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