Bermuda Triangle




Cold Case Files

Legends of the Lost

   The East Area Rapist struck California communities for 10 years— 1976-1986. Toward the end he became a murderer now known as the Original Night Stalker. He has 50 rapes and 12 murders to his record.  In the last 5 years of his crime spree his attacks became fewer and further apart, indicating he was losing the thrill and would quit. Then he vanished. He is the No. 1 serial offender in history. Yet he was so methodical and careful, he is known only by his DNA. It has been run through the database and never found a match with anybody who has been incarcerated. He would be about 56 years old now. He can best be likened to the real life Michael Myers.





A Word About Rape

Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct

The Folklore of “Copycat”




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


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

The Lair of an Arch Rapist

Masks— Now you see them, now you don’t

The Mystery of the Silent Dog






November 10, 1977

About 3:30 a.m.

La Riviera

La Riviera/Sacramento

Condo Commando

East Area Rapist

La Riviera-Glenville

The area of La Riviera in question from Glenville Circle.


Victim’s mother was awakened by a banging noise.  It was the closing of the bedroom’s patio sliding glass door. Victim’s mother, 56 years old, bolted up in bed. Her eyes were immediately blinded by the splatter of a bright flashlight beam. She demanded to know what the figure behind the light wanted.

     “I won’t hurt you ore harm you,” replied a male voice in undertones. “All I want is your money. Lie back down.”

     The man was masked. He spoke in an angry whisper between clenched teeth. He now ordered her to lie on her stomach. He tied her hands and then her ankles. She complained that her hands were tied too tight.

     “Do you want me to cut off your fingers?” he replied. Then: “Who else is in the house? If you lie to me, I’ll slit your throat.”

     She replied that the only other person in the house was her daughter.

     The intruder then told victim’s mother that he was going to go tie the daughter. He left the room.

       Intruder then tried to wake up the 13 year old daughter in her own room.  He had to shake her awake. Still half asleep she told him to leave her alone. When fully awake she realized that the intruder was a man wearing a black ski mask with holes for eyes and mouth.

     “This isn’t a joke,” he snarled. Get on your stomach and put your hands behind your back.”

       She argued with him. “No!”

       “Do what I say or I’m going to stick you with a knife. I’ll slit your throat and watch you bleed to death.” Assailant then pressed the knife against her neck, behind her ear. “Do you want me to cut off your ear?”

       “I don’t care,” she replied while she rolled over.

       “All I want is your money,” he reaffirmed in a snarl.

       “I don’t have any,” she replied.

       Assailant then tied her hands and feet and left her bedroom. She heard him go into the bathroom. 

       During this time, victim was able to loose the ties from her feet. She then heard him returning.

       Assailant growled and started retying her feet. “If you move again,” he warned her, “I’ll kill your mother.”

       Assailant left the room and started rummaging throughout the condominium. These condominiums have kitchens upstairs. Victim had heard him go up and now heard him coming back downstairs. She heard dishes rattle. She knew now it was the East Area Rapist. He walked past her room to her mother’s. Victim now knew she would be the victim.

       Assailant returned to the mother’s bedroom and put two plates on victim’s mother’s back.  “If I hear these plates jiggle you’ll be dead, bitch. All I
want is your money and food. Do you hear me?” She did not reply. “Do you hear me? Do you hear me?”

   “Yes,” she finally replied.

     “I need things for my apartment.  Blankets. My car’s parked out front and I’m going back to L.A.”

     Assailant returned to victim’s room.  Victim saw strips of towels in his hands. He gagged her. Then he blindfolded her.  He untied her feet and straddled her on the bed. He placed his penis in her tied hands.

     Assailant ordered her: “Grab it.  Squeeze it.” As her stiff fingers moved, he said: “Do you know what this is?”  She replied that she did not.

   Assailant then asked: “Have you ever fucked before?”

     “I don’t know.”

     “Do you know what that means?”


     “Roll over,” he ordered.


     “Roll over or I’ll kill you!”

     “I don’t want to!”

     Assailant then viciously ordered her to roll over. She did not. He grabbed her and rolled her over. “Bend your legs!” he ordered.


Police investigators were faced with an adamant victim and mother who insisted that there had been no rape. Investigators were certain this was an East Area Rapist attack and that the 13 year old had been raped.


Description of the attacker was similar to that in previous rapes, not only in how he spoke but in how he used the knife and flashlight.


The location on La Riviera Drive near Watt Avenue is condominiums on one side and houses on the other. These condos share the same levee and bike trail as the condos further down La Riviera where Victim 18 was attacked.

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Pathway to the north over the bridge and into the Rio Americano Drive area. But this seems a very exposed path to take.


I belabor the point of The EAR’s escape because he seems to have decided it would not be good to bring a gun this time. This is a disturbing contrast with his attack further down the levee at other condos (Victim 18). What does it indicate? It would seem he did not have a car nearby. He must have felt a gun on him would be too risky. With Victim 32 we will see this same scenario. He parked far away from Little Pocket and moved along the levee. There is some disagreement whether he had a gun at that attack. (I initially accepted that a short gun was used there, per Crompton’s explicit recital that there was, though the victim could not recall what was in his hands when the assailant burst in. But Richard Shelby in his book, Hunting a Psychopath, says it was only an ice pick.

     If so, it tells us The EAR did not park close and was indeed bike riding from a further location. Where to? Would it have been south of 50 back to where he had gone the first time he struck in La Riviera (See Victim 11)? Over the bridge, incredibly exposed, to Carmichael? The other side of Watt to Rancho Cordova?

     Wherever he had parked, if he did bring a car, he seems not to have parked too close.

     There is little reason to doubt that this was an East Area Rapist attack. However, there is not much information on it to say with certainty that it was rape or molestation. According to the Sacramento Bee the 13-year-old girl was raped.

     This was, however, the first-time that EAR returned to a previous “comfort zone” he had established in his crime spree. All attacks since No. 21 (Sandbar Circle) were in new locations, including Florin (No. 22), Stockton (No. 23), the east side of La Riviera (No. 24), Foothill Farms (No. 25), Whitney/Woodson (No. 26).

     The victim’s age places her as the youngest victim ever attacked by EAR.