Carol Daly was a detective in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in the 1970s, when the East Area Rapist was active in the region. During his reign of terror, she interviewed his victims and hosted community meetings to brief citizens on the investigation.
Daly says the trauma he caused his victims and the frustration of being unable to stop him shook her and made it impossible to continue investigating sexual assaults. In the years since, she remained in contact with many of his victims, many of whom she said struggled to move on.
Daly joins Insight host Beth Ruyak in studio to discuss the serial rapist's brutality, what it was like to interview his victims, what she learned from the case and how it felt to hear of the Joseph James DeAngelo's arrest as a suspect in the case.