‘Bondi Beast’ serial rapist identified after almost 40 years

Almost 40 years after his first attack, Australian police have identified a serial rapist who terrorised Sydney over three decades.

Keith Simms targeted 31 women between 1985 and 2001, entering their homes or attacking them while they were out jogging, police say.

Detectives initially believed several different men were behind the attacks.

But thanks to new DNA technology, investigators have now linked them all to Simms, who died aged 66 in February.

Known at different times as “the Bondi Beast” or “the Tracksuit Rapist”, Simms first struck in the seaside suburb of Clovelly in 1985. His last assault took place at a nearby cemetery in 2001.

Each incident was individually investigated at the time, but police began linking them in the 2000s.

DNA from 12 of the victims was the same, and another 19 incidents matched the attacker’s modus operandi.

The women – who were aged between 14 and 55 – all gave similar descriptions of their assailant.

He was 160 to 180cm tall, had a dark…

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