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Pictured is Joseph James DeAngelo, a suspect in at least 12 homicides and 45 rapes in California in the 1970s and '80s. DeAngelo was arrested Wednesday, April 25, 2018, and identified as a former police officer, an official said. (Sacramento County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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A DNA match led to the arrest of a 72-year-old former police officer in one of the most baffling and sadistic crime sprees of the 1970s and '80s — a string of at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes in California by an attacker dubbed the Golden State Killer, police said Wednesday.

By SOPHIA BOLLAG & DON THOMPSON, AP April 25, 2018