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


October 1, 1977

Between 1:30 and 2 a.m.

Salmon Falls/Tuolomne Street

La Riviera/Sacramento


East Area Rapist


Victim was awakened by flashlight beam shining in her eyes. It was held by a man about 5 foot 9 inches tall, 170 lbs. He was wearing a tight nylon stocking over his face, which distorted his features. He was also wearing a dark cap on his head. Flashlight was in his left hand and a revolver in his right hand.

     She awoke her boyfriend.

     “Shut up! Don’t make a move or I’ll kill you! I want your dope. I know you have some and I’ll look until I find it.”

     An interesting standoff now happened. Victim’s boyfriend, 21 years old, turned to the assailant. The assailant hadn’t moved from the doorway. The assailant coasted the flashlight beam from the boyfriend’s face and then over to a shotgun leaning against the wall. He played the flashlight beam back and forth, as if to challenge the victim into going for the shotgun. Boyfriend would not do so.

     “Roll over!” commanded the assailant. “Get on your stomachs.” The assailant then threw shoelaces onto the foot of the bed.

     The events that followed were typical of The EAR. After he tied the victims he placed dishes on the back of the boyfriend. He came and went from the bedroom a number of times. In one instance the phenomenon of “the silent dog” repeated itself. The boyfriend’s seven-month-old pit bull jumped on the bed while assailant was out of the room searching the house. When assailant returned to the bedroom the dog growled only once but would not bark. Assailant picked the dog
stocking mask
knit cap
Olive corduroy
dark gloves
.357 magnum
up and put it in another room.

     After assailant led the 17-year-old victim to the living room, he raped her twice. He had put a knife to her throat and threatened to slit it if she didn’t do what he said.

     Several times the assailant placed his revolver against the victim’s and boyfriend’s head, cocked it, and threatened to kill them.


Investigation uncovered that the couple had had a violent argument earlier in the evening and the boyfriend had as a result driven the victim back to her apartment. However, they made up and she returned.

     Investigation also uncovered something quite unnerving. The shotgun was found to have been unloaded and the shells neatly lined up under the bed. Sometime during the part of the night when the boyfriend and victim were at her apartment the assailant must have entered the home and unloaded the shotgun. It is possible then that the East Area Rapist was baiting the boyfriend to go for the gun so he could finally kill somebody.

       This is the first time that the victim was Hispanic. The boyfriend is listed as a “biker type.” No. 17 was part Hispanic.


   Victim estimated the assailant’s age to be between 21 and 35. He was about 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighed about 170 pounds. He wore a nylon stocking and a dark knit cap.


This area of Tuolomne and La Riviera is in between the other La Riviera strikes and the Rancho Cordova strikes, but it is much closer to the La Riviera area of Watt Avenue. There is a school nearby and a minor park. However, this park is of no significant in stalking the neighborhood. It does, however, act in concert with a significant tactical ally The EAR would use again. It connects with a pedestrian over-crossing. This over-crossing spans Highway 50 and allows one to park in an entirely different part of town and merely cross it to the Salmon Falls area where the school and eventually the duplexes are at Salmon Falls and La Riviera. Another advantage is a large apartment complex, which allowed EAR to park with the many other cars and go unnoticed.

     The precise location of the duplex within the Salmon Falls/Tuolomne area is disputed. Two general locations are listed on the map below.


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The house was a duplex. This is the first time that The EAR struck a duplex.


Despite the fact that this was the first time EAR struck a duplex, the duplex was situated in a community that fit his required method of prowling the community. It was accessed by only a couple of main roads and had the proximity of a pedestrian overpass, a school, and an apartment complex. Thus he could come and go unnoticed. The victim and not the type of house in this instance dictated the attack. There was something about her that enchanted him, and the community was laid out in a way it fit his MO for prowling.

     This is a second time that EAR used a tight nylon stocking to cover his face. Curiously, the last time was No. 20. This was the Merlindale attack in Citrus Heights. This is indeed a peculiar bit of headgear to wear. It doesn’t really hide the features, but it does distort them. Nylon stockings are, however, a safer thing to carry in the car at this time as opposed to a ski mask. If stopped, EAR could merely say they were a gift. He would remove them from the package only before exiting the car to go to his victim. But there is something far more coincidental here that bears contemplation. Both this attack and the Merlindale attack were heavily dependent on the location of apartment complexes nearby. And on both these strikes, he wore a woman’s nylon rather than a ski mask. I don’t like coincidence, and this is an obvious one.

     There can be no doubt from his language and behavior in the house that this was EAR.

     Much has been made out of The EAR wanting to kill people this time, based not only on how sadistic he was but on how he warned both No. 21 and No. 22 that he was going to kill. Entering the duplex beforehand and removing the shells, then neatly lining them up under the bed, was certainly a new addition to EAR’s terror campaign, but it does not necessarily mean he was looking to kill the boyfriend. Not only would a gunshot have alerted the neighborhood, the rape and everything else he intended would have ended immediately as EAR would have to promptly flee. Rather he may have looked forward to the boyfriend going for the gun and then finding it was empty. At such a supreme moment of let-down, EAR could giggle or laugh, but finally order the terror-stricken boyfriend back on the bed. It would have been a new height of terror for a victim.

     Boyfriend was described as a biker type. Lt. Larry Crompton in Sudden Terror says that the objects of EAR’s attack in this case were rather below his usual food chain.