If you're in the Los Angeles County area this summer, you may be getting the Pillowcase Rapist as your new neighbor. Christopher Evans Hubbart who is now 63-years-old confessed to raping over 40 women (25 of which were in Los Angeles) between 1971 and 1982 and is getting released into a Los Angeles County neighborhood on July 7th by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert T. Brown.
Hubbart received his rapist nickname because he would sometimes muffle women's screams with pillowcases.
In April, the Judge approved Hubbart's July release after a landlord agreed to rent him a home in the 20000 block of East Avenue R near Palmdale. The city's population is over 12,000. Good work, Judge Gilbert! Making a mental note to never go there ever. The unfortunate part is when you live in a desert area and really like to attack women, your options for entertainment are a little limited. I mean, just look at the house they're putting this guy in.
Hubbart's brand new rape-y home near Palmdale.
I'm sure just a few Entertainment Weekly's and some cable oughtta keep the guy entertained for a while.
The really horrifying trivia to this is Hubbart was already given a 2nd chance in 1990 but was arrested for rape and burglary two months later and was sent back to prison until 1996. From then he was deemed a sexually violent predator (ya think?!) and placed in a state mental hospital. Recently, doctors concluded he was fit for release, but few options were available. California laws ban sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and other places where children congregate, eliminating nearly all urban areas in the state.
CBS San Francisco says, "Hubbart will wear a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week GPS monitor on his ankle and will be accompanied by security people every time he goes out in public for the first six months to a year of his release, Lacey said. He will be transported to therapy sessions twice a week." As if that's supposed to make neighboring people feel safer.
Here is some great commentary on Hubbart's release:
Even a remote town like Lake Los Angeles has locals and they definitely voiced their opinion on this news to Judge Gilbert. The judge's decision comes two days after a daylong hearing in Northern California, where Brown heard passionate objections from residents, many of whom drove 350 miles to attend.
As if this story couldn't get any worse, one of Hubbart's new neighbors is actually a rape victim herself, but not Hubbart's. 62-year-old Sharon Duvernay was abducted by a neighbor when her and her family lived in New Orleans in 1955. Afterward they relocated to California and unfortunately now for Duvernay, she's having to face the same issues she's been dealing with for years now because of Hubbart's release.
After searching for some sort of petition I could link to this article so you could voice your opinion, there was really no clear way for me to pinpoint which one would do the most good. Especially since Hubbart's release is going to happen whether we like it or not, so if you feel the need to write in, here's a link to the Ladies of Lake L.A and the No Christopher Hubbart in the Antelope Valley facebook pages.