'Ski mask rapist' admits to 6 more 1970s attacks

'Ski mask rapist' admits to 6 more 1970s attacks

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 8:18 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Already convicted in three cases from 1979, 63-year-old Jerry Lee Brooks has admitted to six more crimes in a shocking case.

It’s as horrifying as it gets. He was a Charlotte banker, who would cruise the streets looking for women to rape.

Detective Darrell Price is with CMPD's Sex Assault Cold Case Unit and told reporters Tuesday, "His method for picking his victims was purely random. He was on the road a lot, so he would see someone who was attractive to him, or he would follow women from grocery stores.”

Police called Brooks the Ski Mask Rapist but had no idea who he was until last year when the cold case unit reopened the cases.

Price said, "In 2012, using DNA, we were able to identify Jerry Brooks as a suspect in one case. Through continued work we identified him in 3 cases."

Brooks was set to go to trial Tuesday. Instead he pleaded guilty to the three counts, and as part of the deal, agreed to talk about other cases.

One of the women Brooks admitted to assaulting talked to NBC Charlotte in 2012 when the case first broke.

She told us, "He proceeded to rape me and tied me up with my pantyhose and my undergarments, and he told me if I called police, he would come back and kill me."

Police are now trying to reach all of the other victims to tell them their cases have now been solved.

Police are also working with officers in other cities because they believe he may have attacked other women.

Brooks was sentenced to life in prison.

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