SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Tuesday was a day many of the “Golden State Killer’s” surviving victims have waited a long time for.
One of the victims told FOX40 she felt really good after addressing Joseph DeAngelo and the court.
“I thought about it for probably over a month, and last night I was still changing it,” said Kris Pedretti.
Pedretti said she has been waiting for her chance to address DeAngelo since she was 15 years old even though she didn’t know his name for decades.
On Dec. 18, 1976, Pedretti was only a teen when she was raped by a knife-wielding man who said he would kill her if she did not obey him.
“He tormented me. And he told me over and over again he would kill me. And I believed him,” she said in court Tuesday.
DeAngelo admitted in June that in 1976 he broke into Pedretti’s home in Fair Oaks a week before Christmas and raped her, which is one of the more than 50 rapes DeAngelo has confessed to.
The next morning, “I woke up knowing I would never be a child again…Your secrets have been exposed. Your double life is over. The world, and I mean the entire world, knows who you are and what you did. You will forever be known as a repulsive coward who hid behind a mask of evil. The devil can keep you company in your prison cell, as he gnaws away at whatever soul you have left.”
“He has to listen to each and every one of us. And every brave survivor there and their families all have something very worthy to say and it’s about time that he gets to hear it,” Pedretti said.
Now that it’s over, Pedretti said she feels better.
“Really good. I feel very empowered, I feel like, like I said, I did what I came here to do,” she said.
However, she said, it doesn’t matter to her if DeAngelo heard what she had to say or not.
“This wasn’t for him. This was for me. I really could care less if he heard it. I needed to say it, and I wanted to say it and I said it,” Pedretti said.
She said she’s glad all of DeAngelo’s other victims will also get their day in court this week, offering them advice.
“I would say speak up and give the blame back to the rapist. It’s not yours,” Pedretti advised.
The court heard similar stories and feelings from other victims Tuesday as well but not everyone held back their anger.
One woman showed DeAngelo her middle finger and told him he could “go straight to hell.”