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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

31B

March 29, 1978

about 2:45 a.m.

Ambassador/Mc Gregor

Rancho Cordova

Back to Rancho

East Area Rapist

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Narrative

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.

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     I have to some extent engaged in intentional overkill in the photo essay above in order to accentuate a contradiction. Yes, all these are tactical allies of EAR, and he no doubt stalked along here. But it is growing increasingly obvious, especially with the most recent Stockton attack (No 31), that EAR was not relying on them as much anymore. He was driving the streets, parking where he would, and then prowling the yards. Nevertheless, the tactical allies almost always remain nearby. They still could provide a convenient and quiet retreat. He could Ambassador-power-iconappear here along Ambassador as a biker. He could sit at the park and watch the neighborhood.

     But Ambassador Drive has something else. It ends not only at a major intersection for the Jedediah Smith Bike Trail (with a small parking lot), it also ends at  . . . a main pumping station. These haveRoadsmeet-icon become incredibly common in the general area where EAR struck.

     The thing that has, and indeed should, nag at investigators, and not just me, is how did EAR find all these locations, especially the canals? Construction or roofing work has been repeatedly offered as the explanation, and this may indeed be trueAmbassador-Yukon-power-icon, but a large number of the strikes occur near a power or pumping station. Did he service these? If so, it would explain how he became familiar with neighborhoods, and how in the course of his crime spree he consistently prowled areas that were nearby to power stations.

   This is subtly but definitely seen in No. 26, where the stranger who seemed to be EAR first prowled the neighborhood from the south of Whitney, right from the direction, but a couple of blocks away, of a minor canal and pumping station.

     Altogether I see little reason to discount this attack as a genuine EAR strike. Although I know of no dialog used in the attack, all the intangibles and circumstantial evidence say it was him.    

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