While doing some research, I happened across this 1977 article titled Jittery city awaits rapist who vows to kill next time. It’s about the “east area rapist” from Sacramento, California. A citizen’s group offered a $10,000 reward (more than $40,000 in 2019 dollars), vigilantes took to the streets with CB radios, people slept in shifts in their homes.
On the same page, is an article about a teenage girl being a strangler’s fifth victim.
1977 was a scary time. The strangler was Ray Dell Sims, arrested just days after the attack (he was a customer on her paper route). The rapist? James Joseph DeAngelo, a former police officer who for more than a decade, committed at least 13 murders, at least 50 rapes, and more than 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986. He was arrested on April 24, 2018.
DeAngelo looks like a pathetic piece of shit now, but he was a vicious, brutal killer and rapist who deserves to be caged.