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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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October 28, 1978

Montclair Place

San Ramon

Cats & Fields Again

East Area Rapist

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Narrative

Victim was awakened by a flashlight beam in her eyes. From behind the splatter of the beam she heard a man say, through clenched teeth, “Don’t say anything or I’ll kill you.” The flashlight beam then coasted on to the man next to her. “Wake him up,” ordered the intruder. He then tossed shoelaces onto the sheet near her head. “Be quiet or I’ll kill you motherfucker. Tie his hands.” He then stepped to and leaned over her boyfriend. With a devilish hiss, he whispered: “Don’t move, motherfucker, or I’ll kill you.”

     Victim tied husband’s hands. Then the assailant ordered them on their stomachs and tied her hands. Then he said: “I want your money. All your money. I know you have some. I’ll kill you if you don’t tell me where it is.”

     She told him there was $50 in her purse. That did not satisfy him. He said he needed more than that. He left  to go get her purse (she had told him where it was.)  When he came back she said she had silver dollars. According to victim he became angry and demanded: “Where is it? Where is it?”

     They could hear him searching throughout the house. He came back and ordered her off the bed and away from her husband. He took her to the kitchen and ordered her to lie down on the floor. Since victim always sleeps naked, there was no undressing done. He tied her ankles and left the kitchen.

     Victim then noticed that the stove light was turned on and she could sense the intruder walking around her. “Don’t move,” he said, or I’ll kill you.” He repeated that a number of times. Then he told her he had seen her at “the lake” and she always looked real good. He “got hard” every time he would see her. When she asked him what lake, he replied: “Whisper,  whisper motherfucker.”

     Then he blindfolded her with a piece of towel and left the kitchen again to rummage the house.

     During one of these moments, as in other cases, the intruder went back to the master bedroom and placed dishes on the husband’s back. He put the muzzle of his gun to his head and threatened him that if he moved blow his head off. And, if he heard these rattle he would come back and kill him.

     In this case, the victim was able to move the blindfold by moving her head around. She noticed when the assailant was coming back he was not wearing any pants. He knelt down in front of her and said “Suck on it and don’t hurt me. You hurt me and I’ll kill you.” She told him that she needed a drink of water first. He got a glass of water and threw it on her face, neck and breasts. He then stuck the offending organ in her mouth. He then left for a while and came back and raped her.

     At one point he commented on her ring, saying that it was very unusual.  She told him to take it. He tried but it would not come off. She told him to pull on it and he finally yanked it off.  She then told him that an airport limo was coming to pick her up shortly at 5:30 a.m. He soon left.

     According to victim, the rapist was never fully aroused.

Investigation

Investigators uncovered the unusual clues as seen in other attacks, such as the EAR had turned the thermostat down to 63 degrees.

     The EAR had entered the home through the unlocked garage door and left through the sliding glass patio door.

     Scratch marks or scrape marks were found on the fence palings where The EAR had entered the yard. There were several shoe impressions with a herringbone design in the soft dirt of the backyard. Casts revealed that these were size 9 1/2.

     The house was sparsely furnished. This was the last night the couple was remaining in the house. They had already sold it.

     The yellow torn towel strips, with which he had blindfolded victim, plus the white shoelaces, were on the kitchen floor. An empty Coors beer carton was on the kitchen counter. It was near the refrigerator. In the master bedroom there were more shoelaces, the cup and saucer that had been on the husband’s back. Dresser doors were flung open; clothing was in disarray. Closet was open but empty. The phone was lying on the floor near the bed.  It’s cord was cut.Montclar sign-icon

   The entire area was fingerprinted. It was not difficult due to the lack of furniture. All prints taken were compared to people whom the victims had known.

     Neighborhood canvas revealed some possible connection with the crime and a Toyota Celica (cream-colored with black louvers on the back window, shiny hub caps, two red stripes down the side). It had been seen at the entrance to Montclair Place on October 26. It was only dusk but the car had its brights on. It had stopped at the entrance for about 2 minutes. It then turned and went east on Springdale Lane. Ten minutes later the car returned and remained at the entrance. It remained a while and then went west on Springdale. The car was in need of washing. The driver was a white male,
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     The victim underwent hypnosis in Oakland. She too described the vehicle she had seen the day they were moving most of their stuff out. It was described in the same way, and was most likely a Celica. When shown a composite of the driver, she said it was fairly accurate.

     At 4:45 a.m. a witness was returning home on Pine Valley Road after an all-night party. He saw a man jump a backyard fence of an Adams Place home and walk west on Pine Valley Road.  Obviously, this was considered quite peculiar. The time fit when The EAR must have left the victim’s home.

Description

Both husband and victim described the rapist as a white male, with light olive skin. They believe he was in his late 20s, about 5 foot 10 inches tall and 165 lbs. His hair was dark. The mask was light beige similar to the upper part of a pair of nylon pantyhose. He had been wearing heavy, tan suede gloves (note these may be the same as mentioned in a previous rape as ‘construction gloves’) or similar to those worn by motorcycle riders, dark blue cotton ribbed dress socks and royal blue tennis shoes.

Geography

The area of the attack underscores EAR’s reliance on using CATs to guide him to a suitable victim. These too crossed Highway 680. The house was on the field close to the highway.

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House

The house was a single story, detached middle class home.

Analysis

Several factors come together here to underscore that EAR was sticking to his routine. On a number of strikes EAR had given up the routine of cutting the phone line. This always coincided when he parked close to the home and could quickly get away. When he was at a distance, he always cut the phone line in order to buy himself some time.

     This pattern fits perfectly with the witness report of the man jumping an Adams Place yard fence and walking away down Pine Valley Road to the west. EAR would have had to walk across the CAT corridor, jump a backyard fence and then go through a couple of yards of homes in the cul de sac until he came out on Pine Valley Road. All of this must have taken about 10 minutes. Thus we see why EAR cut the phone line in this attack. The area of Pine Valley Road where he walked is an enormous blind spot. This also fit his pattern of parking in a blind spot where no one would observe the type of car.

     Either EAR felt very confident to take his time in San Ramon or he was not intending to strike this victim and had not parked close to Montclair Place. He was still prowling or his intended wasn’t home and he went for an alternate.

     The Coors beer carton on the counter is remarkable. Could EAR have been that dumb to leave a genuine clue like that? He drank Coors beer, this we know. The carton is hard to explain. He was simply not going to wander the neighborhood with one and find an alternate. Did he, in fact, bring it to the house in order to fill it with goodies and did he forget to take it with him? Did he not know the house was mostly empty? Was it a red herring?

     In response to the mounting fear in the East Bay area, a woman asked Sheriff Sergeant Layton at a meeting if it was a good idea to struggle with the rapist. Layton told her: “I can tell you how to fight or how to submit, but not when to.”

   “We know how to submit,” the woman replied. “Tell us how to fight.”

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