‘Bedroom Basher’ Convicted in Calif
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ A man whose homicidal rape spree terrorized Orange County in the late 1970s and led to the 16-year imprisonment of an innocent man was convicted Tuesday on six counts of first-degree murder.
Gerald Parker, 43, could face the death penalty for killing five women aged 17 to 31 and attacking one who was pregnant in the ``Bedroom Basher″ assaults from 1978-79. The pregnant woman lost her full-term fetus.
The woman’s then-husband, Kevin Green, was convicted and served more than 16 years in prison. Then, in 1996, DNA samples taken from Parker, a former Marine staff sergeant who was convicted of rape, were matched with traces from five unsolved crimes and the Green case.
Green was released in 1996. He now lives in Missouri.
Green’s ex-wife, Dianne D’Aiello, said she still does not remember Parker. Police contend that after Green left her apartment, Parker broke in, rendered her unconscious with a wooden board, then sexually assaulted her.
D’Aiello went into shock and fell into a coma, during which oxygen stopped flowing to her 9-month-old fetus, which was stillborn.
The blows to the head robbed D’Aiello of her senses of smell and hearing, and some of her memory. She often has trouble writing and is unable to work.