Do we Really Know our Family, Friends, Neighbors, Co-workers?
I’ll admit this post came about by me watching one too many true crime shows. I started to remember a serial rapist case in which my dad knew the perpetrator.
Here are the facts (caselaw.findlaw.com/la-court-of-appeal/1114540.html)
From the mid-1980’s until the mid-1990’s, a number of rapes occurred in the southern portion of Lafayette Parish and adjoining parishes which could not be solved. In late 1995, the Lafayette Police Department (LPD) developed a theory that the rapes were connected and could have been committed by the same person. In 1997, DNA testing revealed that semen samples from six rape scenes matched. At that point, LPD began looking for a serial rapist.
– In September 1997, a task force was formed to attempt to solve these related rapes (disbanded after 7 months).
– There were no new leads in the cases until November 1998 when an anonymous caller suggested to LPD that Randy Comeaux, a detective in the LPSD Juvenile Division, should be investigated for the rapes.
– DNA testing on the butt of a cigarette smoked by Mr. Comeaux revealed that his DNA matched semen samples from six rape scenes.
– After being arrested, Mr. Comeaux confessed to committing a number of rapes, including five rapes in Lafayette Parish.
Here is how my family had ties to this monster. After Randy was arrested, my dad came home from work (he was a store manager of the Lafayette Super 1 Foods) and was in shock that the sheriff who had moonlighted as security at his store was the serial rapist! My dad had lunch with this guy a week before he was arrested! This sheriff helped Christa get a ticket downgraded to a non-moving violation.
Sadly many of his victims were chosen after he would watch them leaving the grocery store. He would then get in his car and follow them home and rape them. According to one report, he told the victim that she should not have left her bedroom window unlocked.
Rumors swirled at different times in investigation that the serial rapist might be law enforcement because of the type of flashlight he had and how he held it.
Apparently Randy knew what he was doing was wrong, but couldn’t help himself. He bought a book on why men rape. He is what is considered a power rapist and interestingly enough, these types of rapists don’t normally murder their victims. They fantasize that they will be rejected, rape the victim, and that they are so good that the victim will end up liking the sex act.
After I remembered this case I started looking up some information. It was interesting to read about. At the time of his arrest he had a fiancée who worked at the Rape Crisis Center. Apparently they were in the state of separating when he was arrested.
Randy was arrested, immediately confessed to all of the rapes, and then after spending time in jail tried to recant his confession. I guess once the reality that he would be locked up for rest of life did not sit well with him. Apparently everyone who worked with him for 20 plus years in law enforcement were shocked. He was a model employee, passed all of the background checks, personality tests, and polygraphs required by law enforcement agencies.
One of the rape victims sued the Lafayette Sheriffs Office saying that he used his cop equipment and therefor the LPSD should be held liable. The case went high up and the rape victim ended up losing. The appellate court said that LASD was not negligible by having Comeaux as an employee.
Probably one of the most interesting aspects of the case was the issue of the anonymous tipster. Was it the angry soon to be ex-fiancée? Was it the Catholic Priest he confessed to, or was it the criminal defense attorney he consulted with (but did not hire/pay?
A Houston attorney presented a case study on Randy Comeaux based on the hypothetical answer that the attorney was the anonymous tipster. Does attorney privilege confidentiality apply when a person has not officially hired the attorney?
To answer the hypothetical question from above, yes attorney client privilege applies whether the attorney has been paid or not relating to only past crimes. The privilege does not protect the client from discussing future crimes with the lawyer.
Our question to our readers is two fold this go round.
#1. Do you think we are freaks for loving the ID Channel?
#2. Do any of you love it as much as we do?