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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!

 

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261 Rape

38

October 7, 1978

Belann Court

Concord

Surreal Schedule

East Area Rapist

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Narrative

Victim’s husband was awakened at 2:30 a.m. A beam of a flashlight was playing off his closed eyes.  He also felt a tapping on his foot. He looked up. There was a man standing at the foot of the bed. He was holding a flashlight in his left hand. A gun was in his right.

     The figure was mostly in silhouette. He spoke. “I just want food and money. That’s all. I’ll kill you if you don’t do as I say.”

     The wife/victim awakened to see an intruder standing at the end of the bed.

     “Get on your stomachs!” he growled. He put the muzzle against the husband’s head. “Put your hands behind your back.”

     As in other cases, the intruder presented shoelaces and ordered the wife to tie her husband’s wrists. While doing so he repeated “Tighter, tighter!” Then “That’s not tight enough. Tighter!” When she was finally done he ordered her to get on her stomach. He retied the husband’s wrists he then tied the victim’s hands behind her back. Then he tied both of their ankles. As in other cases the ankles on the intended victim were not tied as tightly as the wrists.

     “If you look at me I’ll have to kill you.”

     Then the assailant started rummaging in the closet, pulling shoelaces from the husband’s shoes. He looked over and saw they were looking. “Keep lying face down! If you look at me I’ll kill you. I’ll blow your fucking heads off!”

     Assailant tied the husband’s ankles tightly.

     They then heard him rummaging through the dresser drawer in the jewelry boxes. “Where is your wallet?”

     “On the bathroom counter,” replied the husband.

     Assailant went and got the wallet and then returned. He stuck the muzzle of his gun in the back of the victim. “Where’s your purse?”

       She said in the kitchen.

       He left the room. When he returned he said: “Is that all the money you have?”

     “Yes.”

       Assailant left the room again. They could here him rummaging in other parts of the house. When he returned he placed dishes on both of their backs. “If I hear these I’ll blow your fucking heads off.” He left and rummaged again. It wasn’t long before he removed the plates from the victim’s back and untied her ankles.

       “Stand up!” he growled. “Don’t look at me or I’ll cut your fucking head off.” He put a large knife to the victim’s throat and then pushed her into the hallway. “If you don’t do everything I tell you, I’ll kill you and everyone in the house.”

     After they arrived in the living room, he growled: “Lie down.”

     Assailant then turned on the television set. Then he put a blanket over the screen to subdue the light. He walked quietly out of the room back down the hallway. He stood by the husband. “If the dishes fall, I’ll kill everyone in the house.” He placed more dishes on his back. “My main man wants gold and silver.” He said the last line as he left the room.

     He knelt over the victim in the living room and started cutting at her nightgown and tearing it from her body. “If you don’t give me a good fuck, I’ll kill everyone. I’ll cut off your baby’s ear and bring it to you.”

     As in other cases, the victim heard him lubricating himself with Vaseline. Then he straddled her.

     He bent and hissed her name in her ear and whispered “I’ve been seeing you for a long time.”

       He raped her. In many different ways.

     Shortly afterward he went into the corner of the room and started crying. Then she heard him rummage, go in and out from the garage a number of times, and in and out the back patio door more than once. She does not know when he finally left.

Investigation

Concord Police arrived at the scene around 4:42 a.m. The victims estimated the assailant had been gone about 20 minutes. Both husband and victim were still tied. Investigation proved that $4,000 in jewelry, dishes, utensils, appliances, camera equipment, miscellaneous items, was missing.

     Canvas of the neighborhood uncovered that there had been prowling on nearby Minert Road. On one occasion, on October 4, a homeowner heard someone in his yard. Then he heard someone again, later, walking on aluminum panels he had on the ground in the yard. He grabbed a double barrel shotgun. He went to the window and saw the outline of a man. He opened the window and stuck the gun out. He demanded the man answer why he was in his yard.

     “I’m looking for a friend,” a man’s voice replied.    

     The homeowner ordered him out at his yard.

     The victims along with their little baby had been out that evening. After they returned the husband noticed that the door to his den was closed which was unusual since he always left it open. He also checked the doors. He noticed that the dead bolt on the front door had been unlocked. His wife said she had not done it.

 
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    Investigators checked the outside of the house. They noticed scratch marks on the window screens. They were not pry marks, but scratches back and forth or like a bad signature.

     The rapist had attempted to enter the garage but could not do so because of the 2x4 the homeowner used to brace the door.

     On October 8, a neighbor of the victims found a security badge in front of his house.  It was a 7 point star with the seal of California. It was made by the Hookfast Specialists Company. Investigation proved that it could be purchased from the company or one of its 3000 salesmen. The badge was a model B-617. Some of the air dried enamel on the seal and the points of the star revealed wear, indicating it had once been carried in a wallet. No security company in the Bay Area use that kind of badge.

   Neighborhood canvas also revealed that there was a number of open gates and “suspicious males,” barking dogs, hang-up phone calls, preceding the attack.

   One such incident occurred to a 29-year-old female who lived alone on Hollis Court. This was quite a distance from Belann Court, yet near another canal. A few nights before the rape on Belann she had heard noises in her backyard and scratching noise on her screen door. She heard these again on the night of the attack. When investigators later checked, after she reported it (after the rape on Belann), they found her sliding screen door had been cut near the lock. One of her windows had had its screen removed. Some screens bore scratches. The marks were identical to those on the victims’ house on Belann Court. Something had prevented EAR from gaining access to the Hollis Court house that night.

Description

The attacker wore gloves. He always spoke between clenched teeth in an angry, hissing whisper.. The gun was a revolver.

Geography

The geography of this part of Concord is piquing. It fits and it doesn’t fit with the EAR’s MO.

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Over time a report becomes significant. EAR apparently tried to get into a home on Hollis Court that very night. Hollis is in the other direction of this park and Belann. See inset. When added to his later attacks in Walnut Creek a vital bit of EAR’s evening prowling comes to light. He kibitzed.

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House

House is a middle class, single story detached home in a cul de sac.

Analysis

The events on Hollis Court that night and on those few nights before are quite significant. It shows us to what extent EAR prowled a community beforehand. Although we already knew this, these events help gives us some order as to how he did it. Ygnacio Valley Park was clearly the hub. He rippled out from there. In regards to Hollis Court, he found both the canal by Kenswick and then moved in closer through yards, over Hollis Court-iconseveral nights, and finally settled on his victim. Yet he never gained entrance.

     EAR thus kibitzed. He started with a central point and tick-tocked to two ends. This night when he failed on Hollis he went to the other side of Ygnacio Valley Park, crossed under the BART overpass and went down Minert to Belann, where he must have also stalked for quite some time and had selected the victim as his next target.

     This method will be underscored with the Walnut Creek attacks, where we shall see that he also used this method on nights when stealing a bicycle. He would park in a blind spot or by a school and then head in the opposite direction of where he intended to attack in order to steal a bike. He would then ride past where he had parked and then go to the intended victim’s home.

Keswick Canal2-icon   One more thing should be added about the scratch marks on the window screens. He left these on many screens, not just one in the house. In Analysis of the First Eight Cases I note that EAR probably used this method to see how heavily the people slept in the house or if there was a nasty or noisy dog in the house. One other motive might be put forward here. Since the scratches were in the lower left corner, where even a slightly open window would allow the sound to travel in the house, EAR might also have been testing room acoustics. Naturally, he would select the quietest one to gain entrance later. From the report of the 29-year-old woman on Hollis, we know that he did this days before he tried to strike. Thus it seemed to be preliminary to selecting a suitable house. Who would notice such a thing on their screens unless something happened?

   Despite the fact Ygnacio Valley Park could not have been used to directly survey Belann Court, it serves as a clear reminder that EAR used parks as hubs and from there rippled out until he found a suitable victim(s) according to his arrogant standards. He obviously found no suitable victim around the park. So he continued his outward expansion and found suitable intended victims on Hollis and Belann courts. He must have biked about. Perhaps he parked off one of the streets that connects with the park. Biked from there and under the overpass on Oak Grove Road and to Minert Road. But there is also another way, and it will become clear he used it too. The question is, which was first?  This we must pursue in the next case.

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