It was about 1:45 a.m. Victim’s husband was awakened by a steady tapping on his foot. He awoke to be confronted by the splatter of a bright flashlight beam shining in his eyes.
“Don’t move or I’ll blow your fucking brains out. I know you got a gun in a drawer in here somewhere, and if you move I’ll blow your fucking brains out. I know you got a gun in here somewhere.”
The intruder stood at the foot of the bed. He spoke in an angry whisper between clenched teeth.
Victim’s husband told him the gun was in the night stand drawer.
Victim awoke as she heard the voices. She saw the flashlight beam moving about the room. Intruder then repeated that he’d “blow their heads off” if they did not do exactly what he said. He did not come near them for about five minutes, victim estimated. He threw the shoelaces to her and ordered her to “Tie him.” Instead of tying him tightly as she intended she made a mistake and tied only one wrist. The intruder was extremely mad. “Bitch!” he snarled. “I’ll blow your brains out if you try something like that again.” He then threw another lace and told her to do it right. Afterward he retied the husband and then tied her up.
He rummaged through the house and then after a while came back to the bedroom and, strangely, accused victim of having tried to untie her husband in the interim. Then he cut the shoelace from her ankles and ordered her to “Get up!” He pushed her down the hall with his gun in her back and a knife at her throat. He warned her if she tried anything he would kill her.
When they arrived at the living room, assailant already had strips of towel on the floor. He ordered her to lie down on her stomach. Then he tied her feet and blindfolded her with a towel. He told her he only wanted money and food “for his van” and then he’d leave. Victim said she didn’t have any money, but that she would write him a check. He replied: “Shut your fucking mouth.” He then left the room.
Assailant soon returned, straddled her and then squatted down on her back and put his penis in her tied hands. He ordered her to “Play with it” and that she better “do it good.” She attempted to tell him she had no feeling in her hands (because they were bound too tightly), but he cut her off with “Shut up!” or he would cut off one of her ears.
Assailant repositioned her. Assailant then ordered her to “Suck it” and shoved the offending denizen in her mouth. She was sickened by the taste. She could tell it had a lot of lotion on it.
He raped her.
Then he put “it” in her mouth again.
Then he stood up and while standing over her said “I’m sorry, Mom. . .Mommy, please help me; I don’t want to do this, Mommy.” Then he began to sob. The victim thought it was
genuine. He repeated this “over and over” according to the victim. He continued to sob and hyperventilate.
Then he left the living room for awhile to check on the husband. He returned to the living room and raped victim again. Afterward he started crying again. From the sounds of it, he appeared to be stumbling about the room. “Mommy, I don’t want to do this. Someone please help me.”
Then he tied her feet and while doing so he told her he was going to watch television for while. She was to keep her “fucking mouth shut.” According to victim he used the work “fucking” a lot and called her “bitch” repeatedly.
Before he left the residence, he put a cup and saucer on victim’s back and then stole her wedding rings.
Investigation uncovered a disturbing chain of preliminary events. While the couple had been out earlier in the evening (and had returned home around 10 p.m.), the East Area Rapist had entered the house through the window of a vacant bedroom. He had broken the pane and then pried off the window screen. He entered the house and came into the master bedroom. Here he unlocked the sliding glass door to the patio. At the same time he must have found the revolver, a .357 Magnum Colt Trooper, and unloaded it. He then exited the house through the bedroom sliding glass door onto the patio, closed it without locking it, and replaced the screen on the other bedroom window by which he had entered. Investigation also uncovered the bullets from this revolver had been found behind the residence, a home that belonged to a State Patrol Officer. They were .38 caliber bullets.
A bloodhound trace the scent of the attacker from the residence to the corner of Whitney and Mission Avenue, where a dump truck is usually parked overnight.
This supported a witness’ report. At 6:30 a.m. that morning a witness across the street (at her place of business) on Whitney Avenue had seen a man rise up from inside the trailer of the dump truck with a bike in his hands. This truck was parked across the street at the corner by a gas station. The man was dressed in dark clothing with a mask over his head. He got on the bicycle and darted east on Whitney Avenue.
Investigation proved that the dump truck is parked there by the owner at night during the week and occasionally every weekend. It was thus frequently parked there.
For a week prior to the attack the victim’s residence had received hang-up phone calls.
The victim’s upper body was processed for fingerprints. None were found.
Canvas of the neighborhood uncovered that a white male, about 25 to 30 years old, was seen driving a large four-door vehicle, possibly a Plymouth or Dodge, on Woodson Avenue. He appeared to be checking the residences. This had been on October 28, 1977, at 6:30 p.m. The evening of the attack a 1963 or 1964 Ford Falcon had been seen driving slowly on Woodson Avenue. The car had been seen twice before on the street.
Investigation uncovered that the victim and her husband left the residence 7:30 p.m. to go to Ricco’s Pizza. It was during this time that EAR must have set up the scene of the attack for later.
Victim described the attacker as wearing black leather gloves. She also saw his legs from the knees down. She said he was wearing blue, worn tennis shoes; his socks were brown and burgundy. His legs were white with a light colored hair. She described his penis as big around but short. She believed this was the East Area Rapist. She had already heard that he was under-endowed and therefore his penis girth surprised her.
The Woodson Ave. area by Whitney and Mission is yet another change for the East Area Rapist. As roads go, it is not that far from No 14. But it stands alone. There was (and still is) an open field by the area. The area where the dump truck was parked remains the same. Aside from the open field, it doesn’t offer much tactically according to The EAR’s usual MO.