The front of the victim’s house is heavily shaded by a maple tree. As such, the front was quite dark. There is no public lighting along Benny Way/Dolecetto Street. The ranch style house was therefore quite dark when victim, age 16, pulled up at 10:45 p.m. She had just gotten off from her shift at Kentucky Fried Chicken. She had a chicken dinner with her, which she was going to take to her friend’s house. Her parents had left for the weekend that afternoon, and she was to stay with a friend. It was curious to her that the porch light was not on. Although victim’s parents were away, she assumed they would have turned the porch light on before they left in the afternoon.
The house is designed with the kitchen in front, next to the front door. The victim came in, switched on the kitchen light, set down her chicken dinner on the counter. The phone was on the counter, next to the dining room. The dining room connects via a door to the garage. Before she dialed she heard a sound and looked over her shoulder.
Assailant stood behind her, face covered in a green mask with slit for eyes. He already had a green handled ax raised over his head, ready to bring it down on her.
“Don’t scream or I’ll kill you,” he snarled in a clenched, hissing whisper.
Assailant continued to bear the ax over her while he reached and ripped the phone from her hand. He yanked the cord from the wall socket. He pushed her into the family room. “Get on the floor. On your stomach.” He yanked her arms behind her and then tied her wrists tightly with shoelaces. He already hard cut the cord from the iron and used that to bind her ankles.
Assailant left her alone in order to rummage through the house. Then she heard the sliding glass door to the backyard open. After a period of silence, she heard the living room drapes being opened and closed.
The phone in the master bedroom started ringing. This caused the assailant to halt and remain silent. He quietly pawed over to her. When the phone stopped, he was standing silently over her.
She suddenly jolted as he hissed through clenched teeth. “My car is just a block away,” he whispered. Then he added, with a sinister warning: “If you don’t do what I say, I’ll kill you.”
He stepped away and started to cut strips off a towel with a scissors.
She watched him. His prowling eyes did not leave off her as he walked back toward her with the towel strips ready.
She begged him not to hurt her.
“I’m not going to hurt you. I just want your money.”
“Really?” she replied with relief.
“Just do as I tell you,” he snarled.
Assailant gagged and blindfolded victim with the cut strips. He then rummaged about the house. Then it was silent. Victim believed he had found what he wanted and had left. However, apparently the assailant had padded up to her. He suddenly snipped scissors next to her ear, jolting her. The second time he did it he used the ax blade. He padded up after a period of silence and suddenly jolted her by running the cold blade over her neck. He rummaged the house again. She heard closet doors slid open, drawers emptied in the kitchen. Silence again. Then, suddenly, the cutting sounds of scissors by her ear.
Phone rang again from the master bedroom. Victim counted 30 rings.
Assailant was by her side again. He removed the gag.
“When is your family coming home?” he demanded.
She told him her sister was at a friend’s house and her parents were in Tahoe. “Please don’t hurt me,” she begged again.
“Shut up!” he snapped.
He was kneeling by her feet, and soon his gloved hands removed the cord binding her ankles.
He now whispered through his clenched teeth: “Have you ever fucked ---- [personal name]?”
Victim was near to panic. “No, please!”
He undressed her lower body. Assailant tossed pants over the lamp shade to dim the light in the room.
“You have a beautiful body, don’t you ---[personal name]?” She did not reply. Angrily he demanded with a hiss: “Don’t you!?”
Victim sniveled. “Yes.”
He placed his penis in her hands and ordered her to “Play with it!” He bragged it was about 8 inches long.
He raped her.
Assailant left her side and ransacked the house some more. He then quietly returned and raped her again. This followed a number of times. He raped her in various positions.
Victim was a virgin.
The rape was cut short by the victim’s girlfriend, the same girlfriend with whom she was going to spend the evening. Worried about the lack of the victim answering the phone she came by to check. It was 11:40 p.m. She rang the bell and knocked on the door. Rapist escaped out into the backyard. Victim heard a thud on the roof.
Investigators arrived to see the cut cord and shoelaces on the family room floor, and victim’s pants on the lamp shade. A quick check proved he had pried garage door to gain entrance. Searching the backyard with their flashlights uncovered several good size 9 shoe prints, with zigzag pattern soles. Flashlight beams swept over the roof, illuminating a Vaseline jar, the source of the thud the victim had heard. Assailant had thrown it on the roof when he fled. The Vaseline jar did not belong to the house. Sheriffs also discovered that the assailant had left the ax on the backyard fence. He had drunk a Dr. Pepper and left the empty can in the yard. This must have been during one of his breaks in between raping her.
Despite The EAR bragging about his organ being 8 inches long, victim assessed it to be like a hot dog.
Victim’s driver’s license and 2 of her rings, along with her sister’s school ID, could not be found. EAR had apparently taken them during his roamings of the house.
Victim’s residence had been receiving hang-up phone calls for 6 months. On one occasion the mother, angry at the frustrating calls, blew a whistle into the receiver.
A bloodhound picked up EAR’s scent in the backyard, followed it through the side gate, across the neighbors’ front yards to Ellenbrook Drive where the dog quickly vectored indicating it had lost the scent. EAR must have parked here. According to Lt. Richard Shelby (Hunting a Psychopath) the dog had stopped at 2626 Ellenbrook, which was essentially behind the victim’s house. According to Lt. Larry Crompton (Sudden Terror), it was only a few doors around the corner (or Dolecetto) which would actually be a blind spot at the corner of Ellenbrook and Dolecetto (There is no 2626 Ellenbrook). Crompton’s recounting makes it sound as if the house was on Dolecetto across from the canal. Shelby states it is Benny Way. (See Analysis below).
At the point where the bloodhound vectored, a gray 1966 or 1967 Chevy Belair station wagon had been parked off and on for the last month. The car would disappear for a few days and then return. No driver/subject was ever seen.
Ax belonged to the house.
The EAR might have been waiting for a while on the property of the victim. The neighbor behind the victim’s house had noticed that his dogs were growling outside between 8:30 and 9 p.m. that night.
Assailant was about 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 10 inches in height, young, in his late teens to mid 20s. Victim assessed this height when he pushed her into the family room and walked alongside her. In her high heels they were pretty close in height, making the EAR about 5 foot 10 inches tall. Canvas dark green jacket. Shoes were dark, no heel tennis shoes, zigzag pattern.
There is contradiction about his type of mask. Lt. Crompton says it was canvas. Shelby said it was a tight balaclava (slit for the eyes). The latter appears to be correct. According to a Sheriff Memo submitted on May 2, 1977, the victim here got a clear frontal view of her assailant. It is not stated when, but is must be deduced here that it was through the blindfold before or after the assailant orally manipulated her. To do so he would have to stretch the eye slit area of the balaclava down and hook it under his chin. The composite that was made, under hypnosis, shows this visage. Victim also said he had a young, round face. However, the visor area of a tight balaclava hooked under the chin would create this appearance, even in a man with a longer face.
In order to maintain the chronological narrative, it must be underscored here that this composite, right, was done under hypnosis. It was not released contemporarily. It was used behind-the-scenes by the sheriff sketch artist to do a highly anodyne “artist conception” that was released on May 19, 1977. For an in depth look at the composites, refer to Witness in Charcoal. Little faith was placed in a sketch done under hypnosis, one reason why it was never released.
The house was one row over from an extension of the same canal EAR had used before. The same canal runs behind La Loma, Dolecetto Drive, and Los Palos. Like with victim No. 6, the EAR struck a house opposite the street and not on the canal.