A 72-year-old former policeman, Joseph James De Angelo has been arrested and charged with serial killings in California during the 1970s and 1980s.
The suspect was said to be responsible for eight murders and dozens of rapes and slaying that terrorised parts of California.
Officials at a press conference in Sacramento said the suspect was finally nabbed following a DNA evidence about two months after the Golden Gate Killer gained renewed attention in the bestselling book, (I”ll Be Gone in the Dark).
The Federal Bureau of investigation has previously said that the man sought in the 40-year-old case was tied to 12 slayings, 45 rapes and more than 120 burglaries.
The crime spree spanned 10 California counties in all.