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

261 Rape

Victim No. 18

Tuesday, May 3, 1977

About 4:30 a.m.

La Riviera Drive

Sacramento

Moving Upwards

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.

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Narrative

Victim lived with husband and their 2 boys in a townhouse. It must be prefaced here that this townhouse design has the bedrooms on the bottom floor and a kitchen/family room/dinette upstairs.

   Victim’s children and husband were asleep downstairs. Victim had gone upstairs around midnight to do exercises. It is then (doing sit-ups) that she heard a thump in the backyard. She likened it to the same sound her boys make when they jump the back fence from the levee behind their townhouse. (The levee parallels the American River.) Victim looked outside the upstairs picture window and noticed nothing.

     About 1 a.m. victim retired downstairs to bed. Before doing so she checked all the doors to make sure they were locked.

     About 2 a.m. victim awoke for unaccountable reasons. There in the doorway she saw assailant standing, holding a flashlight in left hand.

     Victim woke husband.

     Assailant calmly warned them he had a “.45 caliber military automatic” and that he’d kill them if they moved. His left gloved hand held the flashlight. He now shined it on his right gloved hand holding the deadly weapon so they could see he meant it. He only wanted money, he told them. He advanced and placed gun to husband’s head and warned him twice he kill him if he moved. He then threw a shoelace to victim and told her to tie her husband’s hands behind his back.

     Assailant basically went through the same routine as in previous cases. In this instance, he said he wanted money for cocaine. Husband told him his wallet was on the dresser. Assailant was unsatisfied with the amount. “This can’t be all your money. You better have more money or I’ll kill you both.”

     Victim then told assailant that she had more money in her purse upstairs. Assailant then put on what victim believed was an act. He started to shiver like an addict on withdrawal, but he stopped suddenly.

     Victim was ordered to come with him to get her purse. He warned victim that if she tried to grab him he would kill her and everybody in the house. He then said he would go to “my camp on the river.”

     He retied husband’s wrists tightly and placed a jewelry box on his back, warning him that if he heard a sound he would kill everybody in the house. He then yanked victim off bed and pushed her upstairs at gunpoint.

     He put victim on floor by bathroom, tied her feet, got the shower cap and put it over her face. He left and went downstairs for about 5 minutes.  He returned, untied her feet and tied her to a table leg. He then wandered the kitchen and family room. 

     She then heard assailant unzip what sounded like a gym bag.  He opened and closed the refrigerator. He told her to sit up. He lubed himself audibly. “Do you know what this sound is?” he demanded. “If you don’t tell me, I’ll kill you.” He called her a “bitch” for not answering right away. He ordered her to “Play with it!” and “Do it like you’re doing it to your husband.”

     He raped her.

     He said she was big, and that she must like men with big penises. 

     When he was finished, he retied her and rolled her on her stomach. He placed glass baubles on her back and told her if he heard anything he’d kill her.

       He went to husband and started rooting through the closets. He asked husband if he had been in the Service. Husband replied yes and said Air Force. Assailant responded: “I got thrown out.”

     Meanwhile, upstairs assailant had been gone sometime. Just as victim started to relax, he was back and placed the gun muzzle to her neck. “You don’t want to die, do you?” She tried to answer but he cut her off. “Shut up!”  He got mad when she started to cry and told her to “Shut up!” again. He went to kitchen, where he told her he was going to eat. He then quietly
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     Assailant checked on husband. To husband it sounded like assailant was eating while he wandered about the bedroom. Assailant warned him not to try anything or he’s kill him. At these moments assailant would breathe heavy and sound like he was nervous. Husband believed it was an act.

     Later, back upstairs, victim heard her husband shouting for help and a neighbor called the police. They arrived, broke in the front door and found him sitting on his bed all trussed up. Victim was upstairs on her back.

Investigation

Police discovered both victims had been tied with shoelaces. Victim described assailant’s penis as “small, real short.”

     Shoelaces all belonged to the household, so that EAR had been in the house for a while before he awoke the victims. They were removed from shoes in the closet.

   Victim had received hang-up phone calls for the last week before the attack. They would occur around midnight after she had gotten home from college. There would be one ring or perhaps just half a ring.

Description

Husband noticed that the assailant wore dark clothes. His mask, he felt, was brown. Interestingly, he noticed that the gloves were thick construction gloves. Gun was a .45 automatic.

Geography

Once again, the American Rover comes into play and La Riviera west of Watt Avenue. The condominium complex was along both La Riviera Drive and along the American River levee.

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House

The domicile was unique in EAR’s modus operandi, in that it was a two story condominium. Until this attack EAR had confined himself to single story, detached middle class houses in suburban neighborhoods. However, this was a fairly compact design, with only a kitchen/dinette/family room upstairs. The usual two story suburban house plan is quite different.

Analysis

While hitting a two story condo was a first, the neighborhood was not new to him. He had struck Victim 11 south of here by Glenbrook Park and the CATs and then drove her car to the apartments on Great Falls Way.

   In trying to understand how EAR escaped, this attack poses the same conundrum as that in his attack on Victim 11. The bloodhound lost his scent behind the residence on the levee. There was solitary shoe print in the soft soil and a single tire track. It is hard to believe that TheVideo2-LaRiviera-icon EAR intended to bike out of there back to his residence, wherever that might be, with a bag on the handlebars, for certainly he must have had one considering the victim heard one being unzipped. This would make him fairly conspicuous.

     It would seem safer if EAR parked a car, most likely off La Riviera, and rode the bike to the condo and then afterward back to the car.

     If not, then EAR would of necessity have to ride over the Watt Ave. Bridge on the American River. This is a veritable highway. Although there is a walking/biking path, he risks detection, especially with a gym bag, should he be seen. There is no guarantee that his victims would not get loose quickly and alert the police while he is still in transit.

     However, he intended to escape by bike the entire distance back to wherever his lair was, he was not going to be biking where he would be readily seen. If his lair was north of the American River he had no choice but to cross the Watt Avenue Bridge. If it was south, then the trail along the levee is more secluded. Nevertheless, on the south side of the American River the biking path does not lead all the way back to Rancho Cordova directly. Taking residential streets to Cordova would then be necessary. If he braved Watt Avenue Bridge then I would suspect his lair was not too far away north of the American River.    

     Where did EAR go after this attack? It would seem easier to deduce that he had a car or van nearby, as that would make it easier.

     Coupled with the other attack in La Riviera, we have yet another curious escape route that says much if we can only understand its language. Both the La Riviera attacks give us enough information to know his escape routes here make no sense, but the first one was definitely to the south, toward Folsom Blvd.

 

Files on the EAR/ONS

QQ

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
— The Beginning—
Rancho Cordova

Victim #2
—Careful Selection—
Del Dayo

     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—
1977

Victim #11
— Cats and Fields—
Sacramento

Victim #12—
 Blind Spot Reveals—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #13
— Unexpected Jogger—
Carmichael

Ripon Court Shooting

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

Victim #15
— Tactical Misuse—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #16
— Opportunity Knocks a Clue—
 Orangevale

Victim #17
— Unexpected Spoke in the Hub—
 Crestview

Victim #18
— Moving Upwards—
La Riviera

Victim #19
— Presentiment
 of
 Impromptu Danger—
Orangevale

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

Victim #21
— Tactical 1—
Del Dayo

Victim #22
— Tactical 2—
South Sacramento

Panic!

  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

Victim #29/30
— Assault!—
 Carmichael

Maggiore Double Murders
— Critical Clue—
 Rancho Cordova

   Yet Another Year— 1978

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       Witness in Charcoal

Victim #31
— Distant Roaming—
 Stockton

Victim #31B
— Back to Rancho—
 Rancho Cordova

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

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

Lacing with Ligatures— Thunderbird Place

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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Murder
—Original 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

Portrait of Terror

The Lair of an Arch Rapist

     The Mystery of the Silent Dog

Phone Calls

Thwarted!

Persons of Interest

Introduction

RP

MRL

 

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

The Website of Gian J. Quasar

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