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Police arrest ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect behind 12 murders and 50 rapes – and he’s an ex-cop

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Authorities have arrested Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who is suspected to be the Golden State Killer — who murdered 12 people and raped nearly 50 women across ‘California between 1976 to 1986, according to CNN.

DeAngelo, an ex-cop, was also called the “East Area Rapist” and “The Original Night Stalker.” For 10 years he travelled from southern to northern California terrorizing families.

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“These cases are some of the most horrific I’ve had to investigate,” Erika Hutchcraft, an investigator for Orange County District Attorney’s Office told CNN. “They’re not a one-time, you know, crime of passion, but these are almost passionless crimes. Very cold, very violent.”

Over the years the FBI has tried to hunt him down but could never prove his identity. He would stalk and break into his victims homes before murdering them.

Larry Crompton, a retired detective for Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department said: “Over the years, we heard of homicides down in Southern California, and we thought it was the East Area Rapist, but he would not leave fingerprints, so we could not prove, other than his M.O., that he was the same person. We did not know anything about DNA.”

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Author Michelle McNamara’s  true crime book I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, details the horrific crimes The Golden State Killer committed  and her life’s goal to put him behind bars. McNamara has since passed away, but her husband, is proud to see her life’s work come to an end.

 

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This documentary aired earlier this month about the case. Watch below!

 

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro takes on Norway for whaling, but bungles it

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday responded to Norway's decision to halt its forest protection subsidies, taking to Twitter to criticise the Scandinavian country for its whaling practice and post spectacular -- albeit misleading -- images.

"Look at the killing of whales sponsored by Norway," Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.

The post includes a video and photographs of a spectacular whale hunt, where mammals in the shallow waters of a bay are slaughtered by people wading on shore, armed with hooked knives. The whales' blood turns the waters red.

However, the images, reportedly taken on May 29 in Norway, illustrate a "grind", a type of pilot whale hunt practised exclusively in the Faroe Islands -- a Danish territory in the North Atlantic.

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Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes

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Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.

The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.

A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.

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Donald Trump is America’s clown prince

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“The problem with political jokes,” Groucho Marx once said, “is that they keep getting elected.” Never has that been more true than today.  We live in a world ruled by clowns.  I mean that both literally and figuratively.  Our century has ushered in the Age of the Clown Politician.

In Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, who played a Ukrainian president on the popular television comedy SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, was elected to be the real president with over 70 percent of the vote. Zelensky is literally a clown.  In Great Britain, Boris Johnson, who will replace Theresa May as prime minister, is a buffoon who elicits laughter –usually unintended- wherever he goes.  Mr. Johnson is figuratively a clown.

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