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Tuesday
Oct252011

Sorority Rapist's Bizarre Obsession

This man is suspected of attacking Delta Sigma Theta sorority alums in Texas. (http://plano.gov)(PLANO, Texas) -- A Texas serial rapist who is attacking older members of one of the nation's most prominent sororities appears to have bizarre and dangerous compulsions, a forensic psychologist told ABC News.

The rapist has assaulted four women in the Dallas area, all in their mid-50s to mid-60s who are alums of the largest Greek-lettered black sorority in the world, Delta Sigma Theta.

"Most often the target population is going to be a younger group of women," said Naftali Berrill, director of the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science. She described the case as "weird and unusual."

"It's typically not going to be middle-aged women who come from a certain subclass," Berrill said.

"Someone with this obsession doesn't cultivate these obsessional ideas overnight," she said. "This is coming from, I'm guessing, something much more historical and deeply rooted in this guy's psychological history. It's just too specific a group."

The age of the women is so atypical that Marisa Mauro, a forensic psychologist who owns a private practice in Austin, Texas, told ABC News, "I have not heard of serial rapist who has targeted that population."

Another oddity: the crimes took place in three different cities over an 11-month time period.

"Rapists don't usually target specific people for any particular reason," criminal profiler Pat Brown said Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. "They usually find victims who are just in their neighborhood who are convenient."

The Dallas-area rapist has attacked between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. at the homes of the victims, who were each alone at the time. Two of the attacks happened in Plano, Texas, one in Coppell and the most recent assault was on Oct. 14 in Corinth.

"The one thing I can say with certainty is that there will be an obsessional component to this guy," Berrill said, but "his motivation for doing this remains to be seen."

Police have identified a suspect on surveillance video, a black man who appears to be in his late 30s to mid 40s, about 5-feet-7 to 6-feet tall, and between 250 and 300 pounds, according to Plano police spokesman Andrae Smith. He may also have a thin or trimmed beard with a receding hairline.

Berill said the rapist is "obviously doing his research and doing some stalking," and it's likely he has been "obsessing about them and has determined that this is the way he can humiliate and pay them back for perceived humiliation, insults, or rejections."

The victims are closer to his mother's age than a girl he would have dated, Berill said, which makes for "an interesting dynamic."

"He's targeting women that might be his mother's age," Berill said, suggesting he might have had issues with his mother, "some dynamic going on with his father or a male in his life."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Plano Police Department Tip Line at 972-941-2148 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 877-373-8477.

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