The Diamond Knot Killer – The Original Night Stalker
Investigators in California estimate that 50 rapes which occurred in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Yolo were committed by the Original Night Stalker, also known as; The East Area Rapist, The Diamond Knot Killer and the Golden State Killer.
DNA evidence also just so happened to conclusively link him to 8 murders which occurred in Dana Point, Goleta, Ventura, and Irvine, California although it is believed that he committed up to at least 12 murders in all.
2 other murders in Goleta were linked by MO but, not DNA. Additionally, investigators believe that the same perpetrator either The Original Night Stalker or his copycat committed 3 other murders, 2 in Rancho Cordova and 1 in Visalia.
The Original Night Stalker struck in both Northern California and in Southern California from 1979 all the way through 1986.
His last crime and the only one after 1981 was in 1986.
Between 6/18/76 to 10/1/79 The Original Night Stalker struck at least 22 times before taking a 3 month break. In all of his attacks during this time he was only raping women.
By his 30th attack, he was ready to kill and he murdered Brian and Katie Maggiore.
At his 37th attack he took another 3 month break.
In a case such as this it is not surprising to see a copycat, what is surprising is the copycat’s accuracy when it comes to being able to mimic The Original Night Stalkers crimes, save for the inability to copy the DNA.
Investigators found evidence that he would watch his victims, specifically watch them engaging in sexual activity shortly before killing them.
And with couples, initially, he would watch a couple, he would then gain entry into the couple’s home, tie them up, using what investigators dubbed a “very specific” type of knot known as the diamond knot, he would rape the female then bludgeon the couple to death.
By the 2nd murder, the killer began to cover the heads of his victims prior to bludgeoning them to death. It is commonly believed the reason that the killer began covering the heads of his victims was due to the fact that when you bludgeon someone to death it can be quite messy.
By the 3rd murder, the original night stalker killed his first female victim who was alone.
He liked the same area’s and felt comfortable in them. He was also one of those fellows that I refer to as the commoners.
Someone you might see so often that you hardly notice when they are around meaning he had the ability to blend in, making it appear that he belonged in and around the area’s he killed in.
What makes this killer interesting is that some profilers believe that the original night stalker had a hate for women. I disagree with that.
This killer likes women, but his view of them is a bit off. He views women as property to be used for sexual gratification then discarded in any manner he wished. If he had or has a partner the partner is the sub in the relationship, to the killer the sub is his and he can do anything that he wants with her.
It is far from hate and very much about the ability to gain complete and total control over another. He is driven by sex and sexual fantasies which are more about complete control. It is a far cry from hating women.
His sexual taste would follow the lines of Sadism in that he derives a great deal of sexual pleasure from the ability to inflict pain and suffering upon another individual that is what gets him off. The ability see his partner suffer is what does it for him.
Sadism is part of Paraphilias which are of the behaviors in a group of sexual problems associated with sexual arousal in response to being stimulated in ways not associated with normal sexual behavior patterns.
His sexual tastes however, unless caught red handed are not something many other than a willing partner would know about outside of the bedroom.
He engaged in sexual deviant behaviors yet I would not go as far as to say that he engaged in sexual activity with ladies of the night, it simply would not have been something that he would do.
Although he would have been a fan of dom/sub porn. Always viewing women as property, things to be used for his sexual pleasure.
He was well mannered, he was friendly, very friendly with people. He is a narcissistic type of person and very manipulative.
He also would lie or play mind games for lack of better words with individuals for his mere enjoyment.
Through the years letters and poems have been written by those claiming to the have been The Original Night Stalker to local papers however, I doubt very much that they were from him. It isn’t his style, it isn’t something he would have done.
More often than not he would tell tall tales about his life in order to make himself appear better or more than he actually was.
Maybe faking family, education, military or work backgrounds.
He had an income yet he could afford to carry out his attacks in the late night to early morning hours.
I believe that he was in good shape, would have been well groomed, a charming individual, someone who would not have been seen as a threat.
Investigators believed at one time that the diamond knot the killer used might have been enough to lead them right to him because it was such a specific type of knot.
Sadly, it was never quite enough and because of the media broadcasting that detail so much after the first murder, it allowed for copycats to learn and then mimic the knot.
Investigators also feared that he ended up in jail or dead before being caught. I doubt jail for anything major.
He may very well have died or found a willing partner to carry out his fantasies with or simply moved out of the US, or decided that the risk was too high should he carry on any further.
It is difficult to say for certain if he would have had a troubled childhood in that he might have had a record. Men like this are usually really adept at making sure they don’t get caught, even at an early age.
It would be more likely that he engaged in deviant sexual behavior, perhaps raped as a teen and was able to manipulate his way out of the situation.
I would actually start with that and work my way back with it, it is amazing how a woman will open up years after what she felt was a crime that had been committed against her.
It is my belief that to find out who The Original Night Stalker was, investigators and the FBI would do well to work it from the teen years forward.
Too many copycats may have been committing like crimes during this time and have complicated things.
The key is finding that one guy who was able to fly under the radar for so long, as a teen he would have raped someone without a doubt.
Someone who has yet to tell.
Cristal M Clark
8 year old boy mutilated and murdered – at the hands of the milkman?
Bradford, West Yorkshire –
Some have tried to tie the murder of 8 year old John Gill to Jack the Ripper, no evidence suggests that Jack the Ripper would have murdered John.
December 28 1888 the body of 8-year-old John Gill was found in Manningham Lane in Bradford. Newspapers tried to tie his murder to Jack the Ripper because John’s throat had been cut, his abdomen cut open, he had been stabbed, his arms and legs were hacked off and his ears removed.
His heart and entrails were torn out of his body and found just lying about on the ground near his body which had been covered in a crude manner and just tossed into an outhouse.
A man by the name of William Barrett was arrested for the murder but was later found not guilty. William was a milkman in the area, it is said that sometimes John would accompany the milkman on his rounds.
The police were led to the milkman because they sent the contents of the John’s stomach in to be tested where the found that John died from a cold medication, presumably used so as to abduct and the kill the boy without him screaming for help.
They also found that John had recently eaten currant cake. According to police reports, they found traces of currant cake on the milkman’s bread knife.
The last time John was seen alive had been earlier that day sliding on ice with his friends.
While the media ran at full stride with the idea that Jack the Ripper had killed this young lad, the police had a different theory altogether.
They thought that perhaps a group of drunken young men had killed John, their minds having been filled with the fantasy of murder and mutilation.
The only three realities here are that John was murdered and his body mutilated in one of the most heinous ways, it was not Jack the Ripper who killed him, and it was in fact a copy cat.
It is highly unlikely that Jack the Ripper would go from killing female prostitutes to young boys.
The idea of a group of young men killing John is a bit of a stretch however. It was one man, someone who often thought of murder and mutilation, he had a curiosity for it.
He fought the urge his entire life, but after Jack the Ripper’s killings it was almost like giving this young man permission to go through with it.
Jack the Ripper only offered this man the inspiration to go through with the murder and mutilation.
It would be easy enough to let the press run with the idea that Jack the Ripper had committed the crime the suspect was quite sure that he could get away with the murder.
And he did just that officially.
Police it would seem never gave up on the idea that the milkman had committed the crime.
Rightfully so, they had more than just the cake to tie him to the crime however, a magistrate refused to see or hear all of it and so, the case was never officially solved.
Cristal M Clark
Armored truck robbery –
On March 17, 1982 – 2 unidentified men robbed an armored truck of roughly 2.5 million, managed to get away.
The story goes, that on 3/17/82, 2 unidentified men entered the Purolator Armored Inc. terminal in Brentwood, Pennsylvania.
Rather than barge in and use violence, they managed to slip under the door after a truck had left and approached a security guard working inside the terminal.
The 2 men, described as 1 black and 1 white, stated that they were FBI agents with a tip that a robbery was going to happen.
Once they got close to the guard, they disarmed him by taking his shotgun, more than likely he gave the gun over to the supposed FBI agents, believing that they were in fact working for the FBI and acting upon a tip.
The men then managed to tie the guard up and tape his eyes shut and just like that, they were able to load the hard earned cash of the day into a vehicle and flee the scene.
To this day, not a single suspect has been charged with the crime however, at a trial in 1990, a known drug dealer and federal informant by the name of Joseph Rosa said that Pittsburgh mobster Geno Chiarelli committed the robbery.
Of course not a single soul could actually prove that Geno actually committed the robbery and so to this day the case has never been solved.
It is highly doubtful that it will ever be solved because as luck would have it, whoever actually committed the Brentwood robbery on that fateful St. Patrick’s Day, could not be charged for the crime due to the fact that statute of limitations ran out around 5 years after the robbery.
What we know for sure is that whoever pulled the robbery off, carefully planned it out, they knew exactly what they were doing and how to do it without using violence.
Still, you never know, someone may one day come forward with information that would crack the case open, regardless of anyone being charged with the robbery.
Cristal M Clark
Murderer beheads victim
The Orchard Apartment Murders – Houston Texas
By today’s standards, decapitation is pretty rare unless you are in Mexico, the cartels don’t seem to mind decapitating a victim at all.
That said, it is a pretty rudimentary and crude way to kill someone but for this killer, it seems that he likes to take the heads as trophies or as proof in the event the murders were a for hire event or as a way to send a pretty clear message to someone.
July 27, 1975 33 year old Alys Elaine Rankin’s coworker Bob Smith arrived at her apartment to pick her up for work because her car was in the repair shop. Upon walking up to her door, Bob noticed that the door was open slightly, feeling uneasy about the situation he entered her apartment.
Bob found Alys naked in her bed with her feet tied together, and a pillow had been covering her upper body. Now I can’t say why Bob didn’t run, but he did not flee the room, he instead removed the pillow and found that his coworker had been decapitated.
During the investigation through the blood trail, police discovered that the killer did in fact take Alys’s head with him.
According to some websites, Alys had been sexually assaulted but that has yet to be confirmed by police. In most cases involving decapitation, the killer does not sexually assault the victim.
The killer however, did not seem to have a care in the world if anyone saw him as he carted her head off to his awaiting car. That tells me pretty clearly however that she had been killed during the night or early morning, hence before daylight.
What makes this case take a rather intriguing turn is that exactly two weeks later the body of Mary Michael Calcutta was found, just two floors above Alys’s apartment.
Mary was found in her bathroom, fully clothed, but she had been stabbed, and her throat was cut. Through the rumor mill many have said she had been sexually assaulted but, I doubt that the killer would have taken the time to redress her given the brutality of the Alys’s murder.
I doubt it’s the same killer, more likely someone who found an opportunity and a way to express himself in the shadow of a more brutal crime. The person he murdered Mary did not have the nerve to actually decapitate her.
Getting back to Alys however, her murder is so vicious and ugly that I almost wonder who she knew in her personal life that might have been the reason behind her murder.
Decapitation is usually a form of murder that is used to send a very clear message and it is rarely used as a practice kill. Then again the murderer may have simply always wanted to decapitate someone, however unlikely that outcome may be.
I’ve had the opportunity to know some truly remarkable individuals in my life who appear to everyone on the outside, to have their shit together. But once you look inside and peel back the layers, you start to see some pretty scary stuff.
Stuff that is deadly and dangerous, things people are good at hiding from loved one’s like siblings, parents and even close friends.
Every door can be opened even if it’s locked, it is just a matter of finding the right key.
This case has hope because I believe if investigators are to solve the case they need to peel back the layers of Alys’s life.
The questions here are, who was the message intended for and what was the message about?
Cristal M Clark
Vacation – Mystery and Mayhem
You would think that with this Friday being the Inauguration of our new President, Donald Trump that I’d be all over the events of this week.
Instead, I thought that it would be a really good time to take a little vacation rather than bombard you all with tales of political mayhem and dirty deeds.
I will return on 1/22/17.
Until then, do try to behave yourselves.
Cristal M Clark