From my last major blog on NorCal Rapist the reader no doubt got the impression I dislike the “psychological profile” that has been asserted about him– namely that he deluded himself into believing that his home invasion rapes were consensual. This psycho profile has been asserted only once, so it is not something dominant, but sadly this one time is the only time there has been any kind of in depth review of this lost case.
I dislike this profile because it is false. But more than this it is a certain type of falsehood that creates a very dangerous effect– it minimizes NorCal’s evil.
Fortunately such psycho profiles are fading, put in place in an era in which metaphor was still heavily being used by psychiatry as a base off which to theorize. A particularly horrid example is the metaphor of the bed. In the 1950s it was a metaphor for “mother.” So when a kid wet his bed he was subconsciously saying he hates momma. Yet later it was discovered that when certain allergens were taken away from the child, the bed wetting stopped. The rather obvious deduction was made: bed wetting was the result of the “sneezing” of an allergic bladder.
But before such strides were made in medicine, can you imagine how many children and how many mothers were given a guilt trip over the event of bed wetting?
In 2005, Dr. Richard McNally (Harvard) and Dr. Grant Devilly (Duke), testified before the supreme court in order to bring it up to date on the recent outlooks within the business of psychology. McNally declared of “repressed memory” that is did not exist. It was the biggest “bit of folklore to ever infect psychology and psychiatry.”
Yet for 100 years psychologists believed that people could forget (repress) traumatic experiences. Though individually none had ever treated a case of it, collectively they must have believed that it was always some other shrink that had the cases. When the data was finally collated, it was discovered no psychologist ever had a case. On the contrary, real studies showed that victims of traumatic experiences wanted to forget them but couldn’t (not surprisingly).
These are just two examples where past theories that had been used to interpret real life events had crumbled to actual data collation and logic.
Even with the minimal amount that is known about NorCal rapist’s dialog with his victims, and what can be deduced (so far) about his modus operandi of selecting them, it is clear he knew well that he was breaking and entering, terrorizing and raping his victims against their will. His sarcastic little tauntings make it plain, just as his image in the ATM camera testifies to his intent.
While draining one victim’s account in 1997 (using her ATM card), he put back in place the smiling Mardi Gras mask to conceal his features. He turned this way and that to reveal he had a mask on and had outguessed those who would see this film and try and follow him.
NorCal knew well that he stalked, bound and gagged, terrorized, raped, and robbed his victims . . . and he enjoyed it for those reasons. He took the necessary precautions to avoid being followed. With his last victims he took them into the shower and tried to wash them clean.
Either the Martinez victim or the idea of attacking on Halloween excited him enough that he broke his pattern and struck on a weekday night. Here he wore a plastic skull mask. This bit of drama began a new pattern in him. At the next victim he would wear the jubilating Mardi Gras mask. It fit with the theatricality he had displayed, it blended better in the early morning at the ATM while he robbed the victim.
Two months after his Halloween 1996 strike the movie Scream would premiere. It would feature a similar MO– someone lurking outside the house, peeping in the windows and mysteriously appearing inside dressed in a Halloween costume and ghost mask. This perhaps helps you envision him in action . . .except in real life. A month later at the end of January 1997 he would wear the smiling Mardi Gras mask and strike in Davis, California. This was the closest together of all of his attacks– Martinez, Davis. He was on a roll now. In July he would strike in far away Chico, another college town like Davis.
Something had clearly changed in him after his first taste of theatricality. His first victim had been in June 1991, the second in February 1992 (at which he wore nothing more dramatic than a ski mask). Martinez was his third, Davis a few months later his fourth, Chico his fifth . . . but the roll stopped here.
(The year of his aborted Woodland strike has been lost; still searching for it.)
He then vanished again until 2000 and returned to Davis. Did he have victims in the interim? I don’t know. He threatened his victims at the end that if they went to the police there would be trouble. He reminded them that he knew what they looked like. They didn’t know what he looked like. Some may have been cowed from going to the authorities. But his threat above, confirmed by Victim 1, makes it plain he knew this wasn’t consensual.
NorCal was a premeditative, cautious, and self indulgent rapist. The home invasion serials are the most careful, cleverest, and hardest to find. It’s time to get much more information out there of this performing, taunting rapist.
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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.