Joseph James DeAngelo, the 72-year-old suspected Golden State Killer, has quite a few local roots.

Born in Bath, New York, he attended Folsom High School from 1961 to 1963, but did not graduate. He received his GED in 1964.

DeAngelo also served in the U.S. Navy, a Navy spokesman confirmed to ABC10. He served aboard the USS Canberra (CAG-2) during the Vietnam War and attended and graduated basic training at the Naval Training Center in San Diego from October to December 1964.

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He attended Sierra College from August 1968 to December 1970 before starting at California State University, Sacramento in the spring of 1971. DeAngelo graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Sac State in June 1972. His student activities consisted of the AGS Presidents List and the Life Science Club.

According to Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, DeAngelo was an officer with the Exeter Police Department from 1973-76 and the Auburn Police Department from 1976-79.

USA Today reported that he was fired from his Auburn police job in 1979 for shoplifting.

DeAngelo retired from Save Mart's distribution center in Roseville last year, having worked there for 27 years.

What did neighbors say about him?

The Citrus Heights resident was described as a "nice guy" who went fishing.