The Bianchi Law Group, LLC is proud to announce that on October 30, 2020, Robert (Bob) Bianchi will be moderating a CLE seminar presented by NJICLE of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer will look at the Golden State Killer, Joseph D’Angelo, and the unexpected way that genetic science led to his arrest.
The Golden State Killer committed at least thirteen murders, fifty rapes, and 120 burglaries across California between 1973 and 1986. For decades, police feared that he would never be caught. The manipulative, vicious criminal fooled investigators and his own family.
At first, investigators could not be sure that the evil person known as the Visalia Ransacker in the early 1970s, the East Area Rapist in the mid-1970s and the Original Night Stalker in the early 1980s were the same, but they never gave up. Persistent police work and the development of forensic science led them to connect the crimes, both because of the same modus operandi and because the DNA found at the scenes matched after police developed a family profile of the murderer using popular DNA submitted by people looking to trace their ancestry.
Then, the big break-through came. On June 15, 2016, the FBI released further information about the crimes, including new composite sketches and crime details. The initiative also included a national database to support law enforcement investigating the crimes and handle tips and information. The database, called GEDMatch, is an online service that compares DNA files from different testing companies. The website identified 10 to 20 people who had the same great-great-great-grandparents as the Golden State Killer; a team of five investigators working with genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter used this list to construct an extensive family tree. They established two suspects; one was ruled out by a relative’s DNA test, leaving DeAngelo the main suspect. He was ultimately unmasked in 2018, after authorities got his DNA from material he discarded. He then admitted to victimizing at least 87 people at 53 separate crime scenes spanning 11 California counties
This case was remarkable for many reasons, but primarily because the stellar police work done in the 1970s echoed through time to the 2000’s so that new science could take advantage of the DNA collected 40 years prior.
There is still so much to learn about this fascinating case. What goes on inside the mind of a serial killer? How is the revolutionary new method of utilizing DNA science helping to trap other criminals? What do these groundbreaking scientists want you to know about how to prepare your experts for a case? What should you ask in cross-examination? What is their opinion of what science can and cannot do, and how will it affect the law?
Join Law & Crime Network Host, former Morris County Prosecutor, New Jersey criminal defense attorney, and Certified Criminal Trial Attorney Robert (Bob) Bianchi from The Bianchi Law Group, LLC out of Parsippany as he moderates a panel of law enforcement and DNA experts to uncover what goes on inside the mind of a serial killer. Our stellar panel will discuss the importance of police work and gathering evidence in the hope that science will develop techniques in the future to solve heinous crimes.
Webcast – “Inside the Mind of…The Golden State Killer – How Science and Law Combined to Catch a Murderer“
Format/Skill Level: Webinar
Date: October 30, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET