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FBI and other agencies looking for East Area Rapist or Golden State Killer

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 14:16:52-04

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, among several other law enforcement agencies are offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who helps identify the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer.

He was known as a violent serial burglar, rapist, and murderer who terrorized multiple communities in California throughout the 1970's and 1980's.

Those agencies are also launching a nationwide campaign, you can see it online at fbi.gov. The agencies hope people share this information on social media sites in an effort to help in the investigation.

The subject, who may be 60-75 years old now, was described as a white male standing approximately 5’10” tall and having blond or light brown hair and an athletic build. He may have had an interest or training in military or law enforcement techniques, as he was familiar and proficient with firearms.

People who know the subject may not believe him capable of such crimes. He may not have exhibited violent tendencies or have a criminal history.

Detectives have DNA evidence from some of the crime scenes that can either positively link or exclude a suspect. This enables investigators to quickly exclude innocent parties, and the public should not hesitate to provide information—even if it is the name or address of an individual who resided in the areas of the crimes—as many parties will be quickly excluded by a simple, non-invasive test.

Between 1976 and 1986, this single subject committed 12 homicides, approximately 45 rapes, and multiple residential burglaries in the state of California. All the crimes have been linked by DNA and/or details of the crimes. His victims ranged in age from 13 to 41 and included women home alone, woman at home with their children, and couples.

The subject was active in the greater Sacramento area from June 1976 to February 1978.

Burglaries and rapes began occurring in the Sacramento area during the summer of 1976. During these crimes, the subject would ransack the homes of his victims and take small items such as coins, jewelry, and identification. These cases include the homes of families, couples, and single women; burglaries in a neighborhood tended to precede clusters of sexual assaults. On February 2, 1978, Rancho Cordova couple Sergeant Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, were on an evening walk with their dog and were chased by the subject who overcame the couple and shot at close range.

His activity continued primarily in the East Bay Area of Northern California in 1979, and, by October 1979, his activity escalated into rapes and homicides/attempted homicides along the California Coast with homicides in Goleta (October 10, 1979; December 3, 1979; and July 27, 1981); Ventura (March 16, 1980); Laguna Niguel (August 19, 1980); and Irvine (February 6, 1981 and May 5, 1986). During the commission of the homicides, the subject tied up both victims, raped the female victim, and then murdered the couple.

After July 1981, no associated incidents are known to have been reported for five years. In 1986, an 18-year-old woman was raped and murdered in Irvine. No additional crimes have been connected to the subject after this incident.

A graphic illustrating the general location of these crimes is available on the FBI’s webpage.

The following is a listing of local law enforcement agencies who have investigated a crime believed to have been committed by the subject and the number of crimes in their jurisdictions:

Agency

Sex Assaults

Homicides

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

24

Two

Sacramento Police Department

Four

One assault with a deadly weapon

Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department

Five

None

Concord Police Department

Two

None

David Police Department

Three

None

Fremont Police Department

One

None

Modesto Police Department

Two

None

San Jose Police Department

Two

None

Stockton Police Department

Two

None

Walnut Creek Police Department

Two

None

Irvine Police Department

None

Two

Orange County Sheriff’s Department

None

Two

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department

None

Four, two attempted

Ventura Police Department

None

Two

Law enforcement is seeking any information that may help identify the subject, dubbed the East Area Rapist in Sacramento. He has also been called the Original Night Stalker, Diamond Knot Killer, and, more recently, the Golden State Killer. Individuals with information about the subject may call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Additionally, information may be submitted to the FBI’s online tip line at tips.fbi.gov.

-Courtesy FBI