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Serial Rapist Changes His Appearance As Police Widen Search
A new image of a man who has
attacked 13 women and teenage
girls in Sydney has been released
after police widened their search
for the rapist.
The police search now includes the eastern suburbs after
he was linked to two more attacks on women.
Detectives are investigating 13
sex attacks in the inner west, St
George and eastern beaches. The
image was released yesterday
after more information about his
appearance was revealed in interviews with two victims.
Detectives from Strike force
McCoy found the two victims
after a review of all reported sexual attacks in the eastern suburbs
and St George areas.
The two attacks involved a
22-year-old woman, who was
sexually assaulted at Bondi
Junction on August 23, 2003,
and a 67-year-old woman
indecently assaulted at Bronte
on July 16, 2004.
Both victims were attacked in
their homes in the early hours of
the morning, police said.
Detectives initially concentrated their efforts on the inner
west because all the reported
incidents last summer occurred
only in that area, Detective
Chief Inspector Anthony Holton
The first attack occurred on
August 23, 2003, and the last at
Ashfield on November 2, 2004.
The rapist is described as 25
to 45 years old, unshaven with a
dark complexion, bushy eyebrows, cropped dark hair, 175 to
180-centimetres tall, with an
Mr Holton said it was highly
likely the man had changed his
appearance to avoid arrest.
He said hundreds of calls had
been received by police and
Crime Stoppers and urged the
community to come forward
with any information, irrespective of how small it might seem.
Mr Holton said Strike Force McCoy, together with police local area commands in the inner
west, eastern suburbs and St George, would hold a series of
information nights, beginning
next month, to advise women on safety and home security.
Anyone with information is
asked to contact Strike Force
McCoy on 8835 8844 or Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Sydney Morning Herald (16-1-2005)
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Fears That Sex Predator Could Have Attacked 26
RAPE experts will attend a series of police
seminars across Sydney next month in an
effort to prevent further attacks from a
predator who may have struck at least 26
NSW Rape Crisis Centre officials confirmed yesterday they had been asked to
link with detectives from Strike Force
NSW Rape Crisis centre manager Karen
Willis praised police yesterday for organising the community conferences but said
she feared more may be required after it
emerged the attacker had strayed from his
usual inner-west territory to the eastern
"We know the rape reporting rate
stands at approximately 20 per cent," Ms
Willis said. "While significant media
coverage would definitely have prompted
a higher rate in this instance, it would still
be conservative to say that he has probably
attacked double the number of 13 women
who have so far come forward.
"Police are only now connecting attacks
which occurred in other suburbs, some
"There are also time gaps where no
reports were received. While we'd all like
to think nothing happened during these
dates, it is far more likely there were victims out there who chose not to come
"It remains possible he diverted his
attention to other places in the state.
"Based on a lot of the profiling work
that's been done in places like Canada, the
chances are also high that in addition to
targeting strangers, he has also struck,
either sexually or indecently, within his
own family or work group."
A modified image was released yesterday of the serial rapist following attacks
He struck in Ashfield, Croydon, Newtown, Erskineville, Glebe, Bexley and
Marrickville between October 2003 and
March of last year. Police believe many of
his attacks carried the hallmalk of a predator who first studied the movements of
his intended victims.
More often than not, he knew when the
women would be alone, then gained
entry to their homes through unlocked
windows or doors left open during summer evenings.
He has also regularly used the blinding
light of a hand torch to dazzle his victims
With the current hot weather and the
additional revelations that the rapist has
moved further afield, Ms Willis said the
seminars next month would be crucial if
further attacks were to be prevented.
Ms Willis said: "The NSW Rape Crisis
Centre received a call on Thursday from
police about the seminars and we jointly
agreed to hold a planning meeting next
"My understanding is four to five seminars will be held over a week in February
at various locations within the inner city
"Household security will be a big issue
because of the way this rapist has
"One of our many roles will be to let
women know that should they not feel
comfortable contacting police, there are
always other avenues available.
"We'll also be addressing the need to
adopt a community response to these sexual assaults.
"Communication and keeping an eye
out for each other is vital in suburbs
where there is a perceived threat."
Ms Willis added it was time communities everywhere began reclaiming areas
deemed no-go areas.
She said: "Every suburb has a problem
spot where it is considered scary or
dangerous to go, be it alone or at certain
times of the day.
"We want to encourage families and
large groups to converge at these
locations, at all times. Have a barbecue
there, feel safe in numbers and let these
predators know they don't own our parks,
dark alleys or side streets."
A HUNT has begun far
a man who raped a
woman in the grounds
of the Islington Primary
School last Thursday.
The vicious attack
on the woman- 25.
occurred about 3am.
bashed the victim and
threatened her life.
Police describe the
man as 26-27 years
tall. with tanned sidn
and short blond hair.
He was last seen
wearing baggy blue
jeans and a black
T-shirt with a white
and orange circular
symbol on the front
Sixty Suspects Sifted
DETECTIVES hunting a serial rapist,
who has attacked 11 women, have
investigated more than 60 suspects in
the past seven months.
Some were placed under surveillance, others called in for questioning
and about 40 were eliminated from
the inquiry after they provided DNA
What has become one of NSW's
most conceited police manhunts may
not have happened but for the tenacity
of a young female officer who was
convinced the assaults were the work of one predator.
The man, dubbed the inner-west
rapist, came to public attention this
year when it was found he was
responsible for raping five women in
their Erskineville, Croydon, Newtown,
Glebe and Marrickville homes.
But police broadened inquiries
when Ashfield-based Detective Senior
Constable Alison Smith found the
cases were forensically linked to five
"The case is an absolute top priority
and has been since March," said one
officer close to the investigation.
"But without Alison's focus and her
determination in bringing the matter
to the attention of her superiors, we
might have been facing an even more
In the wake of her find, achieved
using a series of offender database
checks, NSW Police established Strike
Force McCoy in March.
A dozen officers have since been
working on the investigation around
Following an assault on November 2, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has been called
in to boost a
psychological profile of the person
Police believe that the rapist is
unlikely to stop until caught and his
most recent attack is likely to have
been provoked by publicity surrounding the case, said one source yesterday.
"In one way the theory that he is
playing up to his own notoriety certainly fits part of the profile," the
police officer said.
"The publicity that went with the
launch of the strike force in March
would have made any reasonable person pull his head in but, within days
of the last batch of media attenoon, he
His latest - and oldest - victim, a
57-year-old woman, avoided being
physically assaulted by calmly but
firmly refusing to yield to the rapist's
demands as her mother slept in a
"On that basis, the offender made
the decision to leave the victim's bedroom, pulled the blankets over her
head and told her he was going," one
investigator said. "When she heard
him leave the house and then close the
side gate after himself, she immediately rang for help."
Police arrived at the scene in Ashfield within minutes but the rapist sail
Strike Force McCoy boss Detective
Chief Inspector Bob Sullivan has confirmed that this was also the second
time the rapist had attacked in the
same Ashfield Street - the second of
his known series of assaults took place
in the street in October last year.
After striking for the 10th time, on
March 26 this year at Marrickville, the
rapist disappeared from notice for
It was during this time that Constable Smith and her colleagues
threw themselves into investigating
the case with every method available
An insider said: "They've been
going hard on it now for a long time
behind the scenes employing what
you might describe as a combination
of gumshoe and high science, everything from legwork to lots of computer work and DNA testing."
The rapist is described as being 25
to 35 years old, with a dark complexion, about 180 centimetres tall
and solidly built.
1- Bondi Junction: 3am, August 23, 2003.*
2- Hurlstone Park: 2:35am,Thursday, September 18, 2003.
3- Ashfield: 11:50pm, Monday, October 20, 2003.
4- Erskineville: 4:30am, Sunday, December 7, 2003.
5- Croydon: 11:46pm, Sunday, December 14, 2003.
6- Croydon: 12:10am, Wednesday, December 17, 2003.
7- North Bondi: 1 :49am, Tuesday, January 6,2004.
8- Bexley: 3:10am, Saturday, January 17, 2004.
9- Newtown: 1:15am, Monday, February 9, 2004.
10- Glebe: 4:30am, Sunday, February 29, 2004.
11- Marrickville: 6:30am, Friday, March 26, 2004.
12- Bronte: 3am, July16, 2004.*
13- Ashfield: 1:30am, Tuesday, November 2, 2004.
*Newly reported Attack
Predator Will Never Stop
A SERIAL rapist terrorising
women in Sydney's inner west was
unlikely to stop until his arrest,
one of America's most experienced
criminal profilers said yesterday.
Three US profilers, including two
agents from the FBI, have joined
NSW detectives in the hunt for the
man who has attacked 11 women
since September 2003.
The agents, visiting Sydney for
police training workshops, were told
of the attacks and offered to review
evidence and help create a model of
the man police are hunting.
FBI agent Eugene Rugala, an expert in serial rapists and stalkers,
said his craft was not an exact
science but could help push an investigation in the right direction.
He said offender profiles were built
from case forensic reports, witness
and victim statements and general
patterns of behaviour.
"It will describe the personality
type, the type of offender we are
dealing with ... it may get into some
of the things like education, background, sophistication, etc," he said.
Agent Rugala said every profile
was unique and the reason for a
predator to sometimes stop offending for a period could be as simple as
moving to a new area.
But such serial criminals were
unlikely to stop attacking.
"Generally speaking, an arrest
would be the way to stop these
offenders," he said.
Agents Rugala and James Fitzgerald and Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Firearms
and Explosives agent Ron
Tunkel have worked on high profile
cases including the Atlanta Olympic
Games bomber, Washington DC
sniper and the Unabomber.
NSW Police profiler Detective Sergeant Kris Illingsworth had already
created a profile of the Sydney rapist
but Agent Tunkel said "tribal wisdom" ó comparing notes and ideas
with other profilersówas important.
Police Sex Crimes Unit manager
Detective Chief Inspector Bob Sullivan said Strike Force McCoy, established in March to
hunt the rapist, had
received a lot of public Information.
An identikit of the offender has been
widely circulated, particularly since
last week when he broke into the
Ash field home of a 57-year-old woman.
The woman managed to talk the
man out of harming her but police
believe the same man has attacked at
least 10 other women.
During one attack he left behind a
German-made torch which he used
to dazzle women before he attacked.
The offender is described as 25-35
years old, with a dark complexion.
solid build and an Australian accent.
Chief Insp Sullivan urged women
to be vigilant with home security.
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