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s new kids on the true crime scene, Real Crime ran its first full- blooded fea­ture on the Golden State Killer just over a year ago ( is­sue 24). Get­ting up to speed with a case in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple bur­glar­ies, rapes and mur­ders, which had been un­solved for decades, and prob­a­bly had a file run­ning tens of thou­sands of doc­u­ments deep, was daunt­ing. But hav­ing tucked that one un­der our belt, we felt com­fort­ably in­vested in one of Cal­i­for­nia’s most no­to­ri­ous se­rial killers. As if we’d been fol­low­ing the case ever since DNA in­di­cated in 2001 that the crimes of two sep­a­rate un­solved cases, that of the East Area Rapist ( EAR) and the Orig­i­nal Night Stalker ( ONS) were, in fact, committed by the same per­son. So when news broke in April that po­lice had ar­rested a sus­pect and charged him with eight counts of mur­der, it was hard for us to be­lieve that Cal­i­for­nia might soon be able to close this ma­jor chap­ter in crime his­tory. More in­cred­i­ble were the meth­ods used to crack this case, which came com­pletely out of left field, de­tailed in our fea­ture on page 14.

An es­cape route ( over the fence and into the levee be­hind it) used by the East Area Rapist when he ter­rorised the eastern dis­trict of Sacra­mentoCounty, in 1976

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