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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

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May 14, 1977

About 4:30 a.m.

Merlindale Drive

Citrus Heights

Blind Spot and a Stop Watch

East Area Rapist

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Narrative

Victim sensed a light playing over her eyes. She awoke and realized it was a flashlight beam. Behind the bright splatter of light, a masked man stood by the bed holding the flashlight on her. He wore a dark jacket. His face was distorted by a tight nylon mask. His clenched lips barely moved in the constrictive nylon. “You make a sound and I’ll kill you. I have a .45 and I’ll kill you if you move.”

   Victim froze. At this moment the husband, who had been stirring, awoke and looked over.

     In typical fashion, the assailant gave the appearance of trying to ease them by saying he was only after money and food and then “I’ll leave in my van.” He ordered them on their stomachs and warned them that he was only going to tie them up. Assailant removed shoelaces from jacket pocket and threw them on the bed by the victim. “Tie his hands!” he ordered. Yet victim was shaking so badly she couldn’t do it well.  “Do it over,” he barked. “Tie them tighter! In a knot, or I’ll kill you.”  When she was finished, he pushed her flat on the bed, gruffly grabbed her arms and locked them behind her back. Then he tightly tied her wrists with more shoelaces.

     “Don’t hurt her,” said her husband.

     “Shut up or I’ll kill you!”

     Now that they were tied, he became more aggressive. Victim worried about her dog, which she told him was in bed. He merely growled at her to “Shut up!”  He ordered her to cross her ankles and then tied her feet. He retied the husband, tightly. Now he pressed the muzzle of his gun against the man’s neck. “Where’s the money?” he demanded. The man replied “On the dresser.”

     There on the dresser stood a bottle filled with pennies. Assailant swung his gun and broke the neck of the bottle off.  The noise caused some alarm, and the dog started to act up, so he took the little dog and threw him in another room. When he returned, he asked if there was money in the “green box [on the dresser].” After he was told “no,” he threatened the husband: “You better not be lying or I’ll kill you.” He insisted there were only insurance papers therein.

     Husband had told the truth, but the assailant did not believe him. He pried the lock and found only papers. He angrily threw them on the floor. Instead he took coins from a glass coffee mug (they were Canadian coins). He emptied them into his pocket.

     “I have to take a break now,” assailant said as he left the room. They heard him leave through the backyard sliding glass door.

     When he returned, he asked: “Do you have a purse?”

     After being told it was in the family room, assailant left down a hallway. He soon returned with a cup and saucer and placed this on the husband’s back.  “I can’t find your purse,” he growled. “If I hear these move, I’ll slit her throat, cut off her ear, and bring it to you.”  He untied the victim’s feet. “Walk and don’t look at me.  If you don’t do as I tell you I’ll kill you both.” He pushed the muzzle of his gun into her back and jabbed her long in front of him to the family room.

     The time with 4:45 a.m.

     He ordered her on her stomach, then growled for her to cross her legs. He knelt down and tied her ankles. He already knew where the purse was. Victim heard him stand up and take if from the shelf and empty it on the couch.  Her put the money in his pocket and went to the kitchen. Victim could hear the refrigerator being opened. She heard a can of beer popping open as he walked back in the room.

     “Please God, don’t kill me! Please!” Although she did not say this very loud (mostly just whispered to herself), the assailant heard her.

     “Shut up!” he growled. “You better cooperate or I’ll kill you.”

     He did not remain long, but went back to the bedroom to check on the husband. Here he put a gun to his head.  “You move and I’ll kill you,” he threatened. He put the gun away and took out a knife. He put it against the man’s neck. “I’m going to rest now and have a beer.” Then he left the room.

     Instead of returning to the family room, the assailant stopped at the hallway bathroom and removed from the medicine cabinet a bottle of Vaseline. He took a towel.

     Victim, still lying on her stomach, heard him return. But assailant said nothing. She could sense he was standing over her and watching her. Then she heard him tear the towel (in half). He went to the television and hung half the towel on it. He placed a candleholder on the towel to hold it in place over the screen and then turned the television on (with sound off). This dimly lit the room. He walked back to her and placed a cup and saucer on her back.

     “If you move, I’ll kill you.” He then tied the other part of the towel around her eyes.  He stood up and now she heard his belt unbuckle and his fly unzip. Then his pants fell to his ankles.

     “No! Just leave me alone and go!”

     “Be quiet or I’ll kill you. I’ll slit your throat.”

     Victim heard jar lid being removed and assailant lubricate himself.  Assailant now knelt over her and placed his penis and her hand. “Massage it,” he ordered. “Play with it.” He then rolled over and untied her feet.  He slid her pajama bottoms down and then her underpants down. He manipulated her orally. He raped her.

     “You are beautiful,” he whispered devilishly through his clenched teeth. “I’m going to
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take you in the van with me. How would you like to be in the river?” She started to cry. “Shut up! Don’t make a sound or I’ll kill you.”

     He stopped raping her.  He rolled her over and replaced the cup and saucer on her back.  She heard him pulling his pants up. The glint from her diamond ring must have caught his eye, for she felt his hand grab hers and pull at the ring.

   “No, please don’t take them,” she begged. “Please don’t take them off.”

     He put the gun muzzle to her head. “Shut up or I’ll kill you.” He yanked the rings off her finger.

     She heard him pick up what sounded like a carry bag and then walk to the back door, open it, and then step out into the backyard. Moments later she heard him climb the fence.

Investigation

Investigators arrived about 6 a.m. and saw the now-typical scene: shoelaces on the living room floor, victim’s panties, her purse on the couch and all the contents spread over it. A bottle of Vaseline intensive care notion was next to the purse, its lid off.

   Iodine fuming on the victim’s body did not uncover any fingerprints. House was, like the others, dusted for hours. No prints were picked up. 

     Investigation also revealed that the current homeowners had only lived here three months.  The previous homeowner had moved out of the home in February. Upon being questioned, the last owner reported having experienced a very strange man. She felt he was only posing as a real estate agent. He had visited the house, expressing an interest in it. She described him as dark complexion, medium frame, about 5 foot 10 inches tall. He was only about 25 years old. He asked her very strange questions that unnerved her. Such as: 1) What does your husband do? Why is your daughter not home? According to her, his eyes seemed to glare at her and she felt very uneasy while he was there. She made a point of watching him leave. She noticed that his car was an older brown color. It did not match is well-dressed appearance. Moreover, she had also experienced a number of hang-up phone calls. 

     Assailant made his entrance by removing a screen and then prying on a sliding glass window in the backyard.

Description

Assailant wore a heavy dark jacket and was about 5 foot 10 inches. Atypically, he wore a tight nylon rather than a ski mask.  He carried a black bag on this occasion. 

Geography

He parked on a blind spot on Birdcage Ave. where nobody would pay much attention to his coming and going.

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House

The house is a single story, detached middle class home like in all the previous but the condominium strike in La Riviera (No. 18)

Analysis

This attack is very typical of the East Area Rapist. As before, he overplayed the van outside routine and again implied he was based by “the river.” As in some other cases, the dog did not bark at his presence, though it got a little excited when the glass broke. There is one other oddity. When he was searching for money, he asked the husband what was in the “green” box.” It was actually a blue box. The flashlight beam may have distorted the color, or this may indicate the type of nylon mask he wore, as its color and thickness may have distorted the color of all things he saw beyond it.

     This mask was quite unique— the stocking pulled over the head, the sinister mask of bank robbers and hit men. This was a first.

     The one break he took going outside may indicate he needed air since this is the first time he used a tight fitting stocking. The nylon ski masks and balaclavas he used before without mouth holes are an entirely different matter. Nylon in the form of a woman’s stocking will irritate and cause a lot of heat retention.

     Months before, the previous owner noted hang-up phone calls. Although investigation seems to have eliminated the strange real estate agent, the house seems to have been marked by the EAR for months in advance.

 

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