Soon after Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., was arrested as the Golden State Killer in April, one comment after another began to open discussions in several Facebook groups and I’m sure elsewhere as well. After some time, I saw a brilliantly researched reference to the data I’d hoped to find–or rather the untimed data with the exact birthplace that omitted possible assumption or mere speculation. As birth data goes, DeAngelo’s data was tricky to locate since he wasn’t born in California as some had anticipated. He was born in Bath, New York on November 8, 1945. Vetting that elusive “omg, the Golden State Killer was born here!” news headline was challenging, but the individual who found it either had incredible luck–or great timing.
I knew getting a validated time of birth for New York State was a nearly futile effort, so I used various news stories to determine the approximate time of arrest instead. The arrest was far more likely, IMO, to validate. New York State’s scrupulously maintained birth records lie at the heart of why Bernie Sanders’ time of birth remains unproven, and why DeAngelo’s time of birth would be less likely to track down.
Donald Trump’s data has been validated because he, or someone in his immediate family, released it. Claims of alteration wouldn’t hold water either since the state seal wouldn’t have been on it. Both the copy of the certificate from the hospital with the seal clearly showing, and the City of New York Department of Health microfiche copy with the document number and what appears to be the stamped seal in the upper left hand corner as released by ABC TV News are part of the public record now.
On the other hand, births from foreign lands may not have verifiable information because they aren’t always logged. I have a few clients who fall into this somewhat unique situation and have worked with rectification where there are no other options.
While we still don’t have the exact time of the arrest, several news stories brought the time a lot closer than we could cognitively conclude. One article in the Los Angeles Times said Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. had been arrested on April 24 in the afternoon; another in the same paper said in the evening. NBC TV News said he was taken by surprise in the “afternoon as he walked outside,” and “As he was being arrested, he told officers he had a roast in the oven.” Officers said they’d take care of it. I’ve used the following chart for the time of the arrest: April 24, 2018, at 4:30 PM PDT, Citrus Heights, California.