According to Fox40, sources with knowledge of the investigation have confirmed a major break in the cold case, and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department may have made an arrest.
The 72-year-old man, who is believed to have been an Auburn police officer fired for shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent, is said to be linked to a dozen unsolved homicides, nearly 50 rapes and 120 home burglaries that spanned a decade starting in the late 1970s.
The suspect was profiled in the New York Times Best Selling book "I'll Be Gone in the Dark", which was written by the late Michelle McNamara, the wife of comedian Patton Oswalt. She visited crime scenes and interviewed detectives and survivors.More news: The release date for Netflix's long-awaited Sense8 finale has been revealed
The so-called Golden State Killer stoked fears throughout the 1970s and '80s. She was working on the book when she died in her sleep in 2016 at the age of 46.
"By October 1979, his activity escalated into rapes and homicides/attempted homicides along the California Coast".
He would tie up any men present, and pile dishes on their back, before raping the woman while warning the man he would kill him if the dishes tumbled from his back. "No additional crimes have been connected to the subject after this incident".More news: Kohli and Dhoni Cross Paths in Battle Royale
The identity of the Golden State Killer has been a mystery for decades.
The killer's voice may have been caught on tape in late 1977, when an unknown male called 911, claiming to be the East Area Rapist.
Sacramento's NBC affiliate recently reported that police were digging into the possibility that the Australian rapist known as Mr. Cruel may have actually been the Golden State Killer, but no further news has come from that theory.More news: AF&PA Welcomes New EPA Policy on Carbon Neutral Forest Biomass