April 30, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Thirty years after dozens of elderly women were raped and murdered in their homes, police today announced the arrest of the man they believe to be the "Westside Rapist."
Police have arrested an elderly man they are calling the "most prolific serial killer" the city has ever seen.
John Thomas, Jr., 72, is charged with two murders, but is suspected in the sexual assault- slayings of 30 women during the 1970s and 1980s.
Thomas was arrested on March 31 and is being held without bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
He is scheduled to appear in court on May 20.
The break in the cold case came when Thomas gave a DNA sample to police as part of an effort to build an offender database.
The sample matches DNA found at numerous crimes scenes, according to investigators.
On April 2, Thomas was charged wi
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