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George Skelton: Golden State Killer trial could put anti-death-penalty governor in hot water with voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - One year ago Wednesday, a former policeman was arrested and accused of being the Golden State Killer who raped and murdered up and down California in the 1970s and '80s.

If anyone deserves the death penalty, it's the Golden State Killer - also known as the East Area Rapist, Visalia Ransacker, Creek Bed Killer or Original Night Stalker, depending on the community he terrorized.

He is suspected of raping more than 50 women and charged with 13 serial murders.

"He would break into people's homes at

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