How police solved Hessler case

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650 year sentence for Indiana rapes: How police solved Hessler case

He targeted recent divorcees, stalked them for weeks, broke into their homes at night and threatened to return if they called the cops. Now, 40 years later, Steven Ray Hessler’s victims are at peace, police say.

It’s hard to describe the fear that gripped a central Indiana community nearly 40 years ago, when a serial rapist was at large: Women were told to alter their routines, gun sales skyrocketed and a local hospital offered shooting lessons.

But the identity of the masked man who broke into Shelbyville homes at night, armed with a knife or a gun, and sexually assaulted women eluded authorities for decades.

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