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EAST SACRAMENTO — He sawed picket 2x4s to wedge shut the home windows and sliding glass door. He tucked a loaded revolver between his mattress and field spring. He leaned a 12-gauge shotgun towards the bed room wall, loaded with #four buckshot to “pack some oomph.”
It was October 1977. Information of a person dubbed the East Space Rapist saturated Victor Hayes’ hardscrabble East Sacramento neighborhood. The masked man already had raped and terrorized a pair dozen individuals within the area over the previous yr.
Hayes, like many others, was taking no possibilities.
However within the early hours of Oct. 1, Hayes and his girlfriend forgot to prop that picket slat into the monitor of the sliding glass door. He woke as much as a flashlight blinding his face — the calling card of the serial rapist and killer.
Hayes was tied up, a gun pressed to his temple, and his girlfriend was raped. For 41 years, he spoke little of the half hour of terror that may outline his life. However now that Joseph DeAngelo, the 72-year-old Citrus Heights man suspected of carrying out the notorious crime spree, has been arrested, Hayes is sharing the story solely with this information group. He’s offering one of many few, if any, public accounts advised from the attitude of a male victim survivor — together with never-before-shared secrets and techniques about that horrible night time.
A portrait of Victor Hayes, a survivor of the East Space Rapist in Carmichael, Calif., on July three, 2018. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Space Information Group)
“Since this guy got caught, I beat the shit outta myself bad cause I shoulda found this guy a long time ago. This guy has been all around me,” Hayes stated, taking a deep, lengthy pause. “It’s shaped the way I’ve been my whole life. It’s made me distrustful of people in authority. I’m quick to be able to notice faults in people.”
Investigators have informed Hayes that he and his girlfriend have been victims of the East Space Rapist’s 24th assault. The serial rapist — also referred to as the Golden State Killer — would, earlier than he was caught, kill 13 individuals and rape greater than 50 ladies up and down the state through the 1970s and ’80s. And whereas they gained’t prosecute Hayes’ and his girlfriend’s case as a result of the statute of limitations has lapsed, they hope he can testify throughout DeAngelo’s trial.
Lastly tracked via DNA and arrested on April 24, DeAngelo has been charged with a fraction of the crimes he’s believed to have dedicated — together with a dozen sexual assaults in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. He appeared in Sacramento County Superior Courtroom on Thursday for a quick pretrial listening to and can return in September.
Hayes’ girlfriend and different ladies suffered bodily and psychological trauma by the hands of the Golden State Killer. Their family members suffered as properly. Males have been current in about two-thirds of the assaults. Some have been murdered, others sure, taunted and terrorized — helpless whereas their family members have been raped and assaulted.
“I’ve found that men today generally want to bury their memories of the attacks, while women want to see the guy get caught,” stated Paul Holes, a retired Contra Costa crime lab chief who helped seize DeAngelo.
“In many ways the men feel like they’ve failed to protect their loved ones.”
Hayes admitted that it’s difficult why he’s instantly speaking after 4 many years of silence. He stated the assault left him embarrassed, emasculated and indignant. In a collection of interviews, he expressed remorse, anger, frustration and an agenda.
“People are making money off of it, and I’m not, and I don’t like it. It leaves a foul taste in my mouth,” he stated. “So I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to make money off of this.”
On the similar time, Hayes, 62, a self-employed logger who splits his time between Plumas County and Auburn, stated sharing his struggles is therapeutic.
Since that night time, he has stored an in depth eye on neighbors, strangers and coworkers on the lookout for brief, stocky males who may match the picture seared into his thoughts. He thought he would seize him. He has a tough time forgiving himself for not.
Hayes is uneasy. He has chosen his chiropractor’s workplace in Carmichael as a gathering place for the interview, however his again is dealing with the glass door. He asks a reporter to modify locations.
“I like being able to see who’s coming in,” he says, tucking his sun shades atop the curved brim of his worn baseball cap.
Victor Hayes speaks publicly for the first time concerning the 1977 assault he survived by the East Space Rapist throughout an interview in Carmichael, Calif., on June 14, 2018. (Maritza Cruz/ Bay Space Information Group)
For greater than two hours final month, talking with an intense, booming voice and liberally dropping expletives, Hayes, who seems 20 years youthful than his age with a shock of blond hair poking out from his hat, recollects the worst night time of his life in minute element. He shares how the encounter has modified him. He even takes a reporter and two photographers to the dusty duplex close to Sacramento State College the place he turned a statistic in one of many state’s most infamous serial chilly instances.
At age 21, Hayes rented a duplex a few miles away from his household’s house in East Sacramento close to the American River Parkway — 23 miles of motorcycle and jogging paths propped up on levees. It was simply the kind of setting that allowed the Golden State Killer to flee the scenes of his crimes and elude seize.
By October 1977, the East Space Rapist had left a devastating path in close by cities, however his final Sacramento assault had occurred 5 months earlier. The hole created an extended, nerve-wracking break for residents.
“By (then), the entire area of Sacramento was just up in arms,” Holes stated. “Everybody was scared.”
An Oct. three,1977 article within the Sacramento Bee was the first report of the East Space Rapist’s assault on Victor Hayes and his girlfriend. (Courtesy of the Sacramento Bee)
Individuals have been shopping for weapons, police have been holding city corridor conferences, and vigilante teams roamed the neighborhoods, he stated.
It was a Friday night time, and Hayes went to mattress earlier than his girlfriend, who this information group is just not naming and couldn’t attain. The picket safety slat by no means made it into the body of the sliding glass door.
He woke as much as a brilliant mild in his eyes. He remembers mendacity on his mattress and searching up at a person holding a flashlight like a police officer — elbow bent and holding it overhand. In his different hand was a revolver. He wore a darkish ski masks, a black leather-based jacket buttoned up all the best way, mild khaki pants, and he spoke in a whisper, by means of clenched tooth.
“Don’t move or I’ll kill you,” Hayes remembered the intruder saying, or one thing comparable.
It was about 1:30 a.m. The man Hayes had lengthy fantasized of heroically killing was three steps into his bed room.
Sure and helpless
As with almost all his assaults, the East Space Rapist pulled out a pair of shoelaces, tossed them onto the mattress and ordered Hayes to lie on his abdomen whereas his girlfriend tied his palms behind his again. He double-checked the knot and ordered Hayes’ girlfriend to retrieve some cups and plates from the kitchen.
Victor Hayes, a survivor of the East Space Rapist, acts out how the rapist entered his duplex with a gun throughout an interview in Carmichael, Calif., on June 14, 2018. (Maritza Cruz/ Bay Space Information Group)
She balanced the dishes on the small of Hayes’ again, a calling card meant to offer a makeshift alarm system. He informed Hayes he would kill him if he moved or made any noise.
As he left the room with Hayes’ girlfriend, he additionally grabbed the shotgun leaning towards the wall. He took her to a different room and raped her.
“I got to listen to this. I’m … 21 years old, that’s my (expletive) girlfriend out there, and I got to listen to this bullshit. And this is really (expletive) pissing me off,” Hayes stated.
Periodically, the rapist returned to the bed room to examine on him, placing the handgun to his head.
“He … cocks the hammer back, and I can hear the nice tightness of the cylinder of the (expletive) weapon. I’m not scared of this …This is not intimidating me, but I’m not saying anything,” Hayes stated.
It was on the third journey to the bed room that Hayes stated the intruder informed him one thing that he by no means advised police or anybody else.
“What he said to me was very revealing,” Hayes stated, leaning into the desk. “In a couple minutes, I’ll tell you what it was.”
The assault — and a fortunate break
Little is simple with Hayes, together with his storytelling. He recounts his trauma like a person who has stored all the small print bottled up inside for much too lengthy. He bounces forwards and backwards in time. He guarantees “blow your mind” moments. He’s charming, bombastic, crude and candid almost to a fault.
Hayes stated it was excruciating to keep nonetheless and quiet on that mattress 4 many years in the past — helpless and together with his girlfriend being assaulted. Round 2 a.m., they lastly caught a break.
Drunk pals confirmed as much as his duplex and began banging on his entrance door, ringing the doorbell time and again, shouting his identify, on the lookout for a spot to proceed the celebration. Ultimately his pals gave up and left, and the home was eerily quiet.
“They drove him off,” Hayes stated.
After about 5 minutes, when Hayes thought it could be protected, he referred to as to his girlfriend asking if the attacker had left. She informed him she thought so. Hayes untied himself and pulled out his handgun from beneath his mattress.
Victor Hayes stands outdoors the duplex the place the 1977 East Space Rapist assault occurred in East Sacramento on June 14, 2018. (Maritza Cruz/ Bay Space Information Group)
Cautious that the attacker may nonetheless be inside the home, Hayes tip-toed room to room, his adrenaline pumping. He ultimately discovered his girlfriend sure on the lounge flooring.
“I got to see this look on her face,” Hayes stated, his voice cracking. “Brutal man. Brutal.”
When Hayes reached the entrance yard, he realized the menace was over. He walked to the center of the road.
“At the top of my lungs and as loud as I can, and that’s pretty loud, I drop the f-bomb as loud as I can … drop it,” he stated. “I’m hoping that he’s gonna hear me, running off in the distance, and then I discharge my weapon. And I’m hoping to this day if I ever get to talk to him … I’ve often wondered if he heard that because he wasn’t very far away. It kinda let him know, you ain’t as slick as you think you are.”
Hayes went again inside and untied his girlfriend.
“I comfort her. I tell her, ‘I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,’ ” Hayes stated. “I probably hold her and we talk and I wipe her tears away and ask her if she’s OK.”
After a pair minutes, Hayes went to the telephone to name police.
“He’s cut the phone line,” he stated.
A calling card
After calling police from a neighbor’s telephone, Hayes observed one thing unusual. Sitting on the leather-based seat of his powder blue, chromed out Triumph 650 motorbike — which he stored in his front room — was the lemon meringue pie he purchased earlier from the shop down the road.
A bit was lacking and a fork rested within the tin pan. Like in different assaults, the Golden State Killer had helped himself to meals.
Victor Hayes, a survivor of the East Space Rapist, shows pictures of his previous automotive, motorbike and his canine ‘Santos Diablo’ throughout an interview in Carmichael on June 14, 2018. He stated the attacker ate a bit of his lemon meringue pie and left the pan on his motorbike seat. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Space Information Group)
“You get what he was trying to say? He didn’t do that by happenstance. He’s getting his point across. I see your (expletive) … I recognize your (expletive)… I’m marking my territory,” stated Hayes, who’s satisfied that the East Space Rapist cased him within the days and weeks earlier than the assault.
As soon as police confirmed up, Hayes felt he was handled like trash. A pair of crime-scene technicians laughed to themselves whereas dusting the sink for prints, setting Hayes off.
“That was it for me … What could possibly be appropriate to be laughing at this time in my house after this just happened?” Hayes stated. “A thought goes in my head: ‘This is exactly why these dumb bastards haven’t caught the guy because they’re so damn unprofessional.’ ”
Later that morning, whereas his girlfriend was taken to the hospital, Hayes went to her mom’s home.
“Her mom’s eyes are all welling up and crying and I’m apologizing and she’s telling me it’s not my fault and everything will be OK and I’m 21 years old and I just got my ego kicked,” he stated, voice cracking on the reminiscence. “And I wanna fight. But who am I gonna lash out at? I got nobody to lash out at. I’m thinking, ‘How am I gonna find this guy?’ ”
Who was the actual goal?
He’s lastly prepared to speak concerning the secret — the second he has by no means advised anybody for 41 years.
The third time the rapist returned to the bed room, he leaned down and whispered to Hayes: “I’m gonna party with Sharon.”
Sharon was Hayes’ mom. She was 39 on the time and lived a couple of blocks away.
“So, right then and there, that told me, ‘Hey, I know who you are. I got dominance over you,’ ” Hayes stated.
Holes referred to as this new element “very interesting” however not shocking. Males have been current within the majority of the assaults, and Holes theorizes the rapist picked couples based mostly on prior interactions with the person, not the lady.
Victor Hayes holds up a footage of himself at 21, throughout an interview in Carmichael on June 14, 2018. The footage was taken months after he and his girlfriend have been attacked by the East Space Rapist. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Space Information Group)
“Victor was possibly the intended target of that attack,” Holes stated. “It’s absolutely in line with what the Golden State Killer would’ve done.”
Regardless of the menace, Hayes stored it to himself. He was indignant at police and didn’t need to scare his mother, however he had one more reason.
“I go, ‘Hey, here’s my opening.’ This guy’s going to come around and look for my mom. So, I’m just going to be vigilant and I’m gonna go over there. And I’m thinking to myself, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office can’t solve the crime. I should’ve already solved it, but I’m asking for a second chance. This is gonna be my second chance,” Hayes stated.
So for months, he would go to his mom or drive by her home in the midst of the night time, perhaps park outdoors, his handgun with him.
His second by no means got here.
No justice, little peace
On April 24, 2018, Hayes was with his present girlfriend at her physician appointment. He was sitting within the foyer when information of the Golden State Killer arrest popped up on the flat display TV.
“I kinda felt like I got kicked in the crotch. I had to go outside,” Hayes stated.
He spent 90 minutes simply sitting in his automotive, listening to the information on the radio. Hayes was torn. There was satisfaction that the person who had tormented him and his girlfriend had been caught, however he would shortly study that because of the statute of limitations they might by no means get justice.
Joseph James DeAngelo stands in a Sacramento courtroom on Might 29, 2018. He’s charged with a number of murders in several California counties. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee by way of AP, Pool)
“The guy already should be hung and dead and put up on a scaffold at Cal Expo, and they should sell hot dogs and T-shirts with ‘I saw the hanging of Joseph DeAngelo’ on them,” Hayes stated, standing throughout the road from his previous duplex the place the assault occurred.
Detectives have stated they could have him testify to assist describe the “signature traits” of the East Space Rapist.
However Hayes is fascinated with extra. Prime on that record is suing the Auburn Police Division, who he feels was accountable as a result of DeAngelo labored as an officer in that metropolis through the East Space Rapist’s three-year reign of terror within the Sacramento space. He believes DeAngelo was on obligation throughout his assault.
Hayes stated he has misplaced contact together with his former girlfriend.
“Our relationship didn’t work out for a couple reasons. Lot of shame, lot of embarrassment, lot of anger,” he stated as he abruptly grabs a pale Polaroid of himself from shortly after the assault displaying him menacingly pointing his finger on the digital camera. “Do I look happy?”
Hayes stated he has tried to maneuver on, however the occasion has haunted him, and his household relationships have suffered. His shut good friend Patrick Kalasardo stated the lads have been driving a couple of years in the past when Hayes requested if he might share a personal expertise and advised him the story.
“I was stunned and flabbergasted. I knew of this because of all the publicity at the time, but I didn’t know anyone personally affected. My heart just went out to him and her,” stated Kalasardo, an Oakley retiree. “I don’t know how you can go through that and not have it affect you the rest of your life.”
Debbi Domingo — whose 35-year-old mom Cheri Domingo and her boyfriend Greg Sanchez, 27, have been murdered in 1981 of their Goleta house — feels strongly that the lads have been in an inconceivable state of affairs. The killer had the component of shock on his aspect, she harassed, and there was “nothing more they could have done.”
“I can only imagine the men in those situations are probably beating themselves up with guilt,” Domingo stated. “I hope they are able to let this go.”