New leads in the case of the East Area Rapist were released to the public by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The article goes on to say,
“SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has revealed new leads in the region’s infamous East Area Rapist case.
Currently, lead investigators are pursuing involve a patient at the now-closed American River Hospital. Detectives say this man visited the hospital on May 30, 1977 shortly before noon seeking treatment for a possible broken shoulder. Staff suspected the man may have been the East Area Rapist and contacted the sheriff’s department.
The man fled before deputies could arrive.
The sheriff’s department says the man used an identification card that was stolen two years earlier. No description of the man was given, but deputies say an emergency room staffer signed one of the forms with the initials “BK.
Investigators say the shoulder injury likely happened running from sexual assault two days earlier, in which he jumped over a fence into a steep canal. The injury also coincided with a 13-week break in the series of rapes.
Detectives are also searching for information about a patient at an optometry office at the now-closed Bay Area Union Professional Center at 6311 Fair Oaks Boulevard in 1973. The sheriff’s department had visited to try to find the owner of a pair of glasses left at the scene of a burglary in Rancho Cordova. There was never an arrest or identification of the suspect.
The suspect was described at the time as a white male between the ages of 16 and 22. He was about 5-feet-10-inches tall, around 160 to 180 pounds and had medium brown hair that touched his ears.
Today, detectives are searching for people who worked at that optometry office in 1973.
Katie and Brian Maggiore
Investigators Seek Help 40 Years after Double Homicide
On the 40th anniversary of the murders of Brian and Katie Maggiore, the sheriff’s department asked the public for help on Friday.
The couple was murdered Feb. 2, 1978, while out on a walk near LaVerta Court in Rancho Cordova. Investigators say a man, believed to be the East Area Rapist, attacked them along La Gloria Drive. The couple ran through a blown down fence into a backyard of a home on La Alegria Drive, where they were fatally shot.
Detectives believe the Feb. 2, 1978 killing was the final attack of the East Area Rapist in the Greater Sacramento region. He would go on to terrorize communities in the Bay Area and Southern California.
FOX40 is digging deeper on the East Area Rapist investigation in a new podcast. Head here for more information.”
One thing that is very interesting about this information is the timeline of events. This hospital event happened two days after his last known attack on May 28, 1977, in Sacramento, California. He then went dormant until September 6, 1977.
Many people who have researched this case extensively have always pondered where the perpetrator went during the summer of 1977, where he tallied up a total of twenty-two victims in less than a year. If the suspect that visited the hospital is the East Area Rapist, and he did suffer from a shoulder injury, this could explain this absence.
What’s even more interesting is that during this summer, local citizens were doing patrols at night, being paired in groups to look for the East Area Rapist and keep neighborhoods safe. Additionally, in August, an individual who named himself “Afraid” sent a letter to the police claiming to know inside information on the East Area Rapist. The lead went nowhere, unfortunately, and there are still some people who believe the “Afraid” letter never existed.
Also, today is the 40th anniversary of Brian and Katie Maggiore’s untimely murder, here are two links to my new blog where I discuss the events at length: Part 4 – Victims 21-24 and the Afraid Letter and Part 5 – Victims 26-28, Excitement’s Crave, and Brian and Katie Maggiore.