A Word About Rape

Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct



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—

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

Parks, Schools, Open Fields & Orchards

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

The Mystery of the Silent Dog




261 Rape


June 25, 1979

About 6 a.m./Pre dawn

San Pedro Court

Walnut Creek

Dig and Retreat

East Area Rapist


Victim, a 13-year-old girl, had been sound asleep when the intruder jumped on her back and placed a hand over her mouth. “Don’t say a word. I’m not going to kill you. All I’m looking for is money. All I want is money.” 

   Assailant placed a knife against her neck and ordered her to put her hands behind her back.  If she did not keep quiet he said he would stab her. He tied her wrists and ankles. He rummaged in the bedroom. He came back to her bed and stood over and leaned next to her ear. Through clenched teeth, he hissed: “I’m not going to kill you. All I’m looking for is money. All I want is money.”

     She then heard him lubricating himself with lotion. Then he straddled her and she felt his penis in her tied hands.

     “You rub my cock and you better make it good or I’ll kill you,” he whispered through clenched teeth. “I got my long knife and if I kill you it will be instant death.” 

     Then assailant got off her and ordered her to roll on her back. He untied her feet and took her underwear off.

     “Have you ever been fucked before?”

     She did not respond.

     “I want you to spread your legs far apart.” He started to rape her. “Just do what I want and I won’t hurt you. Gimme a good drop or I’ll kill you.”

     He raped her.

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     Assailant retied her feet. “If I hear one word out of you, I’ll kill you while I’m looking, looking looky, for money, money, money,” he whispered devilishly.

     Victim eventually got loose and woke her father and sister in their bedrooms. Police were called.


Investigators arrived to find the scene, confined to the girl’s bedroom. White bindings were used to tie the victim. A bra had been used to gag her. Twine was on the floor at the foot of victim’s bed along with her underwear. Another piece of white twine was found on the ground outside the bedroom window. The father had verified that the twine did not come from the house. Therefore EAR must have brought it with him. EAR had also brought the lotion, Johnson’s Baby Lotion.

     The bloodhound picked up The EAR’s scent. The dog went to the two sliding glass doors in the backyard, then to a window at the side of the house, then a wooden door. From there the dog went outside the open side gate, west on San Pedro Court, right on San Carlos and then left on San Jose Court. The dog lost the scent at the same location as the dogs had after the first rape in Walnut Creek (No. 45) nearby on El Divisadero.

   Investigation proved that EAR had only been in the victim’s room. Her sister, 16 years old, was in her bedroom, and their father was in the master bedroom.

     Victim confirmed that the assailant used the exact expression “Gimme a good drop.”  No one, including the victim, had ever heard that expression before.


The East Area Rapist was wearing a loose fitting, cheese cloth-type mask (probably the same “white loose fitting hood” he wore in the No. 45 attack on El Divisadero). Victim described him as about 6 ft. tall but not heavy. When he was rummaging in the room, she could see he was wearing some type of jogging shorts.


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The house is a single story, detached middle class ranch style home


Mirroring his earlier No. 45 attack just the street over, this attack shows EAR did not have a gun. He also wore what must have been the same white loose fitting hood. Clearly he drove to the area and parked at the blind spot. But his attire is quite unique. Due to the early morning hours he must have tried to look like a jogger. I suggest to you that the white hood was wrapped around his neck while he walked/jogged about, acting as though he was a passing jogger. This way it merely looked like a cloth that many joggers wear to catch perspiration.

     Given this, where he hid the twine and lotion on him is a good question. The tube must have been in his elastic belt or he wore a wind breaker, which he may have taken off before gaining entrance, thus explaining the dropped twine outside.

     The victim must have meant much to him, for he risked quite a lot to get at her. He remained only in her room and did not even try to bind the others. It would have been quite risky, I suppose, with a father in one room and a 16 year old in another to bind one of them silently first. If either of the other 2 should awake, one could run out the door. He clearly had stalked the house before. He knew the victim’s room window.

     Curious that in both Walnut Creek cases he went to great lengths to get his victims, and each time he did not carry a gun. 

     The EAR’s behavior is consistent with his MO when he raped an individual alone in the house. This is how he attacked the coed on Portage Bay East in Davis. This is how he attacked the single victim alone on Liberta Court in Danville, and others. He pounced on them and held them down.

     Most of all this was his dig and retreat MO. He struck deepest from Ygnacio Valley Road with No. 45 and then struck closer to this point of exit/entry in the last victim. He never returned.