A Word About Rape

Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct



The Summer of ’76

Victim #1— Rancho Cordova — The Beginning   

  Victim #2— Del Dayo — Careful Selection

   Victim #3— Foiled Attack— Rancho Cordova

Victim #4— Violent Improvisation— Crestview 

       Victim #5— Selected Target— Citrus Heights

Victim #6— Curious Tactics— Rancho Cordova

     Victim #7— Baring Down— Del Dayo

     Victim #8— Interrupted Arrival— Rancho Cordova

Analysis of First 8 Strikes

Victim #9— Revealing Mistake— Citrus Heights

Victim #10— Fair Oaks— Undaunted

       Living Dangerously— The Year of the EAR

Victim #11— Sacramento— Cats and Fields

Victim #12— Blind Spot Reveals— Citrus Heights

Victim #13— Crestview— Unexpected Jogger

Victim #14— Over the River and Through the Woods—

Victim #15— Tactical Misuse— Rancho Cordova

Victim #16— Orangevale— Opportunity Knocks a Clue

Victim #17— Unexpected Spoke in the Hub— Crestview

Victim #18— La Riviera— Moving Upwards

Victim #19— Orangevale— Presentiment of Impromptu Danger

Victim #20— Blind Spot and a Stop Watch— Citrus Heights

Victim #21— Del Dayo— Tactical 1

Victim #22— South Sacramento— Tactical 2


Summer Clue

  After the Lull— 1977’s Autumn of Fear

Victim #23— Tactical 3— Stockton

Victim #24— Switcharoo— La Riviera

Victim #25— Follow Diablo— Foothill Farms

Victim #26—  Dump Truck Biker— Carmichael

Victim #27— Condo Commando— La Riviera

Victim #28— Tail of Diablo— Foothill Farms

Departmental Memo December 8, 1977


Yet Another Year— 1978

Victim #29/30— Assault!— Carmichael

Maggiore Murders— Critical Clue— Rancho Cordova

Victim #31— Distant Roaming— Stockton

Victim #31B— Back to Rancho— Rancho Cordova

Victim #32— Little Pocket, Big Clue— South Sacramento

Composite— Maggiore Murders Suspect

Victim #33— The Deep Dig— Modesto

Victim #34— Co-Ed— Davis

Victim #35— Back— Modesto

Victim #36— Forth— Davis

Silent Victim— Lateral— Modesto

Victim #37— Forth North— Davis

A New East— Contra Costa Corridor

Victim #38—  Surreal Schedule— Concord

Victim #39— Opportunity Kicks— Concord

Victim #40— Cats and Fields Again— San Ramon

Victim #41— The Way to San Jose— San Jose

Victim #42— Sobbing in San Jose— San Jose

Victim #43— Danville— Playing it Close


No Stopping Him— 1979

No Stopping Him

Lacing with Ligatures— San Ramon

Victim #43B— Auld Lange  Syne— Rancho Cordova

Victim #44— Along the 680— Fremont

Victim #45— Follow the Cats— Walnut Creek

Victim #46— Sticking to Routine— Danville

Victim #47— Walnut Creek— Dig and Retreat

Victim #48— Shouted Out— Danville

Victim #49—  The Unsuspected — Goleta


Murder— Original Night Stalker

Murder— The “Night Stalker”

 Goleta— Doctor Duo— Dec 30, 1979

Ventura— Cats & Murder— March 13, 1980

Laguna Niguel— Exclusive— August 19, 1980

Irvine— Home Alone— Feb. 6, 1981

Goleta— Dig & Retreat Again— July 27, 1981

Irvine— Epitome of MO— May 4, 1986


 Phantom Predator— Analysis of EAR Crime Spree.

Analysis of EAR Prowling MO

EAR Profile

Phone Calls

Parks, Schools, Open Fields & Orchards

Masks— Now you see them, now you don’t

The Mystery of the Silent Dog




261 Rape


April 4, 1979

Honda Way


Unholy Trinity

East Area Rapist


The home was owned by victim’s boyfriend, an independent contractor. About 10 p.m. victim’s boyfriend was awakened, for some reason, and noticed a man standing in the doorway to the bedroom. A flashlight was in his left hand and in his right hand he held a gun pointing at them. Victim’s boyfriend noticed the intruder wore a dark ski mask and some type of nylon jacket. He was about 5 foot 8 inches tall, 165 or 180 lbs.

     As soon as victim’s boyfriend awoke, the assailant shone the flashlight right in his eyes and said “Motherfucker, you’re dead. Put your face down or I’ll blow your fucking head off.” He then ordered victim to tie boyfriend’s wrists behind his back.

     Victim awoke and heard assailant threatening boyfriend. He then threw some shoelaces on the boyfriend’s back and ordered victim to tie his hands. “Don’t look at me, don’t look at me,” he growled when she glanced over. As she tied his hands, the intruder snarled “tighter, tighter.” Then he tied victim and retied boyfriend’s wrists.

     As is typical of all attacks, they could hear him rummaging in the house and, in this case, tearing towels in the hallway (as he was coming back). He entered. “Don’t look at me or move or I’ll blow your fucking heads off.” He told them he only wanted money and something to eat. He repeated this a number of times and especially warned the boyfriend he’d “cut his head” if he moved. He rummaged the house and came back to check on them. He asked victim where her purse was. She replied it was in the garage. After he went to the garage he came back and ordered victim to move away from her boyfriend. and get on the floor.

     When he pulled her up from the floor, victim noticed that his legs were white with brown hair. He wasstreetsigns-icon also wearing brown checkered socks; the elastic stretched. He was wearing dirty white tennis shoes. She assumed he wasn’t wearing any pants or he might be wearing shorts.

     Assailant took victim to the “front room” and put her on the floor and threw a blanket over her. He blindfolded her with a towel. She heard him rummage in the kitchen, then heard him pass with glassware. He returned to the master bedroom and placed them on the bed next to the boyfriend. He said all he wanted was food for his van. “If I hear these, I’ll blow your fucking head off.” He tied the boyfriend’s ankles again with cord (from the television). He ran the knife down his back and warned the boyfriend he’d cut his head off if he moved. Then when he left he closed the bedroom door after him.

   It should be noted that boyfriend was a rather large and powerful man.

     Assailant then returned to the front room to the victim.  He turned on the television for light, but not the sound. He said something but she couldn’t understand him. She told him she could not hear him (possibly due to the blindfold). Then he got mad and ordered her to whisper. He said something else, but she still could hear him so he got down very close to her ear and whispered “If you do what I want, I’ll take the food and money and leave without hurting anybody.” From his seductive hiss, she knew then she was going to be raped.

   Victim always slept naked. Assailant took the blanket off of her and sat on her backside. He put his penis and her hands. He said nothing, but she understood what he wanted her to do.

     Assailant was never fully aroused. He then untied her ankles and rolled her on her back. Uncharacteristically, he fondled her breasts.

     He raped her. She estimated for about a minute. He put her on her side and raped her again. He squeezed her left breast very hard. He got up, threw the blanket back on her and retied her ankles. He shoved a towel in her mouth and then tied her ankles to the bookcase with one of her boyfriend’s ties. He turned the TV off.

     “I’ll just get these things together and put them in my van.”

     Victim heard him go outside. Afterward she heard the front door squeak. He came back. He walked around for a while and then it was silent. She got a knife and freed herself and her boyfriend.


Investigation proved that The EAR had at one point stood on the flower box in front of the front window and must have peered in the living room. Then he forced the side gate. He cracked a window of an empty bedroom around around the lock and got in. The neighbors reported hearing the gate being forced and glass being cracked. Due to the fact that the owner was an independent contractor (who built the home), victim and owner lived there with
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   Victim and her boyfriend had gone to San Jose together around 6:45 p.m. to check on some of his property. When they returned home around 9 p.m. owner noticed that the door to the bedroom into which the EAR would later break and enter was closed. They usually left it open. They didn't really think anything of it at the time.

     Investigation also showed that EAR had brought the shoelaces with him. Only one pair of laces was missing from the homeowner’s shoes. The boyfriend’s size was so imposing that EAR had tied his wrists with shoelaces, electric cords and even a piece of pantyhose.

   Victim believe that when EAR had squeezed her breasts he was using bare hands and not gloves.

     EAR stole $1,600 in cash, about half of what the homeowner had. He left the other half.

   EAR did not call victim a ‘bitch.’


The assailant was about 5 foot 8 inches tall,  about 165 lbs. He wore a dark ski mask and a nylon type of wind breaker and dirty white tennis shoes. Socks had stretched elastic; were brown checkered. He had brown hair on legs. By the way he talked, he sounded 25 to 30 years old.


The geography combines the 3 major tactical allies of The EAR— parks and school at either end of the canal and trail, and a long corridor with power pylons overhead.

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Fremont (No. 44) in relation to the other 680 strikes. Except for those attacks in San Jose, the Fremont attack was the furthest south he had ventured. Where then was EAR’s lair while he lived in the Contra Costa Corridor?

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The house was a single story, detached middle class home.


In this case the description of The EAR gives us a clue. The last time his skin had been seen, on October 28, 1978 (San Ramon No. 40), he was “light olive.” Now in April 1979 his skin was white. Logically, we must deduce he still had the remnant of a Summer tan in October.

     The Summer of ’77 is a blunt clue in EAR’s crime spree. He simply was not around anymore, and there is no evidence he was prowling anywhere else. He strikes next in Stockton in September 77 (No 23), but the clues there indicate he had only been stalking the neighborhood for the week before.

     There is just as big a gap here, but it has gone unnoticed. Officially EAR’s last Summer attack had been on July 6 in Davis. His next attack was October 7, 1978, in Concord. He was thus gone for almost all of July, August, September. Where? Where did he get his tan?

     The CATs led EAR to this victim, and the canal helped him narrow it down. He walked or jogged the walking lane by it during the day, looking nonchalant. He relied on his unholy trinity here.

     More interesting, this was yet another house near-empty that was soon for sale or had just been sold. This applied to No. 40 in San Ramon and No 43 in Danville.