California man convicted of 1980s rape-murders of two women

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A California man prosecutors called a serial killer was convicted Thursday, Aug. 18, of raping and killing two women in the 1980s after investigators linked him to DNA evidence, prosecutors said.Horace Van Vaultz Jr., 67, was found guilty of first-degree murder with the special circumstance allegations that the crimes involved multiple murders, rape and sodomy, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a statement.Vaultz, a former Bakersfield resident, has been jailed since his 2019 arrest. He could face life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced next month.Vaultz was convicted of killing 22-year-old Mary Duggan in 1986. Her body was found in the trunk of her car in a parking lot in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank. He also was con
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