"Wenn man diese Stimme hört, dann schaudert es einen, daß ist schon zum fürchten. Das muss ein sehr gefährlicher Typ sein, bekannte Schwerverbrecher wie Zodiac oder
Son of Sam sind nichts dagegen, keiner von denen hat die Gegend so in Angst versetzt." Larry Crompton
Wer in diesem Forum schaut gerne Crime-Serien wie Autopsie - Mysteriöse Todesfälle oder Medical Detectives ?
Kennt ihr die Folge über den East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker ?
Die Story klingt wie ein ein Horrorfilm, aber sowas gab's tatsächlich in Kalifornien.
Was mich aber verblüfft ist, daß dieser Killer nahezu unbekannt ist.
Nicht falsch verstehen, aber Fälle wie die Zodiac-Morde sind sehr berühmt, es gibt sogar Filme über den unbekannten maskierten Serienkiller.
Man muss man auch sagen, daß dieser Serienkiller auch verdammtes Glück hatte, den die Polizeibehörden arbeiteten zu diesem Zeitpunkt nicht zusammen und es gab kein grossen Medienrummel.
Und wenn man sich weiter damit beschäftigt, kann man regelrecht eine Entwicklung beobachten - eine Entwicklung vom einfachen Einbrecher hin zum Vergewaltiger und dann zum Serienkiller wird. Es wird vermutet, daß der "East Area Rapist" alias der "Original Night Stalker" auch der "Visalia Ransacker" gewesen sein könnte.
Hier eine zusammenfassende Chronologie:
Der Einbrecher "Visalia Ransacker"
Der Vergewaltiger "East Area Rapist"While most of the Visalia Ransacker's activities involved breaking into houses and vandalizing the owner's belongings, the Ransacker's crimes took a much darker turn on September 11, 1975. On this date, a man who is strongly believed to be the Visalia Ransacker broke into the home of Claude Snelling. Snelling, a journalism professor at the College of the Sequoias, was awakened in the middle of the night by strange noises in his home. Upon leaving his bedroom, Snelling discovered a masked intruder attempting to kidnap his daughter Beth. Snelling was shot and killed by the intruder, who fled the scene after the shooting.
After the murder of Claude Snelling, the Visalia Police Department went on high alert to apprehend the Ransacker. Nighttime stakeouts were set up in neighborboods which had been hit by the Ransacker. In 1976, a man was spotted walking through one of the neighborhoods in which the Ransacker had been active. When Detective William McGowan attempted to question the man, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot at McGowan. McGowan survived the attack, but the shooter was able to escape.
At about the same time the Visalia Ransacker stopped his crime spree in Visalia, the East Area Rapist began attacking victims in Sacramento County, California. Based on witness descriptions of the East Area Rapist and the method of operation which was used to carry out his crimes, Detective McGowan, of the Visalia Police Department, attempted to link the Visalia Ransacker crimes to the East Area Rapist. Both the Visalia Ransacker and the East Area Rapist were described as physically fit white males in their twenties. In terms of modus operandi, both the Visalia Ransacker and the East Area Rapist pulled Hot prowl burglary on single-family residences in the middle of the night. Neither the Visalia Ransacker nor the East Area Rapist ever took valuable items from the homes they burglarized. Additionally, both the Visalia Ransacker and the East Area Rapist took firearms along when burglarizing residences.
The Visalia Ransacker has eluded capture as well and may actually have been the Original Night Stalker/East Area Rapist in his fledgling years.
Die Goleta MordeFollowing his altercation with the shooter, Detective McGowan resumed his search for the Visalia Ransacker. At about the same time the Ransacker stopped his crime spree in Visalia, a serial sex predator dubbed the "East Area Rapist" began attacking people in their homes in Sacramento County, California. Based on witness descriptions of the East Area Rapist and the method of operation which was used to carry out his crimes, Detective McGowan attempted to link the Ransacker crimes to the sexual attacks in the Sacramento-area. Both the Visalia Ransacker and the East Area Rapist were described as physically fit white males in their twenties. In terms of modus operandi, both the Visalia Ransacker and the East Area Rapist pulled hot prowl burglaries on single-family residences in the middle of the night. Neither the Ransacker nor the East Area Rapist ever took valuable items from the homes they burglarized. Additionally, both the Visalia Ransacker (who is considered the prime suspect in the murder of Claude Snelling) and the East Area Rapist took firearms along when burglarizing residences. Based on all of the evidence, it is strongly suspected that the Visalia Ransacker and the East Area Rapist are one and the same.
The first fifteen attacks occurred in homes only inhabited by women and children. But then the rapist became even more brazen. According to Carol Daly, he began targeting homes in which a man was also present:
"When the rapist would come in he would, at gunpoint, order the female to tie up the male in the house. And then he would remove the female to the other part of the house where he would also tie her up. And then he would put dishes on the husband. While he was in the other room occupied with the sexual assault, he could hear whether or not the male was trying to get free... I think that he liked the excitement of the game. I think it was as much a game with the investigators as it was for what he was doing to the victims."
Citizens called a town meeting to discuss the East Area Rapist. One man stood up and insulted the men who allowed their women to be raped while trying to balance dishes on their stomach. A few weeks later, this same man’s wife was raped while dishes were placed on his stomach. Police theorize that the East Area Rapist was in attendance at the meeting and singled the man out.
In all, the Visalia Ransacker is believed to be responsible for more than eighty burglaries in Visalia and the East Area Rapist is linked to more than fifty rapes across northern California.
Der Serienkiller "Original Night Stalker"In two of the attacks, the victims were murdered. In the original attack, on October 1, 1979, the victims escaped.
In this attack, the perpetrator attacked a couple sleeping in their single story home on Queen Anne Lane. He had just stolen a bike from an open garage about a quarter mile to the west. It was a warm night and many windows were open. The attacker broke into the victims' home, took a knife from the kitchen and threatened the victims. After tying them up, the attacker briefly left the victims alone, allowing them to escape separately. The noise this created compelled the attacker, who was unable to chase both victims simultaneously, to abandon his attack and flee on the bike. A neighbor who was an FBI agent, responded to the noise and briefly pursued the perpetrator until he abandoned the bike and fled on foot through local back yards. The attacker also abandoned the knife at this point.
He struck again on December 30, 1979, only several blocks south of where he was last seen in the previous attack. This attack took place at the condominium of Dr. Robert Offerman. Staying with Offerman was his girlfriend Debra Alexandra Manning on Avendida Pequena. In this attack the victims were both killed by gunshots while sitting in their bed. The bindings on Offerman were untied indicating he had apparently lunged at the attacker. Neighbors heard the gunshots but failed to respond to them, attributing them to innocuous causes. The killer brought a dog with him and fed it a leftover Christmas turkey. The killer also broke into the adjoining residence to the west of the crime scene, which was vacant at the time, and stole a bicycle from outside another neighboring residence. The bicycle was later found abandoned on a street to the north of the crime scene.
The third attack took place on the night of July 26/27, 1981, on Toltec Way several blocks south of the Offerman-Manning crime scene, a year and a half after the previous attack. In this case the victims were Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez. Sanchez, a former boyfriend of Domingo's, was unexpectedly staying over at Domingo's home prior to moving away. Both victims were bludgeoned to death with a tool taken from a small shed in the backyard. Sanchez was also shot and not tied up. His body was found in front of the bedroom closet. Apparently he managed to lunge at the attacker before he could be tied up and was incapacitated with a gunshot wound. As in the Offerman-Manning case, although residences were relatively close together, no neighbors responded to the sound of the gunshot. The dog was also present at this crime scene.
Physical evidence links the three crimes to each other. Footprints from the same pair of shoes were found at the first and second crime scenes. The same roll of twine was used to bind the victims at the first and second crime scenes as well. And the second and third crimes were linked by the footprints of the dog.
Six murders in Ventura, Dana Point and Irvine, California, have been linked by DNA evidence to the Original Night Stalker.
* On March 13, 1980, Charlene Smith, 33, and Lyman Smith, 43, were found murdered in their home in Ventura. A log from the fireplace was used to bludgeon both the victims. Their wrists and ankles were bound with drapery cord and an unusual Chinese knot, known as the diamond knot, was used on their wrists.
* On August 19, 1980, Keith Harrington, 24, and Patrice Harrington, 27, were found bludgeoned to death in their home in the Niguel Shores gated community in Dana Point. Although there was evidence that the Harringtons were bound at the wrist and ankles, no ligatures or murder weapon were found at the scene. The Harringtons were married only three months at the time of their deaths. Patrice was a nurse in Irvine, while Keith was a medical student at the University of California, Irvine.
* On February 5, 1981, Manuela Witthuhn, 28, was murdered in her home in Irvine. Again, while the body showed signs of being tied before being bludgeoned, no ligatures or murder weapon were found at the scene. While the victim was married, her husband was recuperating from an illness in the hospital, thus she was alone at the time of the attack. A lamp and crystal curio was removed from her house, presumably by the killer. Also, detectives remarked that Mrs. Witthuhn's television was found in the backyard, which was possibly the killer's attempt to make it appear as a botched robbery.
* On May 4, 1986, Janelle Lisa Cruz, 18, was found bludgeoned to death in her Irvine home. Her family was on vacation in Mexico at the time of the attack. A pipe wrench was reported missing by Cruz' stepfather and was the probable murder weapon.
The last known contact made by the EAR/ONS was a phone call that he made to one of his victims either in 1990 or 1991.
The sadistic "game" being played by the rapist often extended beyond the attack itself.
The unidentified victim, along with several other victims, reported receiving disturbing phone calls from the rapist years later:
"I felt by what he said to me that he had been still watching me and stalking me. I felt absolutely terrified. I think the phone calls were just his way of saying, you're still my hostage. Even though I'm not in your house, psychologically, you're still my hostage."
A DNA match linking the so-called "Original Night Stalker" murders with the "East Area Rapist" attacks was made in 2001, making him the most "prolific serial offender" in California history. Now there is a high likelihood that the EAR/ONS is also the Visalia Ransacker responsible for murdering Claude Snelling and attempting to kidnap his daughter on September 11, 1975.
The identity of this serial burglar/rapist/murderer remains a mystery.