The Original Night Stalker (also known as East Area Rapist) is a serial killer and a rapist who committed 50 rapes in Northern Carolina and murdered twelve people in Southern Carolina from 1979 through 1986. East Area Rapist is believed to have started as a prolific burglar, only later graduating to rape. Although he originally targeted women either alone in their homes or with children, he later came to prefer attacking couples instead. His standard procedure was to break in and awaken the occupants, threatening them with a handgun. Victims were generally bound with ligatures that the criminal brought to the crime scene, often blindfolding and/or gagging them with towels taken from the residence that he had carefully cut into strips. The female victim was made to tie up her male companion with bootlaces before being tied up herself. In many cases, these bindings were made so tightly that the victims had no feeling in their hands for hours after they were untied. He would then separate the couple, often stacking dishes on the back of the male, and telling him that if he heard the dishes rattle he would kill everyone in the house, the husband would lay there and listen to his wife being raped only a couple of meters away. The intruder at times spent hours in the home, ransacking closets and drawers, eating food in the kitchen, and coming back to utter more threats to the victims, who were often unsure as to whether he was still in the home. As part of his surveillance, the stalker was also known to call victims both before and after the night of the attack, sometimes hanging up, sometimes pretending to have the wrong number, and sometimes (in calls placed after the attack) threatening them. In one of these messages which was recorded by the victim in January 1978 the stalker repeats, "Gonna kill you." Want the fun part? The cheeky motherfucker was never caught or identified. More than 40 years have passed, he is now probably rocking on his porch chair, remembering the good old times and drinking earl grey tea.