December 14, 2022

The Trailblazing Deputy That Took on the Golden State Killer and Misogyny

Written by Diane Castañeda

“Female deputies were never thought of as deputies. People thought we were the secretaries, just there to take notes”
Carol Daly
Anne Marie Schubert

For all you true crime fans, the name Carol Daly might sound familiar. The former detective for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has investigated some of the state's most infamous and high profile cases including the Golden State Killer.

Carol sits down with Sacramento’s County District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert, to talk about her three-decade career, her role in these cases, what it was like being the only female detective on an investigating team in the late 1970s, the misogyny inside and outside the deputy department, and how she helped lead the way for more women to join law enforcement. 

“Female deputies were never thought of as deputies. People thought we were the secretaries, just there to take notes” Carol explained.

It was until 1968, when Sheriff Misterly decided he wanted more women in the department because of their “progressive thinking and follow through.”

Carol was tough on cases but protective with those innocently involved. One of the things that Carol is most respected for is how she treated victims. During her investigative work for the Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist, her primary job was to interview, work with, and take care of the victims. Even after the investigation ended, she continued to advocate for them. Carold was a true trailblazer for her time that led the way for so many female deputies today. 

Learn more about what it was like to be behind cracking some of the most infamous cases and explore the mind of a deputy who paved the way for more representation within California’s capital sheriff department!

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