Monday, March 27, 2017

Mystery Monday: The Original Night Stalker

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



There are some stories that are simply too horrifying to tell in detail. The Original Night Stalker is one of those cases. No, I'm not talking about Richard Ramirez, the convicted serial killer who terrorized L.A. and San Francisco in the 1980s. I'm talking about an even scarier killer...one whose crimes are the stuff the worst horror movies are made of.




Also known as the Golden State Killer, the East Area Rapist, and the Diamond Knot Killer, this murderer's crimes took place across California between 1976 and 1986.




The Original Night Stalker began as the East Area Rapist, committing a series of about 50 rapes and burglaries in the Sacramento area between 1976 and 1979. He targeted single women living alone, breaking in late at night and tying the women up before robbing them.




He became known by the knot he always tied when binding his victims. It was a diamond knot, which some have speculated indicates he might have been a rancher or cowboy.



Eventually, his M.O. changed...he progressed to couples. This is where it gets disturbing. He would tie up the male and stack plates on him, saying if he heard the plates rattle, he'd kill the female. Most of his crimes didn't involve murder, but to date, he's been linked to at least eight murders.



Due to the change in his M.O....and the fact that he expanded his crime area, the Original Night Stalker and the East Area Rapist were thought to be two different perpetrators until 2001. That was when DNA evidence linked them.



Both before and after his crimes, he would harass his victims by phone. There is even this recording left on one woman's answering machine. Police believe this is the Original Night Stalker:



The Original Night Stalker has never been found. The police have his DNA and it doesn't match the 14 million profiles in the FBI's national database, so did he retire? Die? Maybe he sits in jail today on an unrelated crime and the police simply never took his DNA...

Or maybe he's still alive, out there, somewhere...

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47 comments:

  1. Hard to believe with that many crimes they never caught him.
    Wonder how long before every American's DNA is required to be on record?
    I wonder if he was named after either the television series or the movie that came out in the early 70's?

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    1. There's another Night Stalker (Richard Ramirez), which is why it gets confusing! Ramirez's crimes were in the 80s...so possible for both of them!

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  2. This is very disturbing. He'd probably be in his 60's or older by now. I can only hope he is in prison for some unrelated crimes. I doubt that a maniac like that would just retire. Or else he died with some horrible disease caused by his own making...that would be some kind of justice.

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    1. I'll just say this...I couldn't write this post at night. I knew I'd get too freaked out! And it wasn't because he always broke in at night--there's just something about his story that disturbs me.

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  3. Yes, so hard to believe the person was never caught. Hard to believe he stopped doing this too. I wonder if he moved somewhere else and changed his MO again.

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    1. If you listen to enough true crime, you realize there are a heck of a lot of scary murderers and rapists who have never been caught.

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  4. I think with many serial cases, as the years go by, these folks find themselves either in prison somewhere or living a completely different life altogether. Did he simply get too old taking on couples? Maybe he took on the wrong couple and met his demise. That would be justice.

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    1. I think so, too. Maybe the mafia took him out. Aren't they the ones who police the bad guys?!

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    2. They're good for something then! :)

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  5. I do like what Diane said. I do hope justice was met somehow. Frightening to think of such people out there never to be caught.

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    1. There are SO many...it's scary. The more true crime I listen to/watch, the more I realize the sheer volume of unsolved murders/missing people out there. I do think a lot of them simply got caught for another crime and never confessed to the other things they did.

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  6. This is scary. I thought they were the same "Night Stalker." I didn't realize these were two different men. There are too many crazies out there!

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    1. Yeah, I think they should come up with a definitive name for him. There's a woman who recently died who was writing a book about him. She took too many Xanax (I think) so she could sleep--he was causing her sleepless nights. Anyway, she called him The Golden State Killer...I think that's probably the best name for him, but the Original Night Stalker seems to be the name I see used most.

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  7. Serial killers are really creepy. I am currently reading Ian Rankin's Black and Blue which revolves around Scotland's Bible John who has never been identified.

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    1. Ahhh yes. He's covered on true crime podcasts a lot. Along with Jack the Ripper and HH Holmes. Those older serial killer cases fascinate a lot of people!

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  8. Glad I read this in the morning! It is scary to think that we might have come into contact with one of these people in the course of a day. They still have to go about the mundane chores of life.

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    1. I couldn't write this blog at night. I think I put it off for several days because I was afraid that I would get too scared. I don't know why--but this guy just scares the heck out of me!

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  9. I'm from California and have never been aware of this murderer/rapist. I did know about Richard Ramirez.

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    1. Yes, Richard Ramirez is better known among the mainstream public. The Original Night Stalker terrifies me more...I don't know why. I think it's the "plate" thing. When I heard that, it freaked me out. Plus, the recording of his voice stays with me...

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  10. Hi Stephanie ... that's not a pleasant knowledge to have - incredible he's never been caught ... plates rattling ... how terrible to think about ... Hilary

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    1. When I first heard the story and they reenacted the whole plate thing, I completely freaked out. That is HORRIFYING when you see it reenacted, seriously!

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  11. This is from before I was born, but I'm from the Sacramento area and this is super creepy! There were an oddly high number of these creepers around the Sac/SF area at the time, it seems.

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    1. California did tend to attract a lot of scary guys in the 70s and 80s!

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  12. BOO!!! ~ Oh sorry, I did not mean to scare you!!! . . . . lol
    For one so sweet and gentile you read about some grim characters . . . lol

    What an evil guy!!!

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    1. It's funny--most true crime fans are the sweetest people I know! It's primarily popular with women.

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    2. Well then, keep reading and keep being sweet . . :)

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  13. Wow...that is some creepy guy. That phone recording is chilling.

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  14. I listened to seventeen seconds of the tape and had to stop it. Too frightening! I hope he's dead and buried.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I'd never heard it before and one of my podcasts played it at the end of their episode on him. I can still remember listening to it through my earbuds while home alone. NOT a good idea...but I didn't realize it was going to be so scary and once it started, I had to listen until the end! It was broad daylight, but I was terrified after that.

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  15. Your Monday posts are amazing and kill me a little. I had to skip reading this one. I'll check it out later this week, when my head is in a more forgiving of the horrible parts of human nature.

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    1. Ahh, so sorry! Yes, true crime is not for everyone, for sure!

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  16. This S.O.B. would never stop on his own so he is either in prison or dead. I also wonder how many other killings he may have done that the cops have not linked him to. He sounds and is evil and when one listens only to him...it is downright freaky and hellish. I had to go past that and listen to the background noise....he sounds like he is somewhere public like a mall or even a hospital. Have they ever tried to listen to just the background d noise of this tape? I can't listen to it again but I am intrigued by that background noise. He has to be strong to be able to subdue a man and a woman...it looks like he is blonde and good looking whichmakes him less scary to people as well.

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    1. I believe the background has been analyzed a lot. One of the podcasts said it had been identified as a TV playing in the background? I think at some point, it was even narrowed down what he was watching and what time it would have been.

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  17. I'm with Alex on this one. To commit so many crimes and to harm so many people, how in the world did he not end up in someone's database. I have a suspicion that the reason this hasn't been solved is because this guy is dead, either by someone he tried to hurt or because of an illness. It's so hard to think about a person being so cruel like this. Hugs...

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    1. They have DNA, but no match...so whoever the guy was, he's never committed a crime that had them taking DNA. There are some prisoners whose DNA is never taken. They don't match the DNA in rape kits to the database, for instance, which a lot of people think is something that should be changed.

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  18. I agree with the you, and your readers above -- this very disturbing!!! We can only hope that he received his just reward and left this world long ago.

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    1. I still name this guy as the scariest dude I've heard about in true crime, and I've listened to/watched a LOT of true crime!!!

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  19. That's disturbing. There's no explaining why either.

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    1. I agree. There's just something particularly dark and creepy about this case. And I JUST listened to an hour-long podcast about Richard Ramirez. He didn't quite creep me out in the same way, even though he's no picnic himself. There's just something dark and disturbing about this particular guy.

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  20. Ah a new season of Disappeared has started girl!!

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  21. Okay that's a spooky one. Especially since he's never been caught.

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  22. What a creepy and intriguing post. Thank you Stephanie. We think technology catches everyone. I just saw on the news how a firefighter was working and he had an app on his phone, a security camera in his house. Someone broke in and he watched it all. They still haven't caught the burglar. I don't know how these criminals get away like that. I am happy to help promote your book.

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  23. That is truly disturbing. I think the worst aspect is the not knowing whether he could still be out there or not.

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  24. Or maybe he moved to Canada. Now I'm looking over my shoulder. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  25. This is scary and disturbing!!! Really, really creepy!!! Horrible!!!

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