Detectives need to know who was working on a Santa Barbara County, California strip mall construction project in 1979. Police are investigating a possible serial killer in the murders and rapes of men and women in California more than 30 years ago. The “Original Night Stalker” is suspected in at least 8 murders and numerous rapes that took place between 1979 and 1986 in Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Ventura, and Orange counties.
DNA evidence has linked the murders of four people in Goleta to this unknown perpetrator. Investigators long suspected that the murders of Cheri Domingo, 35, and Gregory Sanchez, 27, were linked to the murders of Robert Offerman, 44, and Alexandria Manning, 35, which occurred around the same area separated only by 18 months.
Traces of paint were found in two rapes and one homicide in Irvine, so investigators are looking into the possibility that this serial killer and rapist was working in construction. They want to talk to anyone who worked on a strip mall construction project in Goleta around the time of the slayings. The project on Calle Real had a building permit issued to a developer from Sacramento at the beginning of 1979.