The couple were awakened by a flashlight beam shining in there eyes. Behind the splatter of the beam, a dark silhouette spoke. “I won’t hurt you, just be quiet. All I want is your money and food so I can live a little longer. I won’t hurt you, just be quiet.” The intruder waffled his hand with the gun so they could see it. “This is a .357 Magnum, you see, and I’ll blow your head off.”
Shocked, they stared.
“Get on your stomachs.” They obeyed. He was soon by the man’s side. “Turn your head,” he ordered. The intruder then placed the muzzle of the gun against his head and cocked it. “Put your hands behind your back and cross them.” Intruder now looked to the victim. “You. You, get up and don’t look at me. Don’t turn around. Tie him up.”
The intruder threw a brown shoelace on the bed near the victim. “One move, one flinch and I’ll blow your fucking head off. Tighter. Tighter!” His clench, gloved hand produced another shoelace before her. “Tie him again; tighter and go around again,” he growled.
When she was finished, he ordered “On your stomach. Don’t you move. Don’t flinch or I’ll blow your head off.” He now stuck the muzzle of the gun between her shoulder blades. “Put your hands behind your back and cross them.”
Assailant tied victim’s wrists very tightly. Then he ripped she sheets off the foot of the bed to expose the man’s feet. “Cross them,” he ordered. “One hand under the pillow, one hand under the mattress or you’re dead.” Assailant tied the man’s ankles.
When he finished, he demanded: “Where’s your money?”
Victim replied: “My purse is on the kitchen counter.”
The man replied: “My wallet is on the coffee table in the living room.”
“One squeak of the bed and you’re dead,” threatened the intruder with a deadly hiss through his clenched teeth.
Assailant left the room. They could hear him tearing towels in the family room. Then he returned. “It isn’t there. Where is your wallet?” He put the gun to the man’s neck.
“Maybe it’s in the kitchen,” replied the man.
“Oh man,” the assailant said as he left the room.
He soon returned. “Put your head up.” The man did so and was quickly blindfolded by a torn strip of towel.
“Don’t cover my mouth,” said the man.
“I have allergies and I’ll die.”
The intruder ignored him. “Get up and get away from him,” he ordered the victim. He shoved the gun muzzle into her back. “Don’t look at me or I’ll blow your head off. Walk and be quiet.” He prodded her down the hall with the muzzle of his gun in her back.
“Get on your stomach,” he ordered her as they stood in the middle of the living room. “Turn your head and don’t look at me or I’ll kill you.” He ordered her to cross her ankles and then he tied them. “Pull your head up.” Then he blindfolded her with a towel strip. “Don’t make a sound or I’ll kill you.”
Assailant left and went into the kitchen where he rummaged, opening and closing drawers and cabinets, rifling about and opening the refrigerator. Then the victim heard him walk past. Assailant returned to the bedroom. He put a dish and bowl on the man’s back. He warned him: “If I hear these move I’m going to kill your girlfriend.” Just to hit home his point, he put the muzzle of his gun to the man’s head and cocked it.
He returned to the living room and squatted down on the victim. He asked her. “Do you like to fuck?”
He raped her.
Assailant raped her in many different ways. He used suntan lotion as a lubricant. At one point during her raping she started crying. He said “Shut up! This is how me fuck.” After he finished raping her, he placed a bowl and plate on her back. Then he warned her: “One click, one small noise and he’s dead.”
Investigation uncovered that during the times the East Area Rapist had left his victim he had rummaged through the house and in one instance had found the victim’s nylon pantyhose, tied one leg in a knot and pushed a hole through the crotch with his finger. This was something he had done at other rape scenes. After raping the victim, he also went to a corner of the room and sobbed and blamed “Mommy.”
EAR was in the home for about an hour and 10 minutes. He had made his entrance through an unlocked door leading from the garage to the home’s interior. Questioning the victim’s boyfriend revealed that on March 16, 1978, he had noticed it did not work properly anymore. Even when locked one could still turn the knob to the left and open it. He had not repaired it yet.
EAR clearly knew this was the easiest way into the home, which underscores he had stalked the residence and even entered it before. Another indication he had been in the house before is the fact he had uncovered something that indicated the couple were boyfriend/girlfriend and not married. He had made this mistake a few time before, calling a boyfriend husband or just referring to the male as “him” when talking to or ordering the respective victim.
Investigation also proved that the victim’s driver’s license and $13 in cash from her billfold had been taken. Also $150 in quarters, dimes and nickels in two jars had also been taken. Her earrings, rings, watch and high school picture were also taken.
Assailant appears to have drunk 2 bottles of beer before he left. Brand name is not given.
Canvass of the neighborhood revealed that on March 13, 1978, at 11:30 p.m. a married couple had observed a white male approximately 30 years old walking near the Meadow Avenue residence. Two nights later they heard someone in their backyard.
On March 15, 1978, a 10-year-old girl saw a figure in her backyard window. The time was 10:30 p.m. They lived on the cross street of Rivara Drive. Her father checked the backyard. He saw no one. The mother had seen a faded Volkswagen van parked across the street several times over the past two weeks. It was usually there at 4 a.m. She also saw an older green Ford in the same location on occasion.
On March 16, 1978, a 28-year-old woman with two children answered the phone. The male voice whispered lewd things and then hung up. At 9:30 p.m. that night someone was heard in the backyard of another Meadow Avenue yard. The daughter of this family was 17 years old. Another Meadow Avenue neighbor, a 26 year old housewife, heard something rattling on the side of her house. The time was 10:30 p.m. At 11:30 p.m. another Meadow Avenue resident, just arriving home, saw a white male 18 to 25 years old get out of a small vehicle and take something out of the trunk. The subject was wearing a light colored nylon jacket. At 12:30 a.m., March 17, this resident’s 17-year-old daughter saw a flashlight beam shining in her bedroom window. Her father checked and found no one. Just after midnight, a 24-year-old housewife was awakened by someone at their sliding glass window. She nudged her husband and he checked. He saw nothing.
The earliest report of what appeared to be stalking was on March 11, 1978. An old faded van was seen on Rivara Drive. Subject was a white male 20 to 22 years old, driving very slowly and looking at the homes. That evening a baby sitter heard someone in the backyard on that same street; when she checked she saw nothing.
At 3:30 a.m. the morning of the attack, another neighbor heard someone running. She then heard what was possibly a Volkswagen start up and drive off. It had a loud muffler.
There is no clear description of the assailant except naturally his penis. Victim said it was small, about 3 inches long. Assailant wore dark clothes and a mask. He had a revolver. While being raped, the victim felt a shoulder holster hitting her.
The area of Meadow Avenue fits the pattern of EAR’s prowling MO. It backs to a very wooded area by a creek (Five Mile Creek). There is also a court (Monty Court) behind the area. It is also not that far from a major park and schools. It fact, the area is close in layout to Winding Way and the attack on Victims 29/30. It is strangely reversed. The EAR may have been targeting someone on Monty Court originally and then opted to attack a Meadow Avenue home.