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


Victim No. 8 (attack aborted)

Monday, 10-18-1976

11 p.m.

Dawes/Malaga -- Los Palos

Rancho Cordova

Interrupted Arrival

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.


Around 11 p.m. 19 year old victim pulled into her house’s driveway. Her father and brother were not home but soon to arrive. This was their typical schedule. She had a small dog in the back seat. She opened her car door and held the door open with her foot. She twisted around to get her dog. At this moment a gloved hand clutches her head and violently yanks her out of the car. She resisted until the assailant placed the point of a knife at her throat, drawing blood. He hissed through clenched teeth:

     “Stop fighting. I only want your car. I won’t hurt you.”

     She noticed he was wearing a light gray woolen ski mask, which only had holes for the eyes.

       She went quiescent.

     “Get out!” he ordered.

       He closed her car door and walked her in front of him to the side of her house.

     He ordered again: “Turn around.”

     She pled, but he snapped: “Shut up!”

     A moment later he commanded: “Don’t look at me.”

     He tied her wrists tightly.  “Do you have any money? All I want is money and your car keys. I’m not going to hurt you.”

     “I’ve just got a dollar in my wallet”

       “Shut up!”

       She heard him rummage in her purse.

     “Please don’t hurt my dog. Let her go.”

     “Shut up! I’m not going to hurt your dog.”

     He led her back to the driveway, holding her crossed arms tightly behind her back. They crossed into the neighbor’s yard and up to their side gate. The gate was already opened. He pushed her through.

     “Sit down!”

     He forced her down. She saw 3 strips of pre-cut towel laying on the ground. He tied her with white cord, then used one of the pieces of towel as her blindfold and shoved the other in her mouth.

     She made some frightened sounds.

     “Shut up!” He jabbed the knife at her ribs.

     He now tied the other strip of cloth as the gag.

     She could feel him standing over her, remaining silent. She didn’t know what to expect. Then she heard her car keys jangling.

     “I’m going to leave for 5 minutes. If you move, I’ll slit your throat and cut your guts out. If you move, blam, blam, blam,” he added, imitating gun fire.

     A while later she heard her car start. Finally, she freed herself.

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   Investigation uncovered contradictory evidence. The victim could not have been the intended target. Her father and brother usually arrived home near this same time. Moreover, the assailant’s strips of towels were neatly laid out in a neighbor’s yard. The yard belonged to a couple who were senior citizens. They obviously weren’t the intended target. Her car was found on El Segundo Drive, which is quite near where the 1st and 3rd victims lived. The dog was locked in the trunk.


The victim described the mask as woolen, the first time that detail was given. It was light gray. At one point she stumbled, noticing the assailant’s shoes. They were desert shoes.


There is disagreement on location. The first set of pictures below show the Dawes/Malaga intersection location. The second set will show the favored location of Los Palos Drive, on the canal.

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   The assailant appears to be the same rapist that had so far struck 7 victims, the last one in Del Dayo in the early morning hours of this very day. In this case he did not attempt rape, for whatever reason. If the attack was at Dawes and Malaga, then this is the first time that he struck in an area of Rancho Cordova that had a street light. According to Larry Crompton (Sudden Terror), one stood outside the victim’s house on the opposite side of the street. This places the victim’s house along Malaga but further down from the area of the 1st and 3rd victims. If it is Los Palos, then Crompton was entirely in error about the street light. Los Palos, like the other areas of unincorporated Rancho Cordova, has no street lights.

   The conduct of the rapist is interesting. He, in fact, did what he told the victim he was going to do. He merely wanted to get out of there quickly. Yet it was not after a rape. The horrid tools of rape and bondage were neatly laid out, unused, in the neighbor’s backyard.  Why was he in such a hurry he needed to steal a car? How had he gotten there to begin with?

   Curiously, he did not escape toward Folsom Blvd., but drove the car more deeply into Rancho Cordova, though a quick escape via a main artery was but a block away. Had he driven to the location of the attack, he could have parked his own car in the parking lots along Folsom or nearby along the wide Malaga Way. But he drove it to a quiet residential place only a couple of blocks away where it is unlikely he would have parked to begin with in order to stalk blocks and blocks of nothing but cross streets with no tactical cover whatsoever.

   The number of strips he had laid out indicates he had intended to strike a lone victim, though who this was is not known. From his language, shoes and conduct, its seems this was the East Area Rapist. He had struck the Del Dayo victim (7) in the early morning darkness of this very day. Now, as October 18 was about to close he attacked this victim back in Rancho.

   This would be the last strike before the news blackout was lifted. The suspect would now be known as the East Side or East Area Rapist. However, this would not be counted as the 8th victim in the news announcements. An earlier rape in October 1975 was initially accepted, in retrospect (though in error), as the work of the East Area Rapist. 

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     The utterly pointless act on the villain’s part was, of course, underscored in the above Google Aerial. Why steal the victim’s car only to take it a few blocks away and park it on El Segundo?

     In retrospect, these would only be the first 8 attacks in a record that would swell to over 50 rapes and at least 10 to 12 murders. The perpetrator would remain ominously calculating and premeditative. As such, this rash act may be one of the most significant clues. Not even the villain who committed these crimes and who, in a couple of weeks after this attack, would be dubbed the East Area Rapist, could appreciate how far his crime spree would spread and to what evil lengths it would finally go. A serial makes their mistakes in the beginning, and this may be one of his.

     But it is best to remain chronological and analyze the first 8 attacks. With the news announcements, the period of EAR’s prehistory ends. Widespread news coverage over the next years to come will leave no doubt as to his pattern and victims. And the analysis will reveal how careful he already was.


Analysis of First 8 Attacks

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


Persons of Interest





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

The Website of Gian J. Quasar