South Florida man suspected of being pillowcase rapist convicted

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South Florida man suspected of being pillowcase rapist convicted

MIAMI - A man suspected of being a pillowcase rapist in connection with a string of South Florida rapes back in the 1980s was convicted Wednesday in one of the attacks.

He faces up to life in prison at sentencing March 17. He has been charged with six more attacks in neighboring Broward County.

The Miami-Dade case focused on a single victim, a then 25-year-old woman who was attacked in December 1983.

The pillowcase rapist sounded victims by breaking into their homes at night, according to authorities. The attacker used a pillowcase or other fabric to cover his face before assaulting them, tying them up and stealing items from their homes.

The assaults attracted extensive media attention in South Florida and prompted the creation of a task force to investigate the sex crimes.

The trail eventually turned cold until 2020 when a DNA hit for one of Koehler's relatives led police to the man.