What Life is Like Two Years After Convicting the Golden State Killer

Jennifer Carole Visit jcarole.com
5 min readNov 10, 2022

The arrest had more impact on my life than I ever imagined; give trauma survivors Grace because the road ahead is miserable.

In 1980, when the murder of my dad and stepmom happened, it was a big deal. I talk about it as this rush of noise, like all TV channels turned on at once. Police, lawyers, media, friends, my dad and Charlene’s friends, and more descended on our lives.

Jenny, Jay and Gary Smith in June 1980, three months after the murder.
June 1980: Three months after the murder. Me (Jenny), 18, Jay (center), 15, and Gary (right), 12. Copyright Jennifer Carole.
Jennifer Carole Visit jcarole.com

Trauma & Leadership Coach. Writer. Crafter. A Master's in strategic comm has served me in Silicon Valley as a marketer; my current passion is cybersecurity!