Our man, NORCAL the theatrical rapist, was a weekend rapist with one exception so far. This exception was Halloween. In 1996 it fell on Thursday night. So far, though two jurisdictions are still searching their records, this is the only time he broke his pattern of Friday, Saturday or Sunday strikes.
This is also apparently the first time he wore a theatrical mask– a plastic skeleton mask. In Vallejo he wore a basic ski mask. Victim 1 did not state publicly if he wore a mask (probably did) but she said she never saw his face.
So as it stands we can infer striking on Halloween really meant something to him. And the thrill of a theatrical mask zinged with him. At his next victim’s (in Davis) he wore a smiling Mardi Gras mask.
Unfortunately, very little has been reported of this case. I’m the first to get the actual dates. There was one AMW show. It wasn’t in depth. It didn’t even confirm the crime dates. Based on only a few cases there was a questionable psychological profile– one that said in his mind he believed his victims were consensual partners.
Logically, this doesn’t fit with the facts as already established. His threat to the victims at the end of the ordeal are particularly revealing. This is where he warns them that they better not go to the police because “You don’t know who I am but I know who you are.” He made it plain he’d get even. Also, he called the Halloween victim a couple weeks later and supposedly asked her if she enjoyed “my raping you.” I must confirm that word was used. No one uses the word “rape” and thinks he engaged in a consensual act. Moreover, Victim 1 confirmed the sarcastic farewell he gave her, reminding her she should lock her doors or someone might come in and burglarize her– the exact method, of course, by which he got in her condo. Wearing
that smiling mask and looking into the ATM camera while draining the 1997 Davis victim’s account is yet another taunt that plainly reveals he was enjoying what he knew was theft and rape.
There is nothing delusional about NORCAL. He was calculating and premeditative. He knew exactly what he was doing. . . .and he enjoyed it. He also planned it carefully. He drove over northern Cal to strike on weekends, but he came across his victims sometime before this. He worked during the week and must have had many weekends off. How many weekends had he spent stalking them weeks or months in advance?
More info is needed to even put this arrogant villain on the map. Until now this phantom of the opera rapist has controlled the stage. But it is time to lift the curtain.
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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.