing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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