A Word About Rape

Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct



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

Parks, Schools, Open Fields & Orchards

Masks— Now you see them, now you don’t

The Mystery of the Silent Dog




261 Rape


December 9, 1978

Liberta Court


Playing it Close

East Area Rapist


Victim, asleep in bed, was awakened by a figure straddling her and pressing her face into the pillow. A man spoke through clenched teeth in a hideous whisper. “Don’t scream. Don’t make any noise. I won’t hurt you.” Something sharp pointed into her back. “All I want is money and food for my van. Put your hands behind your back. You make a sound, I’ll kill you.” Assailant tied her wrists and removed the covers off her feet. He tied her ankles loosely together. “Where’s the money? Where’s the money?”

     Although victim did not bother to lift her head, she now turned in the direction from which he spoke. She saw assailant was wearing a ski mask that covered his hair and collar and that he was wearing a dark blue wind breaker.

     She told him that her purse was on the kitchen sink.

     Assailant lubricated himself by her. She describes the smell of  Johnson & Johnson’s baby lotion odor, which she had in the bathroom. He untied her ankles, pulled up her t-shirt and pulled off her underpants.

       “Do you like to fuck, ----- [her name.]” 

       She said no.

       “Do you like to raise dicks?”

         She said no.

         Assailant replied “Then why do you raise mine every time I see you?”

         He raped her.

         Then he searched the house.

         He then returned and raped her again.

         Victim believed that he got her name from her driver’s license in her purse. She didn’t believe this was anybody she knew.


Investigation revealed tennis shoe print marks only outside of the patio door leading to the kitchen area. Lt. Larry Crompton was one of the investigators in this case. He recalls that when he entered the house he noticed how cold it was. (It was 32 degrees outside.) The coldness inside a house was unusual at this time of year. The house did not appear to be ransacked, though there was a lack of furniture as the homeowner was preparing to move. Sealed and unsealed moving boxes had not been ransacked.

     The phone in the master bedroom had its cord cut. The phone was on the floor near the bed. The strips of towel had the ends knotted together. They were on the edge of the bed. At the foot of the bed was a comforter, a woman’s coat and a pair of white panties, stained with blood. Near these were white shoelaces, all knotted and (now cut). The bowl-type lamp on the bedside stand was still on. Victim had already been removed from the house and was en route to the John Muir Hospital.

     The bloodhound, a dog named Pita, traced the scent of the EAR to the backyard fence. The handler went and took the dog around to the other side and followed it along the railroad tracks (now Iron Horse Trail) and down the dirt path to Hansen Lane (Rhett Place today). The bloodhound had diverted a few times, indicating EAR had been in a number of backyards that night. The investigators could only deduced that EAR’s car had been parked at the blind spot in the road just short of Orange Blossom Way.  

   Another bloodhound followed the exact same air scent and vectored about a block off from the first dog.  This was due to wind velocity which had moved the scent.

   Both dogs reacted the same, and far more intensely in the bathroom of the home. They did not react as though it was a normal human sent. Prior to this the other bloodhounds had behaved in the same fashion. This behavior told the handlers that the EAR either was a heavy duty drug abuser or had some disease which affected his biochemistry.

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   Victim walked the investigators through the scene later. However, after that she never reentered the entrance of the residence. Friends came to pack her remaining things.

     Victim admitted to investigators that it got very cold during the time he was there. Investigators noted that the heat had been turned off. She had had her stereo playing and EAR must also have turned that off. EAR also closed all the drapes. Victim knew he had a flashlight, but she didn’t see it. After she looked over to see his back and ski mask she never opened her eyes. She had not heard him walking around so he must have worn soft sole shoes.

     It was discovered that her driver’s license was missing from her purse. Two rings were gone. An antique stick pin, pendents from a jewelry box. One of the rings was found by the stereo which had been unplugged by the EAR.

     In this case, Lt. Crompton was able to pick up a fingerprint on the globe lamp that was on the bedside table. This was a special type of lamp that one had to hold in order to turn it on. EAR had turned it on. Due to the fact that victim heard EAR lotioning himself, the deduction was made that EAR was not wearing gloves. Fingerprints were uncovered that Crompton felt were fresh. This was the only time a fingerprint was ever picked up

     The fingerprint would be checked against all those whom she had known that might have come in contact with the lamp.

     Canvas of the neighborhood revealed that one of the dinner guests of the victim’s neighbor had seen a dark colored van parked in the victim’s driveway around 11:30 p.m. Victim knew no one who owned such a vehicle.


Assailant wore herringbone tennis shoes, a blue wind breaker, dark ski mask. He was medium build.


The location was particularly typical of The EAR’s tactical use of open areas, a field, and a blind spot. In this case the open area was the long corridor behind the homes on Liberta that was at this time the abandoned Southern Pacific tracks. This was later converted into the Iron Horse Trail. It also fit the Highway 680 corridor attacks in that the development was not far from a main road and the 680 Freeway.

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The house was a single story, detached middle class home.


Once again we see that EAR cut the phone line. The bloodhound confirms for us that he had parked a distance away and walked the tracks. Thus he needed to cut the phone line to buy himself some time.

     This was the second time EAR struck a home that had sold and was nearly empty.

     Amazingly, he may indeed have been driving a van in this case. By now he must have known that bloodhounds were being used. Parking at the house and perhaps even temporarily getting out and walking to a gate or door was an attempt to throw the bloodhound off the later scent.

     As usual, EAR liked it cold. He must have had great metabolism. What biochemical peculiarity or drug addiction walks hand-in-hand with such an intolerance of warm rooms?

     Very unusual: he did not ransack, even in the open boxes of the victim’s things.

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