Mark Rathbun, who is serving more than 1,000 years in prison for a series of rapes in California, was found guilty Monday of raping three Seattle women 12 years ago.
A man serving more than 1,000 years in prison for a series of rapes that terrified a Southern California beach-side community was found guilty Monday of raping three Seattle women 12 years ago.
Mark Rathbun, 38, targeted women who lived alone near the Phinney Ridge neighborhood in 1996, according to King County Superior Court filings. In all three cases, the women were sleeping when Rathbun sneaked into their homes and raped them, court paperwork said.
A King County jury spent about 2-½ hours today deliberating the case and in the end found Rathbun guilty on all counts — three counts of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree burglary.
Rathbun, who once lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, moved to Southern California after the rapes and attacked at least 13 women in the Belmont Shore community in Long Beach between 1997 and 2002. He was caught fleeing from an attack.
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Rathbun, dubbed the Belmont Shore Rapist, was convicted in 2004 on 59 rape counts and related charges stemming from assaults on 10 victims in California, according to King County Superior Court filings.
Rathbun was called a “monster” by the California judge who in 2004 sentenced him to 1,030 years in prison plus 10 life terms.
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