Launching the Manhunt for The Golden State Killer

Known first as the East Area Rapist, then the Original Night Stalker, and now the Golden State Killer, he’s responsible for a staggering 50 rapes and 12 murders… that we know of.

The Pattern of a Killer

Delve into the creepy, sadistic methods of the Golden State Killer, find out his signature calling card and discover how law enforcement was able to link his crimes long before DNA.

How the Killer Got Away

The Golden State Killer wreaked havoc in California and changed our nation’s laws as we know them. Yet, for forty years this perverse predator has evaded capture…why couldn’t he be stopped?

Inside the Killer's Mind

Criminal psychologists show us the hidden meaning behind the Golden State Killer’s crimes and reveal what this tells us about him.

Is the Killer Still Out There?

Investigators analyze the evidence and explore the various theories as to who this ruthless barbarian could be. Perhaps the key to catching the Golden State Killer may lie in another series of unsolved crimes…

Closing in on The Golden State Killer: Part 1

After a 40-year manhunt, investigators finally find their needle in a DNA haystack and unmask a man who they suspect as California’s most prolific serial killer.  Find out how they did it, their first impressions and how this man allegedly started a crime spree that spanned more than 100 burglaries, 50 sexual assaults and 13 homicides. This episode provides insight into the surveillance of Joseph James DeAngelo – an able bodied 72-year-old who remained a potential threat – his background that contributed to an uncanny ability to evade detection, and the recent capture.

Closing in on The Golden State Killer: Part 2

The Golden State Killer has been identified by law enforcement as Joseph James DeAngelo.  Now accused of committing some of California’s most heinous crimes, this man was hiding in plain sight.  Hear from those who knew him and the investigators who spent a lifetime tracking him down. This final episode offers a deep dive into the timeline and crimes committed by the GSK, who may also be the “Visalia Ransacker” and Sacramento’s “East Area Rapist.”  A psychological profile and projected next steps are explored as DeAngelo heads to trial in Sacramento Country, CA.


The true crime HLN Original Series “Unmasking A Killer” profiles the terrifying real-life story of the Golden State Killer, one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers, who is responsible for a staggering 50 rapes and 12 murders in California.