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

261 Rape

Victim No. 4-- WFA Age 29

September 4, 1976

Around 11:30 p.m.

Schuyler/Oakhaven

  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.

Carmichael/Crestview

Violent Improvisation

East Area Rapist

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Narrative

   Victim, a 29 year old White Female Adult, divorcé, visited her parent’s home in order to do some laundry. (Her machine had broken down). The home is a single story, detached middle class house. She pulled up into the driveway and entered through the garage. Her parents were away. She relaxed about the house while doing her loads of laundry. About 11 p.m. she was finished. She loaded her laundry in the trunk of her car (parked in driveway), locked up the house and proceeded back to the car. About to enter, victim felt a hand on her shoulder. Upon turning, she was faced with a masked man. His mask only had eye holes.

     Before she could entirely absorb the situation, the masked man punched her in the face, breaking her nose. She was drug unconscious into the house.

     This rape is of the most graphic nature, and it does not behoove me to go into details here. It is also one of the most aggressive rapes so far. Suffice it to say that the victim was raped repeatedly, over a couple of hours, in every way imaginable, bleeding and with her nose broken.

     As in the earlier cases, rapist threatened to kill her if she did not perform certain obscene acts, told her to “Shut up!” after asking her questions, and kept a knife to her throat. As in the earlier cases, he lubricated himself before raping.

     Rapist also made questionable remarks, in the way of red herrings, such as he needed “money to get to Bakersfield.” He also said he was in the Army. Surprisingly, he stole victim’s car. It was found about a mile from the crime scene.

Perpetrator Description

     Assailant was described as in other cases: lightweight, muscular though lean legs, about 5 foot 9 or 10 inches tall, lean body like a swimmer,
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small penis. He spoke in an angry whisper, through clenched teeth. He seemed to be disguising a higher pitched voice. He wore a gray flannel hood.

Geography

   The Crestview area of Carmichael is quite north of Del Dayo and Rancho Cordova and is compressed between major thoroughfares— Winding Way, Manzanita and Madison avenues. The center of the development is the large Del Campo Park. This park has many points of entrance from various streets— Heathcliff, De Habra, Oleander, etc. It is in juxtaposition to 2 schools: Del Campo High, which abuts the park to the south, and Thomas Kelly Elementary School to the west. In this case, the home was situated several blocks to the west in the Schuyler Drive/Crestview area.

     Understanding this area is crucial, for this is the first time that the EAR would use topographic points tactically. This is the first time he used a canal. This is also the first time he can clearly be said to have used a park and school as cover for his day-stalking. This area is far from where he struck before. Together this makes this attack a stark contrast to the previous ones.

                  

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House is a single story, detached middle class dwelling, with attached garage. This is similar to the previous attacks. All homes have been single story detached houses.

Analysis

This is the first time the assailant struck so far afield from Rancho Cordova/Del Dayo areas. This part of Carmichael is several miles north of Del Dayo. Much comes together to tell us how the EAR developed his stalking pattern. The victim could not have been an intended victim. She was not expected at her parents’ house. Considering the location of the victim’s house, along the manmade canal, this opportunistic attack reveals how EAR stalked along the canal. The fact he took the victim’s car and parked it a mile away indicates to what extent he also avoided any clear link with the neighborhood when he stalked. If he had come by car, he clearly had parked it quite a distance before he stalked through the park, along the canal and behind the houses.

   The location of huge Del Campo Park, its large wooded areas, and the several schools in the area, made Crestview an ideal place to blend-in during the day. The canal that ran through it and then behind homes for blocks made it an easy place to stalk at night.

   The distance from which the assailant stalked this community makes this attack quite a contrast to the last attack, Victim #3,  in which the assailant walked away bare from the waist down and disappeared into the darkness. It would seem in that attack the assailant had parked relatively close to the victim’s house. Since this was an unintended attack, the difference here would suggest the assailant was only stalking. On nights when he intended to attack, he would finally come in much closer and park nearby.

     This attack also raises a question. Since he obviously stalked his neighborhoods in advance in advance, quietly prowling through several yards, did he know the homes that would be empty? Did he use one, or its yard, in Rancho Cordova the night he attacked Victim #3, where he left his pants before he then approached his intended victim’s yard at the right time?

     We see that possibility here at Victim #4. The victim’s parents were gone. The assailant either was stalking the canal and saw the victim arrive, at which point she became an easy and impromptu target or, possibly, the assailant was headed to this house to begin with in order to uDSC06125-50%-iconse it at his base for the night. When he saw the victim unexpectedly arrive, he had to standoff and wait. He then attacked her on the driveway. The only alternative to this speculation is that the assailant’s intended victim had not been home or accessible that night and the assailant, working back along the canal, infuriated, seized the opportunity to rape this victim spontaneously.

     Time will reveal many clues that bear on these suppositions. 

     As it stands here, as we develop this, I would suggest that he parked his own car a mile from the victim’s house, then stalked the park and canal. He took the quick way back to his car.

     This is also the first time that a victim was attacked outside the house.

                                                                                                            

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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