ABC7 Presents: Chasing the Golden State Killer | Part I

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In "ABC7 Presents: Chasing a Killer," ABC7 took a look back at decades of terror and torment, and combed through the archives, to document the footprint of a predator.

The case of the "Golden State Killer," also known as the "East Area Rapist," started with a serial rapist and became a 40-year manhunt for a murderer that spanned 500 miles.

In Part I, decades of terror ended when investigators announced an arrest -- but how did the suspect's crimes become so infamous? From the ABC7 archives, here's a look at reporting from the time when he was known as the "East Area Rapist" and "Visalia Ransacker."

FULL VIDEO: Watch Parts 1, 2, and 3 of "ABC7 Presents: Chasing the Golden State Killer."

RELATED: See all ABC7's stories, photos, videos, and more from the archives about the Golden State Killer.

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