The Hooded Rapist is dead.
Peter Samuel Cook, a sexual deviant who obtained his moniker for wearing a bizarre, leather mask during the commission of his crimes, died in prison on Jan. 7 of natural causes. He was 75.
Over an eight-month period in 1974 and 1975, Cook broke into his victims’ apartments, tied them up and sexually assaulted them. The attacks created an atmosphere of fear in Cambridge, and led to one of Britain’s largest manhunts. He was captured when a police officer spotted him leaving the scene of an attack, riding a bicycle and wearing a long, blond wig. Inside his bag, authorities found the black leather mask, a bottle of ether, a crowbar, a torch and other burglary tools.
In 1975, Cook was convicted of raping six women, injuring two others and committing an act of gross indecency on a ninth woman. He received two life sentences.