The East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker

Voice recording from the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker.

His known criminal career ranged from 1976-1986, though he was also the Visalia Ransacker active in Visalia in 1973-4. The Ransacker also committed a homicide. The EAR mostly raped, but he did kill one couple who were out for a walk in the Sacramento area. The crimes began with a rape spree in the Sacramento area in 1976-78. Then he moved around to Modesto, Davis, and the Bay Area for more attacks in 1978-79. During his wild spree in the Sacramento area, community meetings were held. He went to at least one of these community meetings and sat in the audience. We know this because a man spoke at the meeting and said, “What kind of man would sit back and let his wife get raped like that without doing something about it?” Three months later, this man and his wife were attacked in their home. The man was tied up, and the woman was bound and raped. EAR was at the meeting, and somehow he knew who the man was or he followed him home from the meeting. Creepy as Hell! He left the Sacramento area after two composites were released of possible attackers in the killing of the couple out for a walk, so those composites are probably good. He was 31 years old when he started as EAR. He may have been in the military at the time of the original rapes. He drove a dark colored VW. His career as EAR ended when he moved to Southern California in 1979 where he turned into the Original Night Stalker and escalated to homicides of both males and females in the Santa Barbara and Irvine/Laguna Niguel area from 1979-1986. In a number of these cases, via prowling, he noticed a couple having sex. Then he quickly broke in and blitzed them while they were having sex. In these later homicides, he tied people with ligatures but removed the ligatures before he left to remove evidence. During this phase, he was 34-41 years old. He was still on the loose as of 1991, when the extremely creepy voice recording above was made. The recording is of the suspect making a taunting call to one of his original EAR rape victims who survived. He made these calls to several of his previous victims, but this is the only one that was recorded. The drawing at the beginning of the video is how he looked in his attacks. The gritted teeth are correct because he typically spoke through gritted teeth. At the time of the phone call, he was 46 years old. The EAR MO was to stalk and maybe even burglarize in the area and gain a great deal of intelligence about the victims through break-ins and prowling. He often targeted areas that had homes for sale. He probably looked at a couple of homes for sale, posing as a prospective buyer and/or a fake real estate agent. He would later return to the area, sometimes by vehicle, sometimes on a bicycle, and sometimes on foot. Attacks were typically made next to an open area from which he could make his escape. Telephone lines were usually cut before entering. The woman was bound with special knots and raped over a period ranging over up to three hours. During this period, she would be raped, sodomized, and forced to have oral sex. He also wandered the house, eating and drinking items from the fridge. He wandered in and out of the house, eating and drinking, apparently looking for people to come home. He ransacked through the house, only taking a few items of value. If a male was in the house, he was bound and gagged and placed on the bed face down with a plate on his back and told that if he moved, he would die. At some point, EAR left, but the victim often could not tell when he left because he was wandering around so much. It often took the woman half an hour or so to get free of her bonds and get help, and by that time, he was long gone. In some cases, he was seen fleeing and pursued, but he always got away somehow. One time police saw him on a bicycle with a ski mask and pursued him, but he escaped once again. Several composites were made but they do not look much alike. The original attacks were by a young White male aged 18-33, with sandy blond hair and blue eyes, 5’11 tall, muscled but with a thin body like a swimmer. He favored military green clothing but had a wide variety of clothes that he wore. He always wore tennis shoes with a herringbone pattern. He used a new ski mask in every crime and sometimes made his own masks. He had a wide variety of handguns and knives which he used in his attacks. He was 72 years old when he was finally caught. Up until then though, he definitely got away with an incredible crime spree – countless break-ins and burglaries, over 50 rapes, and 13 homicides. He was very, very good. Good at what he did that is, one of the best. One of the best at getting away with his evil crimes. He’s one sick man right though. This site is an excellent resource on this master criminal.

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21 thoughts on “The East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker”

  1. Why didn’t they take roll calls of every person that would attend the meetings or some sort of verification/record/clipboard/list?

    1. That is when the meetings took place, i’m sure midway they would have picked up on some of his patterns, why didn’t the police or some group stage a couple buying a real estate house or pretend to be a potential victim, house some cops or armed guys in a hidden area, and then catch the guy doing the deed in the process?

  2. I had never heard of this case, or series of cases before, very interesting. I live in Washington and we had the “Green River Killer” active up here while I was growing up, a very sick fella who was eventually caught. Stories like these make wonder about the “sheepole” sometimes, bad stuff happens to good people all the time. However so few do anything to prevent it, I see smoking hot girls jogging alone in secluded wooded areas daily with ipod on, no cell phone, no rape whistle, no pepper spray, no firearm ect, and completely unaware of there back trail or surroundings.
    I geuss my point is maybe this guy in Ca. was among the elite of stalkers and rapists, or maybe he just knew how to pick a victim.
    Thanks for posting this Mr. Lindsay, seems like alot of research on your end.

    1. YW sir. I like researching these cases. Especially this one as it’s a mystery. Women can’t be careful enough unfortunately.
      This guy was definitely a master fuckin criminal. That’s all there is to it. He was the best there is at this sort of thing. Many felt he had either law enforcement or military training because of his expertise with stalking, surveillance, etc.

  3. I was at the taco bell on Folsom today..I saw a man eating his lunch on right side of the restaurant as we walked in. He got up to order something else and I notice he had very thick legs, wore white cargo camouflage shorts and black suede tennis shoes. He wore glasses and was about 6’2″. He had spider web tats on his elbows. After a while, he bagged up his extra food items and threw away his trash in a container in the restaurant–and exited to the front of the restaurant and rode away on his bike. I was intrigued enough to look into the trash can for his straw but could not see any. He looked to be about 48, maybe 50, of muscular built–and, again, with very heavy looking legs. Could the EAR be back in Sacramento? Intriguing…

  4. Message left in 1991? The killer must have been in his late 20’s or early 30’s at this point… So why does he sound like a 13 year old punk? Is that his mommy talking in the background? LoL, obviously a juvenile prank call.

  5. We know this because a man spoke at the meeting and said, “What kind of man would sit back and let his wife get raped like that without doing something about it?Three weeks later, this man and his wife were attacked in their home.
    That is one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever read. The voice is scary,too. I wonder what it would be like to have a mind like that?

    1. Oh fuck yeah! That is scary as fucking Hell LOL! Damn this case is scary man. Wait until you read about it. Not only is he diabolical, but he’s one of the greatest criminal masterminds that ever lived. He is uncatchable for all intents and purposes.

  6. Fuck! I’ve just delved a little into this case. The guy must be an anti-christ. Absolutely horrific stuff. I generally don’t scare easy when it comes to this kind of thing but this…. this is truly terrifying.

      1. Last night, I was watching videos on youtube about him. Every creak in the house was magnified, every sound was suspicious. I was a little freaked. At around four in the morning the police helicopter came and hovered over my house. Loud, whompwhompwhompwhomp. You know how eery that is. They were searching for someone in the back yards, I think.

        1. There should be a link to a forum about that guy. It’s a great forum and I spent a lot of time there reading about the guy.
          Same thing happened when I was reading about him. I was afraid to be in my apartment.

        2. Yeah, the link was on your previous post, I think. I went there last night and read a few threads. It was scary for me but you live in California!!!! Shit, I wouldn’t be able to sleep, my bedroom door would always be locked and I’d carry a blade with me everywhere.
          This guy didn’t want easy victims. Why would he choose couples over single women? He wanted a challenge.

        3. This guy didn’t want easy victims. Why would he choose couples over single women? He wanted a challenge.
          He was one ballsy sonofabitch.
          If you read a lot in that forum, some former victims will come on there. One was a woman from Visalia, a real estate agent well-known in town, who was victimized by him when he was the Visalia Ransacker. Some victims of the Ransacker were victimized by the guy repeatedly. He was absolutely amazing. And he would come back just to fuck with them. Break into their house, totally destroy a room, tear it to pieces, show up on Halloween wearing a mask, “Hi, it’s me,” call them up over and over, 50 times, with harassing phone calls. All this in a fairly small town (Visalia) too! A lot of people say that they saw him or someone they swore was him in various places around Visalia.
          They have had many excellent unsubs over time. NOT ONE of them has checked out. Now they have his DNA, but they STILL cannot catch him.
          He’s the slipperiest fish alive. Sometimes I think he’s not even human. Maybe he’s fuckin supernatural.

      2. The best website I have seen so have been the Quested files east area rapist. The article goes from rape by rape in detail to the murders in detail. It tells you how he behaved, how he dressed, what weapons he had and they give an analysis and their senario on who he is

  7. No master criminal, he was lucky a lot, He was neither in the military nor law enforcement, if he had been his fingerprints would have been discovered. There is also a common rumor he stopped after being arrested, that was also not true, LE has fingerprint and DNA from the EAR and had no matches so far. The EAR was a very lucky guy so many near misses being caught by Law Enforcement, I’m not saying he was not smart he had a logical brain in how he approached his crimes, he planned very well and had a mind for details and I think he took lots of notes.
    The other story about the man at the community meeting who became a victim, it was 9 months later not weeks.
    The Visalia Ran sacker and the East Area Rapist are not the same person, the physical description alone is not even close. The VR was seen by many witnesses fleeing he had large calf’s and ran with a strange gait like his knees were together were close together but almost bold legged, is how people said he ran. The East Area Rapist was 14 or 15 years olds in Rancho Cordova CA and was breaking into homes there at the same time as the VR was busy in his home town. The officer who’s flashlight was shot went to Davis CA, and viewed a suspect, who had just transferred from Visalia while working for a telephone company the very next day after the shooting (the VR activities also stopped that night ). Although the Officer was not 100 % certain it was the same guy the physical similarities were a perfect match, the give away was the super large calves. VR had been spooked and he stopped.
    The East Area Rapist was thin and very young in 1976 when his first reported rape occurred, he was most likely 17 or 18 at that time. There were numerous reports of the strange breaking and entering’s happening in Rancho Cordova ( location of first rape) as early as 1974 with nothing being taken, and yes even then a slim younger athletic suspect was seen running and leaping fences and being on rooftops. This was our young East Area Rapist at 14 years old learning to break into homes after the peeping tom stage was not enough to cause excitement in him any longer.. He started out as a panty thief as do many other sexual predators when they first start entering homes.
    The two were engaged in their own sick behaviors at the same time. The things the both of them did while inside homes are very common among sexual predators, if you read parole files of sexual convicts you see those same things repeated, They share the sick traits, its how the sick human brain works.

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