Ligatures

Introduction

One of the primary control methods that the EAR used was ligatures -- usually shoelaces. It also seemed to provide sexual gratification, at least when it came to forcing himself into the bound hands of victims.

It's believed that the EAR bought his shoelaces new from the store or from some other source. They were almost always in good shape/new condition, and lab analysis revealed almost nothing about them except the occasional hair. If they were used shoelaces, you'd expect to find a vast array of particles and wear-and-tear.

EAR brought his own ligatures to almost every attack -- he didn't rely exclusively on what was found at the scene. When he did use something at the scene (electrical cord, towel, husband's shoelaces, necktie) it was only to supplement the ligatures that he had brought himself.

Feel free to send any questions to coldcase.earons@gmail.com.

Gallery

East Area Rapist Ligature Photo
East Area Rapist Ligature Photo
East Area Rapist Ligature Photo
East Area Rapist Ligature Photo of Maggiore Murders
East Area Rapist Ligature Photo
East Area Rapist Ligature Photo
East Area Rapist Ligature Photo
East Area Rapist Ligature Photo

Ligature Information

Attack #Ligatures UsedOrigin
Attack #1 Rope or twine, cloth belt, electrical cord from hairdryer Brought the rope/twine with him, but used items around the house
Attack #2 4 equal lengths of rope Brought them with him
Attack #3 Black shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #4 White shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #5 Black and white shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #6 White shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #7 Cord cut from blinds Cord was from the house
Attack #8 Clothesline Clothesline was from the victim's house
Attack #9 Black shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #10 White, black, and brown shoelaces He brought some of them with him, and some were from the victim's house
Attack #11 Black electrial cord From the scene
Attack #12 Rope Brought with him. He removed the ligatures from the scene
Attack #13 Shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #14 Black and brown shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #15 Brown shoelaces and electrical cord He brought the shoelaces with him, and the cord was from an iron in the house
Attack #16 White shoelaces Brought them with him. He called them "rope."
Attack #17 Black shoelaces, electrical cord Brought shoelaces with him, cord was from the house
Attack #18 Shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #19 Black, blue, and white shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #20 Brown shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #21 White shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #22 Brown shoelaces He brought some of them, and some of them came from the husband's shoes
Attack #23 Shoelaces Taken from the husband's shoes
Attack #24 Shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #25 Shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #26 Shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #27 Shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #28 Black shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #29 Shoelaces Brought them with him
Maggiore Blue Shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #30 Brown shoelaces Brought with him
Attack #31 Shoelaces Brought with him
Attack #32 Shoelaces Unconfirmed
Attack #33 Shoelaces, bathrobe He brought the shoelaces with him, and the other ligatures were from the scene
Attack #34 Shoelaces He brought some with him, and some were from the husband's shoes
Attack #35 Shoelaces He brought some with him, and he used some from the scene
Attack #36 Shoelaces Brought them with him
Attack #37 Shoelaces He brought some with him, and some were from the husband's shoes
Attack #38 White and brown shoelaces He'd brought the white ones with him, and the brown ones were from the house
Attack #39 White shoelaces He brought them with him
Attack #40 Unknown Unknown
Attack #41 Shoelaces He brought them with him
Attack #42 White shoelaces He brought them with him
Thunderbird Rope He'd brought it with him
Attack #43 Nylon cord Cut from a tent that was stored in the garage
Attack #44 Shoelaces, electric cord, neckties, and pieces of panty hose EAR had brought all of the shoelaces except one, which was taken from the male victim's shoes. Everything else was taken from the house
Attack #45 Plastic wire ties, cloth belt, knotted shirt He brought the plastic wire ties with him, and everything else was from the house
Attack #46 White shoelaces He brought them with him
Attack #47 White twine He brought it with him
Attack #48 White shoelaces Taken from the husband's shoes
ONS #1 Twine He brought it with him
ONS #2 Twine He brought it with him. Most of the twine matched ONS #1
ONS #3 White nylon drapery cord It's believed that he brought it with him
ONS #4 Brown macramé-type cord It's believed that he brought it with him
ONS #5 Unknown Unknown
ONS #6 Shipping twine It's believed that he brought it with him
ONS #7 Unknown, possibly towels Unknown
East Area Rapist Ligature Photo from the Smith Murders

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