The Maggiore Connection

By January 28, 1978, the East Area Rapist had attacked 29 victims. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department still had no viable leads in the case and no viable suspects. It seemed as if they were powerless to stop this brazen criminal. And because of the phony composite sketch, everyone in Sacramento County was looking for the wrong man.

On February 2, 1978, Brian and Katie Maggiore were walking their dog on a quiet evening in Rancho Cordova. They were confronted by at least one person armed with a gun. Brian Maggiore was chased into a nearby backyard and was shot in the chest. Katie Maggiore was shot in the head at the gate leading to the front of the house. There was no apparent motive for this senseless double-homicide and it initially seemed unrelated to the EAR attacks. Until now, the EAR had never killed any of his victims, although he threatened many times to do so.

On April 14, 1978, the EAR struck again in the South Area of Sacramento County, attacking a 15 year old babysitter. No one knew it at the time, but it would be the last reported attack by the EAR in Sacramento County. And it would be no coincidence. The EAR was very methodical and calculating. He always wore a mask, so none of his victims had ever seen his face. He always wore gloves so he never left any fingerprints behind. His vehicle was never parked near the crime scenes, so his license plate was never knowingly written down. So why did he leave Sacramento?

By April 16, 1978, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department had no leads in the murder of the Maggiores. A composite sketch of two men seen moments before the shooting and running from the crime scene after the shooting had been released on February 16th. A witness provided additional detail on one of the suspects and a new, enhanced composite sketch was published on 4/16/78 by the news media. There was now speculation about a connection to the EAR because of shoelaces found at the crime scene. The murders occurred down the street from the first EAR attack. Was the EAR finally unmasked?