Paul Haynes, who studied the killer for years, thinks ancestry websites helped

DeAngelo was a police officer in Exeter, Calif., from 1973 to 1976, and in Auburn from 1976 to 1979.

Meyers, however, chose to give the comic the space to talk some more about the Golden State Killer story.

Investigators took two vehicles, motorcycle and fishing boat out of his three-car garage and put up tarps to block news cameras.

Reamer says she spotted a man in a ski mask riding a bicycle down the street of her Danville, California, neighbourhood in the middle of the night. That has many people who were close to her calling B.S.

"I finally had the name and the face that we've been seeking for seven years, the name and the face that Michelle died trying to uncover", he said.

She lived in the home with her two young children and husband, who often travelled for work.

Reamer, who now lives in DE, is the mother of an Associated Press reporter.

"It was her dream", Patton said, according to the Daily Beast.

On Twitter, the comedian appeared to find solace in the similarities between the end of the book - which includes an imagined scene of the killer's arrest - and how authorities actually came to detain Mr DeAngelo.

She says DeAngelo "was just nice". "There's all this new evidence", added Oswalt.

The book - I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - was completed posthumously and published in February, becoming a bestseller. "Weirdly enough, I had been with her family the night before, doing a talk for her book, so that was very unusual".

Known by many monikers, including the East Area Rapist, the Visalia Ransacker, the Original Night Stalker and the Diamond Knot Killer, McNamara believed the man responsible for at least 12 murders, 51 rapes and 120 home burglaries needed a label that fully encapsulated the terror that gripped the entire state of California in the 1970s and '80s. She died in her sleep, at 46, in 2016 after a toxic mix of prescription drugs that exacerbated an undiagnosed heart condition.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo on suspicion of the murders.

During a press conference about the case, police credited DNA evidence and the public's interest in the case for the arrest, but they stopped short of naming Michelle McNamara's book. "It feels like this thing that she wanted so badly is now done", said Oswalt.

AP writer Michelle A. Monroe contributed to this report.

"This is insane, looks like they've caught the East Area Rapist, and if that's true, they caught the Golden State Killer", Oswalt posted while on a flight from NY to Chicago.

Prosecutors say Joseph DeAngelo carried out his most violent crimes in the months after he was sacked for shoplifting in 1979.

DeAnglo has so far been charged with six counts of murder.

He had not been considered a suspect previously, police said.

"She cared about the Golden State Killer being behind bars and the victims getting some relief".

  • Jacqueline Ellis