This is a disputed case, and it is not possible to follow the usual narrative style I have laid down in the other cases here. The Sacramento Bee attributed this attack to The EAR, following the insistence of Deputy Chief (Sheriff) Robert Radford, who noted the nearby field and other factors which indicated this was an EAR attack.
The details as I have them are very simple. The assailant used the side door of the house. This side door has a window. The assailant removed the molding, took out the window, reached in and unshot the dead bolts or just slithered through the window and therewith bypassed the dead bolts.
The assailant was only in the house for 30 minutes. According to Radford’s account in the Bee, the ski masked villain confronted the woman, a 30 year old divorcé, who was asleep in the master bedroom, put a knife to her and took her to another bedroom where he raped her. He had blindfolded her and tied her hands. He never bothered her 2 children who were asleep in another room.
I cannot think of more than 1 victim, and this is not certain, whom EAR raped in the master bedroom. They were all taken elsewhere. The EAR did not rape in the master bedroom.
In addition to this, there was a large dog in the house, but the dog did nothing. This was attributed by Radford to the dog being a “family friendly” dog. However, we’ve seen before that EAR familiarized himself with household pets when he had the chance. In the case of Victim 21 on Sandbar Circle he might even have visited more than once and fed the dog.
The assailant rummaged through the house and returned twice to check on the victim in the bedroom.
Victim’s description was very sketchy— a dark ski mask, a villain about 5 foot 8 inches tall and 160 pounds.
Then there is the time of night— about 2:45 a.m. (Victim freed herself and called the sheriffs at 3:20 a.m.) EAR frequently struck in early morning.
On top of these similarities, there is the geography. The entire Rossmoor Bar park and natural area back Ambassador Drive (though the attack occurred across the street), a school is nearby, and Mc Gregor is a main street out of the development and back to Zinfandel and Highway 50.
More than this there is an intangible— The Maggiore Double Murder. This occurred in the old neighborhood near where EAR began and where he concentrated himself thereafter. Yet after the Maggiore Murders, in which one of 2 suspects seen near the area was described as very similar to EAR, the East Area Rapist would never strike there again. What’s more his next attack was in Stockton. This attack in Rancho Cordova is about as far away from the old neighborhood where he began that you can get and still remain in Rancho Cordova. It was, in a way, an open statement of avoiding old ground.
In addition to this there is Attack 27 in La Riviera. EAR was coming back to old and familiar ground south of the American River where he had not struck for a long time. Attack 27 occurred near to the earlier ones (11, 18) but at a safe distance away so no neighborhood vigilante groups would be suspecting him. It seems La Alegria/La Gloria area of Rancho Cordova would fit into that pattern. On February 2 when the Maggiores were murdered on La Alegria EAR could have been scouting the general area again when the shots rang out.
The result could be that he chose new ground. First Stockton and then this location on Ambassador on the eastern extremity of Rancho Cordova. Moreover, he would come back to this eastern area of Rancho Cordova much later in an attack (43B) that key sheriff investigators would agree was an EAR attack.
Coincidences perhaps. But I do not like coincidences and I do not like the number of these.
It is best to familiarize ourselves with the geography of the area before we continue.