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—

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




261 Rape


October 21, 1977

Around 3 a.m.

Gold Run Avenue

Sacramento/Foothill Farms

Follow Diablo

East Area Rapist


Victim sensed a presence in the room. She woke from her sleep. There in the bedroom door she saw a figure. It was a man wearing a mask. He shined a flashlight in her eyes. He held it in his left hand. In his right hand he held a revolver.

     Victim elbowed her husband, telling him there is a burglar in the room. As husband  began to roll over, the figure in the doorway spoke in an angry whisper, through clenched teeth. “I have a .357 Magnum. If you don’t do as I say, I’m going to blow your fucking head off.” Assailant then threw shoelaces on the bed.

     “Tie him up. If you don’t tie him up right I’m going to blow your fucking head off. Put his hands behind his back and be sure that you tie him tight.”

     After the victim tied her husband, assailant approached and then tied the husband tighter. He then tied the victim. He then left the room and they could hear him rummaging throughout the house. A short while later they heard him returning. Victim could hear the dishes rattle when the assailant put them on her husband’s back.

     When this happened the victim realized that this was the East Area Rapist. When assailant picked her up to lead her out of the room, she was relieved, for she knew she would be the victim and not her 13-year-old daughter still asleep in her own room.

     As in the other attacks, the assailant put a knife and/or gun to their necks (husband/victim) and threatened to kill them if they did not do what he said. In one instance he threatened to cut the fingers of the husband off.

     The assailant led victim from the bedroom to the living room and raped her twice. After the second time, he stuttered into her ear, “T-t-t-tell the p-p-p-pigs I’ll be b-b-b-back on New Year’s Eve.”

     After the second time he raped her, victim then heard assailant in a corner of the room. He was sobbing.


Olive corduroy
dark gloves
Skips 1970s
black knife
Blue ski jacket
.357 magnum
black knit
Investigation showed that the East Area Rapist had pried open the garage door. He then broke through the kitchen door to get into the house. Two weeks prior the 13 year old daughter had come home after school one day and found the door from the garage to the house ajar. Daughter told mother (victim) but mother dismissed it as having been done by some other family member.

EAR had not pulled the phone out of the wall jack or cut the cord.




This was the first attack in the Foothill Farms area. Though quite far afield to the others, it is at the extreme end of Greenback Lane, where it turns into Elkhorn Blvd. Thus it is in-keeping with EAR’s MO of following the main thoroughfares. For instance, despite the Orangevale attacks being far out of his usual prowling areas, the community was at the end of Madison Avenue, a significant thoroughfare used by The EAR. The same rings true here.



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


This appears to be new ground for EAR, but the area clearly conformed to his previous MO. It was also right at the end of Greenback Lane. Thus, though a new community, he wasn’t that far afield of his usual escape routes.

     The Foothill Farms area also fit his recent pattern to select new territory that was still relatively close to the old areas he had stalked. No 24 is also an example of this. He had stalked La Riviera Drive before, but not this far to the east. In like manner he had stalked communities off Greenback Lane before, but never this far north where Greenback is called Elkhorn Blvd. No 23 had been in Stockton.

     Altogether The EAR was playing it safe. He was the center of news. He had sent Sacramento into a panic last May, and then stopped cold in the Summer of ’77. When he returned to Sacramento it was to nearby communities, but not back to the old ones he had stalked and in which he had struck before.

     The fact that The EAR did not cut the phone wire or pull it out of the wall jack indicates that he had parked close by, possibly in the blind spot, that night.

     This is one of those incidents where The EAR tried his sobbing routine. This was a new addition to his signature. However, we must remember the number of false clues he always consistently left behind. They were never very clever ones, but he was consistent in trying some diversion. The papers were now building up a psychological profile that some psychiatrist had made up. This declared The EAR to be a “paranoid schizophrenic.” It is more likely that EAR, who did obviously follow the news, was merely playing to that theory by giving his rendition of what he thought a schizophrenic would act like. Whatever the answer, his sobbing routine would evolve and he would even begin speaking to his fictitious mother.

     But his attacks would continue, with the same calculated menace he had always shown.