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Preliminaries

Introduction

A Word About Rape

Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct

 

Prehistory

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—
 Sacramento

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

Panic!

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

Thwarted!

 

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Breaking/Entering/Assault

43B

March 20, 1979

Gadsten Way/Zinfandel

Rancho Cordova

Auld Lange Syne

East Area Rapist

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Narrative

Victim was sleeping on her stomach in her bed. She was awakened by someone sitting on her and holding her arms. She woke up and saw a man with a nylon mask. She started to scream, but he punched her face and told her to “Shut up!” He then said all he wanted was money. He tied her up and called her “bitch” several times.

     The details of this attack are secondhand through Lt. Larry Crompton who in company of Sac. County sheriff detective James Bevins visited the victim at one of her friend’s home. The victim’s face was swollen and purple on the left side. Her left eye was blackened and partially closed. She had trouble talking. Her two 12-year-old twins were with her.

     According to victim she was awakened in her room around 4:30 or 5 a.m. The assailant had something in his hand as he hit her, but she couldn’t see what it was. He ordered her to roll over crosssigns-iconand he tied her hands behind her back and then blindfolded her. His nylon mask seemed homemade and it hung loosely off his face. He wore gloves that were very soft.

.  The assailant then threw the comforter over her face. She could hear him rummaging and going through her drawers. She could hear him taking jewelry. Of particular note is that the assailant spoke in a threatening, gasping way, calling her “bitch” in between gasps and using the F word a lot.

     Assailant left the bedroom and she could hear him rummaging in the kitchen drawers.   According to the victim it sounded like he was in every room in the house except the children’s bedrooms. However, he apparently closed the girl’s bedroom door. She always slept with it open.

     The assailant rummaged around the house (duplex actually) for about 45 minutes before he returned to her room. He pulled the comforter off her back and pulled her pajama bottoms down. Yet he did nothing but slide something cold down her back. She believed it was the flat side of a knife blade. “This is your last chance. Where’s the money?” She insisted she didn’t have any and begged him to believe her. He continued to hold them and she felt he was staring at her. She estimated he stared at her back for about three minutes. Then he let go of the elastic waist and let it snap back. “Bitch,” he said and left the room. She heard him rummaging again. Then it fell silent. 

     It must have been around 6 a.m. He may have heard the daughter’s alarm clock go off. Ten minutes later victim was able to get up and awake the boy.

     During the time the assailant was staring at her back, victim believed she was going to be rape. She believed she wasn’t because she has the nasty scar on her back. She believes that was what he was staring at.

Investigation

Investigation showed that Victim had been tied with a nylon cord cut from a tent they had in their garage. She had been gagged by one of her own scarfs which he had taken from her dresser drawer. Victim locked all the doors and windows before going to bed. There was no evidence
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   Continuing investigation uncovered that the son had heard someone prowling around the house at 12:30 a.m. but hadn’t told anyone. Between his rummaging the house the intruder returned to the bedroom and checked the bindings several times. Each time he asked for the money and each time he called her “bitch.” Victim felt that his whole routine was a pre-planned script.

     In addition to this, Sunday evening around 6 p.m. her son answer the phone. He could tell  someone was on the line. He kept saying “hello” but no one answered. Then the caller hung up.

   Investigation also proved assailant took $3,000 worth of jewelry.

Description

Loose fitting nylon mask, soft thick gloves.

Geography

Geography fits the EAR modus operandi to a certain extent. There are two schools close at hand and Zindandel is a main road out of Rancho Cordova. He had hit duplexes before.

 

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House

The house was a duplex.

Analysis

Despite the fact that Sac. County Sheriffs did not want to accept this as a genuine EAR attack, both Bevins and Crompton did. There are many reasons to agree with them. The mask was loose-fitting, similar to the one EAR had worn while attacking No. 15. That was described as olive drab. EAR had no gun there, but used an ax owned by the family. The assailant here also had no gun. But apparently used only a knife and something, possibly a screwdriver, in his hand when he punched the victim.

     The language was similar. Not just in structure but in the fact it was a scripted, yet illogical dissertation, such as after punching the victim the assailant said he wasn’t going to hurt her. Such contradiction was common when EAR awakened his victims, saying he only wanted money and he wasn’t going to hurt them and then in the same breath telling them if they made a false moved he’d “blow their fucking brains out.”

     When EAR visited far distant places, he seems to have taken his most in loot. Moreover, this attack was in the east of Rancho Cordova, not far down Mac Gregor and the other disputed attack. After the Maggiore Double Murders, EAR avoided the older part of Rancho Cordova. 

     EAR had used ligatures gleaned from the house before, closed the room where the children were sleeping and never bothered them, and when striking at a distance seemed to limit himself to an ethnicity. In San Jose both victims were Japanese. Here in the eastern area of Rancho Cordova, both 31B and 43B were Hispanic.

     EAR had straddled victims in bed before and he had used soft, tight fitting gloves before. He also had staked out a house hours before striking before. He had worn a loose fitting mask before.

     Did EAR intentionally wear the olive drab loose fitting mask he had worn with his No 15 attack in Rancho Cordova? It is curious to ponder that. He may have done so to make the police think there was more than one rapist and this attack was merely by the same man who had used this same getup long before on Dolecetto Drive.

     One can second-guess it all they want, but the Chief of Police of Davis was quite right. EAR was quite shrewd.

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