The Lawyer’s Daughter

I am the Lawyer’s Daughter.  In April 2018, Joseph DeAngelo was arrested for the rape and murder of my stepmom and the murder of my father – along with several other murders and rapes. His DNA was a 100% match to the DNA found in my stepmom, Charlene. Today he sits in a Sacramento County jail awaiting trial. I am passionate about this case and write about it often.

My dad, an attorney, was hoping to be appointed to being a judge, with the ultimate goal of being governor of California or a US senator. My stepmom, my dad’s former secretary, was starting a business in interior design. I live with both of them in my head and as a result, I look at this case through the eyes of a lawyer and the heart of a victim.

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DeAngelo Plea
Golden State Killer

March 5, 2020 Podcast Notes | DeAngelo Wants to Plea

This is a summary of my March 5, 2020 podcast, DeAngelo Wants to Plea. You can listen to the podcast here or search Lawyer’s Daughter on Spotify, TuneIn, Apple Pods,
February 2020 DeAngelo Surprises
Golden State Killer

February 2020 Closes with a Few DeAngelo Surprises

Many of us have waited so long for this show to get started. Thanks to DNA, I never worried we’d get the wrong guy – he left his mark everywhere.
Golden State Killer Economy
Golden State Killer

The Golden State Killer Economy – Who’s Making Money

I was roasted on Reddit* the other day – totally unexpected - and it seems like things got weird when someone accused me of posting to promote my coaching business.
Golden State Killer

What Is DeAngelo’s Defense Thinking? What Will Be Their Strategy?

I feel remarkably better today – the boost of adrenaline I had from yesterday’s hearing (while I sat in my darn recliner) kind of flushed my system. Remember that for
Golden State Killer

Court Date | January 22, 2020 – We Have a Preliminary Trial Date. Finally.

I wasn’t in court today and I under-estimated my frustration. I’ve been sick and then I managed to share it with mom (and her birthday was yesterday!) and there was
Joseph DeAngelo is Dead, Now What
Golden State Killer

Joseph DeAngelo is Dead | What If?

It’s fall and we have a new house in Sacramento! I won’t be living there full time but at least I can come up and hang-out now – for at
Joseph DeAngelo is Dead, Now What
Surviving

Joseph DeAngelo is Dead | What If?

It’s fall and we have a new house in Sacramento! I won’t be living there full time but at least I can come up and hang-out now – for at
Justice Fatigue
Surviving

Justice Fatigue: It’s a Thing and it Happens to Many of Us

Epstein is dead. I did not see that coming. Sometimes I am so naïve. I think good things happen to people who are good. I think the bad guy gets
I Resent DeAngelo
Surviving

I Used to Hate Him, But Now I Just Resent Joseph DeAngelo

The El Paso shooting has just happened and I am heartsick. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn I’m anti-gun – particularly when it comes to using them to kill
therapeutic treatment
Surviving

Deep Dive: “Man in the Window” and the Therapeutic Technique Many of Us are Using

I have a lot to say about Paige St John’s podcast. All of it good. But let’s start where she left off. In the final episode, Resurrection, she talks about
Post-Court Gathering | Golden State Killer Survivors and HBO
Surviving

Post-Court Gathering | Golden State Killer Survivors and HBO

Today I got my hands dirty planting some tomatoes and strawberries with the hope they will flourish. I used to be a great gardener, but the teen years and work
Kavanaugh, Trauma, Healing and Moving Forward
Surviving

So Now What? Kavanaugh, Trauma, Healing and Moving Forward

I have this fantasy of buying one of those sheds from Home Depot and having a friend sheet rock the thing, add some electricity and then make it the most
Epstein Victims
True Crime

The Unbearable Burden of Owning Your Truth | An Open Letter to Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims

When I found out the series of southern California murders were connected to the rapes in northern California, what I fantasized was one day I would meet the amazing rape
True Crime research - who is following true crime.
True Crime

True Crime Preliminary Research Results | Infographic!

[UPDATE: I have fixed the Infographic - now all ages are there and I added an explainer to the impact question.] Okay you wonderful people. I am thrilled to tell
Adrian Gonzales
True Crime

Stranger Things – The Upside Down World of Murder – Adrian Gonzales

We were stopped in the left turn lane of an intersection that was five lanes deep. Adrian was super mad and started to get out of the passenger seat -
True Crime

Perspectives on a Memorial: Take Back Santa Cruz for Shannon Collins

I just got back from the Take Back Santa Cruz walk to honor the memory of Shannon Collins. The sound of the bagpipes called us to the corner where she died
DeAngelo Plea
The Case

March 5, 2020 Podcast Notes | DeAngelo Wants to Plea

This is a summary of my March 5, 2020 podcast, DeAngelo Wants to Plea. You can listen to the podcast here or search Lawyer’s Daughter on Spotify, TuneIn, Apple Pods,
February 2020 DeAngelo Surprises
The Case

February 2020 Closes with a Few DeAngelo Surprises

Many of us have waited so long for this show to get started. Thanks to DNA, I never worried we’d get the wrong guy – he left his mark everywhere.
The Case

What Is DeAngelo’s Defense Thinking? What Will Be Their Strategy?

I feel remarkably better today – the boost of adrenaline I had from yesterday’s hearing (while I sat in my darn recliner) kind of flushed my system. Remember that for
Happy Hanukkah 2018
The Case

Happy Hanukkah: The Hearing Coming Up this Week

Katie and I are kind of goofy about Hanukkah. We have a song by Barenaked Ladies that we play when we light the candles. We're heading to Sacramento this week
Sacramento
The Case

Top Five Reasons Having the DeAngelo Trial in Sacramento is Pure Gold

When the FBI released the news about the Golden State Killer, the Orlando shooting massacre happened and took over the news. Today, when the DeAngelo press conference went live, Cohen
arrest
The Case

The Day of the Arrest: How I Learned DeAngelo Had Been Caught

The week before DeAngelo’s arrest, I had worked a trade show called RSAC. It’s the biggest cybersecurity show in the US. It happens in San Francisco and I did it
In Court

Court Date | January 22, 2020 – We Have a Preliminary Trial Date. Finally.

I wasn’t in court today and I under-estimated my frustration. I’ve been sick and then I managed to share it with mom (and her birthday was yesterday!) and there was
DeAngelo is withering away
In Court

Court Date: August 22, 2019 | DeAngelo Withers Away

I spent the day with the HBO folks yesterday. They are really great people and I was impressed with their thoughtfulness in the questions they asked and the insight they
Post-Court Gathering | Golden State Killer Survivors and HBO
In Court

Post-Court Gathering | Golden State Killer Survivors and HBO

Today I got my hands dirty planting some tomatoes and strawberries with the hope they will flourish. I used to be a great gardener, but the teen years and work
DeAngelo earns death penalty
In Court

Court Date | April 10, 2019 – One Year Later, DeAngelo Earns the Death Penalty as Possible Consequence

It’s nearly 8pm and I am swimming in a hot mess of feelings. I might not even be able to write everything tonight because I need sleep and a chance
DeAngelo is back in court for another hearing. April 2019
In Court

Another Court Date for DeAngelo in Sacramento Tomorrow

Now that Katie lives up here, it makes it just a bit more awesome coming north for another courtroom performance. Today, I spent the afternoon helping two Gen Z's create
Legal representation for Joseph DeAngelo
In Court

Court Date December 6 | Legal Representation for Joseph DeAngelo

You know that feeling when you are leaving for a short stay away from home and you know you forgot something, but you’ll be damned if you can figure out
On our way to their secret wedding.
Ventura

Lyman and Charlene Smith’s Christmas Wedding, December 12, 1975

In our family, we celebrate any holiday that involves presents and candy. Gotta say I truly appreciate that about my mom. She made sure we had traditions and celebrations and
Myth busting for The Smiths.
Ventura

Busted | Five Myths About the Smith Family

It’s no secret you know I grew up in a household of Democrats. My dad was fierce about justice for all, equality, civil rights and human rights. He was sexist
Lyman Charlene Smith Funeral
Ventura

Lyman and Charlene Smith’s Funeral | What I Remember

My family isn’t really into funerals. Thankfully, I’ve been to very few in my life but the one I remember the most was my grandmother’s brother. They called him “Unc”
dead
Ventura

The Day We Learned My Dad and Charlene Were Dead

My grandmother’s piano sat in our front room. It’s dark cherry and well-worn and every Smith kid had to take piano lessons. I wasn’t that great at playing conventionally, but
Suspect
Ventura

I Was A Suspect In My Dad’s Murder | Part 2

I'm pretty sure I spent thousands of dollars in therapy to get over this. No, it wasn't just this, but being a suspect - despite how ludicrous it seems now
suspect
Ventura

I Was a Suspect In My Dad’s Murder | Part 1

Probably the one thing about this whole case that caused me the most shame, was being a suspect. I can't believe it happened and I can't believe the police thought
Golden State Killer Economy
Controversy

The Golden State Killer Economy – Who’s Making Money

I was roasted on Reddit* the other day – totally unexpected - and it seems like things got weird when someone accused me of posting to promote my coaching business.
Joseph DeAngelo is Dead, Now What
Controversy

Joseph DeAngelo is Dead | What If?

It’s fall and we have a new house in Sacramento! I won’t be living there full time but at least I can come up and hang-out now – for at
Controversy

Golden State Killer Survivors Exploited for Political Gain

It’s 4am as I start this because I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, it’s beyond my belief. I have to get this off my chest because what happened yesterday was
Death Penalty
Controversy

I Have a Horse in this Race | The California Death Penalty

I was probably a preteen when I first discussed the death penalty with my dad - he was against it. He'd actually tried a death penalty case (the guy was
The mysterious case of Anne Penn
Controversy

The Mysterious Case of Anne Penn

When Katie was born, the joke was she was born unto a family twig. We have no real family tree. I mean we do but it's small. My dad's family
Myth busting for The Smiths.
Controversy

Busted | Five Myths About the Smith Family

It’s no secret you know I grew up in a household of Democrats. My dad was fierce about justice for all, equality, civil rights and human rights. He was sexist
DeAngelo Plea
Podcast Notes

March 5, 2020 Podcast Notes | DeAngelo Wants to Plea

This is a summary of my March 5, 2020 podcast, DeAngelo Wants to Plea. You can listen to the podcast here or search Lawyer’s Daughter on Spotify, TuneIn, Apple Pods,
Get the Lawyers Daughter podcast!

Well of course i have a podcast

In the spirit of true crime, I have a podcast but it’s a little different than most.

This is an autobiographical account of this crime and includes real-time information about hearings, breaking news and legal strategy. At the same time, I go back in time to the early 1980s, sharing what was happening at the time so you have a better understanding of how our case evolved. 

It started out as a horrendous small town murder. Twenty years later we learn our case is connected to others in southern California and we started searching for the Original Nightstalker. And then the connection to the East Area Rapist happened a few years later. 

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