Official YouTube channel of the East Area Rapist / Golden State Killer case

 

Today’s article is about the recent launch of the Official YouTube channel of the East Area Rapist / Golden State Killer case. If you’ve read my blog consistently, then you know that this is one of the cases that I am passionate about. This unidentified California serial rapist and killer committed upwards of 100 home break-ins and burglaries, 50 rapes, and at least 12 murders between 1976 and 1986. These numbers are staggering and alarming. The fact that this monster has gotten away after all of these years is unfair and unacceptable. Thankfully, a wide net is being cast in an effort to identify this individual. A task force covering several areas of California from Sacramento to Irvine is hunting down this maniac. But they need our help. They need tips, they need names, they need leads. Somebody out there knows this person. And in addition to law enforcement searching for this individual, the media has also become highly interested in this case and as a result, there are several forthcoming television shows and documentaries in the works. These include a People Investigates special on Investigation Discovery Network, and an accompanying People Magazine article due out this week.

With all of the new coverage and interest in this case, this will undoubtedly drive many people not familiar with the case to seek information on it via the internet. While that’s a good thing, it also has a downside. Many websites and sources provide inaccurate, misleading, or incorrect information. And many of these sources are simply out to push their own agenda. This leads to a question; where is somebody trying to learn more about this case supposed to turn to for complete, accurate, and honest information? Luckily, I have the answer.

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I recently was a guest on the Crawlspace podcast

 

I recently was a guest on the Crawlspace podcast where I joined my friends  Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri to discuss serial killers including the Zodiac Killer and the Golden State Killer. We discussed some true crime topics in general, and had a great discussion.

Here’s how it went-

 

Tim and Lance are the same guys that have the Missing Maura Murray podcast, which has been a true crime sensation. The Maura Murray case will soon be making it’s way to television and will be the subject of a documentary. Be sure to check them out.

 

Help ID the East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker/ Golden State Killer

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.

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The Golden State Killer panel at Crimecon June 2017

 

Just got back from the Golden State Killer panel at Crimecon in Indianapolis and it was awesome! I have been away for several days prepping for Crimecon and taking part in our presentation about the Golden State Killer.

I was very happy to assist in any way I could to bring attention to this case. A full report is coming soon about my time there and Crimecon itself. In the meantime, I am sharing some photos and memories from this past weekend, along with video of the panel which included, Golden State Killer surviving victim, Jane Carson-Sandler, Debbi Domingo, daughter of murder victim, Cheri Domingo, Michelle Cruz, sister of murder victim, Janelle Cruz, and myself.

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Ted Bundy and Pornography’s Influence

 

Ted Bundy and Pornography’s Influence is an article written by guest blogger E.J. Hammon  who is a  crime author based in Greensboro, NC. She has studied aberrant behavior and serial killers for the past two decades. Read her blog at www.bundyphile.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter @RoseDysfunction.

Looking up from the table, his cold blue eyes flash toward the camera, and for a split second, we can see behind their darkness. Serial killer Ted Bundy was interviewed on the night before his execution by Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson. Though Bundy’s crimes were addressed during their conversation, the focus that day was on the dangers of pornography, how it harmed women, and how it forced Bundy down a dark path to murder and mayhem. Though the interview is nothing but a farce to forward an agenda for both men, their interaction gives the public a rare chance to see beneath the carefully constructed mask of sanity of a psychopath, someone the public never saw coming.

Hidden behind a carefully constructed “normal” face, handsome young Ted was on the surface a joy to his neighbors and family members. He especially had a way with women. Many older ladies thought he was a good kid and let him borrow their cars and gave him money when he asked. While watching him in videos and viewing pictures of him, it’s easy to see how he could wrap members of his community around his finger. He was handsome and convivial. He continually impressed local businessmen who thought he was a shoe-in as the next big attorney in the Seattle area. Utah detective Jerry Thompson once described his mastery of persuasion by quipping, “he could sell you a dead horse.” However, underneath it all, he was a man obsessed with murder and violence. Unfortunately, those around him would find out about his predilections far too late.

Born in Burlington, VT in 1946, Ted Cowell was a precocious child. Raised by a single mother and living in Philadelphia, PA until age 4, he never knew his biological father. However, he was exposed to his violent grandfather’s strange behavior before abruptly being whisked away by his mother to Washington State, closer to his extended family. As he matured, family members noticed disturbing behavior. A tendency toward roaming his Tacoma neighborhood late at night lent itself to an interest in peeping in the windows of his pretty female neighbors. A successful career in theft was briefly interrupted by a juvenile arrest, later expunged from his criminal record. He was never stopped again for larcenous activity, though he continued stealing on a grander scale as the years progressed.

It was around this time in his life when he turned to pornography to answer some of his questions about women. He knew he could never ask his highly religious mother questions about sex, especially during an era when nobody discussed their sex lives. Ted was also drawn to crime magazines that sexualized women and encouraged his violent fantasies of bondage and dominance. Recently, noted Bundy expert Christina Nixon stated, “considering the fact that most porn magazines pictured the women as sex objects, it most certainly amplified his feelings of hate/disrespect towards certain women.”

After a devastating breakup with a college girlfriend, from which he never truly recovered, Bundy found himself looking for revenge. Though his crimes until this period happened solely in his head, he found himself moving more and more towards acting out his fantasies based on what he saw in X-rated magazines. Following women, peeping into their houses, and finally attacking someone with a two by four on the street were rationalized and became normal to Ted. His sense of entitlement was continually encouraged by successful nighttime prowling and stealing. As January 1974 loomed, he was preparing to make his move.

On January 4, 1974, Ted’s violent rampage began in earnest. He no longer held back his contempt for women nor his sexual appetite. He brutalized his prey, through decapitation and necrophilia, burying some of their bodies and leaving others out in the elements. His crime spree ended the lives of over 30 young women, mostly college students, throughout the United States. His final victim was a twelve-year-old girl. Her raped and decomposed body was found in a pig shed in rural Florida. When he was arrested in 1978, after 2 prison escapes from Colorado, he told police “I’m the most cold-hearted motherfucker as you’ve ever put your fucking eyes on. I don’t give a shit about those people.” The monster had been caged but his animal instincts were still on high alert.

By the time he was interviewed by James Dobson, Bundy’s agenda was simply to lengthen his life by staying on Florida’s death row beyond his third execution date. He was desperate to remain relevant to law enforcement and by allowing Dobson to interview him, he thought Governor Bob Martinez would grant him another stay. It was his final and ultimately unsuccessful gamble. After ten years of trials and appeals, he was finally executed in January, 1989 after much pomp and circumstance. A crowd of over two-hundred people partied outside of Florida State prison waiting for word of his death.

Whether spurred on by pornography or an innate rage toward women, the result remains the same. A young man from a working class family was able to function without society while hiding a completely separate personality from those around him. The only people who saw his true anger were his victims and they didn’t survive the encounter. Though it’s doubtful pornography caused his despicable behavior, it more than likely encouraged it. To this day, Dr. Dobson still rages about the wild, loose morals of society. Whether he’s genuinely concerned about the Ted Bundys of the world has yet to be seen.

Do you know this man? These clues might help catch the East Area Rapist AKA Golden State Killer

 

Do you recognize this writing? It likely belongs to the East Area Rapist AKA Golden State Killer, AKA Original Night Stalker.

This man targeted the Rancho Cordova area of Sacramento County in 1976 and 1977. He broke into several homes and committed several rapes and robberies during this period.

 

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‘Zodiac’ Movie Recommendation for the 10 year anniversary of movie release

 

Looking for a great true crime movie to watch? Look no further. Zodiac is a must-watch if you like real life true crime cases. Zodiac was released 10 years ago today.


The movie is excellent, the cast is all-star including Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr, and the director is David Fincher who brought you Fight Club and Se7en. What’s not to like?


Based largely on the book by Robert Graysmith, Zodiac explores the obsession that a group of investigators,both professional and amateur, experience as they hunt for a mysterious killer; the infamous Zodiac Killer of California.

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