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Here's the string of crimes tied to the East Area Rapist in years of California terror

The East Area Rapist is believed to have committed at least 12 murders and 51 rapes and a host of other crimes that terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s.

On Friday, Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, the man authorities suspect was responsible for the crimes, was formally charged in Sacramento Superior Court with two counts of murder in the 1978 slayings of Katie and Brian Maggiore in Rancho Cordova, with special circumstances for being a double homicide.

He also faces two charges of murder with special enhancements for burglary and rape in connection with the 1980 slaying of Lyman and Charlene Smith in Ventura.

DeAngelo was arrested Tuesday afternoon outside his Citrus Heights home and booked into county jail after detectives used a DNA match to find their suspect.

The following list was compiled using clips from news outlets, including The Sacramento Bee, which reported on the East Bay Rapist’s attacks in the 1970s and 1980s. It is limited to rape victims who chose to speak with police after their assaults.

The crimes are:

  • June 18, 1976: Rape in Rancho Cordova. The victim said he jumped on her bed with a ski mask and a knife, then took some money and jewelry before leaving.
  • July 17, 1976: Rape in Carmichael's Del Dayo neighborhood.
  • August 29, 1976: Rape in Rancho Cordova.
  • September 4, 1976: Rape in Citrus Heights.
  • October 5, 1976: Rape in Citrus Heights. The victim, Jane Carson-Sandler, later discussed the attack in detail with The Island Packet newspaper in South Carolina.
  • October 9: 1976: Rape in Carmichael's Del Dayo neighborhood.
  • October 18, 1976: Rape in Carmichael's Del Dayo neighborhood.
  • October 18, 1976: Rape in Rancho Cordova. Law enforcement publicly announced their hunt for the East Area Rapist at this point, and offered the first reward for information leading to his arrest — $2,500.

  • November 10, 1976: Rape near Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.

  • December 18, 1976: Rape in Carmichael.

  • January 18, 1977: Rape in College Greens neighborhood in Sacramento. A housewife was raped while her husband was away, and their 1970 Chevy Malibu was stolen.

  • January 24, 1977: Rape near Madison Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights. The 25-year-old woman was bound with a rope and threatened with an icepick.

  • Feb. 7, 1977: Rape near Crestview Drive and Madison Avenue in Citrus Heights. About a week after this assault, a 18-year-old man was shot in the abdomen while chasing a "prowler" through Ripon Court in east Sacramento. The shooter was suspected to be the East Area Rapist.

  • March 8, 1977: Rape near Robertson and Whitney avenues in Sacramento. He forced open a sliding glass window and blindfolded and gagged his victim, as he did with many others.

  • March 18, 1977: Rape in southwest Rancho Cordova. Assaulted a 16-year-old high school student as she returned home to pick up clothes before spending the night with girlfriends.

  • April 2, 1977: Rape near Madison and Main avenues in Orangevale.

  • April 15, 1977: Rape near Madison and Manzanita avenues in Sacramento. He assaulted a 19-year-old woman in her home between 2:30 and 4 a.m.

  • May 3, 1977: Rape in College Greens neighborhood in Sacramento.

  • May 5, 1977: Rape near Madison and Main avenues in Orangevale. He accosted a woman and her husband at gunpoint outside their home, then raped her while her two children slept before ransacking the house.

  • May 14, 1977: Rape near Greenback Lane and Birdcage Street in Citrus Heights. He confronted a couple at gunpoint in their driveway before raping the woman from about 4 through 5:15 a.m.

  • May 17, 1977: Rape in Carmichael's Del Dayo neighborhood. The East Area Rapist told the woman he would kill someone if there was any press coverage of the assault, but later told her husband he would kill if there wasn't any press coverage. The first sketch of the suspect was released after this assault.

  • May 28, 1977: Rape near Sky Parkway in south Sacramento. He brandished a gun and wore a ski mask, and assaulted a 28-year-old woman while her young child slept next door.

  • September 6, 1977: Rape near Lincoln Village West in north Stockton. The first attack outside of the Sacramento area, he assaulted a 27-year-old housewife.

  • October 1, 1977: Rape near Tuolumne and La Riviera drives in Rancho Cordova. The victim was a 17-year-old girl who was visiting her boyfriend at the time.

  • October 21, 1977: Rape in Antelope. He raped a woman and left her and her husband to be untied by their two small children.

  • October 29, 1977: Rape near Woodson Avenue in Sacramento.

  • November 10, 1977: Rape on La Riviera Drive near Watt Avenue in Sacramento. The girl was just 13 years old, his youngest known victim.

  • December 2, 1977: Attempted rape near Brett and Revelstok drives in Foothill Farms. A man broke into the woman's home, bound her hands and shined a flashlight in her face. Two teenage boys then reportedly scared him away before she was assaulted.

  • January 28, 1978: Rape near East Walnut Avenue in Sacramento. He kicked in the door of a house near American River College, tied up two teen girls and sexually assaulted them.

  • February 2, 1978: Murder of Brian and Katie Maggiore in Rancho Cordova. The first people believed to be killed by the East Area Rapist were shot while walking their dog. Brian was shot in the chest in a neighbor's backyard, while Katie was shot in the head outside their home.

  • March 18, 1978: Rape in Stockton.

  • April 14, 1978: Rape near Seamas and Riverside avenues in south Sacramento.

  • June 5, 1978: Rape in Modesto. This was the furthest south the East Area Rapist had struck at this point.

  • June 7, 1978: Rape at UC Davis. He assaulted a 21-year-old student in her apartment.

  • June 23, 1978: Rape in Modesto.

  • June 24, 1978: Rape on Rivendell Lane in Davis.

  • July 6, 1978: Rape in Davis. He raped a 33-year-old mother of two at knifepoint after initially saying he wanted money for gasoline.

  • October 7, 1978: Rape near Treat Boulevard and Oak Grove Road in Concord. The rapist forced a woman to tie her husband up as he lay face-down on their bed, then stacked dishes on his back, warning him they would both be killed if the dishes crashed. He then raped her for hours and stole china from them before leaving.

  • October 13, 1978: Rape in Concord. The East Area Rapist bound and gagged the woman's husband and eight-year-old while he assaulted her.

  • October 28, 1978: Rape in San Ramon. His first assault in the Bay Area, this marked attack No. 40.

  • November 4, 1978: Rape in San Jose.

  • December 2, 1978: Rape in San Jose.

  • December 9, 1978: Rape in Danville.

  • April 5, 1979: Rape in Fremont. A 27-year-old woman was assaulted at knifepoint after being forced to stack dishes on her husband's back, much like the October 7 rape.

  • June 2, 1979: Rape in Walnut Creek. The victim was, again, just 13 years old.

  • June 11, 1979: Rape in Danville.

  • October 1, 1979: Broke in and tied up a Goleta couple. When they heard him repeatedly muttering, "I'll kill 'em," the woman began screaming, alerting neighbors. The East Area Rapist then fled on a bicycle.

  • December 30, 1979: Murder of Robert Offerman and Debra Manning in Goleta. Both were shot dead, and Offerman's bindings had been loosened, leading investigators to believe he tried to free himself before being killed. This was the East Area Rapist's first successful attack in Southern California.

  • March 13, 1980: Murder of Charlene and Lyman Smith in Ventura. Charlene was raped before being killed. Both had been bludgeoned by a piece of firewood.

  • August 19, 1980: Murder of Keith and Patrice Harrington in Dana Point. The Harringtons, who had been married for three months, were found bludgeoned to death in their home inside an Orange County gated community. Patrice had also been raped. Keith's brother Bruce, who led the charge to pass a 2004 proposition expanding California's DNA logs, spoke at Wednesday's press conference in Sacramento announcing DeAngelo's arrest.

  • February 6, 1981: Murder and rape of Manuela Witthuhn in Irvine. Witthuhn was sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.

  • July 27, 1981: Murder of Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez in Goleta. Domingo and Sanchez were murdered just a few blocks from Offerman and Manning. Sanchez suffered a nonfatal gunshot wound to the cheek before being bludgeoned with a garden tool. Domingo was raped before being killed.

  • May 4, 1986: Murder and rape of Janelle Cruz. After a five-year crime hiatus, the East Area Rapist struck again, raping Cruz before bludgeoning her with a pipe wrench while her family vacationed in Mexico.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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