I bet a lot of people outside of those in California have never heard to this prolific rapist and murder. Maybe because he doesn't have a name because he's never been caught and somebody else, more famous, became well-known under the same moniker: The Night Stalker. The one people have heard of is Richard Ramirez, but before Ramirez was someone worse - the "Original Night Stalker," as he has been labeled. This informative program tells us all about what he did.
This story was full of shocking revelations. It begins with a couple named Harrington being bludgeoned to death in Laguna Niguel in 1980. In addition, the wife was raped. A year later, 17 miles to the north, a woman is raped and murdered in the same fashion. In both cases, there are no clues to who did it. Five years later, nearby is another murder with the same MO. All three of these cases go "cold files."
Then, in 1986 a criminologist by the name of Mary Hong begins looking at DNA and begins a discovery that eventually links not only all three of those old crimes to one man but to the same man who terrorized an area by in the mid 1970s. He was known as the "East Side Rapist," had raped about 50 women during the mid '70s in the northern part of California. He, like the "Original Night Stalker," had never been caught. A criminal profiler from Miami helped break the news - or professional opinion - that led all law enforcement agencies to believe this rapist and killer that was wreaking carnage up and down California was, indeed, one-and-the-same guy.
Unlike the chilling Ramirez, however, this man has been been caught. By getting blood tests for DNA in prisons, however, it is hoped someday he may be found. Since the killings stopped suddenly, it is a possible the killer got caught doing something else and has been in prison. The case is still open and a lot of families would like closure on their loves ones who were either raped and murdered by this man.
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