January 16th, 2003 issue #0202

January 16th, 2003
  • Dealing with a serial rapist: Professionals weigh in

    Here's some small comfort for women concerned about the serial rapist: You're far more likely to be raped by an acquaintance than by the predator who's preying on local women. In fact, 90 percent of all sexual assaults are committed by people the victims know. So what makes this serial rapist so terrifying? "This one feeds on our fears," says Jessica Cochran, a training coordinator at SARA, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency. "The black guy, the stranger who's physically violent. It's easier to talk about stranger rape when it's clearly not your fault."

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  • M.O. of a local predator

    Geography: Except for one attack in Waynesboro in 1997, all others have been in Charlottesville or close to its borders (Ivy Gardens and Georgetown Green). Time of day: Most attacks have taken place between midnight and 4am, although the recent assaults have occurred around 9am and 2-3pm. Police believe he's a nocturnal creature who's out hunting his targets from 10pm to 5am.

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  • On guard: Women brace against serial rapist

    He's already picked his next victim. In fact, police believe the serial rapist currently terrorizing women in Charlottesville may have identified as many as a dozen or more targets. Police Chief Tim Longo calls this man's effect on the community "devastating." Even a simple pleasure like taking a child to the park in the middle of the afternoon has been violated.

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  • Rape city?

    Serial rapists are nothing new to Charlottesville. In 1975, when rapes were at an all-time high, the Cavalier Daily routinely referred to the town as "rape city," according to Coy Barefoot in his book, The Corner. What caused Charlottesville rape statistics to spike in the mid-'70s? Barefoot draws a correlation to the admission of women to the University of Virginia in 1970. "Clearly, that's why the numbers went up," he says.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Best real-life drama: Virginia's General Assembly is in session through February 22. Worst waste of time in the General Assembly: Debate over approval of each of the 27 spe...

The Dish

  • Corner makeover: Death of the sports bar?

    Can a sports bar be a restaurant? Don't blaring big-screen TVs, shouting fans, smoky poolrooms, and $5 pitchers go against the rules– and pleasures– of fine (or...


  • York: Mystery man of the Corps of Discovery

    A friend called the other day to say I might want to take a look at a story in the Metro section of The Washington Post. She knew that I had recently completed a children's...

Real Estate

  • Foreclosures

    January 16, 2003, at 9:30am at the Albemarle County Courthouse Property: 698 Newton Road, Greenwood Debtor: unknown Originally owing: $60,300 Bidder brings: 10 percent of ...

Real Estate - $old

  • SOLD!

    CHARLOTTESVILLE 12/19  University of Virginia Health Sciences Foundation to Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, 8,138 square feet on Monroe Lane, no p...

Real Estate - Off the Block

  • Off the Block

    ASKING: $985,000 SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2,607 finished; 1,100 unfinished YEAR BUILT: 2000 ADDRESS: "Karlona Woods," Route 627 NEIGHBORHOOD: Ash Lawn/Morven area CURB APPEAL: No cu...

Real Estate - On the Block

Movie Reviews

  • Hip hop: Kangaroo Jack lost in the Outback

    Charlie Carbone and Louis Booker meet at the beach at the age of ten, and moments later Louis saves Charlie from drowning. Twenty years later, they're still the best of fri...

Music Reviews


  • Go East, young man: Discovery mania sweeps the town

    Vast hordes of history buffs have descended upon the bucolic hills of Albemarle. They've come from all parts West to tramp about the homesteads and talk of keelboats and In...

  • Marquee debris

    Trax nightclub, famous for giving a lift to the then-fledgling Dave Matthews Band from 1991 to 1993, continues its fall. The site, purchased in July by UVA, will serve as a...

  • No complaint: Tribes join the celebration

    Before plunging his keelboat into the Missouri River and heading for Indian country, Meriwether Lewis sent his mother a parting letter, telling her not to worry. "My rout(e...

  • Nonsuited: Case against St. Anne's, Grisham on hold

    The $11-million lawsuit against mega-selling author John Grisham took a surprise turn last week when attorneys for plaintiff Katherine Almy filed a nonsuit. That means the ...

Strange But True

  • True blue: Jeans' color doesn't go deep

    Q. Vast riches would come to anyone paid a royalty of a penny for every pair of blue jeans sold in the world. But the riches would disappear if these pants were truly sold ...



  • Sheriff Robb: Tales of fooling the Mafia

    For someone who's infiltrated the Mafia and worked side by side with drug lords and hitmen, running to be reelected Albemarle County Sheriff should be easy. Republican incu...


  • It's a trickle, not a flood

    Thank you so much for your two recent articles about Scottsville. Charles Rainey's "River City" [Cover story, January 9, 2003] (http://www.readthehook.com/92914/cover-story...

  • Scottsville, take back the night

    The sky over downtown Scottsville is studded with stars? [Cover story, "Flooded with money, Scottsville surfaces" January 9, 2003](http://www.readthehook.com/92914/cover-st...

Cultural preview

  • Ah! Into the O'Neill Wilderness

    A first kiss, a first drink, a first fight, a Fourth of July weekend: On the precipice of the new century, 17-year-old Richard Miller struggles with his desire to experienc...

  • Aiming to please: Joanne sounds like Joni

    Press packs, usually comprised of a short bio of the artist, a picture, and the artist’s latest CD, are a great way for PR people to get the word out about new acts, and ...

  • Doing damage: War novel chronicles carnage

    In parting with his elite Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert E. Lee expressed gratitude, affection, and admiration. He told his beaten men, “I earnestly pray that ...

  • Many voices: Under the tent of Corps II

    What looks like a unique cultural experience associated with the Lewis and Clark bicentennial pulled into the parking lot of the Monticello Visitor’s Center last week. ...

  • Rich legacy

    Living near Monticello pretty much eliminates any opportunity to feign ignorance when it comes to Jefferson’s life or various pursuits. Either by proximity or osmosis one...

  • Sent back: Discover what the Corps found

    What a treat to live at the whirlwind epicenter of the national bicentennial celebration of that extraordinary journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Because of thi...