Bike Path Rapist: A Cop's Firsthand Account of Catching the Killer Who Terrorized a Community

Bike Path Rapist: A Cop's Firsthand Account of Catching the Killer Who Terrorized a Community

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by Jeff Schober, Dennis Del Ano
     
 

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For nearly three decades, a series of rapes and murders occurred around Western New York by a nameless, faceless man dubbed “The Bike Path Rapist” by local media. Authorities had his DNA and knew his tendency to use a ligature, but could never capture the elusive criminal. His first known attacks were in the mid-1980s, continuing regularly through

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For nearly three decades, a series of rapes and murders occurred around Western New York by a nameless, faceless man dubbed “The Bike Path Rapist” by local media. Authorities had his DNA and knew his tendency to use a ligature, but could never capture the elusive criminal. His first known attacks were in the mid-1980s, continuing regularly through 1994. After a twelve-year gap, in September 2006, he returned by strangling and killing a 45-year-old mother along a rural bike path.

While investigating the case, Buffalo Homicide Detective and task force member Dennis Delano reviewed unsolved rape cases from the past thirty years. He concluded that the Bike Path Rapist's span of attacks stretched back even further, into the 1970s. Delano learned that a different man, Anthony Capozzi, had been convicted of two rapes in 1985 and was still imprisoned 22 years later. Members of the task force interviewed Capozzi, who is schizophrenic. Delano and his colleagues believed the wrong man was in jail, but had no hard evidence to secure a release. After working tirelessly on behalf of a convicted man, DNA slides were discovered at a local medical center. Capozzi was exonerated and released before Easter 2007.

Bike Path Rapist: A Cop's Firsthand Account of Catching the Killer Who Terrorized a Community will examine the complex and compelling story inside the investigation of a thirty-year string of serial rapes and killings. With detailed information culled from interviews, police reports and insights from Delano and his colleagues on an elite task force that solved the crime, the book will blend the drama of Cold Case and CSI with a behind-the-scenes look at investigative techniques and angles examined by investigators.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599217369
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
624,105
File size:
442 KB

Meet the Author

Jeff Schober is an author and teacher who has written extensively for the Buffalo News and other publications.

Det. Dennis Delano, a longtime homicide detective in Buffalo, New York, received local and national attention for his role in solving this case.

Both Schober and Delano live in the Buffalo area.

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Bike Path Rapist: A Cop's Firsthand Account of Catching the Killer Who Terrorized a Community 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
AnonymousLR More than 1 year ago
This book was not written by a professional writer, which is why I like it so much. Having grown up and been around in the same areas where this takes place makes this personal to me. I felt it was well written and insightful and could not believe this person wasn't caught earlier. The book gives you the inside details of the workings of the police department, all the BS and political stuff as well as a good portrayal of the killer. This was a book club read for me (don't ask) and I found it very interesting and it held my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lived in Buffalo during this period. The book was factual, but flowed like a suspense novel. Loved it.
MitchD More than 1 year ago
...I knew alot about it being Al Capozzi Jr.'s best friend for the last 11 + years but now know just about everything...what this Monster by the name of Altemio Sanchez had done and kept it all under wraps for years! Just unbelievable, how despicable he turned out to be and how he had everyone fooled! Truly, a Must read! I give it 5 Stars for bringing it all to light for everyone to read. I just can't believe what this monster Sanchez did and got away for so long while an innocent man (Anthony Capozzi) sat in jail for 22 years!! (God Bless you always Anthony Capozzi and Family) Anyone who ever knew you, knew you couldn't have ever done what Sanchez did and got away with for so many, many years! Mary Capozzi's FAITH never wavered! You won't be able to put this book down! ...Mitch D.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
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Guy56 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the better true crime books that I've read lately. This person eluded police for over 20 years. Someone else was convicted and charged for some of his crimes. When he turned to murder, the authorities formed a task force and started looking at all of the back crimes. This book tells of the ties between the crimes and what was necessary to release the person who was already convicted. How early police work helped in the case was also pretty amazing. The DNA match that they used to get closer on the criminal was interesting as well. It also appeared that the agencies that were put together to work as a task force could have cooperated much better. I did lose sleep staying up later than normal to read this book. If you read true crime, put this book on your short list.
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booklover21 More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book on the shelf, I must say I was disgusted that the bike path rapist was going to be "glorified" in writing. Born and raised in buffalo NY, I was not quite sure how this book was going to portray the city and the cities notorious killer. However my mom bought the book and after she was done reading it she passed it on to me. Within the first few pages of this book, I realized that the author was not going to glorify the killer, not even close. This is the true account of what happened during the bike path rapist's rein of terror, coming from those who worked closest with the case. The research done with this book is amazing. The author's style of writing will keep the reader hooked; this is truly a book you won't want to put down.
Kaleta36 More than 1 year ago
I Just started reading this book last night and i cant put it down. Normally I read a book in about 4 weeks and i am already half way through. This book is amazing
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I haven't read the book yet, as I just placed my order. I am sickened at the thought that the authors have need to succeed over someone else's trauma. Altemio Sanchez shouldn't have a book written about his "life of crime." He doesn't deserve the satisfaction. Joan Diver was his last victim and no one seems to give a rats behind about her and the other victims. I bought the book because of Joan Diver. I miss her and I love her dearly! I hate the thought that my money goes to some overzealous selfish jerks trying to make a name for themselves rather than the four beautiful children she left behind solely because some jackass beat the system for so many years. The four kids who stuggle to survive everyday without their mother, and a husband who the police tried to push the blame on. I am curious to know if this book shows that the officers actually have the balls to admit they didn't look for Joan Diver or are they going to hide behind their badges and say they did their job. Or that they told her family that no crime had been committed and that they would not search for her anymore, and that it was concerned citizen who found her body after her husband put together a search party for his beloved wife. He was told by law enforement that she probably ran off with someone that she met on he interet. What a crock! I want to know if this book tells the true story behind the investigations and if the authors truly have their facts straighter than the local police department did. Maybe the authors should consider writing a story on Joan's life and what she did for the Clarence community. They could give the proceeds to her children so they can attend college. I'm guessing that would be too hard. People would have to face the reality that our family lives every day. A life without Joan Lee Diver.