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




261/187 Rape/Murder



Northern/Southern California

Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Carmichael, Orangevale, Davis, Modesto, Concord, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, San Jose, Goleta, etc.

Lair of an Arch Rapist

East Area Rapist/
         Original Night Stalker

Anyone having probed deeply into the case of The Night Predator (AKA the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker) cannot help but wonder where such a villain must have been based. And indeed uncovering even the general area of his dwelling can be crucial to finally outing the miscreant.

     EAR’s lair conjures up old images of a Dragnet episode, where the malcontent villain festers in a dank room amidst dreary mementoes of his boring job and frustrated life. EAR certainly had a number of souvenirs from his victims, none of which ever turned up again. I doubt they were displayed. But they were probably kept in that gym bag that he was known to have carried. This was probably stashed in a closet.

     What we do know, from the most obvious deduction, is that he stayed close to a telephone; a scratch pad with many numbers was next to it. He dialed, quietly listened to the “hellos” on the other end, and then calmly put down the receiver.

     Day or night he went about thinking how to reconnoiter his next victims. He stalked many neighborhoods before striking. In between he returned to his lair, sat at his little desk or hutch, and dialed again. At night he snipped out the little overhead light when finished. Then he was off to prowl.

     This can tell us much of his profile, but it is best to leave that theorizing to the appropriate page.

     This page is concerned with his attacks. They are not theory. They are solid strikes. He had to get to them and return to his lair. He had to get to these communities and return. Many times. Many times he stalked. He came and went many times. His entire crime spree helps us to get into his stalking mind. Study the map below before we continue. The East Area of Sacramento. . .

East Area Map02

     It is impossible not to leave a progressive chain of clues. It is a physical impossibility. It violates an immutable law of physics. The Law of Cause and Effect. Nothing just happens. Everything is connected. No matter how hard a villain tries to cover his steps, he cannot. Attempting to cover steps leaves clues. Disguise can last only so long until the clues are unraveled.

     Before we look at a marked up map below, let’s make a few points.

     We know where EAR began. It is not necessary here to speculate that he had some connection with the area of Rancho Cordova. What is necessary to highlight here is the fact that the area of Malaga/Paseo is quite close to Folsom Blvd. The first home he struck is 3 short blocks away.

     The significance of this we know. Folsom Blvd is a main artery in and out of Rancho Cordova. The location of a main thoroughfare near a strike point (or “Comfort Zone”) would be a repeating theme in EAR’s stalking modus operandi. The map above marks the major arteries of Sacramento’s east end. Watt Avenue is traced in blue. Folsom Blvd is the crimson line south of the American River. Greenback Lane is the crimson line in the far north. Sunrise Blvd is the bright red line in the east. This cube of the East Area is where EAR began and concentrated.

       When EAR moved on to the Contra Costa County area, he followed this pattern. He stayed close to Highway 680 and to main thoroughfares. It invariably indicated he was not familiar with the area.

     When the EAR moved south to So. Cal, he did the same thing.

     The East Area map above can be interpreted by EAR’s unflinching pattern abroad. EAR confined himself to areas around main thoroughfares because he could come and go quickly and unobserved in the more trafficked area. Therefore he did not live around them. He could be too easily traced if he did. One mistake. One cop on patrol that he didn’t suspect. He could be traced back to his lair.

       In all the East Area there is a glaring exception to his MO. He struck deep only a few times, and these times were all around the same area on the map, an area which noticeably remains blank. The first time was in Del Dayo. This is the furthest from a main thoroughfare that he struck, and he struck here early on with Attack No. 2 and then 7, and then later returns for No. 21. Then there is that oddball attack No. 26.

       From looking at the map you might think I have made a mistake. The un-traced “T” in the center of the cube marks Madison Avenue (the cross east/west) and the stem is Manzanita (running north/south). At the base of this “T” Manzanita merges into Fair Oaks Blvd which goes west and eventually connects with Watt Avenue. These are main thoroughfares, yes, but they are markedly different than the others. They are not arteries that allow one to come and go to the East Area quickly. They are only arteries that service the crisscrossing veins of the East Area. It’s a long way up Manzanita to Madison and from there (left) to Highway 80. It is also a long way along Fair Oaks Blvd to Watt and then left (south) to Highway 50.

     Nevertheless, EAR strikes within this area. He made his escape somewhere, and it is unlikely that it was to a highway.


   Exceptions indeed. But they all lead to Manzanita/Fair Oaks boulevards. Neither of which are a quick artery out of the East Area. Arden Way, a significant commercial avenue further west in Sacramento, dead ends at McClaren and is the entrance to William B. Pond Recreation Area. Fair Oaks snakes along, goes north and then right to the area of Schweitzer Grove. EAR was seen fleeing along Whitney Ave. to Manzanita/Fair Oaks. Watt Avenue goes north into the area from La Riviera.

     Taking all this in we may understand why EAR only struck once in such a prime area as Schweitzer Grove (10), which is itself a mirror of his oft-used hub of Del Campo Park. Perhaps it was too close to his sensitive lair. He also knew Del Dayo well enough so that with his first strike there (No. 2) he did not rely on the levee and park area, which he would with No. 7 and No. 21. We know he did not know La Riviera well, for he relied on the CATs and then the levee walk.

       All of these strikes above are in proximity to Manzanita/Fair Oaks Blvds, two thoroughfares that do not lead in or out of the area quickly. They are the exception to the other strikes, which were all in an area where the mains roads quickly led to a highway (except 16, 19).

     No. 26 has always bothered me. EAR is apparently without a car. But this still does not explain why he stashes a bike (one he apparently didn’t steal) in the back of a dump truck parked at a conspicuous place at the corner of Mission and Whitney. Why not just stash the bike by the house and ride away? He had done so at other places. Here, as we know, the offending organ is described as much thicker and larger than the other times. Only a few victims described this— 11, 17, for examples. A pumping device is a possibility, since on a few of these occasions the victims heard a popping sound as if a pump was being operated beforehand. They also heard the zipper of a gym bag. EAR had no ability to conceal a bag or pump at No. 26, for a witness saw him retrieve the bike out of the back of the dump truck and ride off toward Manzanita, mask and all.  Had he pumped himself up at his lair nearby and then struck at the Woodson Way area before the effects diminished? It would indicate his lair was nearby.

       At the next attack, No. 27 in La Riviera, EAR also uses a bike. But it doesn’t seem to be one stolen from the neighborhood. I doubt he rode up Watt Avenue, so he may have had a car present somewhere, and rode to that. Possibly a van. In Danville (No. 46) a suspicious van was seen, and the bloodhound traced the scent to Delta Place, the area to which it seems EAR had been seen to bike earlier. It would be easy to get a bike into the back of a van. It is interesting to note that No. 28, the next attack after La Riviera (No. 27) and Woodson Way (No. 26), the victim would insist that the attacker had parked a van next to her house.

     Had EAR parked his van in the area of No. 26 and taken the bike out and rode to the attack? If so why hide the bike in such a precarious place? Also, if he did drive here, how to explain why No. 26 still so stands out in location? And it is not alone. Del Dayo, Schweitzer Grove, and Whitney Way, all bear one thing in common. They are connected via Fair Oaks/Manzanita boulevards. They are all the exceptions to the rule. These thoroughfares lead nowhere out of Carmichael and the East Area. But they are at the heart of the areas servicing the many communities and roads of the East Area.

       I suggest to you that the EAR’s lair was here. This explains why he struck very little in the area. This explains why when he did he doesn’t seem to need any quick escape thoroughfare, for he is merely returning to his den locally.        


    Manzanita proves an interesting axis. At the top, near Madison and a quick route to Highway 80, EAR strikes No. 4, his first strike so far afield from 1,2,3. Yet No. 2 (not pictured) is at the southern axis of Manzanita/Fair Oaks boulevards. Thus EAR’s first strikes outside of Rancho Cordova are on opposite ends of the same axis— Manzanita. Crestview allows a quick escape down Madison to Highway 80, which then offers a very quick back entrance into the East Area again at the next Highway 80 cutoff south— Watt Avenue. Much safer than driving down Manzanita to his lair, if it is in the Manzanita/Fair Oaks boulevard areas.


     There are many ways back into the East Area from Crestview without conspicuously heading there down Manzanita Avenue. Madison goes to Auburn Blvd or to the I-80. Then south EAR could take the 244 back to Auburn Blvd or take Watt Avenue and head back to Whitney.

     For No. 2 this would not be possible. It would, however, be relatively easy to go up Fair Oaks/Manzanita boulevards from Del Dayo and fade into the many cross streets. Or he could take Arden Way to Watt and come back in the opposite direction of the above route to Watt from I-80.


Del Dayo Escape Routes

   None of this precludes the theory that EAR grew up or lived in Rancho Cordova. He seems to have had more than a passing acquaintance with the area of the attacks. He remained confined to a specific area of western Rancho. He doesn’t use any tactical ally here until No 6. He seems to know the streets and cross streets. After No. 8, he steals the victim’s car and parks it down El Segundo Drive. His actions at No. 1 and 3 argue that he had some lair in the area. He arrives at No. 3 naked from the waist down, and leaves in the same improbable manner, this time with an eyewitness who watches him saunter down the street. I do not have the direction which way down Las Casas Way, but either way fits with EAR knowing the area.

     For one, EAR appeared in the bedroom doorway of Victim 1 naked from the waist down. We have no idea if he arrived that way, but if he did it would suggest he jumped the fences from Del Rey Court. If he walked in that direction on Las Casas Way from the area of Paseo/Las Casas Way where he struck No. 3, it would mean he was going back to the Del Rey Court area.

     There are reasons to wonder that he arrived at No. 1 naked from the waist down. In his early attacks he wore hiking boots. It is not easy to get pants off over these. I do not know how long he was in the house of Victim 1 (after he raped her) before she got up and to the back door, but he may not have had time to put his pants back on. If so, he arrived without them.

     If EAR sauntered down Las Casas toward La Presa, this would fit with leaving the car of Victim 8 on El Segundo. But this would also mean that he would have to walk in front of the house to which the family had fled (though he would be on the other side of the street). He could not have left his pants in the backyard of the victims’ neighbors, for that was the house to which they had fled. The next adjoining backyard would be on Palo Vista, and by the time he could have walked there the police would have been present.

     In any case, his pants were never found. He found where he stashed them or he was using a friend/relative’s house or an empty house or home where people were away on vacation.

     The curious layout of the beginning in Rancho Cordova below:


Cordova Escape Routes
Cordova Saunter

    Which way did he go, and what on Earth was he up to?

     Of equal interest there is an alternate location for No. 8. I opted for Dawes and Malaga based on the statement that there was a streetlight across the street. Only here, along Malaga just north of Folsom, do such street lamps exist. I was aware that Los Palos Drive had been the favored area, and in an early video of the canal, which I had walked, I declared it “Crime Scene Alley” because 3 victims were in key juxtaposition to it. No. 6 was in a location off the opposite end of it at La Loma, No. 15 off the other end on Dolecetto, and the other I was referring to was No. 8. I later opted for Dawes and Malaga because Lt. Larry Crompton (Sudden Terror) has his fictional detectives reflect the actual details of each crime and espouse his theorizing, which included the statement of a streetlight across the street.

     However, Richard Shelby, who was a detective on the case starting at Victim 5, backworked via “gossip” the previous 4 cases and insists he is the one who made the link that a serial was afoot. In his book, Hunting a Psychopath, he declares that the incident to Victim 8 happened on Los Palos Drive. This is the curving road right along the canal. I prefer this location, but I am not wholeheartedly convinced it is correct since there are no streetlights here.

     Anyway, For the Los Palos Drive scenario the houses in question are said to be the corner house and the one next door. Out of the neighbor’s fence EAR leapt and took by surprise Victim 8 as she was about to get out of her car in the driveway. He pushed her into the neighbor’s yard, whose fence is right next to her house’s fence, and there she saw the implements with which he was going to bind her.

     I would prefer this scenario over the Dawes and Malaga scenario, for with the canal in back of Los Palos we can understand how EAR got surreptitiously to the location. In the case of Dawes and Malaga there is no clue.

       The clue equally relevant to both scenarios is that we know that EAR took the victim’s car and parked it over on El Segundo Drive.

     This is significant. El Segundo is only a block over from Los Palos, but it runs north and south parallel from Los Palos to near Folsom Blvd, terminating a couple blocks short of it at Paseo Drive.

     What was EAR’s purpose? This depends on what scenario is correct above and at what location of El Segundo he parked the victim’s car. If Los Palos is the correct location of the attack, and if he parked the car close to Paseo, then perhaps he was in a rush to get back to Folsom Blvd where he might have parked his own car by the shopping center, where his car would merely have blended in. It would have been wise to park here to begin with, for the shopping centers and strip-downs are on Folsom Blvd. But it would also mean he walked quite a distance to the canal. This seems a little pointless. (He’s done it other times, though, unfortunately.)

       . . .Or was he trying to deflect attention away from the fact he had arrived via the canal? This seems far more probable. Had he not taken the victim’s car, the canal would have stood out as his means of escape.

     This then fits with EAR having arrived to the location of No. 8 on Los Palos by having come down from Moraine Circle, either from the apartments or from having crossed the school grounds, the canal, and then by skulking down along the canal to Dawes Street.


Opposite ends of the axis. Which is correct? Los Palos Drive is preferable.

Dawes-Los Palos

Many ways to have used the canal to come down to Dawes Street.

     Richard Shelby discusses from memory an incident that he said occurred in 1974 involving the two corner homes on the canal but on the other side of Dawes on Dolecetto.  The perp is identified as a 16 to 18 year old who was dressed in olive drab, a favorite early outfit of EAR in 1976-77. The homeowners on the corner house reported a prowler in their neighbor’s yard. Shelby said he is the one who responded. Shelby found nothing and left. He wasn’t blocks away when the call came back in. The prowler was back. Shelby returned to find the garage door rolled up, a bloody log from the fireplace at its foot. The neighbor said the perp had jumped off his roof into his backyard and then the agile villain vaulted over the back fence and into the canal. Shelby checked the house cautiously. He found the family dog beaten to death in the master bedroom. It had been hit so hard that it was disemboweled.

     The problem with accepting this scenario as remembered 40 years after-the-fact is that the actions of the perp are so illogically recounted the story is unbelievable. It requires that he beat to death a dog no one heard barking, with a log in the bedroom, then run outside the house with it into the garage (apparently leaving no blood trail since Shelby does not mention one). He opens the garage door (automatic or manual?) drops the log, jumps on the neighbor’s roof and then runs to the back again and vaults over the fence. Why not just open the victim’s back patio door and quietly leave through the back?

     In any case, the scenario might fit EAR later in his career (he apparently stabbed one dog and beat another in Goleta), but he was not yet using canals in the beginning of his crime spree in 1976 and apparently was ingratiating himself to dogs while prowling the intended’s house.

       This does not mean this was not EAR prowling about. But if it was then it implies he was based near the area.

       Even without the above vignette it does seem The EAR had some kind of haven in this area of Rancho Cordova and no doubt also had lived in the Carmichael area west of Fair Oaks/Manzanita boulevards. He may have grown up in one location and now on his own was renting an apartment in the other.

     Renting an apartment is a bit problematic. All that coming and going he must have engaged in late night should have alerted some other tenant, but perhaps it did not.

     One correspondent with me suggested that EAR was using pay phones in order to make his hang up calls. This would explain why he stole so much change. Could be. But I have no reports that all those who experienced hang up calls ever heard traffic on the other end, which one would suspect if he was at a pay phone.

       All in all, I would say EAR’s longest and most used abode was north of Arden Way and south of Whitney Avenue and West of Manzanita. Only here does he not need to flee off to a main thoroughfare that leads to a highway. It is also easy to get to these locations again from the others without going down Manzanita. He could use one or more highways and then Watt Avenue.


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