SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three victims of a notorious Northern California serial killer and rapist said that she was the feeling of relief after flying to California, capital of the alleged attacker behind bars for the first time on Thursday.
They were among nearly a dozen victims and relatives who showed up for a short, routine court in the case against former policeman Joseph DeAngelo.
Jane Carson-Sandler, who traveled to Hilton Head, South Carolina, was one of the dozens of women raped by the elusive Golden State Killer. DeAngelo, 72, is also charged with the killing of 12 people in California in the 1970s and ‘ 80s.
The Associated Press does not usually identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but does so in this case, because the women spoke openly about what they said happened to them.
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.”
“I hope he suffers and dies in prison,” Carson-Sandler said later. “But I hope that he knows that he has not won, that we have the power and the control of now.”
She wore an orange T-shirt with a message to DeAngelo on the back: “Victim survivor thriver…See you in court.”
Domingo traveled from Texas to see the man who is accused of the murder of her mother in Santa Barbara County. The women all went to lunch together after the hearing and plan to keep 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 killer’s 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.