If you are a longtime California resident who has lived in Sacramento County, Santa Barbara County, or Orange County during the 1970’s or 1980’s, then this article is especially directed at you. We need your help in identifying a maniac. This article is a checklist of sorts produced to spread awareness and help identify California’s worst serial predator, a man that raped at least 50 women, and is responsible for at least 12 murders.
Tomorrow June 18th, 2017 marks the 41st anniversary since a serial rapist known as the ‘East Area Rapist’ started attacking women, and couples in Rancho Cordova in Sacramento County. In the coming months, he attacked in other areas of Sacramento County, primarily in the Eastern part of the county including Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, and Carmichael. By 1978, this serial rapist moved on to other counties in northern California and attacked steadily until July, 1979 piling up 50 vicious rapes.
In October of 1979, this perpetrator showed up in Goleta, Santa Barbara County attacking a couple the same way he had dozens of times before, however, this couple resisted and got away and the attacker was forced to abort the attack. In December of 1979, almost three months after the aborted attack, this predator attacked again in Goleta the same way he had done so many times, but only this time, the attack ended with a double murder. In July,1981, this man would show up again in Goleta attacking and murdering another couple.
Earlier, in February, 1981, this rapist and murderer attacked and killed another victim in Irvine, Orange County. After 1981, this killer went quiet and was not heard from again until May,1986 when he once again attacked, raped and murdered in Irvine. This was the final attack linked to this serial rapist and killer. In 1979 to 1986 in southern California, this killer was known as the ‘Night Stalker’, not to be confused with the infamous Richard Ramirez who was also known as the Night Stalker. Since this serial offender’s crimes happened before the Richard Ramirez attacks, he would later be called the ‘Original Night Stalker’.
In the 1990’s, DNA linked the East Area Rapist crimes of northern California with the Original Night Stalker crimes in southern California, and investigators started to refer to this serial predator as EARONS(East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker)and now, most people refer to him as the Golden State Killer, fitting of a man who terrorized much of California from 1976 to 1986.
Last year, to mark the 40th anniversary of the start of this monster’s attacks, the FBI and the investigating agencies across California, refocused their efforts to bring this case to a nationwide audience, offering a $50,000 reward in the process. While nationwide attention is needed and appreciated, the attention that we really need is from those of you that lived in this attacker’s prowling areas in the 1970’s and 1980’s. You may know this man, or some of the things mentioned here may spark a memory or suspicion in you, and if so, please do the right thing and provide a tip via the FBI’s hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI , or if you are not comfortable doing that, you may contact me via this blog and I will see that your information makes its way to law enforcement investigating this case.
*This man was likely born between 1949 and 1959, and would today possibly be 58 to 68 years old.
*In the 1970’s. he was described as being 5ft8 to 5ft 10, and under 200 pounds with a thin athletic build. His athletic abilities were showcased as he escaped by biking, outrunning, and jumping fences to avoid being caught.
*Eye color described as lighter color, likely blue, green, or hazel.
*Had a shoe size of approximately 9 to 9.5
*Likely had a high-pitched voice and a possible stutter although he usually spoke through clenched teeth during his attacks.
*At times, his hands were described as rough and callous, indicating he likely did hard work with his hands.
*He had a very small or unusually small penis that was noted by many of his victims
*At the time of his attacks, he may have been a heavy drug user or had a medical condition or disease. This is based on tracking dogs that acted erratically following his scent.
Possible clues to his background or work-
*Many of his victims lived in, or close to homes that were for sale. Based on other clues, this man may have worked in or around the real estate field possibly involved in land surveying, development, etc
*There is a strong possibility that this man worked in a job related to, or involving some sort of construction
*Many of his victims were connected to the medical field, hospitals, pharmacies, etc and there is a possibility that this monster may have also been in the same field.
*Stalked and attacked victims and their homes for days and weeks before the actual attacks
*Would sometimes break into the home of his victims prior to the attacks on them, days or weeks before the attacks on them, occasionally stealing items that were more of a sentimental value as opposed to a high dollar value.
*The attacks on his victims mostly happened late at night or in the early morning hours before sunrise. Due to the hours and hours of time spent stalking and attacking all hours of the night, this could be a clue to what type of job, lifestyle, or Family life this man had.
*This offender called many of the victims both before, and after the attacks on them, as well as calling their neighbors. The calls would be prank type calls, sometimes with heavy breathing, or threats. At some point before, during, or after his 1976 to 1986 crimes, he may have gotten in trouble for making these kinds of calls to other people.
*He often tied his victims with shoelaces or bindings, sometimes using a distinctive and hard to tie ‘diamond knot’. It is very possible that in his sexual experience with consenting and willing partners, that he may have asked the partner to be bound or tied up, possibly making the partner uncomfortable, and this may stand out, or be memorable to somebody.
*He often prowled or stalked at night using ski masks, possibly homemade masks, and flashlights and was skilled at entering homes through sliding glass doors or garage doors. At some point, before, during, or after his 1976 to 1986 crimes, he may have been arrested for crimes of a similar nature that have not been connected to this case. He may have arrest records, possibly going back to his teens for things like prowling, peeping, or burglaries.
*He may have worked with an accomplice at times, possibly even a female
*He would stack plates on the backs of tied up male victims while he attacked and raped the females
*June 1976, he started attacking in the Rancho Cordova section of Sacramento County and moved to other cities in Sacramento County and then counties in northern California from 1977 to July,1979.
*October 1979, he showed up in Goleta, Santa Barbara County, and would attack there again in 1981.
*February, 1981 and May, 1986 he attacked in Irvine, Orange County.
Again, the 1979 to 1981 Goleta activity, as well as the 1981 to 1986 Irvine activity, may mean that this man moved down there after being in Sacramento County during 1976 to 1977. However, it’s quite possible that this man was going down to Goleta and Irvine as part of long lasting work projects, possibly in the construction industry. His lack of confirmed attacks from 1981 to 1986, may show that he had a life changing event such as a marriage, or birth of a child, or may indicate that he was in prison during that time for another crime.
In closing, do you know, or did you know, somebody that may fit some of the above criteria, and timeline? Additionally, there are sketches and voice recordings of this offender, as well as possible samples of his handwriting. Please look at, and listen to these materials, and share them with people via social media that may have lived in the areas where this monster struck. Please look at the sketches and his handwriting and listen to his taunting phone calls. If you suddenly think of a possible suspect based on this material, don’t just shrug it off. Your gut feeling or instinct may be correct, and it will only take one special tip to help identify this rapist and murderer. His DNA is on file and he can be identified, perhaps with your help! Do the right thing and provide your tip, let’s identify the man that raped, shot, and bludgeoned so many victims, and help give closure and answers to his victims and their families.
Also, be sure to check out our presentation about the Golden State Killer recently at the 2017 Crimecon convention.