If there is one person who has been the heart and soul behind a decades-long effort to hunt, identify, arrest and prosecute Joseph James DeAngelo, the admitted Golden State Killer, it is Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.

You could almost say Schubert was born to catch DeAngelo.

She was born to be at the ballroom at Sacramento State on Monday for the allocution of DeAngelo, 74, in what may go down as the most surreal criminal court proceeding some of us will ever witness. There they all were, prosecutors from up and down the state, and the families of DeAngelo’s victims, all gathered in a normally happy space at Sacramento State.

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