California’s Most Prolific Serial Offender Subject of New Book by Retired Contra Costa Detective Larry Crompton - Sudden Terror

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Zodiac, the San Francisco killer is not the most infamous murderer in California history. That designation goes to a rapist/murderer originally known in Northern California as the East Area Rapist (EAR) and in Southern California as the Original Night Stalker. Retired Contra Costa County, California Sheriff's Lieutenant Announces the Release of his Book “Sudden Terror”, a book covering the crimes of California’s Most Prolific Serial Offender- the East Area Rapist/ The Original Night Stalker.

I hope that someone, somewhere will come forward with information that will bring some sense of closure to the victims

Retired Contra Costa County, California Sheriff's Lieutenant Announces the Release of his Book “Sudden Terror”, a book covering the crimes of California’s Most Prolific Serial Offender- the East Area Rapist/ The Original Night Stalker.

Zodiac, the San Francisco killer is not the most infamous murderer in California history. That designation goes to a rapist/murderer originally known in Northern California as the East Area Rapist (EAR) and in Southern California as the Original Night Stalker. Veteran Detective Larry Crompton worked these crimes in the 1970’s in Contra Costa County and has now written a book that will finally give the public more insight into the crimes of this vicious killer who, before now, has been relatively unknown to the general public.

June 18, 1976, in Rancho Cordova, California a ski-masked rapist broke into the home of a lone female. The rapist's threats and the woman's belief that she was going to die was more traumatic than the attack, as there was no doubt in her mind that he was going to kill her. The unique and disturbing repetition of the rapist’s crimes garnered the EAR billing with the Son of Sam on national news in June 1977.

The East Area Rapist continued his attacks in several cities in Northern California for the next three years. The cities lived in fear as the attacks became more violent. Lone females were the victims until the news media reported that no men were in the homes. Families then became the object of the attacks; a young boy was shot and a man and woman assassinated as the attacks continued. There were at least fifty attacks by the East Area Rapist in Northern California.

In 1979 the crimes moved to an unsuspecting Southern California. An attempted rape by a ski masked intruder changed the outcome of the attacks. The intended victims escaped. The Original Nightstalker made certain no future victims would follow suit. Murder after murder, with no survivors, man or woman, became the object of the attacks and they continued throughout Southern California counties. The Southern California investigators named this criminal The Original Night Stalker, unaware of the link to the Northern California attacks. They were soon to experience the same frustration as their northern counterparts: no identification, no arrests and ten homicides.

In March of 2000, criminalists from Northern and Southern California confirmed through DNA that the attacks were committed by the same person - the EAR, the Original Night Stalker. “Sudden Terror” illuminates the quest for justice that has now spanned 4 decades and haunts the law enforcement personnel who worked these cases.

Although the hunt still continues, the results remain the same; no closure. Larry Crompton wrote this book, Sudden Terror, with the hopes that someone, somewhere will come forward with information that will bring some sense of closure to the victims of this sexual monster and to the Investigators who have pursued him.

The book can be purchased through Authorhouse http://www.authorhouse.com/Bookstore/BookStoreSearchResults.aspx?SearchType=smpl&SearchTerm=larry%20crompton

Larry Crompton is available for radio and television appearances to discuss the book. Further information about the crimes and law enforcement contacts by jurisdiction can be found at the website:
http://www.ear-ons.com/updates.html

Contact:
Larry Crompton
suddenterror (at) yahoo (dot) com

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