FBI seeks public’s help in nabbing California’s ‘most prolific’ serial killer

FBI seeks public’s help in nabbing California’s ‘most prolific’ serial killer

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Wednesday sought the public’s help in nabbing a criminal described as the “most prolific serial killer” in California’s history.

At a press conference in Sacramento, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Monica Miller, told reporters that the unknown man killed at least 12 people, raped 45 women and committed dozens of burglaries across the state in the late 1970s and 1980s.

The killer, who is said to be between 60 and 75 years old now, embarked on his cruel crime spree in the summer of 1976 committing burglaries in two homes in Rancho Cordova and Carmichael. Both locations are suburbs of the state’s capital city of Sacramento.

Known as the “Golden State Killer” and “East Area Rapist,” the unknown man has eluded law enforcement agencies for nearly four decades.

His crimes turned deadly in 1978, when he shot and killed a young Sacramento couple, identified as Brian and Katie Maggiore, in Rancho Cordova. Then he raped numerous women in Stockton, Davis, Modesto, and the East Bay Area of California between 1979 and 1981. Those victims were tied up in the same manner as rape victims in the Sacramento area.

His last known crime is believed to be the rape and murder of Janelle Lisa Cruz, 18, in Irvine in May of 1986.

Seeking the public’s help and announcing a reward of $50,000 for anyone who will provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the serial killer, Miller stressed that victims and their families deserved justice.