CASEBOOK OF THE BEDROOM KILLER
INTERVIEW NOTES FROM TELEPHONIC INTERVIEW WITH RETIRED SPECIAL AGENT STAN LOS
Interview conducted May 8, 2006
This interview concerns the 1st Goleta attack on October 1, 1979.
Summary of key points:
SA Los lived in a two story home at 5415 Queen Ann Lane in Goleta, Santa Barbara County. The victims lived in a single story home to the west of his house at 5425 Queen Ann Lane but down a long driveway that ran just west of Agent Los' property. This placed the victims' home behind the Los property (to the southwest). Mr. Los knew the victims as neighbors. In the early morning hours of October 1, 1979, SA Los was up in his second floor bedroom reading a book, hoping to finish it before going to bed. He was sitting in the second floor bedroom which was in the back of his home and facing victims' property. It was a hot night and the sliding glass door which led to a deck was open. At about 2:15 am on that Monday morning, Los heard a loud thud followed by a loud female scream from the direction of his neighbors' home. He immediately recognized that a crime was being committed and promptly grabbed his gun and went downstairs and called 911 before going out his front door to find out what was going on.
Meanwhile at the victims' residence, the attacker had apparently broken in because the vicitms had left windows open because of the hot weather. The attacker grabbed a knife from the kitchen and encountered the victims asleep in their bedroom and soon had them tied up. They were tied with twine that the attacker brought with him, which would also be found at the next Goleta attack scene. The male victim was tied hands and feet, but the female victim was only tied up by her hands. They were then forced to lay on the bed. The attacker demanded money from the victims. The female victim told him her purse was in the other room. The attacker left his victims alone to find the purse. He apparently felt the vicitms were secure. The female victim took this opportunity to attempt to escape out the front door. However, the attacker chased after her and pushed her hard up against the door. The sound of this was the big thud that neighbor Los had heard. While this was going on, the unattended male victim was tied up and laying on the bed. He took his chance and jumped off the bed. There was a sliding glass door in the bedroom which was opened with a screen. He hopped through the door and out into the back yard. The attacker then went after the male victim. However at this point the female victim began screaming (heard by Los) and the attacker decided to leave the scene. Stan Los was not the only neighbor who heard this commotion. One of the victims saw another neighbor on the other side from Los open his door, peek out, then close the door. The attacker ran out the front door and jumped onto a bike he had brought to the scene which he had left on the lawn. The bike had been stolen the same night from a garage inadvertently left open by its owner, a retired probation officer, 4 blocks away [on Via Bolzano].
After calling 911, Stan Los crossed his lawn towards the long driveway that led to the victims' residence. As he reached the driveway, the attacker, mounted on the bike, sped past Mr. Los. Stan only got a fleeting look at him. He was not wearing a mask. He was wearing a plaid shirt of the Pemberton style with a darker grey/ blue tint to it, and jeans and tennis shoes. The cyclist turned left (west on Queen Ann). Los ran to his car, an older, FBI-issue sedan. The car was parked in front of his home facing east on Queen Ann. He started it and it initially stalled out, something it did often. He started it again, this time successfully, did a U-turn in front of his house and headed off after the man on the bike. He crossed a dried up stream bed just to the west on Queen Ann and took the first left (south) onto Kellogg, as going straight led to several dead ends. A short distance down Kellogg he came to its intersection with San Patricio, which ran to the right (west). A short distance down San Patricio he saw the biker in his car lights and turned to pursue. The biker, who was now about 200 yards down San Patricio west of Kellogg, jumped the bike onto the sidewalk on the left (south) side of the street and then abandoned it and the kitchen knife he had used to threaten the victims and fled on foot, jumping over a fence into a backyard. SA Los did not continue to pursue because his police radio indicated the deputies were fast approaching the area and the main street, Cathedral Oaks, was only a block away and he felt the police would catch the criminal there.
Mr. Los returned to the crime scene to find the female victim standing on his lawn. She had been unaware of the chase and was planning to knock on Los' door to call the police. The police arrived shortly thereafter.
After the crime, Mr. Los remained in contact with friends in the sheriff's department who kept him updated on the case. He found out that the same twine and footprints were left at the 2d Goleta crime scene (December 30, 1979), which was, in fact, located only a short distance from where he had last seen the attacker. He was hypnotized in September 1980 to see if he could provide further details concerning the appearance of the attacker.
SA Los was told facts concerning the primary person of interest in the crimes, Brett (called Brian by SA Los) Glasby. He was told that the Glasbys had grown up in a family home, located farther up in the hills northwest of the Goleta crime scenes (he gave a street name that matched other research), that had a tributary of the San Jose Creek running behind it in which the Glasby children frequently played. This tributary ran into the dry creek bed right next to the 1st Goleta crime scene and then flowed into the San Jose Creek south of the 1st and north of the 2d crime scene. Los was also told that Glasby had lived briefly in Sacramento before the first Goleta attack and that he was in prison during the year and a half period between the 2d and 3d Goleta crimes. He was also aware that some connection between Glasby and the dog present at the 2d and 3d Goleta crime scenes had been found.