Keith Simms went by many nicknames over the years. In the 1980s, he was known as the “Centennial Park Rapist.” In the 1990s, he the “Bondi rapist.” “Tracksuit Rapist” was the nickname coined after more rapes in 2000. Then, 16 years later, he became known as the “Bondi Beast.”
Only Simms knew that these names were applied to him, as well as the associated heinous crimes. To his friends and family, he was “Magoo,” a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He was from La Perouse and had a marriage of 43 years that only ended when he died peacefully in February at the age of 66, surrounded by his family.
At his funeral, held at St Andrew’s Catholic Church in Malabar on March 4, Simms was described as a kind-hearted “hero” and father figure who loved playing football, having fun and supporting the South Sydney Rabbitohs. .
In a few months, that picture would be turned upside down after police revealed a new ugly piece of the kaleidoscope: that between 1987 and 2001, Simms is known to have violently assaulted and sexually assaulted 31 women and teenage girls in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The news shook the Simms family who “had no idea and really was beyond shocked,” Detective Shelley Johns said. the Herald Y 60 minutes.
Among the many questions left unanswered for Simms’ victims, his family and the public is how he managed to fool those who knew him and evade police for so long.
At her funeral, a relative said she had various jobs over the years, including with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Botany Council, Bonnie Doon Golf Course and the University of NSW.
Comment was sought from the employers listed above, and UNSW confirmed that he was hired as a gardener in 2017, six years after his last known violation.