Casebook of the Bedroom Killer
Also called in a single source, the Orange Coast Killer, the Bedroom Basher was a home-invading serial rapist and murderer who operated in Orange County, California in 1978-80. As suddenly as the crime spree started, it stopped. The linked murders ('Original' Night Stalker) in Orange County and Ventura all occurred after the last Bedroom Basher crimes.
The Basher's MO was to invade a home or apartment where a single woman was sleeping. The BB blitz attacked the vicitm, bludgeoning her with a plywood plank, raping her, then finishing her off with the plank. In several cases, his victim survived.
The Basher turned out to be Gerald Parker, a Marine stationed at El Toro Marine Air Station during the period of the crimes. Parker was arrested for a different crime in February 1980 and was in and out of jail for a decade before DNA finally linked him to the Basher crimes. In one of the cases, a man, Kevin Green, another El Toro Marine (not acquainted with Parker) was found guilty for the attack on his wife (who survived) committed by Parker. Green had spent most of the intervening years in prison and was finally released upon Parker's confessions.
The BB case is important to the Bedroom Killer cases for two reasons:
(1.) With the successful use of DNA in the Bedroom Basher case, Orange county law enforcement agencies then tested other unsolved cases, discovering the link between the two Irvine crimes, the Dana Point murders and later the Ventura murders.
(2.) It shows the existence of two separate serial killers operating in the general Irvine area at roughly the same time with similar MO's (home invasion, rape, bludgeoning, single women victims). Since the second of these killers (the Bedroom Killer) started after the other spree was all over the news, this tells us a lot about the methods and techniques of this killer. He seemingly 'copycatted' the previous killer, even changing his choice of victims from couples to women alone.
TRANSCRIPT OF COLD CASE EPISODE ON THE BEDROOM BASHER CASE