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The Case of the East Area Rapist AKA The Original Night Stalker

261 Rape

Victim No. 41— 34 years old Japanese

November 4, 1978

3:45 a.m.


San Jose

  He is the real life Michael Myers. He looked like the average teen, except for his morose eyes. Yet he is the No. 1 serial offender in history. He was so careful, he is known only by his DNA. The East Area Rapist, as he was known, struck California communities for 10 years— 1976-1986. Toward the end he became a murderer now known as the Original Night Stalker. He has 50 rapes and 12 murders to his record. Then he vanished. He would be about 58 years old now, living what appears a normal life. These are the files on his crimes.

The Way to San Jose

East Area Rapist


Little is recorded of this incident, and San Jose Police were accused by others in the Contra Costa investigation of not cooperating with the task force. The reports might have long been destroyed by now since rape only had a limited statute of limitations.

     Victim was sound asleep upstairs when a hand clutched her neck. She jolted awake. A voice hissed in her ear. “Don’t make a sound or I’ll kill you.” She whimpered and stuttered and then screamed. “Shut up!” he snapped, “or I’ll kill you!” She cried aloud. “Shut up! Shut up or I’ll kill you!” He brandished the sparkling blade of a knife. “See this knife!” She cried again. “Don’t you understand?” She whimpered. “All I want is money and food because I am hungry.” She was barely quieting down. Assailant pushed her face into the pillow. He pressed the flat end of a knife against her cheek. “Keep quiet or I’ll cut your throat.”

   Assailant then tied victim’s wrists tightly, then her ankles. He warned her not to scream or he’d kill her 1 year old boy in the other room. “Do you understand?” He returned and started to rip towels. He blindfolded her and then gagged her.

     Little else is known of the incident due to poor investigation. Victim heard the assailant lubricating himself as he stood over her, but it is not clarified where this was. EAR usually took a victim to the living or family room, but due to the fact this was a second story home he may have remained in the bedroom. In any case, he raped her.


Investigation was poorly done. Victim had not seen assailant and as a result the rape was immediately placed on inactive. She was able to describe the offending organ as “small.” The 1 year old boy never awoke during the incident. Assailant remained in the house for an hour.


Victim did not see assailant. She could feel gloved hands.


Typical of the EAR, the attack was right off Highway 680.

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The location certainly fits EAR’s Highway 680 strikes. Sierra is quickly accessible off North Capitol, and Havenwood is the first left. Back then almost the entire block backing North Capitol was an open field giving an unobstructed view of Havenwood and the row of homes.

     Atypical of EAR, this was a strike in a 2-story house.

     It is only with the Attack on Victim 42 just up North Capitol that this attack, with retrospect, became obvious as an EAR attack.

     The selection of the victim and the street seems to be the result of a limited amount of prowling beforehand. He selected what was convenient.

     This supposition is supported by the dialogue EAR used, as if he wasn’t sure his victim spoke English well. The victim was Japanese. Though EAR might not have known the ethnic origin, he knew she was Asian at least. More than once he asked: “Do you understand?” which doesn’t convey that he had prowled the house too much beforehand, though he certainly knew she was alone except for a small 1 year old boy.

Files on the EAR/ONS




A Word About Rape

   Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct

The Folklore of “Copycat”




The Summer of ’76

Victim #1
— The Beginning—
Rancho Cordova

Victim #2
—Careful Selection—
Del Dayo

     Victim #3
— Foiled Attack—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #4
— Violent Improvisation—

   Victim #5
— Selected Target—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #6
— Curious Tactics—
 Rancho Cordova

     Victim #7
— Baring Down—
 Del Dayo 

     Victim #8
— Interrupted Arrival—
 Rancho Cordova

Analysis of First 8 Strikes

Victim #9
— Revealing Mistake—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #10
— Fair Oaks—

  Living Dangerously
— The Year of the EAR—

Victim #11
— Cats and Fields—

Victim #12—
 Blind Spot Reveals—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #13
— Unexpected Jogger—

Ripon Court Shooting

 Victim #14
— Over the River . . .
and Through the Woods—

Victim #15
— Tactical Misuse—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #16
— Opportunity Knocks a Clue—

Victim #17
— Unexpected Spoke in the Hub—

Victim #18
— Moving Upwards—
La Riviera

Victim #19
— Presentiment
 Impromptu Danger—

Victim #20
— Blind Spot
 and a
Stop Watch—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #21
— Tactical 1—
Del Dayo

Victim #22
— Tactical 2—
South Sacramento


  After the Lull—
1977’s Autumn of Fear


Victim #23
— Tactical 3—

Victim #24
— Switcharoo—
 La Riviera

Victim #25
— Follow Diablo—
 Foothill Farms

Victim #26
—  Dump Truck Biker—

Victim #27
— Condo Commando—
La Riviera

Victim #28
— Tail of Diablo—
 Foothill Farms

Victim #29/30
— Assault!—

Maggiore Double Murders
— Critical Clue—
 Rancho Cordova

   Yet Another Year— 1978


       Witness in Charcoal

Victim #31
— Distant Roaming—

Victim #31B
— Back to Rancho—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #32
— Little Pocket, Big Clue—
 South Sacramento

Victim #33
— The Deep Dig—

Victim #34
— Co-Ed—

Victim #35
— Back—

Victim #36
— Forth—

Silent Victim
— Lateral—

Victim #37
— Forth North—

A New East—
 Contra Costa Corridor

Victim #38
—  Surreal Schedule—

Victim #39
— Opportunity Kicks—

Victim #40
— Cats and Fields Again—
 San Ramon

Victim #41
— The Way to San Jose—
 San Jose

Victim #42
— Sobbing in San Jose—
 San Jose

Victim #43
— Danville—
 Playing it Close


   No Stopping Him— 1979

Lacing with Ligatures— Thunderbird Place

Victim #43B
— Auld Lange Syne—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #44
— Along the 680—

Victim #45
— Follow the Cats—
 Walnut Creek

Victim #46
— Sticking to Routine—

Victim #47
— Walnut Creek—
 Dig and Retreat

Victim #48
— Shouted Out—

Victim #49
—  The Unsuspected —


—Original Night Stalker—

— Doctor Duo—
 Dec 30, 1979

— Cats & Murder—
 March 13, 1980

Laguna Niguel
— Exclusive—
August 19, 1980

— Home Alone—
 Feb. 6, 1981

— Dig & Retreat Again—
 July 27, 1981

— Epitome of MO—
May 4, 1986


         Phantom Predator—
  Analysis of EAR Crime Spree

       Analysis of EAR Prowling MO

Portrait of Terror

The Lair of an Arch Rapist

     The Mystery of the Silent Dog

Phone Calls



Night Predator
Files on the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker

The Website of Gian J. Quasar