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After 37 years, they identify “the Beast of Bondi”, the rapist who terrorized Sydney: his family described him as an exemplary father

This is Keith Simms, who died last February at the age of 66. Semen samples from 12 of the victims match yours.

Thirty-seven years after the first in a series of rapes perpetrated by “the beast of bondi“, the Australian Police have been able to close the investigations of these cases by identifying the rapist who terrorized the city of Sydney for almost two decades.

that man who raped – or tried to rape – 31 women between 1985 and 2001 in the quiet neighborhoods of the city of Sydney, where the famous Bondi beach is located, it is called keith simmsas revealed in a special report of the program 60 minuteswhich will air next Sunday.

The discovery closes a case after four decades of investigation but ironically comes months after Simms died last February at the age of 66.

Simms’s identification seems unequivocal since sophisticated genetic techniques to identify chromosomes determined that semen samples from twelve of the victims matched his own.




Keith Simms, “The Beast of Bondi”, the rapist who terrorized Sydney.

“No two people share the same DNA, and that is why we have been able to reach this one person,” said Detective Jayne Doherty, head of this police command.

The other 19 cases have also been linked to the same perpetrator, also known as “The Centennial Park Rapist” or “The Tracksuit Rapist”, due to the modus operandi.

This rapist usually attacked women between the ages of 13 and 55 that they practiced some sport both in the famous Centennial Park, which is like a small forest within the eastern suburbs, or on the coastal paths between Bondi and Coogee beaches. In other cases, women were raped in their homes while they slept.

“I was so scared… I felt like it wasn’t happening, it was a nightmare,” recalled Jennifer, a nurse who did not want to give her last name and who was 33 when she was raped in a Randwick flat in 1987, as she published this week. the newspaper Sydney Morning Herald.

Keith Simms, "The Beast of Bondi"the rapist who terrorized Sydney.


Keith Simms, “The Beast of Bondi”, the rapist who terrorized Sydney.

Although the victims have some inconsistencies in the descriptions of the attacker – such as the height that varied between 1.60 and 1.80 meters – they all stressed that he had dark and wavy complexion and hair, as well as brown eyes and a wide nose.

“There were a lot of similarities: there were crimes that were committed in people’s homes in the middle of the night. And in almost every case where a home was broken into, it was under the same circumstances,” said Detective Shelley Johns. .

Shock in his family: he was an exemplary father and grandfather

The violations attributed to Simms, whose family was shocked by the double life of who they believed was an exemplary father and grandfatherhad the first genetic clues in 2005 when five cases that occurred at the beginning of the century in Randwick cemetery, near Bondi, were linked to this man.

Later, the Police created a special force to review the evidence, a task that allowed the investigations to be expanded to the 31 cases that are currently known.

Three years ago, forensic experts were able to reduce, thanks to the analysis of the Y chromosomes of the evidence, the number of suspects to 324 until they finally determined on September 3 that Keith Simms was “the Beast of Bondi”.

With information from EFE.

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