Kidnapping retrial confirmed for ‘pillowcase rapist’

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Attorneys on Friday confirmed they’re ready for the retrial of “pillowcase rapist” Ronald Feldmeier to begin next month on charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment with violence.

Feldmeier, 72, is accused of refusing to let a woman leave his vehicle as they drove around in July. She eventually leapt from the moving vehicle, police said.

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A jury last month deadlocked on both charges.

In a separate case, Feldmeier was sentenced this month to six years in prison for failing to register as sex offender.

Named the “pillowcase rapist” because he used the covering to stifle his victims’ screams, Feldmeier was convicted of multiple sexual assaults in the 1980s and spent decades in prison. He was released in 2019 and moved to a facility in Bakersfield.

Soon after, he moved again, to a sober living home in the city. He failed to update his address with the Bakersfield Police Department.

Charged in 2020, Feldmeier was found guilty in October.

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