California’s “Pillowcase Rapist” to be set free. Again.

posted at 4:01 pm on August 31, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Older readers in particular may remember the case of Christopher Hubbart, better known as the “Pillowcase Rapist” in California, who made the news at various times in the 80′s and 90′s. One of the lesser known but still more monstrous predators in the country, one aspect of his fame was that he spent almost no time in an actual prison. Instead, he was put up in hospitals because he was, you know… sick. But the story was even worse than that. Hubbart is in the news again this year because he will once again be walking the streets.

An admitted serial rapist who attacked 38 women in California could be a free man within weeks after the state’s Supreme Court denied prosecutors’ requests to block his release from a state mental hospital.

Christopher Hubbart, a sexually violent predator dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist,” has spent nearly two decades in mental institutions after admitting to sexually assaulting more than three dozen women throughout California between 1971 and 1982, often putting pillowcases over victims’ heads to muffle their screams. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey petitioned the state Supreme Court in July to block Hubbart’s release, but the justice’s rejected her request on Wednesday without comment.

Lacey, who has called the 62-year-old Hubbart a “significant threat to public safety,” sought a new hearing on whether Hubbart should be released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes, rather than Los Angeles.

As I mentioned, this story would be bad enough if Hubbart were just some monster that we caught and locked up, but this convoluted story should be the focus of a larger question of how we deal with serial recidivists. After his first spree of 29 rapes in the 70s, Hubbart was put in a “medical facility.” Then, in 1979, he was released when officials determined that he “no longer posed a threat to the public.” He immediately moved north, attacking multiple women in San Francisco and Sunnyvale before being caught – again – and being sent to – you guessed it – a mental hospital. He was paroled a third time in 1990, whereupon he – surprise, surprise – attacked a female jogger and was taken into state care yet again. Now he’s going to be released.

At the age of 62, perhaps they think he’s less of a threat because he can’t run as fast anymore?

The larger question I alluded to previously is, exactly how many chances does somebody get, even in a society as permissive as California’s, when public safety is involved? And at what point do we stop worrying about the concept of a monster being “mentally ill” and in need of treatment and begin considering that just maybe the public deserves the peace of mind that could come from knowing that he’s been tossed into a dark hole with the key being thrown away? Let’s just stipulate for the moment that Hubbart is mentally ill. Fine… he’s a sick man. But he’s raped dozens upon dozens of women. He has proven repeatedly that the best efforts of the medical community are not only unable to “cure” him, but that they can’t even catch him up in the fictional tales he tells them to convince doctors that he is now healthy and deserving of another chance.

Three strikes and you’re out? This guy has had more than three dozen at bats thus far and never changed his stripes. And he’s not the only one. The criminal justice system deals with a tragically large number of monsters on a regular basis, and clever lawyers always seem to find a way to thwart the system. Even in permissive states where the death penalty is not allowed – and this many attacks should really qualify somebody – surely there’s a way to draw a line beyond which you don’t get another pass off the correctional campus.


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LMAO

SwabJockey on August 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Mentally ill people can be locked up if they are a danger to others. Clearly, this guy is a threat.

He should be locked up for his own protection. Normally I’m not in favor of vigilante justice. But there may be some rare instances. . .

rbj on August 31, 2013 at 4:07 PM

People do have brain diseases, fine, treat them if reasonable. Then serve the jail sentence consecutively. Or better yet, for rapists, just execute them. They might not be so eager to be judged well.

Fenris on August 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

The only question I have is why is he still alive?

sharrukin on August 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

So why don’t they just charge him and try him? If a person is not amenable to process (summons, etc.), then the statute of limitations is tolled.

If they let him go free, it’s a choice. Ask any attorney who is NOT in CA politics.

platypus on August 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

California in particular loves their criminals, had the Manson gang not murdered one of their movie stars they would have been freed decades ago.

Californian’s have asked for the abominable condition that state is in.

Rode Werk on August 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Can the other states refuse him entry?

If California wants these animals to be free, let them be free in California.

cozmo on August 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Democrat candidate for the next mayor of San Diego.

Liam on August 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

But did he really-really commit rape-rape? I mean, there are a lot of shades of gray in this area. Ask Whoopi Goldberg and that judge who gave a confessed child-rapist the harsh penalty of 30 days.

Also ask all those homosexuals and liberals who are fighting to set free an 18 year old who was raping a 14 year old girl.

I think there are a lot of subtle nuances to be considered here. /

Liam on August 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

It’s no wonder Nevada sends their crazies to California.

Flange on August 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I think there are a lot of subtle nuances to be considered here. /

Liam on August 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I’ll pass so I don’t end up needing mind bleach.

platypus on August 31, 2013 at 4:21 PM

The only question I have is why is he still alive?

sharrukin on August 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Were one of his victims a relative or friend of mine, I’d be all for releasing him … so I could mete out the proper and just sentence myself.

ShainS on August 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

OK, being “sick” is arguable, but I can accept the argument…the problem is that those in charge of “Curing” the sickness are as well-equipped to diagnose and treat such a sickness as barber-surgeons bleeding patients 300 years ago.

Psychiatry is NOT “medicine” or “Science”…it is a Natural Philosophy. Without an operative “paradigm” to describe and explain the basics of the issue area there is very little can come of “treatment.”

So UNTIL Psychiatry becomes akin to Medicine, we simply cannot pronounce someone “cured” and so we have to protect both the victims and the perpetrator.

JFKY on August 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Were one of his victims a relative or friend of mine, I’d be all for releasing him … so I could mete out the proper and just sentence myself.

ShainS on August 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

They shouldn’t have to resort to vigilante justice. There should be actual justice (a short rope and a long drop) for the waste of space.

sharrukin on August 31, 2013 at 4:29 PM

So long as he keeps raping just ‘the little people’ and doesn’t hurt someone near and dear to someone important – you know, and actor, director, or politician – why would the kleptocrats and imbeciles that run California (and other leftist hellholes) really care?

Midas on August 31, 2013 at 4:31 PM

ShainS on August 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

It is with great trepidation that I support the death penalty, however, the best solution for a man who committed at least 29 rapes would seem to be a tall tree and a short rope. If proper and just sentence were handed out to men like this, we’d have far fewer stories like this.

oldleprechaun on August 31, 2013 at 4:32 PM

I’ll pass so I don’t end up needing mind bleach.

platypus on August 31, 2013 at 4:21 PM

There world is out of mind bleach. I had to use it all up to write what I did.

It’s impossible to listen to, quote, or understand a liberal without being tainted in some way.

Liam on August 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Wapo OpEd on why this is a good thing is in the works right about now.

whatcat on August 31, 2013 at 4:42 PM

He can always do this with the right Cali judge.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJqSJ2jXEU0

docflash on August 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

sharrukin on August 31, 2013 at 4:29 PM

oldleprechaun on August 31, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Agreed.

ShainS on August 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

This is extreme to make a point but consider for a moment what would happen to the crime rate in the United States if everyone convicted of a major felony was locked up for life. The numbers are staggering.

You would think, from some of the nonsense out there, that it’s a simple matter to be caught, tried and convicted “beyond a reasonable doubt” of a major crime. It isn’t that easy. Which makes the numbers (crimes committed by repeat offenders) even more startling.

The doctors who released this man should be locked up with him, without underwear.

IndieDogg on August 31, 2013 at 4:52 PM

California’s “Pillowcase Rapist” to be set free.

So what’s wrong with raping pillowcases?

I know, tacky joke. The reality is that we’ve lost California as part of the United States. Let’s just give it back to Mexico and be done with the inevitable. Mexico might not like the gift but I honestly don’t know how we can continue to pretend that those who reside in California are Americans.

Happy Nomad on August 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I should add. I don’t think the US should spend the time, resources, and efforts of keeping California part of the union. It simply isn’t worth the effort.

Happy Nomad on August 31, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Hey, now he can become a teacher!

Resist We Much on August 31, 2013 at 4:58 PM

FILTHY FILNER’s “defense” team – please pay NO ATTENTION TO THIS ARTICLE.

TeaPartyNation on August 31, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Democrat candidate for the next mayor of San Diego.

Liam on August 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Winning!!!!

Fazman on August 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Normally I’m not in favor of vigilante justice. But there may be some rare instances. . .

rbj on August 31, 2013 at 4:07 PM

…the way laws are applied lately…I’m taking the ‘not‘…out of your sentence!

KOOLAID2 on August 31, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Keep in mind that California is the home of the “free love” lifestyle. In the 70′s, Hubbert was considered just a slightly-more-extreme version of John Holmes. And under that theory, there was no such thing as lack of consent, the assumption being that everybody wanted it. Remember the old refrain, “‘No’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘no’?”, that was so often heard in both civil and criminal courts?

Today, to be considered dangerously unbalanced and a threat to public safety in CA, you have to be a law-abiding gun owner.

Hubbert? Just a typical sun-and-sand guy, “like, ya’ know, doin’ his own thing, mann”.

Remind me to never go to CA. I don’t think my definition of the way their “official” penal code should be applied and the way they actually do it would mix very well.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 31, 2013 at 5:17 PM

There has been an ongoing travesty in this case.

The legal standard for “insanity” is supposed to include not knowing right from wrong. This guy took a lot of steps to avoid capture, showing a consciousness of guilt.

When such an accused is found too mentally ill for prison, they should be sent to a mental facility until “cured” – and then sent to prison to serve their sentence.

Adjoran on August 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

When it comes to sentencing, Calif is the opposite of permissive. However, at one time the laws every where were extremely lax for sex crimes. That has changed. However, you can only sentence people based on the laws that were in effect at the time of the crime. To try to fix that, they enacted the SVP laws. Again, the defense bar, ACLU, and you libertariantards attacked the SVP laws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEt3-kuVl5Y

Even after seeing these creeps close up, the above filmmaker still thinks they should be released. I’m sure he would feel differently if they were released in his community.

Hey, what happened to the p*dos who sued because they weren’t allowed to participate in Halloween activities because it attracted children? Remember that? Sex offenders are extremely obnoxious and always pushing it. They don’t believe that there is anything wrong with them.

Blake on August 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Just find him and kill him.

That should have been done in prison.

TX-96 on August 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

There are some things even Usain Bolt can’t outrun, and this human turd is no Bolt.

Bishop on August 31, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I remember when they released this guy:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/MARIN-COUNTY-Rapist-Ghilotti-released-from-2580440.php

Three years later, they relaxed restrictions. I thought he had been castrated but he has only been chemically castrated which of course, is reversal by not taking the drugs. This guy I believe will reoffend. He married a nurse while in the state hospital. I heard that another rapist married his psychiatrist. These guys are manipulative and charm the panties off these stupid women. It makes them look stable when they are just the opposite.

Blake on August 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM

…he probably thinks ‘pillow cases’…are condoms now!

KOOLAID2 on August 31, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Adjoran on August 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

On these old sex crimes, they serve the maximum they can under the law in prison. When they have to release them, they have them declared sexually violent predators and they are transferred to a state psych hospital. But eventually, some of them manipulate the system enough and get released from the hospital.

Blake on August 31, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Just find him and kill him.

That should have been done in prison.

TX-96 on August 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Who’s says that some states don’t have the death penalty? All you gotta do is think outside the box.

HiJack on August 31, 2013 at 5:58 PM

There are probably a lot more armed woman than when he was in his hay day. Let us hope he runs into a well armed woman and she puts him to rest. A well placed bullet is all he deserves.

crosshugger on August 31, 2013 at 6:10 PM

this convoluted story should be the focus of a larger question of how we deal with serial recidivists.

Will that include actually holding Leftist Activist Justices/Judges accountable for their liberal judicial activism?

Del Dolemonte on August 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I wrote this back after Newtown. It’s sort of applicable in this case, too…

Why Do The Rights Of The Mentally Ill To Live Their “Fiercely, Independent Lifestyle Choices” Trump The Rights of Americans To “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”?

Resist We Much on August 31, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Years ago the Left successfully shut down the Fairfield Hills State Mental Hospital. It was located in Newtown, of course.

Del Dolemonte on August 31, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Not “on the loose”. It should be ON THE NOOSE.
If government will not defend the We the People, then we have the right to be vigilantes. It is only on the presumption that the government will defend us from these monsters that we allow them to live at all.

astonerii on August 31, 2013 at 6:28 PM

If he truly is mentally ill then he is sure to soon be elected to the California State Legislature. Perhaps even Mayor of San Diego or even Governor.

NOMOBO on August 31, 2013 at 6:31 PM

This is extreme to make a point but consider for a moment what would happen to the crime rate in the United States if everyone convicted of a major felony was locked up for life. The numbers are staggering.

You would think, from some of the nonsense out there, that it’s a simple matter to be caught, tried and convicted “beyond a reasonable doubt” of a major crime. It isn’t that easy. Which makes the numbers (crimes committed by repeat offenders) even more startling.

The doctors who released this man should be locked up with him, without underwear.

IndieDogg on August 31, 2013 at 4:52 PM

This has the democratics confounded:

CA Crime Rate Spikes After Easing Prison Overcrowding

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I’d suggest that he be released and put up in the same house with the judge who thinks he should be a free man.

GarandFan on August 31, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Release him ….in….El Paso, Texas.

Ladies, simply lure him to your neighborhood, into your home, into the waiting arms of your “Concealed Carry Tupperware Party” and unleash some wildwest justice on the punk.

No jury is gonna convict…blah..blah..blah.

KirknBurker on August 31, 2013 at 6:42 PM

People who send their kids to private school are bad people: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/liberal-crappy-education-allison-benedikt/

davidk on August 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I’d suggest that he be released and put up in the same house with the judge who thinks he should be a free man.

This should happen EVERY time a judge releases an obviously dangerous felon. If not the judges house…the judges neighborhood. But this never happens.

EEprom on August 31, 2013 at 6:57 PM

If when this scumbag recommits this ‘judge’ should be held equally culpable!

EEprom on August 31, 2013 at 7:02 PM

This rapist committed his crimes in Santa Clara County, was tried and convicted there, was imprisoned there, and the judge, from Santa Clara County, ordered his release — in Los Angeles.

The amount of NIMBYism evidenced by Santa Clara, and thence by Los Angeles, is remarkable.

The fox news report doesn’t do justice to this aspect. To understand it better, you need to read the LA Times.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-supreme-court-denies-bid-to-stop-rapists-release-to-la-county-20130828,0,1676106.story

unclesmrgol on August 31, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Once conditionally freed, Hubbart will have to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, report his movements and submit to regular lie detector and other tests.

Initially, but like the other serial rapist I linked to, he can have his restrictions dropped.

Blake on August 31, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Let me share a story from my days in police patrol back in the nineties to let you know how bad this can get.

Our dept received a teletype from Ill. asking us to BOLO for a subject just released from prison. The man had served 11 yrs for raping an eight year old girl. He had a van that had a bed, restraints and other items in it when he was caught. He would drive up, grab the girl and take off. He allowed this one to live and he was caught.

In prison they put him through all the treatment and counseling crap. At the time he was in treatment he kept telling anyone that would listen he didn’t want out. He begged to be kept in jail. He told the doctors “you don’t understand. All I think about is little girls; how pretty they are, how exciting, how they smell, how they feel, what I feel like when I touch them. If you let me out, I will go back to doing it.”

We found out the reason for the BOLO was the prison released him about six weeks earlier. He then skipped out. The police up there found out he had left town and was headed to Florida, but only after buying another van.

We are the only nation in the world that deems it “civilized” to release predators back on the street in order for them to prey on the weak and the innocent.

If I was the father of one of the victims of that pillow case fella, I’d make sure he didn’t get too far down the road- permanently.

archer52 on August 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

talk about misinformation. here is an article with some actual facts:
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-christopher-hubbart-is-getting-released-2013-8

1. This guy was clearly a serial rapist in the 70s and 80s. Since then he has been locked up not raping anyone.

2. He was designated a sexually violent predator, which means you can be confined indefinitely until youre not longer a threat. This is a very harsh program and plenty of people see it as a de facto life sentence. Apparently everyone involved but the DA, who for political reasons has to fight tooth and nail against any such release, said this guy is no longer a danger.

We are going to see if everyone is right, won’t we? If this guy attacks someone, it will just mean that the SVP system is a sham and that they can’t be trusted.

The only reason people like this ever get out is that the laws were not as harsh decades ago.

kaltes on August 31, 2013 at 9:11 PM

He allowed this one to live and he was caught.

archer52 on August 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Fake. Liar. If anything you said was true, that child rapist/murderer would be infamous and his name would be public record. It isn’t like there are SO MANY of them. The news is all over that stuff. So since you don’t have a name, just a bs anecdote that cant be verified, Im sure youre lying.

kaltes on August 31, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Let him go in a CCW state….better yet a stand your ground state.

jaywemm on August 31, 2013 at 9:26 PM

california has released numerous serial rapists on to the world- a whole parcel of them in the mid 90s.

the original ‘pillow case’ rapist from cali was reginald muldrew. muldrew is one of the worst serial rapists in california history. he served only 16 years of a 25 year sentence(he is suspected in over 200 rapes. at the time and still in many states there is a statute of limitations of the prosecution for rape.)and was released ‘on good behavior’ even though he was a belligerent, problem plagued prisoner.

as recent as last christmas,’pillowcase’ muldrew was imprisoned for refusing to register as a sex offender.

one of muldrew’s victims( he targeted mostly black women.) was removed from the civil jury trying oj simpson.

another serial rapist-of college aged women- was released by california around the same time as muldrew, melvin carter,”the “college terrace rapist”. he turned up in ny skulking around a college campus. the ACLU managed to keep him off the sex offender registry for years-even though he raped around 100 women. a monastery gave him cover to relocate near a bustling campus of his very favorite victims.

so many rapists -so little time served. the real war on women( and children. don’t think child rapers serve serious sentences- they’re ‘sick’, you see.).

http://akmed.livejournal.com/240564.html

mittens on August 31, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Our constitutional democracy fails us now and then. When that happens, it is the duty of the people to correct the failure.

This expectation that government will fail – and that it is the responsibility of the people to correct that failure – is part of what makes America both unique and historically unprecedented.

I have faith that the people will take care of this problem. One way or another.

Professor Blather on August 31, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Forget it Jazz, it’s California.

mintycrys on September 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Own a gun= Better have a cop outside your house. Just in case.

serial rapist= Do you promise not to do it again? Ok you can go.

Gatsu on September 1, 2013 at 6:17 AM

California citizens deserve to have rapists running loose — they vote for politicians and judges who turn them loose. We get the goverment we deserve.

Jaibones on September 1, 2013 at 8:16 AM

the problem is not just for california- which under brown has been releasing a lot of sex offenders and rapists early due to a court case over prison overcrowding-which the state lost. most high profile rapists flee california-or are hounded out- and move to other states where they try to evade registering as sex offenders.

so- maybe they live next door to you, or your daughter’s east coast college campus in a liberal state with numerous restrictive gun control laws…

mittens on September 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Only a very fit victim who force feeds this guy his head will hear the slam of those barred doors.

TimBuk3 on September 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Yet another justification for concealed carry.

RebeccaH on September 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

The 2nd Amendment will deal with him someday, hopefully.

RedNewEnglander on September 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Start posting names and addresses of prominent anti-death penalty liberals with the subtitle “he could visit you any day”.

This is the fruits of cowardice, folks.

MelonCollie on September 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Why Do The Rights Of The Mentally Ill To Live Their “Fiercely, Independent Lifestyle Choices” Trump The Rights of Americans To “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”?

Resist We Much on August 31, 2013 at 5:02 PM

The same reason we allow sluts and perverts to parade down Main Street.

MelonCollie on September 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Katles,

I’m confused as to why you are so upset. Either a nerve was touched, or I got your NAMBLA loving panties in a twist. Not sure.

But the fact is many crimes go under reported.

Crimes against children is among them. And cases before the Internet blogging period are often just shoved away somewhere. Just because its not on google doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, so the liar part confuses me.

I’m sure you missed the debate back in the nineties (late eighties?) I watched in British Parliament where grown men and women debated whether or not to lower the national age of consent for children, not because it was a good idea for them but because it was getting adults SEEKING that kind of relationship in trouble. Some being quite important.

I think now there is a debate about lowering even lower, but I could be wrong on that. No wait, here it is

http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/09/age-of-consent-should-be-lowered-to-13-in-light-of-stuart-hall-prosecution-top-barrister-says-3747054/

and here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_consent_manifestations_%28UK%29

The reason I told the story and point the above out is to illustrate western societies, all societies really, steady degradation in moral standards which almost always punishes women and children.

And by letting a crazy repeat rapist go, while still breathing, is just one more example of the same insane, liberal, elitist (you can bet if Hillary were one of the victims the guy would have never seen the light of day again!), foolish and frankly just stupid and self injuring acts of our nation.

And it can all be laid at the feet of the left over sixties generation and their self-absorbed madness.

archer52 on September 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Come to my neighborhood. My .357 is loaded and there ain’t no trigger lock either.

Xasprtr on September 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM