Case 53

The East Area Rapist 1977–1978

(Part 3)

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The East Area Rapist 1977–1978

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[Part 3 of 5]

1977 started off with a task force being created by the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department to catch the East Area Rapist. The crime lab was able to determine that the rapist’s blood was Type A.

The rapist continued following his earlier MO until the local papers made special mention of the fact he had never attacked a woman with a man present in the house. He adjusted, and from that time on he targeted couples.

As the year went on, and attacks grew more and more frequent, so too did the press coverage. But still, it was a time when not everyone got news the moment it happened. While there were many people terrified of the East Area Rapist, there were those who were still oblivious.

 

Despite the east area rapist having a very specific MO, it was not released to the public. The police didn’t want a state of panic and they didn’t want a copycat. But that meant when women got hang up phone calls, or heavy breathing calls, or when there was a break-in with nothing of value taken, only strange items moved around or stolen, the community had no idea these were related to the East Area Rapist case.

In mid may 1977 the rapist showed everyone he may have been in attendance at a community meeting that took place towards the end of 1976. At this meeting, a man stood up, paced up and down yelling that no man would stand by and let his wife get raped, he certainly wouldn’t. Just seven months later, the East Area Rapist targeted this man and his wife. During this attack, the rapist said he would kill his next victims. But there was confusion as to what exactly he said.

According to the survivor, he said he would kill two people if he heard about the attack in the media. But according to her husband, he said he would kill two people if he didn’t hear about the attack. When we left part 2, the police were deciding what to do…

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Open and download map #3 of the attacks here

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

[Part 3 of 5]

1977 started off with a task force being created by the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department to catch the East Area Rapist. The crime lab was able to determine that the rapist’s blood was Type A.

The rapist continued following his earlier MO until the local papers made special mention of the fact he had never attacked a woman with a man present in the house. He adjusted, and from that time on he targeted couples.

As the year went on, and attacks grew more and more frequent, so too did the press coverage. But still, it was a time when not everyone got news the moment it happened. While there were many people terrified of the East Area Rapist, there were those who were still oblivious.

 

Despite the east area rapist having a very specific MO, it was not released to the public. The police didn’t want a state of panic and they didn’t want a copycat. But that meant when women got hang up phone calls, or heavy breathing calls, or when there was a break-in with nothing of value taken, only strange items moved around or stolen, the community had no idea these were related to the East Area Rapist case.

In mid may 1977 the rapist showed everyone he may have been in attendance at a community meeting that took place towards the end of 1976. At this meeting, a man stood up, paced up and down yelling that no man would stand by and let his wife get raped, he certainly wouldn’t. Just seven months later, the East Area Rapist targeted this man and his wife. During this attack, the rapist said he would kill his next victims. But there was confusion as to what exactly he said.

According to the survivor, he said he would kill two people if he heard about the attack in the media. But according to her husband, he said he would kill two people if he didn’t hear about the attack. When we left part 2, the police were deciding what to do…

________

Open and download map #3 of the attacks here

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

– Michelle Cruz

– Debbi Domingo

– Patti

– Orange County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erika Hutchcraft

– Contra Costa County DA Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes

– Detective Richard Shelby

– Detective Larry Crompton

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RESOURCES

(Warning: Contains spoilers)

 

MAP OF THE ATTACKS (PART 3)

Open and download map of the attacks here

 

BOOKS:

HUNTING A PSYCHOPATH: The East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker Investigation – By Detective Richard Shelby

SUDDEN TERROR: The True Story of California’s Most Infamous Sexual Predator. The East Area Rapist And The Original Night Stalker – by Larry Crompton

 

WEBSITES:

The Quester Files

EAR / ONS

THE EAR CRIMES 1976-79

East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker

In the Footsteps of a Killer

Newspaper Articles

Phone calls and communications

Suspects

School Meeting

Vietnam War Stats

Non-secretor status

Knots

Latent Prints

Letters from Michelle and Debbi

 

ARTICLES:

Veterans honor California’s Vietnam War dead at Capitol Park memorial – The Sacramento Bee

Valley of death – News Review

The mystery of the Visalia Ransacker won’t go away after 41 years – The Fresno Bee

The story behind the first rape kit – CNN

USA: Rapists Escape Prosecution – Backlog of Rape Kit Tests – Safe World for Women

DNA Technology in Forensic Science – NCBI

Colleen Cason: Cast of thousands searches for killer – Ventura County Star

 

VIDEOS:

48 Hours (CONNECTING THE DOTS IN THE SEARCH FOR A CALIFORNIA SERIAL KILLER) – CBS News

UNSOLVED: CALIFORNIA’S ‘EAST AREA RAPIST’ REMAINS AT LARGE – Crime Watch

Cold Case Killer – FBI

Golden State Killer – East Area Rapist Survivor #5 Speaks

Interview with Debbi Domingo on Golden State Killer EAR-ONS

Interview with Det. Richard Shelby on East Area Rapist – Golden State Killer

 

MAPS:

FBI EAR-GSK Map

East Area Map

 

SUSPECT’S SKETCHES:
The official East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer – FBI*

 

*Over the years nearly all of the sketches have been retracted as they were considered misleading.

MUSIC

1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

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Researched and written by Anna at A.G.P Stories.

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska.

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