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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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261 Rape

35

June 23, 1978

Sylvan Meadows/Beyer Park Drive

Modesto

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Narrative

Victim’s husband  was simultaneously awakened by his barking cocker spaniel and by a man saying:

     “Shut the fucking dog up.”

     Husband noticed that a man with a dark ski mask was pointing a gun at him. A flashlight beam played over his face and blinded his eyes.

       “Shut the fucking dog up. One flinch and I’ll blow your fucking head off.”

       Husband picked up the cocker spaniel and quieted him.

       Victim now awoke and asked what was going on.

       “Shut up,” responded the intruder. “Roll over.”

     Same routine follow here as in earlier cases. Intruder ordered victim to tie husband’s hands behind his back, warning her “Don’t flinch or don’t try anything.” Then he threw the shoelaces in front of the victim. Through clenched teeth he ordered “Tighter, tighter.” He then ordered her to lay back on her stomach.

     Assailant rummaged through the closet. He pulled more laces from the husband’s tennis shoes. He ripped the covers off the bottom of their feet and tied up the husband’s ankles. He said his usual lines here, such as — “Lie still or you’ll get your fucking heads blown off.   All I want is food and money for my van.” As he tied the husband’s ankles he said: “If you try and kick me, I’ll blow your fucking brains out. If you’re going to make your move you better make it good because I’m going to blow your fucking brains out.”

     Assailant then tied the victim’s feet. He went back around the bed and pressed the muzzle of his gun against the forehead of the victim’s husband.  “If you try anything, I’ll kill your fucking wife and it will be your fault.”

     After this, assailant rummaged throughout the house. When he reentered the bedroom he said to the victim: “You’re trying to get him free.” He pulled her up from the bed, untied her feet, and pushed her to the hallway. As they were leaving, he turned back to the husband:

     “If you flinch, I’ll kill your wife.” Then he growled at her: “And if you try anything, I’ll come back and kill him.”

     After a little while he returned to the bedroom and rummaged around again and opened up dresser drawers. He took the husband’s  .357 Magnum from the night stand and left.  Minutes later he returned with dishes.

     “I’m putting the dishes on the bed and if I hear them rattle, I’ll kill your wife. I’ll blow her fucking brains out.” He blindfolded the husband with a piece of torn towel.

Investigation

Investigation uncovered that the EAR took the revolver and their wedding rings. He had entered the house through the sliding glass window in the kitchen. He spent 45 minutes in the house.

Description

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Geography

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House

House is a single story, detached middle class home.

Analysis

Unfortunately, there is no clear description of EAR here, though he doubtless looked similar as in his other attacks.

     The area was under construction, so that a number of lots were still vacant and neighbors few. Nevertheless, aside from the open fields and lots, EAR kept close to a new park.

     In Sacramento cases when EAR had to deal with a male victim who had a gun in the bedroom, he had entered previously and removed the bullets, such as in No 24 and No 26. In the case of No 24 he even tried to goad the man into going for his empty shotgun, which EAR had earlier unloaded.

     EAR did not try that here, so it seems that he may not have known the victim had a Trooper in his night stand. EAR didn’t make a big deal about a gun either, as he did in another case (26), insisting he knew the man had a gun. This is just another indication that EAR did not know Modesto well and did not have a lot of concentrated pre-stalking and prowling time to ascertain his intended victims’ lifestyles and routines.

     Syvlan and Coffee is down the road from Standiford, one of Modesto’s main thoroughfares. EAR did not wander far from a quick escape.

 

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