Man from 1979 photo with Joseph DeAngelo recalls their encounter 05/04/2018 2:19 pm PDT Comments KTXL By Ali Wolf, KTXL SACRAMENTO -- (KTXL) -- In 1979, Jerry Johnson was a teenager when his path crossed with Joseph DeAngelo's. The moment was captured in a photograph and published in the Auburn Journal. Little did Johnson know, the newspaper clipping would take on new meaning almost 40 years later. Johnson posed for the picture with two police officers at a charity baseball game. At the time his family was proud to see it published in the newspaper. "My grandma used to cut out and save all the articles if my name or picture happened to appear in the Auburn Journal," Johnson told FOX40. Johnson's family is shocked to see the photograph back in the news. "It's crazy. Just kinda wild to think I'm standing next to an alleged rapist killer," Johnson said. Back then DeAngelo was an Auburn police officer. DeAngelo started working for the Auburn Police Department in August of 1976. The East Area Rapist crimes began in June of that year. Now, DeAngelo is the suspect accused of being the East Area Rapist or Golden State Killer. "He just seemed a little different than the rest of the cops," Johnson said. Johnson says DeAngelo wasn't very friendly. "I heard him as crazy Joe. The crazy neighbor, the crazy cop." "Good cop, bad cop... he was the bad cop, you know, trying to throw his authority around a bit. But never anything too wild," Johnson said. FULL STORY: Man from 1979 photo with Joseph DeAngelo recalls their encounter - KTXL #California #KTXL #NorthernCalifornia #Sacramento Related Stories Daughter of Golden State Killer victim reacts to suspected killer’s arrest Ex-police chief who fired Golden State Killer suspect says he's 'embarrassed' Genealogy sites DNA led to break in Golden State Killer case 'Golden State Killer' suspect, a former cop, arrested Golden State Killer case: Investigators allowed to photograph DeAngelo's body Coworker, friend reveals details about Golden State Killer suspect Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.