The suspected Golden State Killer is set to appear in court Friday


California investigators were able to track down "Golden State Killer" suspect Joseph James DeAngelo using a relative's genetic information stored in genealogical website databases, the Sacramento district attorney's office confirmed to HuffPost on Thursday.

Investigators were digging Thursday in the backyard of the accused Golden State Killer, who they say say killed 12 people from 1978 to 1986.

Scientists then compare the DNA to those they already have on record in hopes of connecting them with unknown branches of their family tree. Hickey also anticipates that once investigators go through DeAngelo's computer, they will likely find sadistic porn.

Bruce Harrington constantly pushed California officials to use DNA testing, hoping it would help catch the man who killed his brother and sister-in-law almost 40 years ago. "Ancestry advocates for its members' privacy and will not share any information with law enforcement unless compelled to by valid legal process".

"So it must be very challenging for them right now", said Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven. has said it hasn't received any such requests for genetic information in the last three years.

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"He would be outside in his driveway working on his auto or something, and he would go into these really loud tirades, Sanchietti said, adding that he nevertheless was unaware of DeAngelo ever running afoul of law enforcement".

DeAngelo was sacked from his law enforcement job in 1979 for shoplifting a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a drugstore.

The company was required to identify the man to police after receiving a court order. "It was 15 years until we heard that there was a DNA sample taken from our scene", Harrington said.

The technique is known as familial DNA testing and it has raised ethical issues in the forensics community.

Critics say that familial DNA testing allows for searches of innocent people who happen to be related to someone suspected of committing a crime or otherwise provided their DNA for inclusion in a database.

In 2008, California became the first state in the country to authorize the testing. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials also used it previous year to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley.