The Golden State Killer is the perfect example of why the death penalty is justified — and why life in prison is preferable.

Especially in California, where a death penalty sentence is practically meaningless.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. — also dubbed the Visalia Ransacker, East Area Rapist or Original Night Stalker, depending on the community he terrorized — was among “the worst of the worst.”

“He is the real-life version of Hannibal Lecter,” Sacramento County Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert told reporters, referring to the fictitious psychopathic killer in the movie “Silence of the Lambs.”

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