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FBI: New Information/Reward Forthcoming In 40-Year-Old Cold Case

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An FBI spokesperson confirmed that the bureau is preparing to release new information on a 40-year-old cold case centering around a suspect they say was responsible for as many as 45 rapes and 12 murders – some of them in Contra Costa County.

Although the bureau spokespeople stopped short of naming the suspect, it is believed information released Wednesday will point to a serial killer/rapist known as the East Area Rapist or Original Night Stalker.

Composite sketch of the suspect.
Composite sketch of the suspect.

The East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker, was responsible for 45 sexual attacks and 10 murders, with some of the attacks occurring in Walnut Creek and Concord, in the late 1970s.

Bureau spokespeople on Tuesday announced that they will be issuing a reward for information leading to the arrest of a serial predator they said was responsible for 45 sexual assaults and 12 homicides in the 1970s and 80s.

The FBI reopened their investigation into the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker case last year. They are expected to release news of their renewed effort to capture the killer at a press conference from the bureau’s Sacramento offices Wednesday.

Although officials declined to say what specifically would be revealed, a spokesperson did say the agency would release new graphics, additional suspect sketches, and information about a website housing interviews and unique content devoted to the case.


  1. Odd to publicly announce a future announcement at which they don’t plan to announcing much. Eyeballs are precious. Why not simply announce what there is to announce and then repeat.

  2. Do you mean us, this site, or the FBI? If us, we frankly thought they had more to release and it was a bit of a guessing game as to which case we were talking about. Once confirmed we were talking about this case, we felt justified posting the “advancer.” We did think they would be announcing a person of interest or perhaps a more specific profile the following day, which did not come to pass.

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