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Golden State Killer: Classmate of Iowa victim reacts

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Marilyn Faye of Dubuque looks over her yearbook from the class of 1953, St. Columbkille High School.

"He's right, right here, Robert Offerman," said Faye. 

Faye is in disbelief after authorities may have caught her former classmate's murderer, Joseph DeAngelo, who is believed to be the Golden State Killer.

"I knew right away,' she said. "I knew right away when they said -- they gave the time frame, the 70s and 80s and they caught this serial killer rapist in Sacramento, California." 

According to authorities, DeAngelo, a former police officer, killed 12 and raped dozens in California.

At the time, Offerman, a surgeon, was living in Santa Barbara. He and his girlfriend, a psychologist were murdered in their condo.

Faye remembers the night she found out.

"Every New Year's Eve, I will say, well, this is the time we got a call from Ed about Bob being murdered out in California, and we just never, ever got over it," she said.

News of this decades-old cold case possibly being solved, brings comfort and countless memories to Faye.

"He was a nice looking young man, of course, all the girls thought he was wonderful."

According to the school yearbook, Offerman was very involved in school. He was class president, co-captain of the football team, and also played on the basketball team. In  addition, Offerman took part in Christian activities.

After high school, he went on to attend Loras College in Dubuque.

As for DeAngelo, investigators were able to make a break in the case with DNA samples, which didn't exist in the 70s.

"This case is a great example as to how fortunate we are to have DNA technology advancements, which can help solve crimes even as long as forty years later. Justice may have been delayed in this case, but it will ultimately be served,” said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, in a press release.

DeAngelo's first court appearance is scheduled for Friday.

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