Sharon Huddle has not spoken frequently about her ex-husband, Joseph DeAngelo, since he was arrested and later admitted to being the infamous California serial killer responsible for over a dozen murders and numerous rapes.
“The defendant’s criminal actions have had a devastating and pervasive effect on my life and my family. I will never be the same person. I now live every day with the knowledge of how he attacked and severely damaged hundreds of innocent people’s lives and murdered 13 innocent people who were loved and have now been missed for 40 years or more,” Huddle wrote in a statement submitted to the court during his sentencing and obtained by Oxygen.com.
Her only prior comment on DeAngelo came in a statement released through the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.
“My thoughts and prayers are for the victims and their families,” Huddle said in June 2018. “The press has relentlessly pursued interviews of me. I will not be giving any interviews for the foreseeable future. I ask the press to please respect my privacy and that of my children.”
In her victim impact statement submitted this week, Huddle said that DeAngelo’s double life as a serial murderer has made her lose trust in other people and that everyday tasks like driving or shopping at Trader Joe’s now fill her with dread.
“I have lost my ability to trust people. I trusted the defendant when he told me he had to work, or was going pheasant hunting, or going to visit his parents hundreds of miles away,” Huddle wrote. “When I was not around, I trusted he was doing what he told me he was doing. Now, without the ability to trust, my relationships with other people are severely impacted.”
She concluded her statement by saying she did not want to detract from the survivors who have spoken out against the Golden State Killer.
Under the terms of a plea arrangement, the 74-year-old DeAngelo is expected to be sentenced to life in prison Friday while avoiding the death penalty.
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