YOU LOVE ME – One of South FloridaThe most famous criminals, a man known as the “pillowcase rapist” that terrorized dozens of women in the 80s, it was condemned Wednesday in one of the attacks.
Miami-Dade County jurors found Robert Koehler, 63, guilty of sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary. He risks life imprisonment at the March 17 sentence. He is also charged with six other attacks in neighboring Broward County.
The Miami-Dade case focused on a single victim, a 25-year-old woman who was attacked in December 1983.
Authorities say the “pillowcase rapist” terrorized his victims by breaking into their homes at night. The attacker used a pillowcase, towel or T-shirt to cover his face – or his victims’ faces – before assaulting them, tying them up and stealing items from their homes.
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At least 44 women from Miami to Deerfield Beach were victims of the pillowcase rapist from May 1981 to February 1986.
The assaults garnered widespread media attention in South Florida and prompted the creation of a task force to investigate sex crimes. Authorities said the trail ultimately turned cold until 2020, when a DNA test from one of Koehler’s relatives led police to the man.
Koehler, a registered sex offender from Palm Bay, Florida, was arrested in Brevard County.
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Some victims who spoke to detectives in the Broward County cold case said he followed them and knew their names before attacking.