Former Investigator Hopes Renewed Attention Helps Crack 40-Year Cold Case

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SACRAMENTO -- In the late 1970s, fear and frustration spread throughout Sacramento when the notorious East Area Rapist began preying on women; breaking into homes, raping them, often with their husbands bound with shoelaces.

"Everybody was on the lookout," said Carol Daly, former Sacramento County Sheriff's Department investigator.

Daly was on the original task force working to catch the serial rapist possibly linked to 32 attacks in Sacramento alone.

"There was so much fear in the community at the time. Gun sales soared," Daly said.

The East Area Rapist, also known as the Original Night Stalker, continued terrorizing victims throughout California.

Investigators believe he's responsible for 45 rapes and a dozen homicides.

"It's a question that will stay with me my whole life and stayed with me my whole career, who this person was," Daly said.

Daly left the sheriff's department 15 years ago, but the notorious cold case has not left her mind.

"My heart is still with those victims," she said.

The FBI plans to launch a campaign Wednesday, hoping to generate new leads.

Over the years Daly remained in close contact with a few rape victims.

She's no longer investigating.

"I honestly feel somebody knows and hasn't given us the information," Daly said.

But she remains hopeful renewed attention will help finally track down the rapist and killer who destroyed so many lives.

"We still have our hopes up, really have our hopes up that this will lead to something and get him identified," said Daly.

The FBI's press conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.