The house was a 2-story condominium. EAR never struck a 2 story detached house. All the 2 story homes he struck were condominiums.
One of the most interesting cases, as it tells us that on occasion EAR did not even put his mask on until he was ready to wake his victims. It also tells us how collected he was, for he certainly must have been taken aback. Instead of going berserk, he merely stepped back. I think so many of the victims were right when they said his lines and routine were like a script.
Like the nearby Walnut Creek attacks perhaps he did not have a gun, though he did in both of his previous Danville attacks. In any case, he saw fit not to challenge a big man who was ready for him.
He was also in the heart of a condominium complex and he had parked quite a distance away. He was not in a position to make a quick and successful break if he had opened fire and awakened the neighborhood.
However, what is most significant about this attack is in retrospect. This is EAR’s last attack . . . as EAR. He would not strike again in northern California, and as far as law enforcement in the East Bay and Sacramento areas were concerned, this was his last attack. . . until DNA would much later confirm him as southern California’s “Original Night Stalker.”
Nevertheless, this remains his last northern California attack. Something must explain this. We have only one clue. This incident. He believed he had been seen without his mask. He had also been seen with a wind breaker that had either an identifiable name on the left breast or an identifiable brand name logo.
EAR may have had “victory disease” and viewed himself as invincible by this time. Waiting to put the mask on in the bedroom may reflect that. But he viewed something as a huge mistake here. He must have. He either believed he had been seen or that the logo on that wind breaker could trace him.
He laid low for months, and he obviously got out of northern California. He would not strike all the remaining Summer and into Fall. Perhaps by Fall he was sure he hadn’t been spotted in Danville. Whatever the motive, he would start all over in Santa Barbara County in the little coastal town of Goleta. He would not alter one iota of his prowling, tactical MO or his signature terrorizing lines as he played with the emotions of his victims.
Curiously, there is one other clue. His last strike before he came to the Contra Costa Corridor in October 1978 had been on July 7, 1978, in the heartland area around Sacramento. He was then gone for most of July, August, and September. His last strike in the Contra Costa Corridor was this one on July 5, 1979. He was then gone for another July (for the most part), another August, another September. He would strike again in Goleta in October. But it doesn’t seem he had been stalking long there. He seems now to have been elsewhere during these months on a regular basis.
Nevertheless, wherever this guy went he took his “hobby” with him and his calculating desire to inflict terror on the unsuspecting.