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

261 Rape

 2 — 15 year old WJF

July 17, 1976

About 2 a.m.

Marlborough Way

  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, Del Dayo subdivision

Careful Selection

East Area Rapist


Victim, aged 15, was home alone with her elder sister, age 16. They watched television until about 10 p.m. and then went to bed. Before retiring, victim checked all locks and doors. About 2 a.m. victim was roused from sleep by a hand over her mouth.

     Through clenched teeth, a voice angrily whispered: “Shut up! I have a knife and if you don’t shut up I can kill you.”

   Victim was only half awake and jolted, rolled off bed and onto the floor, bumping assailant’s leg in the process. She bolted out of the room, desperately calling for her sister. Assailant pursued, caught her and hit her on the back of the head 3 or 4 times very hard. Though she fell on the floor, she still yelled for her sister. He hit her again a couple of times and she feigned she was unconscious. He said: “Shut up! I already tied up your sister” or words to that effect.

     Victim did not respond, but continued to feign she was unconscious. Assailant apparently did not believe her. He became angry and said: “Get your hands behind your back!”

     He tied victim’s hands behind her back very tightly. He then leaned in close to her ear, and through his clenched teeth he angrily hissed: “You do everything that I want and I will fill my bag and leave.”

     Assailant then shoved a sock in victim’s mouth and tied a towel around her head to hold in the gag. He then tied her feet tightly. Then he grabbed her about the mid drift and dragged her back to her bedroom. With one swing, he tossed her on the bed, stomach down.

     “If you move or make the bed twinge, I’ll kill you.”

     Assailant then left the bedroom and went to the kitchen, living room and other bedrooms. She could hear him rummaging and ransacking. He would slam the drawers closed. He came back and checked on her and then left and continued ransacking. He came back again and then tied a towel around her head so that victim could not see. Victim estimates that 15 minutes after this he came back and turned the light on. Victim, though blindfolded, could tell through the towel it had gotten lighter.

     Victim then felt the bed jolt as the assailant got on. She smelled baby lotion and then her hands felt his penis touch them. She described it as firm and slippery. He said: “Play with it, play with it.”

     She tried, but with tied hands it was difficult.

     Assailant bent over and got close to her ear again. He asked: “Have you ever fucked before?”

     She shook her head no.

     He untied her feet, pulled down her panties, and then raped her for about 2 minutes.

     He then tied her ankles again.

     “Where’s the money?” he demanded. She nodded toward her dresser, where she had her pittance of 6 dollars saved. He pulled out the drawers, dumped the contents on the floor and then threw down the drawers.

     He then left her room, went to her sister’s and rooted about in more drawers.

     He returned and stood over victim. Through his clenched teeth, he whispered: “I knew when I saw you at the junior prom, I had to fuck you.”

     Victim did not believe him. She had a junior prom picture on her dresser, with her boyfriend’s name on the back of the picture.

       Assailant then got on top of her again, with his head toward her feet. He placed his penis in her tied and numb hands and said “Play with it.” As she did so, he said: “I’m in love with it. I’m in love with your fucking body.”

     After some minutes of his, he got up, repositioned himself and raped her again. He then got up and walked around the room, searching and rummaging for things. Then a few minutes later, he raped her again. He then left the room and started rummaging about the house again. This time he spent a lot of time rummaging about. He finally came back and raped her a 4th time.

     After he finished he wiped between her legs with the sheet. Then, standing over her, he asked: “Where’s the doctor’s drugs? I looked in the refrigerator and they’re not there.”

     She shook her head no. (Victim’s father is a doctor.)

     Victim thought the assailant was very angry at her not knowing where the drugs were kept. He breathed heavily through his mouth, but only a couple of times, as if very mad. He then left the room.

     It was silent for about 3 minutes. There had been no rummaging about the house. She got the towel off her head and noticed the time: 4:30 a.m.

     She was then able to hobble to her sister’s bedroom. At this moment her sister had loosened her hands enough to get free. She cut the bindings off victim and then called the police from the master bedroom.

Sister’s account:

   Victim’s sister was not molested. However, she was awakened by the assailant sitting on her back. He put the point of a knife to her neck and push it a few times, saying “If you make a sound, I’ll stick it right through and kill you” or words to that effect. He ripped her phone out of the wall. He tied her tightly with string, and when she struggled he hit her head a few times. He threatened to kill her a number of times. He then told her he was going to be in the house for only about 30 minutes to rob them. He then left room.


     Investigation revealed a chain of events on the assailant’s part. Footprints were found outside the victim’s sister’s window, which indicated he had watched her, for however long. This proved curious, for he broke in the house by prying the back patio sliding glass door. This meant he had to pass the victim’s bedroom in the hallway in order to get to the sister and bind her first. Thus it seemed he intended to rape the victim which he did rape and intended to bind the sister first, thus watching her first in order to make his move. Curiously, there were no footprints by the victim’s window at all. He had not bothered to stop and even check if she was in bed or sleeping.

     The girls’ parents had been away on a church outing for 3 days. The absence of footprints outside the master bedroom indicated the assailant knew the girls were alone.

     It was deduced that during the assailant’s long ramblings through the house he had come across prescription chits or stationary that indicated the father was a doctor. There was no indication he had already known that.

     There is no denying, however, that he must have stalked his quarry for some time. Four pieces of string, of equal length, had been used to tie the victims. It did not match any in the home. Therefore he had fully planned to bind two people.

     Two empty beer cans were found in the kitchen. Both girls insisted they did not belong to the residence. Since neither reported smelling beer on his breath, he may have
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relaxed and drank them after he was finished. There were no other footprints found. Unless he had let an accomplice in the front door, he had been alone. beer cans

   The footprint impressions indicated that the assailant wore a type of hiking boot. Scuff marks on the inside of the back fence indicated he left over the fence.


     The un-raped sister had seen the assailant. He Sltzbeerwas wearing a brown mask with only eye holes. It covered his whole head. To this description, the victim confirmed that the mask only had eye holes. She also added that the assailant wore a multicolored stocking cap over his full head mask.  Investigation proved that the cap belonged to victim’s sister. It was later found misplaced in her drawer (having previously been in her closet). The hat was found with the matching ski mittens. The assailant had taken them to rape her sister, apparently, and then misplaced them in a drawer.

     Victim described assailant as wearing corduroy pants, dark. The shoes were waffle stompers. He wore a print shirt. Both girls saw him wearing his pants. Yet the victim confirmed that when he had entered the room to rape her she did not hear any pants being removed. Victim felt that the assailant was 18 to 20 years old. Although neither sister noted gloves, the lack of fingerprints throughout the house indicated that assailant wore gloves.


At first glance, the geography of Del Dayo is little different than Rancho Cordova; it is simply more upscale. Rancho Cordova was decidedly blue collar and retired military. Del Dayo was middle to upper middle class. The most important connection is that both communities were along major arteries that led from the Watt Avenue area. For Rancho Cordova the artery was Folsom Blvd. For Del Dayo it was American River Drive. At this time the Watt Avenue Bridge over the American River was the only direct connection between the two communities.


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The area of Del Dayo in question. Only Strikes 1,2,3, (possibly 7), would show no reliance on tactical allies (in his early crime spree).


The house is a single story, detached home (corner lot) with yard.


Unlike the first victim in the area of Malaga/Paseo, here the EAR stayed for a long time. He also attempted to make the victim believe he had watched her before, though his effort did not work, thereby attempting to increase her terror.

     However, we cannot deny that some form of stalking had occurred. He knew the parents were away. Moreover, he had not paused by the master bedroom windows to reconfirm it was empty. Most importantly, the victim, though the younger, was the one raped. She was, however, taller than the eldest. Due to her height, he must have mistaken her for the eldest. This indicates that his stalking had at least been from afar, as he seems to have done in the case of his first victim.

     Curiously, instead of simply dropping the mittens and hat amidst the residue of his rummaging, he replaced them in a drawer, though it was not where they had been before.

       The beer cans present a problem. Since he brought them with him, he must have carried a nap sack or sport bag. The victim does not indicate a large period of time elapsed since the house was silent and she got loose. He may have drunk them during one of his breaks. He also, apparently, brought the baby lotion.

     The hiking books also seem a peculiar and cumbersome thing to wear.

     All this aside, it seemed it was the same young man— lean, about 5 foot 9 inches tall, clenched, angry whisper, ski mask, violence, rummaging, rape, terror, yet nothing of real value taken.

     Most curious of all is the assailant’s belief there should have been medicines in the refrigerator. Certain doctors will keep certain drugs in their refrigerator for emergencies. This doctor did not. Why did assailant think there should be medicines there? Was it just one of his ruses? He had not disturbed the doctor’s bag in the master bedroom. Or did he have familiarity only with doctors who kept drugs in their refrigerator?


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