During the 1970s, more than 50 women are believed to have been assaulted by a brazen serial rapist who terrorized the
As a rapist he established himself as a unique offender with unusual signature habits, including boldly lingering in victims' homes for hours. While his victims lay blindfolded, bound and helpless, he would raid their kitchens, rummage about their homes, and taunt them with threats, before finally sexually assaulting them and sneaking away. Evidence recovered at several crime scenes indicated the rapist had spied on his victims before he struck. At first he attacked homes in which only women and children lived. Then he became bolder, targeting homes in which a man was also present. The rapist would first restrain the man, placing dishes on his body so he could hear him if he tried to break free. Then the rapist would assault the female in another room.
By the late 1970s, the rapist had moved to communities in
In 1979, the killer struck again, killing a couple in
In 1980, the killer turned up in
In May 1986, the rapist/killer struck again, sexually assaulting and bludgeoning Janelle Cruz of
Then, in 1996, at the Orange County, California Sheriff's Department, a forensic scientist compared semen samples from several unsolved rape/murders in the southern
If the old police adage that serial killers do not stop unless they're caught is true, how is it possible this one hasn't been heard from since 1986? Police say he could be dead, he could be disabled or in prison, or he could have simply moved to another state, where he is committing similar offenses that have not yet been linked to the
The truth is that we really do not know why we have heard nothing since 1986. Yet another reason to keep walking in this big weird world of ours.
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