Sudden Terror

by Larry Crompton



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/2/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 496
ISBN : 9781452052410
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 496
ISBN : 9781452052427
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 496
ISBN : 9781452052434

About the Book

This book is based on the actual case of the East Area Rapist, later also known as the Original Night Stalker, a masked man who terrorized California communities for ten years; 1976 through 1986, and possibly to this day.

Because I was not involved in the initial rape investigations, they are written from hundreds of reports, notes, memos, newspaper clippings, conversations and interviews with those who were involved.

The crimes are factual. The crimes are real. While all characters and events have direct counterparts in the telling of the story, I have created some dialogue in the interest of readability. The cops in the initial rapes are not factual, their actions are. Their names and descriptions are completely fictitious. The names of the victims, witnesses and suspects are fictitious; the terror, the dialogue during the crimes, and the investigations are real.

The cops involved in the cases after I was involved are real, their names and dialogue is factual, the investigations are real.

The pain and terror may have diminished in the minds of the victims, I hope that the pain does not return. My intent is to tell the story without endangering the privacy or the dignity of the victims. They have suffered enough.

About the Author

Larry Crompton was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, graduating from St. Stephen High School in 1957. He served three years in the Royal Canadian Army Reserve, Carleton and York regiment while attending school and five years active service in the Royal Canadian Navy, honorably discharging in 1962 with the rank of Leading Seaman as part of the aircrew flying anti-submarine airplanes. Immediately after leaving the navy, Mr. Crompton, his wife and their infant daughter moved to California. In 1968 they became American citizens. Mr. Crompton joined the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department in 1971. As a deputy he worked Detention, Patrol, Vice, and Narcotics Divisions and crime scene investigator for the Crime Laboratory. He was promoted to sergeant in 1978 and worked the Rapist Task Force out of the Investigation Division, drill instructor with the Los Medanos Police Academy, Patrol, Internal Affairs and coordinator of the Reserve Program. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1986 and worked as the Commander of the East County Sheriff's substation, Communications Division, Detention and the Bureau Commander of the Custody Alternative Bureau. While working for the Sheriff's Department he received his teaching credentials from U.C. Berkeley and taught criminal law at the Los Medanos Police Academy for thirteen years.