Authorities name suspect as Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who is believed to have committed at least 12 homicides and 45 rapes

The suspected California serial killer and rapist arrested on Wednesday in Sacramento is Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, a former police officer, authorities announced on Wednesday.

In a news conference, the Sacramento county district attorney, Anne Marie Schubert, said DNA in two 1978 killings in Sacramento led to the arrest of and murder charges against DeAngelo. Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty.

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