Home

Preliminaries

Introduction

A Word About Rape

Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct

 

Prehistory

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—
 Sacramento

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

Panic!

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

Thwarted!

 

BuiltWithNOF

Breaking/Entering

48

July 5, 1979

Thornhill Drive

Danville

Shouted Out

East Area Rapist

postpiece
Narrative

Intended victim’s husband awoke. It was about 4:30 a.m. He saw a figure by the vanity by the doorway to their upstairs master bedroom.  The figure, a man, was standing there pulling a dark mask over his head. The man was wearing a dark blue vinyl jacket, buttoned all the way to his neck. His gloved hands were pulling the mask down stretching it tightly over his face. White shoelaces dangled from his hands.

   Intended victim’s husband was 6 foot 2 inches, 220 lbs. He sprang up from the bed. Assailant froze and stared at him.

     “Who the fuck do you think you are?” He stepped toward the assailant. “What the fuck are you doing here?”

     The intruder took a step backward.

   Victim’s husband continued to scream at him, demanding to know who the intruder was. Naturally his wife had quickly awakened. Due to the publicity given the East Area Rapist they had already rehearsed what to do if this should happen. In accordance with this procedure, he blocked the man
Dark corduroy
1970s Russell windbreaker-blue2
Vintage Trax3
dark gloves
Oxford_Balaclava_Eyes2
Coors
and his wife ran past the two of them and went downstairs. Seeing she was free, the husband then ran down the stairs. The exited out the back sliding glass door. At this point the wife was already shouting “help, help!” outside. A neighbor called the sheriffs. The time was 3:57 a.m.

Investigation

Investigation showed that the intruder had already searched dresser doors and removed a pair of the husband’s shoes from the closet prior to his awakening. Neither husband nor intended victim noticed if the intruder had a weapon.

   A bloodhound soon arrived and detected the scent in the living room. This led him to the  backyard near the gate. The bloodhound followed the scent to the end of Morning Home and Park Hill (note in Sudden Terror Lt. Larry Crompton erroneously said Old Orchard and Morninghome), through the greenbelt area (park) unto Sycamore Valley Road, where the scent ended.

   Investigation also proved that the neighbor to the intended victim had heard an intruder on her back porch around 2 a.m. It is divided by the intended victim’s porch by a wall.

Description

Medium build, male, dark wind breaker type of nylon jacket, dark ski mask, dark gloved hands, white shoelaces in them. When questioned later by the police, husband said the intruder just stared at him motionless when confronted. Husband thought that he detected the words CORN or something like that written in white on the left breast of the wind breaker.

     This description above also fit with the description given of the wind breaker by No 45 in Walnut Creek.

Geography

The area fits The EAR’s prowling MO. This was the first and only time he attacked (or intended to) a couple upstairs.

48-context-icon 48-closer-icon
Apartments2-icon
Thornhill3-icon
Park-Hill-icon
Park-Hill3-icon
48-Aerial-icon
navy blue windbreaker
Corvette windbreaker2
Ford logo2
Coors

What could have been mistaken for “CORN”?

House

The house was a 2-story condominium. EAR never struck a 2 story detached house. All the 2 story homes he struck were condominiums.

Analysis

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.

 

EARheader