The man infamously known as the “Pillowcase Rapist” will be released from a state psychiatric facility by July 7.
Christopher Hubbart confessed to raping at least 40 women between 1971 and 1982 in Los Angeles and San Francisco. His method was to bind victims’ hands, then place pillowcases over their heads to silence their screams.
Upon his release, the 63-year-old man will be placed in a home in Lake Los Angeles, according to Capt. Don Ford of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
“Mr. Hubbart, we believe, is still a very dangerous man,” Ford said. “Although he’s been in prison for a long time and received mental health treatment, we know from experience that people can repeat their offenses.”
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His imminent release into society has instilled fear into many of the residents of Lake Los Angeles, the rural desert community where Hubbart will live in a small, one-story house.
Sharon Duvernay is one of these residents. Duvernay was a toddler when a neighbor snatched her from her family’s backyard in New Orleans in 1955 and raped her. After the attack, Duvernay’s family relocated to California.
Now, nearly 60 years after that attack, Hubbart and Duvernay are about to become neighbors. In fact, Duvernay, who lives on five acres of land, is about to become Hubbart’s closest neighbor.
The former schoolteacher has said that while she doesn’t think about the attack every day, “certainly with him coming I do. … I’m terrified.”
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Duvernay explained that the town’s residents had done “everything within the law to keep him from moving here,” including collecting more than 12,000 letters to the judge.
She has said that Hubbart’s move into her community has made her want to leave the area. For the time being, though, she has said that she plans to buy guard dogs, update her security system and install cameras on all sides of her home.
The residents’ fear is not without cause: Hubbart has a history of repeat assaults. NY Daily News reports that he was convicted of raping 14 women in 1972; during his first parole in 1983, Hubbart raped 10 more women – including one on the very day he got out of prison.
After again being released on parole in 1990, he attacked a female jogger and was again imprisoned. He has been in a mental health facility since 1996.
Christine Ward, executive director of the Crime Victims Action Alliance, noted that “the fact that he’s been paroled once before and was unable to behave is of grave concern.”
Ward added that she's “shocked that he is being released into a residential community” and that she hopes that “he will be very closely supervised.”
Law enforcement has noted that Hubbart will not be on parole or probation. He will, however, wear a GPS ankle bracelet and register as a sex offender.
“The ankle bracelet tells us where he is but not what he’s doing,” Ford explained. “He’s free to go anywhere.”