Sydney: ‘Beast of Bondi’ Serial Rapist Identified Through DNA Decades After Attacks Started

A serial rapist who terrorized women in eastern Sydney for decades has been identified using DNA technology linking him to a dozen confirmed sexual assaults.

Grandfather Keith Simms, nicknamed the ‘Beast of Bondi’, is also suspected of at least 19 more vicious attacks between 1985 and 2001, and possibly many more.

All of his disgusting crimes occurred in the eastern Sydney suburbs surrounding Bondi, with a very similar modus operandi.

Sadly, Simms’ positive identification comes nine months too late to bring him to justice, as he died of kidney failure in February, at the age of 66.

DNA has linked Keith Simms (pictured) to a dozen sexual assaults.  He is also suspected of at least 19 more vicious attacks since 1985.

DNA has linked Keith Simms (pictured) to a dozen sexual assaults. He is also suspected of at least 19 more vicious attacks since 1985.

The disgusting crimes of Keith Simms (pictured) occurred in the eastern Sydney suburbs surrounding Bondi, with a very similar modus operandi.

Armed with a knife and wearing a ski mask, Simms would attack vulnerable women and girls by breaking into their homes in the middle of the night or early in the morning.

He would cover their mouths with his hand, threaten to kill them with his knife, and then sexually assault them.

At other times, it also targeted women in isolated areas who were walking alone.

Its victims include girls as young as 13 and women as young as 55.

Acting Detective Inspector Shelley Johns, who helped crack the case, said the brazen and callous nature of the attacks still surprises even the most hardened detectives.

“I have not seen any investigation with the number of crimes and the type of crime committed as in this investigation,” he told the agency. Sydney Morning Herald.

“This is a woman’s worst nightmare: waking up in the middle of the night and someone standing over you with a knife, in a ski mask.”

Sadly, Simms’ positive identification (pictured) comes nine months too late to bring him to justice, as he died of kidney failure in February, at the age of 66.

The ‘Bondi Beast’ was so named due to the area in which it carried out most of its attacks. In the photo, Bondi Beach

Over the years, NSW Police have launched more than 30 investigations to try to find out who was behind the reign of terror.

A breakthrough came in 2016 when DNA samples taken from rape scenes, some dating back 40 years, were linked to a male relative of Simms.

From this, officers attached to Strike Force Doreen were able to put together a ‘family tree’ of 324 men, knowing that one of them had to be the Beast of Bondi, who was also referred to as ‘The Centennial Park Rapist’. and ‘The Rapist Tracksuit’.

“Through the dedicated hard work over the past six years by the Sex Crimes Squad, we were able to narrow that link down to a single person and identify the contributor of that DNA,” said Sex Crimes Squad Commander Jayne Doherty.

“No two people share the same DNA, and that’s why we’ve been able to go back to this person.”

Although investigators are devastated that they couldn’t bring Simms to justice, he said officers wanted victims to know they were sure it was Simms, so “women walking down the street are still wondering: Is he ?”

“It’s very important that victims/survivors come forward at the time to preserve the physical evidence, even if you can’t face a legal matter right now, later down the road we may also be able to use it in investigations.” Detective Superintendent Doherty told the daily telegraph.

Armed with a knife and wearing a ski mask, Simms (pictured) would attack vulnerable women and girls by breaking into their homes in the middle of the night or early in the morning. On other occasions he also targeted women in isolated areas who were walking alone.

A woman named Jennifer, 69, was told last month that the man who raped her in her Randwick unit in 1987 had finally been identified.

“I burst into tears,” he said. ‘It was so emotional. It is not a case of forgive and forget. Because I will never forget it,’ he said.

And I will probably never forgive him for changing my life and everyone else’s. What gave you the right?

Another victim named Jay, who was just 16 when she was brutally raped while walking on Bondi Beach and became pregnant, said she was “relieved” to learn he was dead.

‘Well, he can’t hurt anyone else. I’m not normally a horrible person, but I hope he suffered.

Detective Superintendent Doherty said the case reveals that it is vital for victims to come forward at that time to preserve physical evidence, even if they cannot face a legal matter at the time, as their evidence could later help with investigations. police.

Pictured are two artists’ prints used by police before Simms was finally identified.

Police believe there may be many more victims who were assaulted by Simms (pictured)

Some of Simms’s victims were backpackers visiting the Bondi area from abroad when he attacked them.

Police contacted the women, overseas and in Australia, to inform them that he had been identified.

Police believe there may be many more victims who were assaulted by Simms who did not come forward at the time for reasons such as: they were traveling or did not want to go through trauma or the court system.

Simms’ own family, including three children and five grandchildren, have also taken notice of his shocking double life.

Detectives said those who knew him cannot fathom how the National Parks and Wildlife worker who also worked at the Bonnie Doon Golf Club committed such atrocities.

He had never been in trouble with the law for felonies and did not suffer from mental illness, drug or alcohol problems.

“To the best of our knowledge, through all of the research, he was never on the radar and so he didn’t have all of those normal triggers, so by not having them, he probably helped to remain so anonymous,” said the superintendent of Detectives Doherty.

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