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The genealogist who helped capture the Golden State Killer

A key, as-yet-untold role in connecting DeAngelo to the crimes was played by Barbara Rae-Venter, who had kept quiet about her work to help solve the infamous cold case until this week. Hand-picked by Paul Holes — the retired Contra Costa District Attorney inspector who has been credited with using genealogy to catch DeAngelo — the 70-year-old Northern California resident offered critical DNA knowledge to the team of investigators leading the manhunt. Click here to read the entire story in