The Fresno Bee from Fresno, California on August 15, 1983 · 15
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The Fresno Bee from Fresno, California · 15

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Monday, August 15, 1983
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r THE FRESNO BEE Monday Aug 1 5 1983 B3 i Elusive East Bay Rapist is still at large five years later V By CLARK BROOKS McClatchy News Service SACRAMENTO — For 22 months he squeezed Sacramento in a grip of terror and held the law in the palm of his hand raped the woman Always there were foul-inouthed threats and insults as the intruder taunted his victims for up to three hours And five years after the sexual attacks suddenly stopped the detective he eluded is still pursuing Sacramento’s East Area Rapist “I want him very badly” sheriffs Sgt Jim Bevins said the other day “I’ve got six years invested and I’d hate to think it was all for nothing” “The men in many cases took it worse then the women” Bevins said “because of the frustration they felt We had a couple of cases where when they were finally untied the men actually went outside and fired weapons in frustration long after the rapist was gone" to answer to some of those charges The only certain charges he faces are two counts of kidnapping a crime for which there is no statute of limitations involved because of the pressure Richard was putting on the DA” The rapist attacked 31 women in Sacramento County mostly in the northeast area of metropolitan 'f Sacramento He also raped 13 women in Stockton Davis and the Bay area The search for the East Area Rapist has involved 100 officers and at least 10000 hours of investigation The cost has been nearly $2 million Bevins said Bevins who headed the investigation from the outset said the rapist’s victims are among the people who contact him periodically with leads from all parts of the country He also hears occasionally from police officials who think they might have the East Area Rapist in custody Richard who has a master’s degree in police science and taught criminal justice at Sacramento City College presented a convincing case His report was a summary of 1500 pages of documents He persuaded Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Ken Peterson that his theories were worth investigting though Peterson recently told The Bee he too doubted Richard’s man was the rapist Richard now admits he tabbed the wrong man However he believes the rapes attributed too the East Area Rapist were committed by more than one man He also maintains the police investigation has been “atrocious” from the beginning “I think we’ve been stigmatized with the East Area Rapist being one monster out there” Richard said “My point is that hey maybe we had several East Area Rapists" In the first 15 rapes he broke into the homes of women who were alone or with children Then he sought out ‘ married couples forcing the wives to bind their husbands before he The hunt continues despite the possibility that it is too late to prosecute him on any of the Sacramento rape sex perversion assault robbery and burglary charges Only if he has spent a substantial amount of time out of the state — which doesn’t count toward California’s statute of limitations — would the rapist have The detective said he currently is reviewing cases in Illinois and Missouri However based on what he’s read in the reports he believes rapes there were not committed by the man who once was the most-hunted criminal in Sacramento Peterson said “I told Richard my first thought when I picked up the report was ‘Am I dealing with a crazy person?’ But as I read it it became clear it wasn’t a crank who had written this report It was well-organized and well-written” “No chance” says Bevins “I check out everybody who is called in as a possible suspect” Bevins said “Normally I can eliminate a suspect without ever even contacting him by their blood type shoe size and physical description” Richard's man had been eliminated from the police investigation in 1977 mainly because the blood type differed from that of the East Area Rapist Bevins said He explained: (1) Hie East Area Rapist’s cases are easy to identify (2) His scenario is like reading a script (3) It isn’t any one thing the rapist said but a combination of how he said them and what he said to his victims flashlight and a gun in their face tv-would have been suicide for them to try anything Some victims had! guns under their pillow or under their mattress and couldn’t use them” 1 These people weren’t sleeping! with guns before the East Area! Rapist burst on the scene Bevins said During the height of his reigr£ of terror gun sales in Sacramentor County soared as did sales of locks floodlights burglar alarms and even guard dogs The rapist at one time or another!? slipped through almost every type of! security imaginable and always-eluded police No one ever saw his face except for one woman who got? a vague glimpse of his profile in the? dark - S f ’Fair prize money tops $1 6500 Madera County bureau MADERA — Prizes offered in die Madera District Fair premium list ’ total 516512 up $282 from last year ’ The fair will run Sept 21-25 and the annual Old-Timers Day parade -in downtown Madera will be Sept 24 Premium lists are available at libraries in Firebaugh Oakhurst and Chowchilla at Chowchilla I Union High School the fair office in Madera and the 4-H office A new fair feature this year will ' be an Open Horse Show on Sept 25 It will include a queen contest Trophies of silver and crystal will be awarded to first-place winners and ribbons to first through fifth places There will be a full slate of western classes show which will be sponsored by the fair and the Madera County Horsemans Association Further information may be obtained by calling 674-1128 days and 673-7955 evenings Another new fair feature will be an area next to the main gate for 30 homemade crafts and arts booths where exhibitors can sell their handcraft Bevins occasionally goes to other cities in search of the rapist In April he went to Colorado Springs Colo although it was a trip he didn’t want to make That investigation began when Don Richard of Sacramento who spent four years researching the East Area Rapist for a bode he is writing submitted to the sheriff's department a 65-page synopsis of his work But Richard discovered that the name on the suspect’s blood sample although phonetically the same was spelled differently Richard was convinced officers had acquired a blood sample from the wrong man Bevins and Peterson said it was a spelling error The East Area Rapist Bevins said was more a terrorist than a rapist Once inside a house the ski masked-intruder usually would awaken a couple by shining a flashlight into their faces Armed with a gun or a knife he supervised as the woman tied her husband leaving him face down in bed Nevertheless Bevins joined Deputy District Attorney Chuck D’Arcy in Colorado Springs to track down elements of Richard’s report The result was the same as other leads The rapist then stacked dishes on the man’s back warned he would kill the woman if he heard so much as a rattle and tied the woman to a chair in another room He toyed with his blindfolded victims for one to three hours threatening to kill and mutilate them as he whispered an endless stream of obscenities “He was very crafty” Bevins said “but he was also very lucky! We should’ve caught him on rape’? number 15 A neighbor saw him go ' into a house but she didn’t cpll anybody" £ The first raped attributed to him in Sacramento County was on Jiin 18 1976 the last on April 14 1978?! He then headed down the valley um£ into the East Bay area whera£ authorities believe he committed bifr last rape on June 25 1979 in WalnuC Creek 2 is The bulk of Richard’s research focused on one man whom he was “85 percent convinced” was the East Area Rapist Bevins rejected the report out of hand and Richard took it to the district attorney Month’s-end deadline for licenses taxes “I was certain his man wasn’t the East Area Rapist” Bevins said “The guy had been checked out several years back and had been eliminated as a suspect I only got “We conducted an extremely professional and thorough investigation and it revealed he was innocent” said D’Arcy “We spent hundreds of hours proving somebody innocent which people think we don’t usually do” He always raped his woman victims Bevins said but the rapes were usually brief The rapist also searched the house at times taking money but most often opting for inexpensive souvenirs “He may be out of the country)? Bevins said “He may be in jail q£ he may be dead I just don’t believe-he would up and stop something thK apparently was a driving force foC him” - vC Richard’s report criticized police and sheriffs detectives Bevins took the criticism personally according to Richard “After a while he received so much publicity the victims knew right away who he was" Bevins said “The men knew what was going to happen but they couldn’t do anything about it With a In any case Bevins said it’s a Jo£ harder to catch a rapist whdr apparently is no longer rapiq£ anybody “We’d have a much better chanCe of apprehending die guy if he was’ still active” he said “Then again you’d hate to see any more victims of the trauma he dished out You’re? kind of caught between two evils” ’ Fresno County residents have until the end of this month to obtain licenses for their dogs and to pay their unsecured property taxes Tax Collector John B Milovich -said the dog license is $6 Dogs owned by people 62 or older can be licensed for $4 and the fee for spayed dogs is $2 There is a $6 delinquency penalty for failure to get a license by Aug 31 Milovich said that taxes on unsecured property also are due by Aug 31 A 10 percent penalty will be levied for taxes paid after that date FARM EQUIPMENT? 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