Victim, a single mother, with two sons (in separate room), was awakened in her bed by a flashlight beam shining in her eyes. Behind it was the silhouette of a man. He spoke through clenched teeth in a threatening hiss. “Don’t move or I’ll blow your fuckin’ head off. I’m going to blow your fuckin’ head off. Do you see this gun? Don’t move or I’ll blow your fuckin’ head off and blow up your kids.”
Assailant ordered her to roll over on her stomach. Then he tied her hands and feet. He told her to do exactly what he wanted. He knew her 2 boys were in the house. “I’m not going to hurt you,” he said. “All I want is money and food for my van.” He blindfolded her.
In typical fashion, assailant rummaged about the house. When he returned, he took victim out to the living room. He put her on the floor and straddled her. He sat on her back and put his penis in her bound hands. “You know what this is?” He repeatedly warned her that if she made a noise “I’ll blow your fuckin’ head off.” He stated this several times and always sounded angry, speaking through clenched teeth.
He raped her. He sodomized her.
As in other cases, the victim could hear the rapist sobbing afterward and saying “I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you.” Instead of “I hate you mommy” there is some question about the name he used. Victim thought he said “Bonny.”
Investigators arrived to see the typical aftermath of an East Area Rapist attack. Shoelaces were on the living room floor, strips of torn towel the victim had been blindfolded and gagged with, an open bottle of Keri lotion. And, in this case, a large kitchen knife on the dresser in the master bedroom.
The EAR had gained entrance through the kitchen window. The impression in the mud was that of a herringbone shoe that matched those in earlier cases. There was also an impression on the kitchen counter where EAR had stepped after entering.
Victim was separated from her husband and had lived alone quite sometime with her 2 boys.
EAR had gained entrance by using a screwdriver on the glass around the lock on the kitchen window. A small hole was broken in the glass by the latch. He had removed the plants on the windowsill above the sink and placed them in a line on the side of the house.
A week after the attack the homeowner had already left and was in Europe on vacation. Neighbor’s husband was taking care of the house. On July 14, 1978, while cleaning up the refrigerator he found a knife inside of the Velveeta cheese box. Neighbor’s wife reported this to the police, and insisted that the victim never would have put it there.
The general description of the East area rapist is not available here. However, victim described his penis a small, 3 to 4 inches. He was never fully aroused. He wore tennis shoes with a herringbone sole.
Amador Avenue is on the other side of Arlington Blvd from Bucklebury and fits many tactical points of the EAR’s modus operandi for stalking a neighborhood and selecting a victim.