Anyone who has been following the Golden State Killer case, or watching I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, will be shocked to read a newly released letter to the court, written by Joseph DeAngelo’s oldest daughter. In the letter, she describes him as a loving and attentive father and grandfather. It’s a bit of a disturbing read, as his daughter neglects to even refer to the lives lost and negatively impacted by the confessed GSK‘s cruel acts. Throughout the entire letter she recounts all the positive gestures her father has made in hers and her daughter’s lives, which of course doesn’t negate the horrific effect this serial killer has had on the lives of his over 50 victims and their families.
“My father is Joseph James DeAngelo. I am his oldest daughter. I lived with him almost my entire life of 38 years, and my daughter lived with him almost her entire life of 19 years. My father, the person that I knew, and know today…
I could never tell you all the things my father did for me, because he always put me and my daughter first, all our lives, so there are far too many. He made my bed, my daughter’s bed, cleaned, cooked, and did me and my daughter’s laundry up until the day of his arrest at age 72.
He is the best father I could have had, and my daughter could have had. He was my daughter’s grandfather, but he treated her like his daughter. Anything my daughter or I ever needed, he provided. He was consistently selfless about caring for and providing for his family. As evidence of his selfless care for his family, my father worked 7 years beyond his 65 years of age of retirement. He did not retire until the age of 72, just weeks before his arrest.”