From the Springfield, Missouri News-Leader:
Gary L. Jackman, 56, admitted the attacks — all rapes or attempted rapes — as part of a 2006 plea deal in five rapes spanning from June 1985 to April 1986. Authorities matched DNA taken from the crime scenes in those five rapes to a sample taken from Jackman while he was imprisoned for robbery in 2005.
Jackman, who is serving a life sentence on those five rapes, can’t be charged in the other attacks, which also are from the 1980s. He will be eligible for parole in 2018.
Police have searched rape reports from 1984 and 1990 and were able to find victims from 13 attacks.
Part of this story is about the police effort to inform the other 19 victims of this rapist that their rapist is behind bars. That so many victims of a stranger rapist in such a concentrated area cannot be found brings up several issues.
Were these victims afraid they would be blamed for not making their homes as secure as a prison? Were some of these victims rebuffed by law enforcement when they tried to report?
One part of this rapist's MO was making his victim wash herself in an attempt to destroy forensic evidence. Some cops in the 1980s would understand why a rapist would do this, but others might hear this detail and assume that meant that the report was non-credible.
“Anytime anyone yelled or fought back, I’d take off,” he said. “I was doing this because I enjoyed it and I wanted them to enjoy it, and that’s basically the way I thought of it.”
This rationalization is the same one which is offered by many acquaintance rapists and which is accepted by many people as proof of consent or proof that the rape is at worst a misunderstanding which doesn't merit a criminal conviction.
This rationalization is exposed for what it is when it is given by a stranger rapist. What he omits -- and what acquaintance rapists omit -- is that he worked carefully and with premeditation so that his victims would have no chance to yell or fight back.
Once he selected a victim, he waited until he thought that person was sleeping before he attacked. Then he used his victim's waking terror as a weapon. That directly contradicts his statement that he wanted his victim to enjoy "it" (being raped).
Like acquaintance rapists, he excused himself by comparing himself favorably to other rapists. He is nothing like those evil rapists.
Whenever I hear someone accused of rape declare their innocence through comparison, I know that is a backhanded confession.