A judge in Santa Clara, California has ruled that Christopher Hubbart, the man known as the “pillowcase rapist,” will be released from custody and sent to be monitored in a home. That home, says the district attorney’s office, could potentially be in the Antelope Valley Community of Lake Los Angeles, and the residents there are not too happy about it.
“How am I supposed to be able to go into my bedroom and lay down at night and go to sleep, knowing that he could come in?” resident Nichole Stone told KCAL-TV. “There are people talking around town about how they want to burn the house down with him inside of it.”
District Attorney Jackie Lacey said her office did all they could to prevent it, but that residents should be assured the man will be closely monitored.
"We aggressively pursued and exhausted all legal avenues to stop the release of sexually violent predator Christopher Hubbart to Los Angeles County," said Lacey in a statement. "We now are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that all terms and conditions of Hubbart's release from custody are strictly enforced. We will do everything within our power to keep all members of our community safe from harm."
Hubbart, who is now 62 years old, admitted to violently raping 38 women between 1971 and 1982. He gained the nickname “pillowcase rapist” because he commonly would place a pillowcase over the women’s faces to silent their scream during the rape. Reports about the case show that while he admitted to nearly 40 rapes, he allegedly maintains that around 70 have gone unreported.
“He belongs in a mental institution, a state hospital," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich during a press conference. “He does not belong in a community with children where he will once again commit these crimes.”