He progressed from rape to murder, wearing a ski mask and shining a flashlight into his victims’ eyes.
Over a 10-year-period — from 1976 to 1986 — he was linked by DNA and M.O. to 12 murders, 45 sexual assaults and more than 120 burglaries from Sacramento to southern California’s Orange County. He is still at large.
The case of the Golden State Serial Killer — also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker — is the subject of the first episode of season 2 of People Magazine Investigates, which airs Monday (10 p.m. ET) on Investigation Discovery
The breakout hit show draws from the original reporting of PEOPLE’s award-winning true crime team.
Ahead of the show, PEOPLE editor Greg Hanlon discussed the chilling case on Monday’s People Now.
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