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True Crime/Cold Case Files     EAR Crime Index

The Case of the East Area Rapist AKA The Original Night Stalker

261 Rape

Victim No. 13— WFA Age 31

Mon. February 7, 1977

About 6:45 a.m.

Heathcliff

  He is the real life Michael Myers. He looked like the average teen, except for his morose eyes. Yet he is the No. 1 serial offender in history. He was so careful, he is known only by his DNA. The East Area Rapist, as he was known, struck California communities for 10 years— 1976-1986. Toward the end he became a murderer now known as the Original Night Stalker. He has 50 rapes and 12 murders to his record. Then he vanished. He would be about 58 years old now, living what appears a normal life. These are the files on his crimes.

Carmichael/Crestview

Unexpected Jogger

East Area Rapist

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Narrative

It was about 6:45 a.m. Victim’s husband just left the house in order to go to work. He stopped and called back to his wife (victim). He had noticed a van parked in the Del Campo Park parking annex at the end off Heathcliff that did not belong to neighbors. It was not a vehicle he had seen before. Because the victim’s house had been robbed a month prior, the husband was concerned.

     After husband left, victim locked doors and windows and went to work in the kitchen. A subjective sense of being watched caused her to look over her shoulder. kitchenThere was the assailant standing at the entrance wearing a dull green, tight fitting ski mask. It only had a slit for the eyes. He had a gun pointed at her stomach.

   Assailant snarled through clenched teeth. “Don’t scream or I’ll shoot you! I just want your money. I don’t want to hurt you. ” He ordered her past him, into the dining room. “I’m going to tie you up. Do what I say or I’ll kill you.”

     Victim carefully walked past him as he stood aside. “Sit down in that chair,” he ordered through clenched teeth. She sat in a dining room chair. The assailant then took out shoe laces from his wind breaker pocket and stood behind her, pulling her arms behind her. She began to whimper. He stuck the knife to her throat and growled through clenched teeth: “Shut up or I’ll kill you!” He finished tying her wrists very tightly. “Get up!”

     She refused. “No!”

     “I’ve got a gun,” he reminded her. Then he calmed her by saying: “I just want to tie you to your bed.” He pushed her before him and they walked around to the front of the house and down the dimly lit hallway to the master bedroom. She noticed her 7 year old daughter’s bedroom door was closed, though it had been open before. She assumed he had closed it already and not awakened her daughter. Hall

     Assailant stuck the knife at her and ordered her “On the bed!” He started tying her ankles and then she heard cloth being torn.

     “I’m going to cover your face.”

     She shrieked “No!” and told him to get “the fuck out of here!” She struggled.

     “Shut up!” he snapped.

     He sat on her and clutched her mouth with a gloved hand. She struggled and he punched her face with his other hand. As she squirmed and struggled under him, she was able to work her tied hands along her side and reach for his gun which was hanging out of his wind breaker pocket. She tried for the trigger. He punched her head several times. She wailed.

     “Shut up or I’ll kill your daughter!” he threatened. “I’ll cut off her ear and bring it to you.”

     She finally acquiesced. He blindfolded her and stuck a cloth in her mouth.

     Now in control, he slid the knife along her face. He hissed: “If you move, I’ll kill you. I’ll cut up your face.”

     Then it was silent.

     She believed he left the room, quietly padding out. After a while she tried to get free.  She sat up and started working the bindings off her ankles. However, his hands suddenly grabbed her chest and pushed her back. He leaned in close. “If you move, I’ll cut off your toes,” he snarled angrily through his hissing teeth. “One for each time you move.”

     Assailant removed her blue jeans. She now knew what was going to happen. She tried to say something, but he ordered her to “Shut up!” and pointed the knife blade into her bare stomach.

     He began to lubricate himself. Then he orally sodomized her. Afterward, he slowly ran his knife’s sharp blade up and down her legs.

       He raped her.

     Suddenly, he stopped.

     She realized that her young daughter had caused the sudden alarm. She stood in the doorway. He ordered her: “Go into the bathroom! I’m going to tie you up.”

     Rather the daughter screamed that he was going to kill them.

     Assailant then got off the mother and picked up the daughter and threw her on the bed. He retied victim’s ankles.

       There was no sound now but the daughter sobbing.

       The assailant then quietly padded away.

Investigation

Investigation yielded the same general clues as before, and interviews with the victim confirmed the assailant’s language matched that of the EAR. Apparently, he left soon after the child had come in the room. The victim estimated he must not have remained more than 30 minutes in the house.

     One curious piece of evidence was found. The husband and victim smoke Marlboro cigarettes. An ashtray in the kitchen contained such cigarette butts. But there was also a butt from a Vantage cigarette. Victim and husband do not smoke such a brand.

     On February 6, the day before, a young man, mid 20s, was observed by one of the neighbors while she was working in her yard. He gave her the creeps. He was described as short hair, blondish, about 5 foot 10 inches tall, wearing some kind of jogging outfit. Every time she looked at him, he looked away and feigned he was looking at the trees or just the sky.

     The morning of the attack a teacher at Kelley School (elementary) saw a man, mid 20s, run through the park
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area. The time was 7:30 a.m., the time EAR left off his attack. He was wearing a blue jacket. He was 5 foot 8 to 10 inches tall. Medium build.

Perpetrator Description

Assailant was about 5 foot 9 inches, wearing a dark blue jacket and his mask was deep green with a slit for the eyes (balaclava).

Geography

The house was in Crestview, on Heathcliff, not far where the EAR had struck Victim No 4. The Crestview and surrounding developments are all situated around the massive Del Campo Park. Del Campo High School and Kelly Elementary School abut the park. See pictures below or on the page about the attack on Victim No 4

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The relation of the parking lot to Heathcliff and the park.

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House

The house was a single story, detached middle-class home like in the previous cases. In this case, clues exist that make an examination of the floor plan helpful in the Analysis section below.

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Analysis

Since victim was only alone a short time after the husband left, it is possible that EAR was already in the house and waiting. If not, then in the first 5 or 10 minutes after the husband left, he quickly entered by some window the victim did not secure. The problem with either supposition is that the victim, by the account of Lt. Larry Crompton (Sudden Terror), was taken by surprise in the kitchen. The kitchen is in the center of the house, with only one entrance through the dining room in back. It is impossible for EAR to have walked through the living room and family room, to the dining room and then into the kitchen without the victim seeing him first. There is a bar counter overlooking the family room from the kitchen. Working at the sink gives anybody in the kitchen a clear view of the rooms.

   The only way to enter the house is through the back patio slider, but one would think that the victim would have heard the door being pried. Lt. Richard Shelby says that the door was not locked and EAR burst through. The only compromise is that EAR hid in the garage and crawled on his knees under the bar area where victim could not see him, then he stood up and entered the dining room and stood in the kitchen entrance. 

     Whichever way, EAR was undoubtedly waiting nearby, waiting for the husband to leave. This, of course, indicates he had stalked the residence before and knew the husband’s schedule. The house had been robbed the month before and, according to Shelby, the victim had been receiving those hang-up phone calls typical of homes eventually hit by EAR.

     The time and circumstances were near identical to that of EAR’s attack on Victim No. 5.

     Since EAR closed the child’s bedroom door, he had already prepared what he was going to do before he silently approached victim in the kitchen. This indicates he was already in the house and silently crawled under the view of the victim while she was in the kitchen.

     There was no time for the assailant to go smoke a cigarette except for the short time that the victim was left alone and worked the bindings loose on her ankles. EAR then had returned quietly and grabbed her again.

     No previous victims had ever indicated a smell of the assailant being a smoker.

     The incident is poorly documented.

     Richard Shelby says that the EAR burst through the back slider and held victim at gunpoint and made her sit down in the kitchen. Nevertheless, he gives no explanation for why, in his recounting, the victim noticed that her daughter’s bedroom door was already No.13closed when EAR led her back to the master bedroom.

     According to Shelby the assailant was dressed as follows.

     Dark blue wind breaker (nylon jacket), cheap black leather gloves, black pants over white boxers, green balaclava, and red, white and blue tennis shoes that would have been more popular with teens than adults.

   Several witnesses saw a young man in the neighborhood in the week preceding the attack. He was described as around 5 foot 10 inches, with relatively short dark blond hair.

   Several witnesses, according to Shelby, saw a similar young man dart into the park that early morning near the time the EAR must have left the victim’s house. One declared that he ran or jogged across Del Campo Park to the high school, another said he went to the clump of pine trees in the park, another said she saw such a young man jump the fence into the Kelly School area near the canal and where the fence parts (where the students to this day still use it to cross into the park, though they are not supposed to). One neighbor felt that a young man who watched her the day before was particularly creepy by the way he stared and then looked away when she looked to him. He stood in the park, near the entrance to Heathcliff.

     According to Shelby, the victim struggled extensively with the assailant in the master bedroom, so much so that EAR must have accidentally cut himself with his own knife. Blood tests proved that the victim’s blood was Type B, but another drop tested to be Type A Positive, which was different than the victim’s. The EAR was so incensed at the victim struggling so much that after he regained control he stabbed the bed mattress repeatedly near the victim’s head.

     Of the many reports of a young man seen in the area, it seems a composite was done by the Sheriff’s Department. It was never released to the public because it was not of a person in any circumstances that would prove he was the EAR. It was merely a young man seen in the park and on Heathcliff, an area near two schools and a huge park which obviously frequently had youth in it. EAR-Composite5-35%

     It must be underscored here that this composite was never released at the time. It has hitherto been promoted as a composite of the Ripon Court Shooter, but its date of February 11, 1977, precludes it from being associated with that incident, which took place after this on February 16, 1977. Thus by the date association only, I make the deduction it is the young man seen at one point along Heathcliff in the days preceding the attack on the victim.

     The first composite ever released was an “artist’s conception,” and this was released on May 19, 1977, when Sacramento’s east area was building into a panic.

     From previous bodily fluids taken from the crime scenes and from the rape examination done at the hospital on the victims, it was determined that the EAR had been a non secretor, which meant that he was in only about 20% of the population who did not secrete the identifying substance to prove ABO blood type. With the taking of the blood here, Richard Shelby felt it was certain that the EAR was Type A Positive.

    

Files on the EAR/ONS

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Preliminaries

Introduction

A Word About Rape

   Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct

The Folklore of “Copycat”

Updates

 

Prehistory

The Summer of ’76

Victim #1
— The Beginning—
Rancho Cordova

Victim #2
—Careful Selection—
Del Dayo

     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—
1977

Victim #11
— Cats and Fields—
Sacramento

Victim #12—
 Blind Spot Reveals—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #13
— Unexpected Jogger—
Carmichael

Ripon Court Shooting

 Victim #14
— Over the River . . .
and Through the Woods—
  Sacramento

Victim #15
— Tactical Misuse—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #16
— Opportunity Knocks a Clue—
 Orangevale

Victim #17
— Unexpected Spoke in the Hub—
 Crestview

Victim #18
— Moving Upwards—
La Riviera

Victim #19
— Presentiment
 of
 Impromptu Danger—
Orangevale

Victim #20
— Blind Spot
 and a
Stop Watch—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #21
— Tactical 1—
Del Dayo

Victim #22
— Tactical 2—
South Sacramento

Panic!

  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

Victim #29/30
— Assault!—
 Carmichael

Maggiore Double Murders
— Critical Clue—
 Rancho Cordova

   Yet Another Year— 1978

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       Witness in Charcoal

Victim #31
— Distant Roaming—
 Stockton

Victim #31B
— Back to Rancho—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #32
— Little Pocket, Big Clue—
 South Sacramento

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

Lacing with Ligatures— Thunderbird Place

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

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Murder
—Original 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

Portrait of Terror

The Lair of an Arch Rapist

     The Mystery of the Silent Dog

Phone Calls

Thwarted!

Persons of Interest

Introduction

RP

MRL

 

 

Night Predator
Files on the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker

The Website of Gian J. Quasar

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