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October 25, 1990
A 28-year-old graduate student who police believe is the so-called "Messenger of the Lord" rapist has been charged with six additional counts of sexual assault involving two more victims. Joseph Brian Socha had been charged earlier this month with a string of attacks in Long Beach and San Pedro that occurred between August and September. Socha now faces a total of 24 counts of robbery, kidnaping and sexual assault involving six women. His arraignment is set for Wednesday in Long Beach.
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July 13, 1991
A man known as the "messenger of the Lord rapist" was sentenced Friday to 117 years in prison. Joseph Brian Socha, 29, was convicted on June 10 of 20 counts of sexual assault, kidnaping and robbery stemming from a string of attacks on five women in San Pedro and Long Beach. Socha had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the crimes, which occurred between July and September, 1990. Three days after his conviction, the jury held that he was sane when the crimes took place.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1990
A man police say is the so-called "Messenger of the Lord" rapist pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 24 felony charges filed after he allegedly raped six women, carved crosses in their backs and told them he was St. Peter. Joseph Brian Socha, 29, entered the plea to the felony counts, including rape, robbery, kidnaping, sodomy and forced oral copulation. Socha was arrested Oct. 3 for the bizarre ritualistic attacks of at least three women in Long Beach and the harbor area during September.
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June 11, 1991 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Long Beach jury Monday convicted a former graduate student, who called himself the "Messenger of the Lord," on 20 felony counts of sexual assault, kidnaping and robbery in a series of attacks on women in Long Beach and San Pedro. Joseph Brian Socha, 29, faces a maximum sentence of 231 years in prison for the ritualistic attacks on five women, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ken Lamb said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1991
A man known as the "messenger of the Lord rapist" was sentenced Friday to 117 years in prison. Joseph Brian Socha, 29, was convicted on June 10 of 20 counts of sexual assault, kidnaping and robbery stemming from a string of attacks on five women in San Pedro and Long Beach. Socha had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the crimes, which occurred between July and September, 1990. Three days after his conviction, the jury held that he was sane when the crimes took place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1991 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Long Beach jury Monday convicted a former graduate student, who called himself the "Messenger of the Lord," on 20 felony counts of sexual assault, kidnaping and robbery in a series of attacks on women in Long Beach and San Pedro. Joseph Brian Socha, 29, faces a maximum sentence of 231 years in prison for the ritualistic attacks on five women, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ken Lamb said.
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October 4, 1990 | SHAWN DOHERTY and TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A man believed to be the so-called "Messenger of the Lord" rapist, thought to be responsible for ritualistic attacks and rapes of at least four women in Los Angeles County, was arrested Wednesday in his rented room in an exclusive area of Rancho Palos Verdes, police said. Joseph Brian Socha, 29, was booked for investigation of rape, sodomy, forced oral copulation, kidnaping and assault with a deadly weapon.
NEWS
July 18, 1991
Joseph Brian Socha, the "St. Peter" rapist, has been sentenced to a 117-year prison term in connection with a series of sexual assaults on women in the Long Beach area. Socha, 29, said to have told his victims that he was "St. Peter, messenger of the Lord," was convicted June 13 of oral copulation, robbery, kidnaping, sodomy, rape and rape by a foreign object involving four women between July and September, 1990.
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October 3, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Long Beach police believe have arrested a suspect in the so-called "St. Peter Rapist" attacks who has allegedly assaulted three women in bizarre attacks in which he chops off their hair and carves crosses in their backs. Joseph Brian Socha, 28, was taken into custody after he was recognized by someone who had seen news reports of the bizarre attacks on three women that have occurred in the last two weeks, Lt. Carroll Shelly said.
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October 9, 1990 | DAVID FERRELL and PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While four serial rapists have been suspected in the past month of committing at least 20 rapes in Los Angeles County, investigators and counselors are divided about whether these serial attacks should be attributed to an alarming new trend or to a mere statistical coincidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1990
A man police say is the so-called "Messenger of the Lord" rapist pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 24 felony charges filed after he allegedly raped six women, carved crosses in their backs and told them he was St. Peter. Joseph Brian Socha, 29, entered the plea to the felony counts, including rape, robbery, kidnaping, sodomy and forced oral copulation. Socha was arrested Oct. 3 for the bizarre ritualistic attacks of at least three women in Long Beach and the harbor area during September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1990
A 28-year-old graduate student who police believe is the so-called "Messenger of the Lord" rapist has been charged with six additional counts of sexual assault involving two more victims. Joseph Brian Socha had been charged earlier this month with a string of attacks in Long Beach and San Pedro that occurred between August and September. Socha now faces a total of 24 counts of robbery, kidnaping and sexual assault involving six women. His arraignment is set for Wednesday in Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1990 | SHAWN DOHERTY and TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A man believed to be the so-called "Messenger of the Lord" rapist, thought to be responsible for ritualistic attacks and rapes of at least four women in Los Angeles County, was arrested Wednesday in his rented room in an exclusive area of Rancho Palos Verdes, police said. Joseph Brian Socha, 29, was booked for investigation of rape, sodomy, forced oral copulation, kidnaping and assault with a deadly weapon.
NEWS
December 30, 1990 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, Long Beach and Southeast cities stood with the rest of the world on the brink of a new decade and talked about a new beginning. A couple of dreams came true--a 19-mile light-rail line hurtled Long Beach to the forefront of modern transportation, and two Latino council candidates broke a racial barrier at Huntington Park City Hall. But many more hopes were crushed under the weight of a thousand problems one decade seemed to bequeath the next.
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