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DATE

HEADLINE

 

CONTENTS

 

1983

 

14 August

East Area Rapist Sought 5 Years Later (Clark Brooks, Sacramento  Bee)

EAR: 5 year recap; mentions Don Richard’s manuscript and suspect who the police eliminated

 

15 September

 

4 Assaults in 24 hours Stir Fear in Irvine.

(Steve Tripoli and Nancy Wride

Los Angeles Times)

 

Other OC Crimes

17 September

 

Arrests Made in 2 Sexual Assault Cases. Rapes are Unrelated to Rash of

Attacks in Irvine, Authorities Say.

(Nancy Wride, Los Angeles Times)

 

Other OC Crimes

18 September

 

Opinion: Rapes in Irvine Shatter an Illusion

(Robert Scheer, Los Angeles Times)

 

Other OC Crimes

18 September

 

Rapes Spur Change in Celebrated Irvine Life Style

(Doug Brown, Los Angeles Times)

 

Other OC Crimes

 

1984

 

5 April

Role In Rape Case Tied To Pay Claim
(Mike Castro, Sacramento Bee)

 

 

EAR

 

15 June

 

$25,000 Reward Posted in Two Goleta Murders

(Chuck Schultz, Santa Barbara News-Press)

 

Goleta Murders

17 July

 

Man Held in Laguna Hills Nurse’s Death

(Bill Billiter, Los Angeles Times)

 

Other OC Crimes

17 November

 

Baby Sitter, 25, is Found Dead in Santa Ana

(Nancy Wride, Los Angeles Times)

 

 

1985

 

25 January

Santa Ana Man Held in Torture and Murder of Disabled Baby Sitter

(Nancy Wride, Los Angeles Times (Orange County Edition)

 

Other OC Crimes

 

1986

 

20 March

 

Job Corps Offers New Opportunity Youths Get Chance to Learn Trades,

Finish High School; (Marie Montgomery , Los Angeles Times [Orange County Edition])

 

Linked Murders: Janelle Cruz in an article a few weeks before she was murdered.

9 May

 

Irvine

Los Angeles Times

 

Linked Murders: Janelle Cruz homicide

24 June

 

Irvine

Los Angeles Times [Orange County Edition]

 

Linked Murders: Man arrested in Janelle Cruz murder

 

1987

 

10 March

 

Murder, Rape Charges Dropped in Irvine Woman's Death

(Jeanne Wright, Orange County Register)

 

Linked Murders: Suspect released in Janlle Cruz murder.

7 August

 

Murderer Gets Death Verdict in Santa Ana Case

(Jerry Hicks, Los Angeles Times (Orange County Edition)

 

Other OC Murders

 

1988

 

17 January

 

For Police, OC's Unsolved Murders

Have Life of their Own

(Steve Eddy, Orange County Register)

 

Other OC Murders

17 March

Case Not Closed

(Bob Sylva, Sacramento  Bee)

EAR: 10 year recap; Bevins one man task force; still only mentions 2d Goleta attack as possible linked attack in the south.

 

27 March

 

Story on Rapist Angers Some

(Art Nauman, The Ombudsman,

Sacramento Bee)

 

EAR

25 July

 

Police Still Seeking Leads in '79

Bludgeon Killings

(Eric Healy, Los Angeles Times [Orange County Edition])

 

Bedroom Basher

11 November

 

Orange County's Oldest Unsolved Homicides

Los Angeles Times [Orange County

Edition]

 

Bedroom Basher; Linked Murders: The Witthuhn murder and a Basher attack were the oldest unsolveds in Irvine and Tustin in 1988

 

11 November

 

Police Files Remain Open on These More Baffling Slayings in County

(Richard Beene, Los Angeles Times [Orange County Edition])

 

 

Linked Murders: The Harrington murders listed among several other OC ones.

 

1989

 

17 May

 

Ex-Marine Pleads Guilty to Avoid 2nd Trial in ’79 Slaying

(Kevin O’Leary, Los Angeles Times [Orange County Edition])

 

Other OC murders: Conviction in the Savannah Anderson murder

27 September

 

Security Boom in Orange County Gated Communities: False Sense of

Safety?;

(Jim Carlton, Los Angeles Times [Orange County Edition])

 

Linked Murders: Mentions Harrington murders.

 

1990

 

4 September

Investigators Haunted by Murders Past Mysteries

(Carol Watson, Los Angeles Times [Ventura County Edition])

 

Linked Crimes: Smith murders.

 

1993

 

21 March

‘Ear' Still At Large

70s Rape Cases Vex Retiring Detective

(Wendy McClellan, Sacramento Bee)

 

EAR: Retrospective

 

1995

 

20 December

DA's Target: Ghosts of Murders Past

(Stuart Pfeifer, Orange County Register)

 

BB: Retrospective on old OC cases including Bedroom Basher crimes.

 

 

1996

 

21 June

 

Killing Stopped When Suspect Jailed

Crime: Authorities Say DNA and Confessions Link Him to the String

of Slayings.

(Jonathan Volzke, Orange County Register)

 

BB

22 June

 

Killer Put Costa Mesa in the Grasp of Fear CITIES: In 1979, a String of Slayings Made Nervousness the Order of the

Day as Police Followed Up All Leads.

(Jonathan Volzke, Orange County Register)

 

BB

22 June

 

Prosecutors Crack the Case Using

Old-Fashioned Detective Work

SUCCESS: Deputy district attorneys don't have time to celebrate. They've got more work to do.

(Stuart Pfeifer, Orange County Register)

 

BB

22 June

 

The Lives and Deaths of a Serial

Killer's Victims

(Orange County Register)

 

BB

22 June

 

Lives in Collision

People: The Story of Kevin Green and Gerald Parker Reverberates

Across the Country.

(Tony Saaverda and Anne Mulkern, Orange County Register)

 

BB

22 June

 

Justice Delayed / DNA Evidence Frees One Man, Points to Another In 1979 Case; Heating the Cold Trail of the 'Bludgeon Killer'; Investigation: New Technology and Old-Fashioned Persistence Finally Led to Charges in the Series of Slayings.

(Geoff Boucher, Anna Cekola, Lee Romney. Los Angeles Times [Orange County Edition])

 

BB

22 June

 

Ex-Marine Charged in '70s Killings; Crime: Gerald Parker Committed Six O.C.

Murders, Authorities say, Including One for Which Another Man Endured 17

Years in Prison.

(Thao Hua, Lee Romney, Mark Platte. Los Angeles Times [Orange County Edition])

 

BB

23 June

 

From Series of Slayings to Arrests to One Man's Freedom

(Orange County Register)

 

BB

23 June

 

On the Streets, Suspect was Handled

with Care CRIME: Other homeless people in Santa Ana Remember Gerald Parker

as Someone to Watch Out For.

(Bryon MacWilliams and Anne C. Mulkern, Orange County Register)

 

BB

23 June

 

`It's Not Fair': Attack Victim is Shut

Out by the Statute of Limitations

CRIME: Kim Whitecotton and other survivors may never have

resolution of their cases.

(Anne C. Mulkern,  Orange County Register)

 

BB

24 June

 

Serial Killers: A Deadly Rage

CRIME: A Smoldering Anger May Trigger Criminals Such as the `Bedroom

Basher' to Mete Out Suffering.

Teri Sforza, Orange County Register

 

BB

20 August

 

NEWS FOCUS: Conscience Key in `Basher' Case

COURTS: Gerald Parker Apparently was Moved by the Plight of a

Fellow Ex-Marine Imprisoned for One of his Alleged Crimes.

(Tony Saavedra and Stuart Pfeifer, Orange County Register)

 

BB

 

1998

 

21 October

Parker Convicted of Multiple Murders

(Stuart Pfeifer and Jim Radcliffe, Orange County Register, 21 October 1998)

 

BB: Conviction of Gerald Parker for the BB crimes.

 

1999

 

28 November

Four Unsolved Orange County

Murders

(Orange County Register)

 

Other OC Murders: Jane Bennington case, formerly considered a BB case, still unsolved.

 

2000

 

1 October

 

Husband of 1981 Victim Feels Vindicated, But Not Lucky

CRIME: David Witthuhn is No Longer a Suspect, but Old Memories Still

Cause Him Pain.

(Bill Rams, Orange County Register)

 

Linked Crimes

1 October

 

DNA May Point to Serial Killer in the Area

CRIME: Orange County Detectives Believe One Psychopath Killed at Least

10 People, Beginning in 1979

(Bill Rams, Orange County Register)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Murders

3 October

 

Serial Killer Has Area Link

(Associated Press, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Murders

3 October

 

California and the West; DNA Tests Link Slayings in 3 Counties; Crimes:

Authorities Believe Serial Killer May Have Committed 10 Murders in

Orange, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Between 1979 and 1986

(Tina Dirmann and Daryl Kelley, Los Angeles Times)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Murders

3 October

 

Serial Link Explored in Old Murders: Goleta, Orange County Cases Similar

(Dawn Hobbs, Santa Barbara News-Press)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Murders

5 October

 

Hope, Pain for Murder Victims' Families; Crime: Loved Ones Respond as

DNA Evidence Revives Probe of O.C. Serial Killings Dating Back 20 Years

(Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Murders

8 October

 

DNA Findings Throw New Light on Old Case

(Aron Miller, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Murders

 

2001

 

4 April

 

DNA Links '70s Rapes to Serial Slaying Cases Unknown Southern California Killer was 'East Area Rapist'

(Erin Hallissy and Charlie Goodyear, San Francisco Chronicle)

 

Linked Crimes: DNA link to three Contra Costa rapes

4 April

 

Rapist Linked to O.C. Killings

Crime 23-year-old DNA Evidence from Three Bay Area Assaults Could Help

Solve Six Homicides Investigated by Local Authorities

(Jeff Collins and Bill Rams, Orange County Register)

 

EAR/ Linked Crimes: DNA link to three Contra Costa rapes

5 April

 

New Lead Found in Serial Rapes: After Decades, DNA Links the East Area

Rapist to Crimes in Orange County.

(M.S. Enkoji and Ralph Montaño, Sacramento Bee)

 

EAR/ Linked Crimes: DNA link to three Contra Costa rapes

24 May

 

New Hope in Hunt for Rapist

(M.S. Enkoji, Sacramento Bee)

 

EAR/ Linked Crimes

 

2002

 

14 February

 

To Catch A Killer

A CBS 2 Special Assignment

KCBS (Los Angeles)

 

Linked Crimes

10 April

 

DNA Collection Bill Stays Alive

Burton May back a Measure Allowing Samples to Be Taken Forcibly from

Felons.

(Kevin Yamamura, Sacramento Bee)

 

Linked Crimes

23 April

 

California Couples Killer Quiet Since 1984… But Police Fear He Could Strike

Again.

The National Examiner, [issue devoted to “America’s

Greatest Murder Mysteries”]

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Murders

24 April

 

'Night Stalker' Investigation Linked to Dog-Mauling Case

KPIX (San Francisco)

 

Linked Crimes

28 April

 

DNA Legislation Linked to Local Killings

'Cornfed' Schneider's Refusal to Give Sample Spawns Bill

(Dawn Hobbs, Santa Barbara News-Press)

 

Linked Crimes

3 July

 

DNA Tests Clear Convict in Ventura Killings: Paul Schneider Didn't Kill Attorney Lyman Smith, Wife

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

3 November

 

Silent Witness (whole series)

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Crimes: series focusing on Smith murders in Ventura, but also mentioning other crimes

 

3 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 1: Between the Sea and Stars

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

4 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 2: The Two Charlenes

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

5 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 3: Terrible Memories

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

6 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 4: ‘Welcome to Homicide’

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

7 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 5: The Stuff of Black Binders

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

8 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 6: The Partner

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

9 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 7: The Boyfriend

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

10 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 8:’Those Things that Abideth’

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

11 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 9: The Biggest Bull Shippers

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

11 November

 

Who's Who in the Smith Murder Case

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

12 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 10: Everyone Has a Theory

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

13 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 11: This is so ‘Dragnet’

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

14 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 12: Better than Any Mall

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

15 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 13: ‘Between This Man and his God’

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

16 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 14: One Day in May

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

17 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 15: The Big Bad Wolfe

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

18 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 16: The Waivers

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

19 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 17: The Cul-de-Sac Killer

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Crimes

20 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 18: Street Justice

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

21 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 19: The Odd Couple

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

22 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 20: The People vs. Aslip

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

23 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 21: The Accused Takes the Stand

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

24 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 22: The Quiet Man

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

25 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 23: The Dead Zone

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

26 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 24: The Missing Link

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

27 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 25: The Dragon’s Lair

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

28 November

 

Silent Witness: Chapter 26: Waiting for a Phone Call

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes/ EAR

28 November

 

Do you know the 'Original Night Stalker'?

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes

28 November

The Path of the Original Night Stalker

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Crimes

8 December

 

Elusive Bedroom Killer Haunts Detective

Ex-Private Eye Takes New Look at Goleta Slayings

(Camilla Cohee, Santa Barbara News-Press)

 

Linked Crimes/ Goleta Crimes. Profile of PI Russ Whitmeyer

 

2003

 

10 March

Original Night Stalker: Suspect Believed Responsible For String of Attacks

KNBC (Los Angeles)

 

Linked Crimes

 

2004

 

4 March

Decades-old Cold Case Catches Fire

(Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star)

 

Linked Murders: Primarily about the Smith murders in Ventura.

 

2006

 

27 April

Detectives Bring These 'Cold Cases' Back to Life(Crystal Carreon, Sacramento Bee)

 

 

EAR

1 October

 

Killer Linked to Area: Investigator follows Serial Rapist's Trail to Shasta County, Ray Case

(Ryan Sabalow, Redding Record Searchlight)

 

EAR/ Linked Murders: Russ Whitmeyer chases phantoms in Redding, CA

 

 

2007

 

12 January

 

On the Trail of a Killer: Ojai Man Uncovers Evidence of Serial

Rapist and Murderer

(Misty Volaski, Ojay Valley News)

 

EAR/ Linked Murders: Russ Whitmeyer gives his opinions on the case.

 

8 February

Retired Officer Looking to Solve 1975 Cold Case: 'Ransacker' linked to murder, multiple crimes

(Natalie Garcia, Visalia Times-Delta)

 

EAR/ Linked Murders/ VR: Another piece on Whitmeyer.