Case 53

The East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker

(Part 5)

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[Part 5 of 5]

When Part 4 began, it was August 1978. Sergeant Jim Bevins and Lieutenant Ray Root from the Sacramento Task Force held a special meeting with law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa County. They believed The East Area Rapist was heading south, possibly to Southern California, and they felt he would strike in Contra Costa County on the way.

They advised Contra Costa law enforcement agencies to form a task force and work together, but there was pushback – the general feeling in the room was, “Not in our county”.

When Bevins and Root were proven right, a task force was formed headed up by Detective Larry Crompton. Crompton consulted a criminal psychologist, Dr Emily, who warned him that the East Area Rapist wanted to kill, he just needed justification.

During a search after attack 43, the first attack in Danville, investigators found pages torn from a spiral notebook, known as “The Homework”. They were “The General Custer essay”, “The 6th grade rant” and “The punishment map” – a hand-drawn map of a housing development.

On July 5th, 1979, the East Area Rapist attacked a couple in Danville, but they had a plan in place. The husband stood over the rapist and yelled at him, while his wife ran outside and screamed for help. The rapist took a few steps back. He didn’t attack, and he made no move for a weapon. He didn’t say anything. He just stared at the husband through the jagged holes of his mask. The husband made a run for it, and the East Area Rapist escaped. Police were on scene in minutes, and tracking dogs picked up his scent. But he slipped through their fingers again.

________

Open and download map #5 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

– Retired Detective Carol Daly

– Jane Carson-Sandler

________

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

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

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

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

CASEFILE MAGAZINE:

EAR/ONS Magazine

 

MAPS:

Open and download map #5 of the attacks here

FBI EAR-GSK Map

East Area Map

 

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

 

DOCUMENTS:

The Original Nightstalker profile

 

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

East Area Rapist… Fear Grips Serene Neighborhoods – The Sacramento Bee

Driver’s Privacy Protection Act – Wikipedia

Help Shelly and Deb attend the Crime Con – originalnightstalker.net

DNA testing sheds new light on Original Night Stalker case – Los Angeles Times

New Interest in a Cold Case – Dana Point Times

 

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

FBI, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Investigators Continuing Effort To Find The Prolific And Deadly East Area Rapist

Authorities Renew Search For East Area Rapist

 

THE HOMEWORK FILES:

Download the PDF document here

 

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

 

FBI TOLL-FREE TIPLINE:

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit a tip at: tips.fbi.gov.

The official FBI poster

 

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[Part 5 of 5]

When Part 4 began, it was August 1978. Sergeant Jim Bevins and Lieutenant Ray Root from the Sacramento Task Force held a special meeting with law enforcement agencies in Contra Costa County. They believed The East Area Rapist was heading south, possibly to Southern California, and they felt he would strike in Contra Costa County on the way.

They advised Contra Costa law enforcement agencies to form a task force and work together, but there was push back – the general feeling in the room was, “Not in our county”.

When Bevins and Root were proven right, a task force was formed headed up by Detective Larry Crompton. Crompton consulted a criminal psychologist, Dr Emily, who warned him that the East Area Rapist wanted to kill, he just needed justification.

During a search after attack 43, the first attack in Danville, investigators found pages torn from a spiral notebook, known as “The Homework”. They were “The General Custer essay”, “The 6th grade rant” and “The punishment map” – a hand-drawn map of a housing development.

On July 5th, 1979, the East Area Rapist attacked a couple in Danville, but they had a plan in place. The husband stood over the rapist and yelled at him, while his wife ran outside and screamed for help. The rapist took a few steps back. He didn’t attack, and he made no move for a weapon. He didn’t say anything. He just stared at the husband through the jagged holes of his mask. The husband made a run for it, and the East Area Rapist escaped. Police were on scene in minutes, and tracking dogs picked up his scent. But he slipped through their fingers again.

________

Open and download map #5 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

– Retired Detective Carol Daly

– Jane Carson-Sandler

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

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

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

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

CASEFILE MAGAZINE:

EAR/ONS Magazine

 

MAPS:

Open and download map #5 of the attacks here

FBI EAR-GSK Map

East Area Map

 

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

 

DOCUMENTS:

The Original Nightstalker profile

 

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

East Area Rapist… Fear Grips Serene Neighborhoods – The Sacramento Bee

Driver’s Privacy Protection Act – Wikipedia

Help Shelly and Deb attend the Crime Con – originalnightstalker.net

DNA testing sheds new light on Original Night Stalker case – Los Angeles Times

New Interest in a Cold Case – Dana Point Times

 

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

FBI, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Investigators Continuing Effort To Find The Prolific And Deadly East Area Rapist

Authorities Renew Search For East Area Rapist

 

THE HOMEWORK FILES:

Download the PDF document here

 

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.

 

FBI TOLL-FREE TIPLINE:

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit a tip at: tips.fbi.gov.

The official FBI poster

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

ZipRecruiter – post your jobs for FREE

How to Start a Podcast – book by Casefile producer Mike Migas

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