SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Barbara detectives have developed a new lead in their quest to identify a serial killer suspected of murders and rapes in California more than 30 years ago.
The "Original Night Stalker" is a suspect in at least eight killings and numerous rapes that took place from 1979 to 1986 in Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Ventura and Orange counties.
Decades-old DNA evidence has linked him to the 1979 and 1981 murders of four people in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara.
Investigators say crime reports show traces of paint were found in several crime scenes. So they're looking into the possibility that the suspect may have been a painter.
They want to talk to anyone who worked on a strip mall construction project in Goleta around the time of the slayings.