Roy Charles Waller Wiki – Roy Charles Waller Biography
- Roy Charles Waller, 60, was given two life sentences of 459 years and 438 years to life to be served consecutively in Sacramento Superior Court Friday
- Superior Court Judge James Arguelles branded him ‘a serious danger to society’
- He raped nine women across six Northern California counties from 1991 to 2006
- He broke into his victims’ homes late at night and bound them before raping them repeatedly; sometimes he forced them to withdraw money from ATMs
- He has also been linked to at least eight other sexual assaults
- Waller was found guilty of 46 counts back in November
- He was arrested in 2018 when DNA websites were used to solve the cold cases
- At his sentencing hearing, his victims branded him ‘truly evil’ and said he ‘will go down in history as one of the worst monsters in California history’
- The serial rapist continues to protest his innocence, claiming he had ‘rape kits’ containing cuffs and zip ties because he is ‘a collector of odd things’
A man known as the NorCal Rapist will now die behind bars after he was sentenced to 897 years in prison for attacking nine women during a 15-year reign of terror in Northern California.
Roy Charles Waller, 60, was slapped with two life sentences to be served consecutively – 459 years followed by 438 years to life – in Sacramento Superior Court Friday as the judge branded him ‘a serious danger to society’.
Waller was found guilty of 46 counts back in November after DNA and genealogy websites were used to solve the cold cases and arrest him in 2018.
Waller raped nine women across six Northern California counties between 1991 and 2006.
He broke into his victims’ homes late at night and bound them before raping them repeatedly. Sometimes, he would also kidnap them, force them to withdraw money from ATMs and steal their personal items.
He has also been linked to at least eight other sexual assaults.
At his sentencing hearing, his victims branded him ‘truly evil’ and said he ‘will go down in history as one of the worst monsters in California history’.
The serial rapist continues to protest his innocence, claiming the ‘rape kits’ prosecutors found containing cuffs and zip ties were merely in his possession because he is ‘a collector of odd things.’
Superior Court Judge James Arguelles handed down the sentence with no possibility of probation Friday saying Waller had used a weapon, bound his victims and used ‘blatantly false testimony’ during trial, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Waller showed no emotion as he was sentenced and declined to address the court or his victims who had gathered to see their abuser put away.
Prosecutors Chris Ore and Keith Hill had called on Arguelles to hand down the maximum sentences consecutively.
A number of Waller’s victims gave emotional victim impact statements to the court prior to the sentencing where they asked the judge to give him life in prison.
His first victim Nicole Earnest-Payte told the court how she still had feelings of loathing and disgust 29 years after the attack in 1991.
She recounted how she thought he was going to kill her after he raped her and imagined people finding her body covered in flies some time later.
‘I thought about how long it would be after he shot and killed me before someone would call the police and find my body,’ she said.
Earnest-Payte said could not ‘forgive the effects on my family’ but vowed that his ‘extreme level of depravity’ will not hold her down and she that she has ‘never been, nor will I ever be, embarrassed by what he did to me.’
Another victim, known only as T. Doe, told the court she relived the attack ‘every single February 13’ and how the trauma has left her feeling ‘like I was in jail’.
‘At times I wish I was dead,’ she added, and asked the judge to hand down the ‘maximum penalty.’
K. Doe, one of two roommates raped in a single attack in their home in Natomas in 2006, called her abuser a ‘monster’ who had shown no remorse for his crimes.
‘I don’t know what happened to Mr. Waller during his childhood that made him the monster he is today. But I know he is incapable of feeling any remorse or shame,’ she told the court.
She also said Waller’s daughter had apologized to her for her father’s actions.
Her roommate at the time who was also attacked, Y. Doe, sent a victim statement to the court which was read out on her behalf where she called Waller ‘truly evil.’
Theresa Lane was blindfolded and raped inside her Vallejo home in 1992. She said she fought off her attacker and stabbed him in the forehead – in the same place she said she saw Waller had a scar in court.
‘There is something that will never go away, but he’s going away,’ she told KPIX 5 after the sentencing.
Waller’s Defense attorney Joseph Farina told reporters outside the courthouse that his client continues to maintain his innocence and will file an appeal.
Waller was found guilty of all 46 counts on November 18 after a Sacramento jury deliberated for just two and a half hours.
Juror Number 7 told reporters at the time that it was a ‘slam-dunk case’ based on the DNA evidence.
Waller was found using the same DNA and genealogy websites that helped solve the Golden State Killer case in 2018 and put former cop Joseph DeAngelo behind bars.
Authorities are able to cross-reference the DNA profile of an unidentified suspect with public databases containing DNA from users who’ve submitted samples to companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com to explore their family tree and get informed about potential genetic health concerns.
A relative of Waller had uploaded their DNA onto the site GEDmatch.
Waller was arrested in September 2018 at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked for 25 years as a safety specialist in the office of environment, health and safety.
At the time he was married and living with his wife in Benecia.
He tried to kill himself three times while in the police interview room on the day of his arrest.
In the past year, investigators across the country have embraced genetic genealogy, a DNA-dependent forensic technique that identifies suspects through their relatives.
The technique involves cross-referencing the DNA profile of an unidentified suspect with public databases containing DNA from users who’ve submitted samples to consumer companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com to explore their family tree and get informed about potential genetic health concerns.
Genetic genealogy gained notoriety through decades-old cold cases like the Golden State Killer, and police are now using it on fresh cases as well.
While many are excited by what genetic genealogy means for the future of forensic investigations, others have expressed concerns about genetic privacy and policy procedures.
He has maintained his inno
cence ever since and took the stand during his trial but couldn’t explain why his DNA and blood was found at many of the crime scenes.
‘All I can say is, I was never at these locations and I never did what I’m accused of,’ Waller testified.
‘As far as the DNA thing, I’m not a DNA expert.’
Waller said he liked threesomes and bondage but denied raping any of his victims.
Police also found ‘rape kits’ containing handcuffs, zip ties, duct tape, Tasers and a book on how to pick locks in two of his storage lockers but he claimed he was simply ‘a collector of odd things.’
Prosecutors described Waller as an organized criminal who stalked his victims and studied their routines before picking the perfect moment to break in their home and attack them.
He also kept information on his victims in computer databases that police then found when he was arrested.
He was usually armed and wore a mask and most often targeted petite Asian women in their 20s and 30s.
In one of the attacks, Waller dressed in a skeleton mask on Halloween and attacked a woman before calling her work to apologize three weeks later, police said.
Authorities believe his reign of terror began with his assault on Earnest-Payte in her home in Rohnert Park in 1991 before attacking at least eight others in Vallejo, Martinez, Chico, Sacramento, Davis Sonoma and Woodland.