Hosted By: Paige St. John
Produced By: L.A. Times
Man in the Window explores the life and alleged crimes of Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. stands accused of 13 murders and suspected of some 225 other home invasions, including 50 rapes from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s.
He was a spectral figure whose first killings involved dogs. Over the course of two decades of burglaries, animal killings, rapes and, finally, murders, he was called by many names: the Cordova Cat, the Visalia Ransacker, the East Area Rapist, the Creek Killer, the Diamond Knot Killer, the original Night Stalker and most famously, the Golden State Killer. More than 40 years passed before investigators concluded it was the work of one man.
To understand the makings of a suspected killer, the Los Angeles Times interviewed his teenage fiancée, his family and friends, detectives who struggled to piece together a broad spectrum of disturbingly similar crimes and rape victims whose pain was compounded by a society that afforded little protection or understanding. Almost from the start, psychiatrists and psychologists warned that a dark impulse drove such a criminal mind – and that it could not be stopped.
Man In The Window Podcast Host:
Paige St. John covers criminal justice, disasters and investigative stories for the Los Angeles Times from Northern California. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting in 2011. She hails most recently from Florida, where she covered state politics, hurricanes and property insurance.
Praise from Listeners*:
- Thorough Research: The podcast’s commitment to meticulous research ensures that every detail is thoroughly examined and presented in a comprehensive manner.
- Personal Accounts: Through interviews with victims, survivors, and law enforcement officials, the podcast provides a human touch, allowing listeners to empathize with those affected by the crimes.
- Social Relevance: By shedding light on the Golden State Killer’s crimes and their impact on society, the podcast highlights the importance of justice, awareness, and support for survivors.
- Engaging Format: The podcast’s seamless blending of interviews, archival audio, and sound design creates an experience that enhances the storytelling.
Criticisms from Listeners*:
- Pacing and Length: Some listeners have found the podcast to be overly long and occasionally slow-paced, with certain episodes stretching out the narrative without substantial new information or developments.
- Lack of Diverse Perspectives: Critics argue that the podcast could have benefited from including a wider range of perspectives, such as those from different law enforcement agencies, experts in criminal profiling, or individuals with contrasting opinions on the case.
- Incomplete Exploration: Given the complexity of the Golden State Killer case, some individuals felt that certain aspects could have been explored in greater depth or that additional crimes and related cases could have been covered more thoroughly.
- Narration Style: While Paige St. John’s narration is widely praised, a few critics found her delivery to be monotonous or lacking in variation, potentially affecting their engagement with the content.
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