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   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.

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Preliminaries

Introduction

A Word About Rape

Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct

The Folklore of “Copycat”

Updates

 

Prehistory

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—
 Sacramento

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

Panic!

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

 

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Breaking and Entering

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December 18, 1978,
                     to January 2, 1979

Thunderbird Place

San Ramon

Lacing with Ligatures

East Area Rapist

Narrative

The first inkling that EAR had been prowling the area of Thunderbird Place in San Ramon came on December 18, 1978. According to Lt. (ret.) Larry Crompton in his book Sudden Terror, an unusual evening ritual uncovered the clue. The news reports of The EAR’s unrelenting  crime spree had motivated a couple to check their home each evening to make sure EAR had not been in there. This included not only checking the windows but looking under furniture to see if he had left ligatures in the house. Apparently the couple were aware that EAR committed double, even triple jeopardy, by entering a home beforehand, scouting out viable victims and even hiding the implements he would use in the intended rape.

     On this day the couple uncovered a coiled white nylon rope under one of the couch’s cushions in the living room. They called the sheriffs. The wife, 36 year old mother, also realized someone had been through their wedding pictures. They were usually contained in a hutch desk in an envelope. Though she discovered them there the pictures were on top of the directory and not in the envelop.

     Over several visits it was determined by Sheriffs investigators that there was no other evidence. There were no scratches on the window screens, no marks of forced entry. The dog was quite friendly, and Crompton personally remembers that the dog did not stir much when he entered the garage, and after being petted completely ignored him while he looked about.

     The backyard was undeveloped due to it being a new home. There had been a recent rain. Nevertheless, there were no footprints anywhere.

     Aside from the coiled rope and the fact pictures had been rifled through (but apparently none missing) there was no evidence that someone had been in that house. Since the couple checked every night, ritualistically, the coiled nylon rope had been placed their that day while they were at work.

     Over several ensuing nights sheriff detectives remained in the house, armed and prepared for a visit by EAR. The homeowners stayed with friends. The detectives parked a couple of blocks away and walked to the residence, to make sure they were not observed should EAR, who so far had shown obsessive stalking and prowling abilities, should be in a position to see them.

     No visit by EAR ever occurred.

     However, on January 2, 1979, yet another clue emerged on Thunderbird Place. An illegal entry report was placed for a home 2 doors down from the previous couple’s. The couple who lived at this residence had been out of town. The couple had checked and rechecked and it was certain nothing was missing. Nevertheless, it was also clear someone had been in the house. The wife, a 31 year old redhead, noticed that her underwear drawer in her bedroom dresser must have been opened at one point. The drawer did not closer properly and as such she never forced it all the way closed. However, when they returned from their trip she found it had been completely shut. She had also received an obscene phone call in early December.

     Amongst the sheriff precautions in this case was a phone call twice a night (at 1:30 and 3 a.m) to make sure the couple was safe. The code word, according to Crompton, was “angel.” If either of the couple responded with this word, then it meant all was well.

     EAR never struck along Thunderbird Place. Yet all the evidence points to the fact that he had scouted the street. Its location was ideal for his tactical assault of a neighborhood.     

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   The worst inference to draw from the Thunderbird Place incidents is that EAR had some tap in the sheriff department grapevine. More likely he had a scanner and monitored police reports. Sheriffs originally responded to the Thunderbird Place address to take information on what was at the time an illegal entry report. If EAR monitored scanner reports, he might have recognized the address.

     Considering the clues which must be discussed in Profile, it is distressing to think that he had been aware of the Inter-Departmental Memo of the Sacramento County Sheriffs. Nevertheless, after that memo had come out mentioning that EAR had a proclivity to wear olive green, EAR was more frequently identified with a blue wind breaker and dark clothes. This would remain his outfit for the majority of his continuing crime spree.

     One thing is certain. He never struck along Thunderbird Place despite giving it special attention in his prowling reconnaissance.

     The lack of EAR’s signature clues is ponderous, especially in the first incident on December 18, 1978. Crompton personally checked. There were no scratch marks on the screens. Since it seems this was EAR’s method of determining who was a heavy sleeper, or who was awake inside, acoustics, or to even see if there was a guard dog in the house that might respond, it is curious they are absent here. It would imply he already knew the couple worked all day and that the college age son was away. But how? Moreover, he must have already known the dog was friendly. Therefore there was little reason to scratch the window screens.

     In the other case, he must have known that the other couple was away during this time on a trip. Therefore there was no need to bother with his screen scratching tests. In such instances, he may have used the scratching only on the night of the attack to see if the couple was awake or asleep.

 

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

Thwarted!

 

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