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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

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June 5, 1978

Fuschia Lane

Modesto

The Deep Dig

East Area Rapist

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Narrative

The couple was awakened by a tapping sound. In the doorway to their master bedroom there stood a silhouette of a figure behind the splatter of a flashlight beam. He was tapping on their door frame.

     “Wake up, motherfuckers. Get on your stomachs and put your hands behind your backs.  I’ve got a .357 magnum and if you flinch, I’ll blow your fucking brains out.”

   “Tie him up,” the intruder ordered. He threw a shoelace at the victim’s face. “Tie him tight,” he repeated as the victim tied her husband’s wrists.

     The assailant then ordered her on her stomach. He tied her wrists and ankles and then tied her husband tighter. DSC04080-icon He placed the gun muzzle against his head and cocked it.

   “Don’t flinch. All I want is money and food to put in my van and then I’ll leave.”

     Assailant then left the room.  

     Victim and husband could hear him rummaging throughout the house, opening drawers in the kitchen, cabinets, rustling about through the other rooms. They did not hear him return. Not until he spoke. “One move and there’s going to be two dead people.” He spoke through clenched teeth in an angry, threatening hiss.

     He cut the shoelaces that bound the victim’s ankles. “Get off the bed,” he then ordered, poking her with the knife.

     While she stood by waiting, assailant put the gun to her husband’s head again. “If you make a move I’m going to blow up your fucking kid.”

     The assailant led the victim to the family room.  He ordered her on the floor, tied her ankles again and then rummaged through the kitchen. She heard him walk past. He went down the hallway to the master bedroom, where he placed dishes on the back of the
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husband. He warned him that if he heard these rattle he would kill him. He then returned to the family room, untied the victim, and raped her. Afterward, he tied her again, so tightly it cut into her skin.

Investigation

Modesto Police responded at 3:56 a.m. and found the usual scene in the aftermath of the EAR.

Description

Description is largely assumed due to the fact the East Area Rapist kept the flashlight beam in their eyes the whole time. He wore gloves (as always), a dark ski mask, had a gun (no reason to doubt it was a .357 magnum as he said), knife, and dark clothes. At this point he consistently wore a blue wind breaker or something similar, though it was not described distinctly.

Geography

The location of this attack is particularly intriguing. It will become more so with time and with 2 more attacks in Modesto. See Pictures below.

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House

The house is a single story, detached middle class home.

Analysis

On the face of it, the location of the attack seems a little outside of EAR’s usual tactical strategy. The area resembles the Merlindale area of Citrus Heights where EAR struck a couple of victims. However, EAR certainly knew Sacramento’s East Area. It would help perhaps to say that he knew Modesto, but the contrary seems evident.

     It will become clear as his crime spree evolves that the further he got from areas he knew, he followed the “CATs”— the huge power pylon corridors. He knew he would find empty ground underneath and eventually communities.

     We will elaborate on this later, but it will become clear that EAR did not know Modesto. He followed the CATs and rippled out from the corridor until he found a victim that suited him.

     The Fuchsia Lane attack is also curious for the fact that EAR reverted to his modus operandi in his first attack in Rancho Cordova. He awoke both victims by tapping on the door.

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