He seemed, for the most part, like your typical grouchy old man — living in the cleanest house, with the neatest, most well-kept yard, and a “quirkiness of getting mad,” according to neighbors.
Several people told The Sacramento Bee that DeAngelo resided with his daughter and granddaughter, and was known to have “temper tantrums.”
“Not at anybody, just (expressing) his self-frustration,” explained Natalia Bedes-Correnti, who lives just a few houses down from the alleged murderer and rapist.
“Usually because he couldn’t find his keys.”
According to cops, DeAngelo spent eight years brutalizing women — and sometimes men -— from different cities across California. He is allegedly responsible for 12 murders, 45 rapes and more than 120 break-ins between 1976 and 1986.
“It’s terrifying to think this man could have hopped the fence and come into my backyard. I have children,” said Beth Walsh, who lives behind DeAngelo. “I’m glad to know they caught this guy.”
Walsh and several others told the Bee that the accused East Area Rapist retired two weeks ago, and had been planning on doing a lot of fishing. They described him as a “regular guy” with a mean streak.
“I can’t even believe, I can’t even believe it,” said resident Corey Harvey of DeAngelo’s alleged past.
The ex-Auburn and Exeter cop often did good deeds for his neighbors, including building a new fence for Walsh and her husband. But some described his behavior as off-putting — and even disturbing at times.