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In Goleta, where Golden State Killer's bloody path turned south, prosecutors say they finally have their man

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The San Jose Creek snakes its way down from the Santa Ynez Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, cutting through sleepy seaside neighborhoods. Ranch-style homes sit along the creek's heavy brush and trees, among playgrounds and open space.

The serene setting was ideal for the Golden State Killer.

In 1979 and 1981, in what marked his first forays into Southern California, the elusive serial killer struck Santa Barbara County twice, slaying four people in attacks that some neighbors say shattered the suburban innocence of the

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