At the time of the crime spree the alleged suspect was known as the Westside Rapist. Officers said he targeted white women ranging in age from their 50's into their 90's.
"We believe that Thomas is likely connected to many more sexually motivated murders including many that happened during the mid 70's," said LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck. "The majority of these crimes occurred in the divisions of Hollywood, Wilshire, and the Rampart area."
Thomas spent time in prison for rape charges in the 50's and parole violations in the 60's, but officers said rape laws were more lenient then.
"The penalties for these kind of crimes would have never allowed Mr. Thomas to be out in this day and age, which is a very good thing," said Beck.
Investigators said the attacks stopped in 1989, when Thomas began working at the State Compensation Insurance Fund in Glendale. A spokeswoman for the state said Thomas was hired before there were mandatory criminal background checks.
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