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Post's Maria Glod on reporting the 'East Coast Rapist' story

Maria Glod, one of the reporters (along with Josh White) who recently published an in-depth investigation into the East Coast Rapist, shared thoughts on the story on a post on the Story Lab blog.

From her post:

The day after Halloween, Josh wrote a news article about three teenage girls who were raped as they were trick-or-treating in Dale City. Several weeks later, when Prince William County police announced DNA had proven the attacker was a serial rapist, Maria followed up with an article about the string of attacks.
Both of us have covered criminal justice at The Post for years, and at the time of the Halloween rapes, we had talked about what a particularly terrifying crime it was. When we learned the same man had raped at least 10 other women, we were shocked. Rarely had we heard about serial rapes of strangers.
It struck us that in a plea from police for help from the public, the authorities had said they thought a tip would likely be how the case would get solved. They urged people to look at the timeline of attacks, which spanned four states, and to consider if they knew anyone who could be a possible suspect.
We immediately thought that a more in-depth article would be one way to provide more details about the man’s description, his patterns, and the timeline of the rapes. This man had harmed many women, and we wanted to try to give a sense of how the attacks changed their lives. So we set out to follow the rapist’s path.

Read the full post on Story Lab.

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 19, 2010; 11:46 AM ET
Categories:  East Coast Rapist , Maria Glod  
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