Case 53

The East Area Rapist 1977

(Part 2)

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The East Area Rapist 1977

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[Part 2 of 5]

On June 18th, 1976, the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department responded to a break in, and rape of a young woman. By the end of the year, there were ten attacks in total, all attributed to the one serial offender, who the media dubbed, “The East Area Rapist”.

Detectives with the Sherriff’s Department noticed the MO of the East Area Rapist fairly early on but kept the information under wraps. They didn’t want a state of panic, they didn’t want a copycat, and they didn’t want to alert the East Area Rapist that they were onto him.

But by November 1976, the community started to become aware that a violent serial predator was walking their streets.

 

The Sacramento Sherriff’s Department attended a local school meeting. Their intention was general crime prevention, but as people questioned rumours of the rapes, they were forced to confirm that a serial rapist was at large.

The police were shocked at the brazen nature of the attacks and the meticulous planning. The East Area Rapist moved through the community with military precision. He seemed to always know where the police were. Did he have a police radio? Did he have ears in the force? Or was he just lucky?

He had no sense of fear, his level of bravado was rarely seen in criminal investigations. And he had only just gotten started.

 

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Open and download map #2 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 2 of 5]

On June 18th, 1976, the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department responded to a break in, and rape of a young woman. By the end of the year, there were ten attacks in total, all attributed to the one serial offender, who the media dubbed, “The East Area Rapist”.

Detectives with the Sherriff’s Department noticed the MO of the East Area Rapist fairly early on but kept the information under wraps. They didn’t want a state of panic, they didn’t want a copycat, and they didn’t want to alert the East Area Rapist that they were onto him.

But by November 1976, the community started to become aware that a violent serial predator was walking their streets.

The Sacramento Sherriff’s Department attended a local school meeting. Their intention was general crime prevention, but as people questioned rumours of the rapes, they were forced to confirm that a serial rapist was at large.

The police were shocked at the brazen nature of the attacks and the meticulous planning. The East Area Rapist moved through the community with military precision. He seemed to always know where the police were. Did he have a police radio? Did he have ears in the force? Or was he just lucky?

He had no sense of fear, his level of bravado was rarely seen in criminal investigations. And he had only just gotten started.

________

Open and download map #2 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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MAP OF THE ATTACKS (PART 2)

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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