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The Case of the East Area Rapist AKA The Original Night Stalker

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A Word about Rape

East Area Rapist

  He is the real life Michael Myers. He looked like the average teen, except for his morose eyes. Yet he is the No. 1 serial offender in history. He was so careful, he is known only by his DNA. The East Area Rapist, as he was known, 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. Then he vanished. He would be about 58 years old now, living what appears a normal life. These are the files on his crimes.

It’s a nasty word. No one likes it. Not just the concept. The word itself. We’re immunized to murder. We watch murder mysteries. We read ‘Who dunnits.’ Murder is the ultimate crime. Those who seek out killers are glorified. There is never a murder mystery where the killer does not become the hunted. Murder is thus contrasted with the vanquishing of those who are guilty. It is acceptable for us to watch and join the hunters as they try and unravel the greatest crime and bring retribution  . . .But rape. . . No one watches the “Late Night Rape Theater.”  Murder OK. The actors get up after the director shouts “cut!” Crime and punishment intermixed with a crafty whodunnit is great. After all, no one really died. But rape . . . it’s too personal.

     But I do not think people realize how personal it is. It does, in fact, involve us all. Biology will always win. When one of our own species turns predator, he has attacked our own family. Let me give an example. The Montagus and the Capulets have become notorious as feuding families. Yet all it took was one Montagu to fall in love with one Capulet and the product of that union would have been descendants of both the feuding families. Those two inimical bloodlines would be inseparably fused. Marriage comes much easier to most of us than to Montagus and Capulets. It’s a simple example, but it captures the truth of biology.

     A detective inspector investigating the rape of a 16 year old girl may not know it, but he may be investigating a crime done against his own future great-grandchildren’s grandmother. He has no way of knowing if this girl will one day marry his son, or if her child will marry one of his grandchildren.

     When someone turns predator and attacks our women it is an attack upon us all. It is an insult and an indignity on us all. You may think these victims are completely unconnected to you, but years from now your family line will connect with theirs. Some descendant of yours will elbow his sibling and in a hushed voice say: “Do you know what was done to grandma?”

     Please keep this in mind as you read the files on the East Area Rapist.

     One of our species has turned predator and has become nothing but an intelligent primate with only one goal in mind— hunt, conquer. People who commit murders and rapes, and any act of indignity upon another human being, are fundamentally arrogant. The East Area Rapist, better known by the unwieldy police moniker as The EAR, was both rapist and murderer. But until he turned murderer he was less rapist and more of a sexual terrorist. He made a tactical game of stalking a neighborhood and then selecting a house and his future victim. He committed every act of indignity upon his victims, both psychological and physical. He was not “just a rapist.” He was the supreme predator. He didn’t hunt in the wilds. He didn’t hunt the strip, the migrants, the homeless. He prowled the average middle class neighborhood. He was so young when he began in 1976 that he is still with us and not even 60 years old yet. He is officially the Number 1 Serial Offender in the history of California, and there is and has been no prime suspect. I have called him the real life Michael Myers, and I mean it. He was unstoppable and unnatural.

   This section of The Quester Files is devoted to rooting him out. I will not be graphic within the case files, but it is impossible to avoid the 4 letter word rape. It has to be used, and it cannot be cleaned up. It is like that old Star Trek episode where 2 planets tried to make war anodyne in order to avoid physical destruction. The erstwhile hero of that series had to remind them that war cannot be cleaned up. It has to be avoided. Rape cannot be cleaned up. It has to be stopped.

Files on the EAR/ONS




A Word About Rape

   Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct

The Folklore of “Copycat”




The Summer of ’76

Victim #1
— The Beginning—
Rancho Cordova

Victim #2
—Careful Selection—
Del Dayo

     Victim #3
— Foiled Attack—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #4
— Violent Improvisation—

   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—

  Living Dangerously
— The Year of the EAR—

Victim #11
— Cats and Fields—

Victim #12—
 Blind Spot Reveals—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #13
— Unexpected Jogger—

Ripon Court Shooting

 Victim #14
— Over the River . . .
and Through the Woods—

Victim #15
— Tactical Misuse—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #16
— Opportunity Knocks a Clue—

Victim #17
— Unexpected Spoke in the Hub—

Victim #18
— Moving Upwards—
La Riviera

Victim #19
— Presentiment
 Impromptu Danger—

Victim #20
— Blind Spot
 and a
Stop Watch—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #21
— Tactical 1—
Del Dayo

Victim #22
— Tactical 2—
South Sacramento


  After the Lull—
1977’s Autumn of Fear


Victim #23
— Tactical 3—

Victim #24
— Switcharoo—
 La Riviera

Victim #25
— Follow Diablo—
 Foothill Farms

Victim #26
—  Dump Truck Biker—

Victim #27
— Condo Commando—
La Riviera

Victim #28
— Tail of Diablo—
 Foothill Farms

Victim #29/30
— Assault!—

Maggiore Double Murders
— Critical Clue—
 Rancho Cordova

   Yet Another Year— 1978


       Witness in Charcoal

Victim #31
— Distant Roaming—

Victim #31B
— Back to Rancho—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #32
— Little Pocket, Big Clue—
 South Sacramento

Victim #33
— The Deep Dig—

Victim #34
— Co-Ed—

Victim #35
— Back—

Victim #36
— Forth—

Silent Victim
— Lateral—

Victim #37
— Forth North—

A New East—
 Contra Costa Corridor

Victim #38
—  Surreal Schedule—

Victim #39
— Opportunity Kicks—

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

Lacing with Ligatures— Thunderbird Place

Victim #43B
— Auld Lange Syne—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #44
— Along the 680—

Victim #45
— Follow the Cats—
 Walnut Creek

Victim #46
— Sticking to Routine—

Victim #47
— Walnut Creek—
 Dig and Retreat

Victim #48
— Shouted Out—

Victim #49
—  The Unsuspected —


—Original Night Stalker—

— Doctor Duo—
 Dec 30, 1979

— Cats & Murder—
 March 13, 1980

Laguna Niguel
— Exclusive—
August 19, 1980

— Home Alone—
 Feb. 6, 1981

— Dig & Retreat Again—
 July 27, 1981

— Epitome of MO—
May 4, 1986


         Phantom Predator—
  Analysis of EAR Crime Spree

       Analysis of EAR Prowling MO

Portrait of Terror

The Lair of an Arch Rapist

     The Mystery of the Silent Dog

Phone Calls



Night Predator
Files on the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker

The Website of Gian J. Quasar